Photo: © The Cana Family

half day guided tours

Tata Islands provide a stunning backdrop as you launch straight into the Abel Tasman National Park.

Motu and Ngawhiti Islands (Tata Islands) are home to New Zealand's largest shag colony. We are lucky to have a beautiful granitic archway to paddle through. This is the perfect photo opportunity.  This arch is the gateway to stunning Wainui Bay, home of amazing rock formations and secluded golden beaches.

Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will fill you in on local tales and the history of the Abel Tasman National Park and surrounding area.

What is provided:

All safety equipment including life jacket, flares, first aid kit

Morning tea is provided, this includes tea, coffee and juice and yummies (this morning tea is quickly becoming world famous!)

What to bring:

Camera (we can supply a dry bag or camera case to keep your camera dry)

Sunblock, hat and sunglasses

Togs, towel and some warm clothes in case it gets chilly

Drinking water

Time: Starts: 9.00 am (briefing at 8.45am)

Returns: 12.30 pm approx

We require a minimum of 2 people for the tour


Family Tours

A magical experience for the whole family.

This affordable package for your family allows you to experience the Abel Tasman National Park.
We have no age restrictions in place. We cater for all ages with the right attitude.

We have two offshore islands that are home to NZ's largest shag colony.  Our resident seals will delight (if not home they are out fishing).  The archway to paddle through and the penguins that pop up occasionally will delight you and your children.

What is provided:

All safety equipment including life jacket, flares, first aid kit

Morning tea is provided; this includes tea, coffee and juice and yummies.

What to bring:

Camera (we can supply a dry bag or camera case to keep
your camera dry)
Sunblock, hat and sunglasses
Togs, towel and some warm clothes in case it gets chilly
Drinking water

Price: $40/kids(under 14)  Adults $85

Photo: © The Cana Family

Day/Hourly Freedom Hire

Freedom Kayak Adventures from Tata Beach, Northern gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park.
Kayaks and Sit on Top Kayaks available by the hour, half day and full day.

Explore on your own the breath taking Tata Islands (start of Abel Tasman National Park).  Home to New Zealand's largest colony of spotted shags nesting in the limestone cliffs. Paddle around awesome rock formations at Abel Tasman Point, including archways and caves. Cruise into Wainui Lagoon (high tide) or Wainui Bay, where you can look for stingrays and other sea life.

Picnic or sunbathe on gorgeous secluded beaches or continue along the National Park coastline as far as Taupo Point.

What to bring:

Warm, windproof top, swimming costume, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, drink, snack or lunch, camera (waterproof bag will be provided). Shorts and shoes that can get wet (no jeans).

Note: All kayakers will be given safety instruction, safety equipment and maps. Dry bags are available at no extra charge.

Sit on Tops can be used to visit other beaches or estuaries (e.g. Totaranui, Wanganui Inlet) for day or multi day hire.

*** PLEASE be at our base in Tata Beach at 8.30am on your start day for briefing.



Multi day hire

Paddle into Abel Tasman National Park from Golden Bay. Experience the magical northern end of the Abel Tasman and beyond.  We are the only tour operator that will allow you to paddle the full length of the Abel Tasman National Park.

We provide you with stable Dobbe Doubles. Also spray-skirts, life jackets, paddles, flares and, if required, a spot tracker or PLB . (Check Our Kayaks for the details about Dobbe Double)

You are responsible for your own safety and the equipment during the rental period. Sea kayaking has associated risks. Our requirements are:

•  Minimum number of two people

•  Everyone needs to be water confident

•  At least one member of each group must have previous experience in sea activities, outdoor weather, camping and map reading.

•  Minimum age 14 years old



Taupo Point Overnight Special

If you only have 2 days this is a great kayak/walk option. Overnight camping at a historic Maori pa site and visiting the seal colony at Separation point(weather dependent). This is an independent kayak hire in the Abel Tasman National Park.

*** PLEASE be at our base in Tata Beach at 8.30am on the day of trip for briefing.

This offers a taste of everything Abel Tasman National Park has to offer.
This part of the trip is weather dependent, land at Whawharangi and visit the historic Homestead.
Then walk out to the spectacular Separation Point, this is where the waters of Golden Bay and Tasman Bay meet. There is also a seal colony out here where you can watch them play for hours!

