Peppers Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park
Things To Do In The Area
Immerse yourself in nature and let the many colours and flavours of the region reinvigorate all your senses at this peaceful haven.
Whether you choose to relax or indulge in everything the region has to offer, you’re invited to enjoy the freedom and peaceful tranquility of a true outdoor paradise.
The coastline that lines the park offers kayaks the perfect way to explore the Abel Tasman. Guided or independently, sea kayaking showcases the beautiful park and sea life. Guided tours run from Marahau, Kaiteriteri and Golden Bay.
Abel Tasman Coastal Track
If you want to truly absorb New Zealand’s fresh air, dramatic landscapes, sounds of nature and wildlife, there is nothing better than hiking or taking a guided walk in the Abel Tasman National Park.
Classed as one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’, the track takes between 3 and 5 days to complete. It climbs around headlands and native forests, beautiful beaches and coves, each offers stunning vantage points with picturesque views up and down the coast.
For the ultimate walk, take a challenge and join the coastal walk to the Inland Track.
There are several short walks in the area surrounding Peppers Awaroa Lodge including the Wetland Walk and Sky Track. For a day trek, make sure you check the tide times at reception.
Here are 2 examples of day walks from Peppers Awaroa Lodge:
Remote Mutton Cove
Catch the early morning water taxi to Mutton Cove in the north of the park. From there, you can walk to Separation Point and view the Seal Colony. From there, you can walk back to Totaranui and catch a water taxi or for the more energetic continue all the way back to the Lodge.
Catch a water taxi down to Anchorage/Torrent Bay where your walk will begin. Enjoy some of the best scenery of the coastal track between Torrent and Bark Bay and continue up to Onetahuti and back over the hill to Awaroa. Depending on the tides, this walk can be done in reverse.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Note: Peppers Awaroa Lodge is located in the middle of 2 tidal crossings. This is crucial when planning your day walks from Peppers Awaroa Lodge. You have 2 hours either side of low tide to cross the Awaroa Inlet heading north. You have 4 hours either side of low tide to cross the tidal crossing at Onetahuti heading south. Due to the nature of the tides, most walks will involve walking in one direction and catching a water taxi to get back to the Lodge.
Kayaking is weather dependent but it doesn’t matter if you are an experienced kayaker or trying it for the first time. The guides are qualified to deal with every situation and all kayak trips are in double kayaks. Due to safety regulations, all sea kayakers must be accompanied by a guide. Trips are tailored specifically towards guests who are staying at Peppers Awaroa Lodge.
Our team can arrange tours for including: Tonga Island Seals and Guided Walk - meet at Onetahuti beach and kayak around the seal colony. Heading south, stop for lunch at Medlands beach and then a guided bush walk finishing at Torrent Bay. Water taxi back to Peppers Awaroa Lodge Seals and Remote Coast - meet at Onetahuti beach and kayak to the seal colony. Heading south, kayak down towards Bark Bay stopping at beaches and inlets along the way. Water taxi from Bark Bay back to Peppers Awaroa Lodge
Fishing is a popular pastime in the Abel Tasman National Park. Catch a brown trout or perhaps go further afield and do a spot of salmon fishing at the Anatoki Salmon farm. Let our team organize a charter to suit you.
On a clear, calm day there is no better place to be than sailing the crystal clear waters of the Abel Tasman National Park. There are many different options for sailing including half day and full day trips as well as private charters. Let our team arrange the trip for you.
Day trips from Nelson
Sail from Kaiteriteri to Anchorage and then to Peppers Awaroa Lodge or stay overnight on the boat in Anchorage and walk or catch the water taxi back to the lodge the following day.