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Abel Tasman Transport and Packages

Golden Bay Air specialises in flight and shuttle bus transport and tour packages from Wellington, Nelson and Takaka to the northern gateways of Abel Tasman National Park. We offer:

  • Complete end to end Abel Tasman Transport solutions for walkers and visitors from Wellington and Nelson
  • Daily shuttle bus transfers between Nelson, Marahau/ Kaiteriteri, Wainui Bay or Totaranui
  • One day Fly Golden Bay and Cruise Abel Tasman Experiences perfect for those with limited time who still want to see it all!

With Golden Bay Air you will enjoy spectacular views of the azure waters and tree-fringed golden sand beaches of this world renowned natural playground.

If you are flexible with your dates, you may be able to take advantage of a Golden Bay Air Special fare which are available on repositioning legs of flights already booked. These fares are available to book online, or feel free to call or email us to enquire.

Click to view your Abel Tasman transport and tour options:

Abel Tasman Transport from Nelson

Golden Bay Air offers flight/shuttle options ex Nelson that enable the Abel Tasman Coastal Track to be walked from Marahau to Wainui Bay or reverse, available as all-inclusive return transport Packages. Packages are available year-round, minimum 2 fares. Layovers are possible in Takaka, if desired.

  • Bus-in fly-out: Shuttle from Nelson to Marahau to walk the track, on completion at Wainui, shuttle to Takaka for scenic flight back to Nelson
  • Bus-in bus-out: Shuttle from Nelson to Wainui to walk the track, on completion at Marahau, shuttle to Nelson

The packages allow the Abel Tasman to be walked in either direction. Please call or email us to book transport in reverse direction to the itineraries below.

Bus-in fly-out ex Nelson

Package
Season
First 2 pax
Extra pax
Return Package ex Nelson
Off-peak
$329pp
$249pp
Peak
$249pp
Route
Depart
Arrive
Nelson->Marahau
7:50am
8:50am
Marahau->Wainui
Wainui->Takaka
11:00am
11:30am
Takaka->Nelson
2:20pm
2:50pm
 
Off-peak: 
Peak:
1 Mar 22–30 Nov 22: 
1 Dec 22–30 Apr 23:

Bus-in bus-out ex Nelson

Package
Season
First 2 pax
Extra pax
Return Package ex Nelson
Off-peak
$249pp
$129pp
Peak
$129pp
Route
Depart
Arrive
Nelson->Wainui
7:50am
10:50am
Wainui->Marahau
Marahau->Nelson
2:20pm
3:20pm
 
Off-peak: 
Peak:
1 Mar 22–30 Nov 22: 
1 Dec 22–30 Apr 23:

Build your own itinerary

Our regular scheduled flight and shuttle connections are available to book online allowing you to book one-way transport if desired. Or call or email us for friendly advice.

Abel Tasman Transport from Wellington

Golden Bay Air offers same-day flight/shuttle connections between Wellington and the Abel Tasman that allow the Coastal Track to be walked as all-inclusive return transport Package year-round, minimum 2 fares.

Abel Tasman Package Ex Wellington

Package
Season
First 2 pax
Extra pax
Return Package ex Wellington
Off-peak
$579pp
$499pp
Peak
$499pp
Route  
Depart
Arrive
Wellington->Takaka  
9:00am
10:10am
Takaka->Wainui  
10:20am
10:50am
Wainui->Marahau      
Marahau->Takaka  
2:20pm
3:20pm
Takaka->Wellington*  
4:00pm
5:00pm
* Departure/Arrival time varies seasonally, refer to Wellington-Takaka schedule
 
 
Child fares discounted $40 each-way on Wellington flights only. Fares may vary for flights ex Wellington around Easter and Christmas

Abel Tasman Shuttle Bus Transfers

Golden Bay Air offers convenient shuttle bus transfers between the northern and southern entrances of Abel Tasman National Park.

We depart daily between Takaka, Wainui Bay, Totaranui (on-demand), Marahau, Kaiteriteri and Nelson.

Use our Abel Tasman shuttle bus to transfer between Wainui Bay and Marahau back to your car, or connect with our scheduled flights to and from Wellington or Nelson.

Single fares are available on shuttles with previous bookings, please see our shuttle specials.

Shuttle Schedule

Route
Depart
Arrive
Nelson->Marahau/Kaiteriteri
7:50am
1:00pm
8:50am
2:00pm
Marahau/Kaiteriteri->Takaka
9:10am
2:20pm*
10:10am
3:20pm
Takaka->Wainui
10:20am
10:50am
Route
Depart
Arrive
Wainui->Takaka
11:00am
11:30am
Takaka->Marahau/Kaiteriteri
7:50am
1:00pm*
8:50am
2:00pm
Marahau/Kaiteriteri->Nelson
9:10am
2:20pm
10:10am
3:20pm
* On demand—please enquire

Shuttle fares

  Nelson
Marahau/
Kaiteriteri
Takaka
Wainui
Totaranui*
Nelson
 
$40pp
$80pp
$95pp
$120pp
Marahau/Kaiteriteri
$40pp
$40pp
$80pp
$120pp
Takaka
$80pp
$40pp
$40pp
$80pp
Wainui
 $95pp
$80pp
$40pp
$80pp
Totaranui*
 $120pp
 $100pp
 $80pp
 $80pp
 
* On demand—please enquire for seasonal/group rate
Off-peak: 
Peak:
1 Mar 22–30 Nov 22: 
1 Dec 22–30 Apr 23:
Min: 4 fares
Min: 2 fares

Cruise Abel Tasman and Fly Golden Bay Experiences

Get off the beaten track to experience both spectacular Golden Bay and idyllic Abel Tasman from the sea, ground and air—with time to explore and no retracing your steps.