•  A leisurely paddling experience

•  A special sunset experience

•  Maori pa site

•  Overnight camping far from the madding crowd

•  One of the most beautiful beaches in the Abel Tasman National Park

•  Camping is amongst Kanuka trees or on the beach. No fires are permitted.

There is no running water.  Spare water containers are available.

Camping gear available for minimal cost.

This trip is unguided (independent hire).

For bookings go to our booking page and tick the 'Taupo Point Special' option.

Photo: © The Cana Family

Stand up paddle board hire

This is one of the most stunning paddle board locations you will ever encounter and the easiest way to experience the true Abel Tasman on a Stand Up Paddle Board. SUP or Stand Up Paddle boarding is the fastest growing sport in the world. We love this sport and this is why we are proud to have a qualified New Zealand SUP instructor.

We offer:

Lessons: Individuals, groups we can cater.  Starting at $50/couple for the first hour we can get you looking like a SUP star in less than an hour.  We cater for beginers and intermediate paddlers who just a need a bit of technique adjustment.

Freedom rentals: Had a bit of experience and keen to explore?  Starting at $20/hour you can go off and explore on your own but not before a safety briefing and initiation to the surrounds.

Guided Tours:  A brilliant way to see the area.  $90/person, includes board and equipment, guide and a delicious home built morning tea.

Sales: Love it so much you would like to take a board home?  No worries we can sort you out with a brand new one...


Gear Provided and What To Bring

Buoyancy vest (life jacket), spray deck, paddle, spare paddle, bailing device / pump, waterproof map, information sheet and tide tables, flares, sponges, rope sling.

Off street parking for your vehicle while you are away.

What To Bring:

Although storage compartments in the sea kayak are generally watertight, it is recommended that as an extra precaution you wrap water sensitive items in watertight bags (eg. plastic). The following items are recommended to be carried.

Clothing and Personal Gear:

Lots of warm clothing and dry changes of clothes (especially good are polyprops), warm jerseys, hats, gloves, long johns, waterproof jacket, shorts, bathing costume, sunglasses, sunhat, towel, insect repellent, medication for allergies or any medical condition, fist aid kit, toiletries and toilet paper, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, torch, shoes. Medium size backpacks fit inside the double kayaks.

Camping Gear: Tent, cooking gear, cutlery, pots and pans, cups and plates, matches, washing up gear, tent fly, candles, rope for clothes line. We have a limited quantity of camping gear for hire as well as wetsuits and snorkel gear.

Food and Water:

Plenty of food, (allow for an extra day). Water bottles (we have some available) and some method of treating the water for giardia (eg. by chemicals, filters or boiling). Luxury items like chocolate and wine!


safety briefing

Safety Briefing For Multi Day Hire : PLEASE be at our Tata Beach base at 3pm on the day before your trip for briefing.

Freedom rental customers are fully responsible for their own safety, and the equipment hired, once they set out. Therefore each customer must be able to wet exit from a kayak with a spray skirt attached (we will teach you how to in the safety briefing). If you have not done a wet exit in the water previously then we may do one as part of the safety briefing. In this case it is preferable to do this the day before you set off (this also allows you an early start).

Kayak Abel Tasman National Park

Each group must have at least one person who has had previous experience with the sea, and the outdoors, over an extended period of time. We do not rent to solo paddlers for safety reasons. Most customers will paddle in our large, comfortable, stable, double kayaks as single kayaks will only be rented to very experienced paddlers. The minimum age for multi day sea kayak rental is 14 years.

Allow 2 to 4 hours on the first day for safety briefing and packing the kayaks. Preferably most of the safety briefing can be done on the previous day, allowing you an early start on your rental day. As part of the safety briefing, we paddle the first part of the trip with you to answer any further questions you may have, to assess your capabilities, and to see you safely on your way.

Booking for DOC camp sites:

Department of Conservation camp passes are required for camping in Abel Tasman Park. These must  be pre-booked (cost $12.50/person/night). Be sure to read and understand the cancellation policy before paying.