How to Kayak Abel Tasman on the Cheap

How to Kayak Abel Tasman on the Cheap

At the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island sits the stunning Abel Tasman National Park.

Exploring it as a tourist can be quite expensive whether its spent camping, hiking (water taxi services are usually required to reach further into the park) or a day spent kayaking, you can spend upwards of $100-$150 per person.


Unless of course you want to head through in the off season.

During the winter most companies aren't running tours because they need to start early and there tends to be a bit of frost in the air at that hour in July. If you're willing to bundle up a bit and wait for the sun to burn away the cold, you can kayak Abel Tasman for around $20 per person.

While the Kayak tour companies are shut for the season, Nelson Marlborough Insititute of Technology (NMIT) is busy training up more guides. If you manage to get your timing right, contact the Nelson Campus in advance, you can enjoy a full day out on the water including lunch and snacks.


Travel tip shared by American Abroad


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