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Abel Tasman Transport and Packages

Golden Bay Air specialises in flight and shuttle bus transport and tour packages from Nelson, Wellington and Takaka to both the northern and southern 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.

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Abel Tasman Shuttle Bus Transfers

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

We depart daily between Nelson, Marahau, Kaiteriteri, Takaka, Wainui and Totaranui1. We offer free pick-ups and drop-offs in selected accommodation in Nelson and Marahau as well as Nelson city (Millers Acre), Nelson Airport, Takaka Visitor Centre and Takaka Airport.

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

Note we require a minimum of 2 seats booked on shuttles during peak season and 4 seats during off-peak season (see below for dates). Singles may join shuttles that are already booked. Check a list of shuttle specials that do not require a minimum number to book.

Shuttle Schedule
Depart
Arrive
Nelson1->Marahau/Kaiteriteri
7:30am
1:00pm
8:50am
2:20pm
Marahau/Kaiteriteri->Takaka
9:00am
2:30pm
10:10am
3:40pm
Takaka->Wainui
11:50am
12:20pm
Wainui->Takaka
12:30pm
1:00pm
Takaka->Marahau/Kaiteriteri
7:40am
1:10pm
8:50am
2:20pm
Marahau/Kaiteriteri->Nelson1
9:10am
2:30pm
10:30am
3:50pm
Shuttle fares
Marahau/
Kaiteriteri
Takaka
Wainui
Totaranui2
Nelson
$45pp
$95pp
$110pp
$170pp
Marahau/Kaiteriteri
$50pp
$90pp
$130pp
Takaka
$40pp
$80pp
Wainui
$80pp
1 Totaranui on demand—please enquire...
2 Pickups and drop-offs may be booked with shuttles online from Nelson City (Millers Acre bus stop), Nelson Airport and other locations
Off-peak:
Peak: 
7 Apr-15 Dec
16 Dec-6 Apr
Min: 4 fares
Min: 2 fares

Abel Tasman Transport from Nelson

Bus-in bus-out ex Nelson

Golden Bay Air offers daily shuttles ex Nelson that enable the Abel Tasman Coastal Track to be walked from Marahau to Wainui Bay or Wainui Bay to Marahau. We offer free pick-ups and drop-offs in selected accommodation in Nelson and Marahau as well as Nelson city (Millers Acre) and Nelson Airport.

Note we require a minimum of 2 seats booked on shuttles during peak season and 4 seats during off-peak season (see below for dates). Singles may join shuttles that are already booked. Check a list of shuttle specials that do not require a minimum number to book.

Walking from Marahau to Wainui
Depart
Arrive
Rate
Nelson1->Marahau/Kaiteriteri
7:30am
8:50am
$45pp
Marahau->Wainui
Wainui->Nelson1
12:30pm
3:50pm
$110pp
Walking from Wainui to Marahau
Depart
Arrive
Rate
Nelson1->Wainui
7:30am
12:20pm
$110pp
Wainui->Marahau
Marahau/Kaiteriteri->Nelson1
2:30pm
3:50pm
$45pp

Bus-in fly-out ex Nelson

Shuttle from Nelson to Marahau to walk the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. On completion at Wainui, shuttle to Takaka for a scenic flight back to Nelson. Available as a return transport Package.

Walking from Marahau to Wainui
Depart
Arrive
Rate
Nelson1->Marahau/Kaiteriteri
7:30am
8:50am
$45pp
Marahau->Wainui
Wainui->Takaka Airport
12:30pm
1:10pm
$40pp
Takaka->Nelson1
2:20pm
2:50pm
$219pp
Return Package First 2 fares:
$299pp
Extra fares:
$249pp
1 Pickups and drop-offs may be booked with shuttles online from Nelson City (Millers Acre bus stop), Nelson Airport and other locations
Off-peak:
Peak: 
7 Apr-15 Dec
16 Dec-6 Apr
Min: 4 fares
Min: 2 fares

Abel Tasman Transport from Wellington

Golden Bay Air offers same-day flight/shuttle connections between Wellington and the Abel Tasman. Available as a return transport Package to walk the Abel Tasman Coastal Track from Wainui to Marahau.

Note we require a minimum of 2 seats booked on shuttles during peak season and 4 seats during off-peak season (see below for dates). Singles may join shuttles that are already booked. Check a list of shuttle specials that do not require a minimum number to book.

Walking from Wainui to Marahau
Depart1
Arrive1
Rate
Wellington->Takaka
9:00am
10:10am
$239pp
Takaka Airport->Wainui
11:40am
12:20pm
$40pp
Wainui->Marahau
Marahau/Kaiteriteri->Takaka Airport
2:30pm
3:50pm
$50pp
Takaka->Wellington
4:30pm
5:30pm
$239pp
Return Package First 2 fares:
$559pp
Extra fares:
$499pp
Walking from Marahau to Wainui
Depart1
Arrive1
Rate
Wellington->Takaka
9:00am
10:10am
$239pp
Takaka Airport->Marahau/Kaiteriteri
1:00pm
2:20pm
$50pp
Marahau->Wainui
Wainui->Takaka Airport
12:30pm
1:10pm
$50pp
Takaka->Wellington
4:30pm
5:30pm
$239pp
1 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
Off-peak:
Peak: 
7 Apr-15 Dec
16 Dec-6 Apr
Min: 4 fares
Min: 2 fares

Fly Golden Bay and Cruise Abel Tasman 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 Wellington or customise your trip by adding days and activities.

Abel Tasman Cruise-Fly Package ex Nelson

Package highlights include:

  • Shuttle transfer from Nelson to Kaiteriteri
  • Stunning 1 hour 45 min cruise the length of the Abel Tasman National Park Coastline from Kaiteriteri to Totaranui—spot dolphins and seals
  • 60 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
Package
Rate
Return Package ex Nelson
$599pp
Route
Depart
Arrive
Nelson->Kaiteriteri
7:30am
8:40am
Kaiteriteri->Totaranui
9:20am
11:10am
Totaranui->Te Waikorupupu Springs
11:50am
1:10pm
Te Waikorupupu Springs->Takaka Airport
1:50pm
2:00pm
Takaka->Nelson
2:20pm
2:50pm
 
Available: 
16 Dec-6 Apr 
Min: 2 fares

Abel Tasman Fly-Cruise ex Wellington

Package highlights include:

  • Stunning scenic flight from Wellington to Golden Bay over Abel Tasman pristine beaches
  • 60 minute scenic shuttle tour from Takaka to Totaranui Beach—learning about the history and environment of Golden Bay
  • Stunning 1 hour 50 min cruise the length of the Abel Tasman National Park Coastline to Kaiteriteri—spot dolphins and seals
  • Packed lunch
  • Shuttle transfer Kaiteriteri to Takaka
  • Return flight to Wellington
Package
Adult
Child
Return Package ex Wellington
$859pp
$779pp
Route
Depart
Arrive
Wellington-Takaka
9:00am
10:10am
Takaka-Totaranui
10:20am
11:20am
Abel Tasman Cruise
12:30pm
2:10pm
Kaiteriteri->Takaka
2:30pm
3:40pm
Takaka->Wellington
4:30pm
5:30pm
 
Available: 
16 Dec-6 Apr 
Min: 2 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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