Take a spectacular day tour from Nelson or customise your trip by adding days and activities

Package highlights include:

  • Shuttle transfer from Nelson to Kaiteriteri
  • Stunning 1.5 hour cruise the length of the Abel Tasman National Park Coastline from Kaiteriteri to Totaranui—spot dolphins and seals
  • 50-minute scenic shuttle tour from Totaranui Beach to Takaka—learning about the history and environment of Golden Bay
  • Easy 30-minute return walk to Te Waikoropupu Springs, clearest fresh-water in the world
  • Packed lunch
  • Georgeous scenic flight from Takaka back over Abel Tasman's pristine beaches back to Nelson
Route
Depart
Arrive
Nelson->Kaiteriteri
7:30am
8:30am
Kaiteriteri->Totaranui
9:00am
10:45am
Totaranui->Te Waikorupupu Springs 12:20pm 1:20pm
Te Waikorupupu Springs->Takaka Airport
1:50pm
2:00pm
Takaka->Nelson
2:20pm
2:50pm
* Available daily. Please call or email us for further details

Fares

Cruise-Fly Day Tour from Nelson
2+ pax
Abel Tasman Cruise-Fly ex Nelson
$499pp
 
Minimum 2 fares
Packed lunch included in fares

Abel Tasman and Golden Bay Activities

There is a lot to see and do in the Abel Tasman and Golden Bay areas. Consider extending your day tour package to really appreciate the variety of activities on offer. Please call or email us to discuss your options.

Scenic Flights

Golden Bay Air offers spectacular scenic flights over the Abel Tasman, Farewell Spit, West Coast and Kahurangi National Park.

Farewell Spit Tour

Take a Farewell Spit Tour along this 35km long wetland and bird sanctuary of international significance.

Salmon Fishing

Visit Anatoki Salmon, catch your own lunch, have it smoked and eat it on the spot!

Horse Trekking

Scenic Trekking! Ride Cape Farewell Horse Treks or Hack Farm.

Art galleries, cafes and museums

Golden Bay is a vibrant and diverse community with over 50 art galleries, museums boutique shops, cafes and markets to explore.

Water Taxi and Cruising

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles, Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi, Marahau Water Taxis and Wilsons Abel Tasman provide water transport services to Totaranui from all points further south in the Park.

Guided Walks

Kahurangi Guided Walks, Bush and Beyond, Southern Wilderness and Abel Tasman Guides all provide excellent single or multi-day guiding services in the Park. Abel Tasman Eco Tours also offers a great day out with shuttle and walking tour options.

Kayaking

Based at Tata Beach, Golden Bay Kayaks offers single or multi-day kayak hire with guiding and kayak/water taxi combination options.

At the south end of the park talk to Abel Tasman Kayaks, Kahu Kayaks, Marahau Sea Kayaks and the Sea Kayak Company.

Canyoning

If you are looking for excitement, Abel Tasman Canyons provides a range of canyoning adventures for all skill levels.

Skydiving

Skydive Abel Tasman offers tandem skydives from Motueka Airport with a unique perspective of the Abel Tasman on the way down!

Fishing and Diving

Wildcat Charters offer fishing charters and sightseeing cruises into the park from their base at Wildcat Motel in Pohara.

Abel Tasman Dive offers PADI dive training and diving adventures from Kaiteriteri.

Mountainbiking

The route from Wainui Bay to Totaranui via Gibbs Hill is open from May through September. Check out the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park, or ride the Rameka Track from the top of the Takaka Hill. Talk to us about shuttle transport for your rides!

Sailing

Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures offer a wide range of scenic sailing single and multi-day tours and combination activities.

Abel Tasman Coastal Track

The 51km Abel Tasman Coastal Track is New Zealand's easiest Great Walk. It extends from Wainui Bay (24 km from Takaka) to Marahau (62 km from Nelson).

The coastal track crosses estuaries, two of which are only passable near low tide. Please consult tide timetables when planning your trip.

Huts in Abel Tasman do not have cooking fuel supplied. Camping fuels are as hazardous substances and cannot be carried on aircraft. We can provide fuel at cost-price when you arrive in Takaka by prior arrangement.

Hut spaces and campsites need to be booked prior to departure. Refer to the Department of Conservation for track and booking information.

Accommodation is also available at Aquapackers, Awaroa Lodge, Wilsons Beachfront Lodges or by renting an Awaroa holiday home.

Abel Tasman Links

  • Department of Conservation website
 
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