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Abel Tasman Vista Cruise

  • See the best of the Abel Tasman National Park from the sea
  • Take in sights including Split Apple Rock and the Tonga Island Marine Reserve
  • Optional beach stops to explore inland on foot
Abel Tasman Vista Cruise
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Abel Tasman Vista Cruise with optional short walk or beachstop
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Abel Tasman Vista Cruise with optional short walk or beachstop
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Home to pristine bays, dense forests, and soaring headlands, the Abel Tasman National Park boasts some of New Zealand’s most beautiful coastal scenery—but to appreciate it fully, you have to take to the sea. On this tour, cruise the South Island’s coastal waters and discover top attractions including Split Apple Rock and the Tonga Island Marine Reserve—with live commentary and optional beach stops.
What to Expect
Let us show you the best of Abel Tasman National Park with Vista Cruise departures every day, year-round, from Kaiteriteri at 9.20 am, cruising all the way to Totaranui, calling in at idyllic bays and islands, then returning at 4.15 pm. During our summer months (1 October to 30 April) there are three Vista Cruise departures from Kaiteriteri to Totaranui and return:
• Depart 9.20 am, return 12.55 pm
• Depart 10.30 am, return 2.40 pm
• Depart 1.00 pm, return  4.15 pm.During this time you can experience the length of the spectacular Tasman Bay coast in a morning or afternoon, or take a full day. 
From open or enclosed viewing decks, you have the opportunity to take photographs of our famous Split Apple Rock. Cruise into Tonga Island Marine Reserve and pause to see what the resident seal colony is up to. Skim past golden beaches and forested hillsides, and get close to picturesque bays as walkers and kayakers are transferred to the beach. 
Relax on board with comfortable seating around tables on upper and lower decks. Bring a picnic, order one of our delicious picnic lunches, or choose from our seasonal menu of tasty light meals, plus hot and cold drinks at the onboard licensed cafe. 
If you would like to join the action, book a beach stop with walking or guided sea kayaking to spend some time ashore in this breath-taking National Park.
Your scenic cruises features:
• Front loading ramp for easy, safe, comfortable beach transfers
• Your skipper provides interpretative commentary to introduce you to a landscape full of stories 
• Maps and interpretative notes in six different languages
• You can choose, sun and fresh air on the top deck, or relax on the sheltered lower deck We can book coach transfers for you from Nelson or Motueka (extra cost).
Reviews (25)
1 - 5 of 25 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago
Shortest 2 hours cruising

We booked what we were led to believe was a 2+ hour cruise along the beautiful coastline of the Able Tasman National Park. In fact we sailed for 30 minutes then offloaded on to a beach , for which we were totally unprepared as we...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank 321doris
Reviewed 6 days ago
Superlative Service!

There is no better way to explore Abel Tasman! Our hosts were courteous in the extreme and highly competent. My wife and I spent one overnight in the Torrent Bay Lodge with our 5 month old daughter. Our host, Brook, and chef, Robbie, along with...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank clintonium
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Best day ever

This was a brilliant day. So well organised. Beautiful cruise along the coast line, inside or outside depending on your tolerance to wind and sun. Informative crew. Every drop off and pick up,was well timed. The walking was tough but manageable from Tonga to Midlands....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank framboise1991
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great cruise along Abel Tasman coast

We only had a day to spend in the area and decided that a 5 hour cruise along the coast would be a good way to appreciate the beauty of our surrounfinished. We were not disappointed. We were lucky to have a cloudless day and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sue G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Very good but could not hear commentary

We took the vista cruise today which called all along the coast. The boat was fine but full. The captain took time to try and find the seals ( which we did) and gave us the opportunity to watch them. The cruise is very good...More

Thank FansofGreece
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4 December 2018|
Response from SandraW2128 |
Walk options range from beachstop with optional short walk, to 2 hrs, 4 hrs or 6 hrs. You can decide this on the day or when your reconfirm your trip the day before.
Isabella M
4 September 2018|
Response from SandraW2128 |
Yes it is. You can stay aboard for the full cruise, or opt to disembark for walk or beachstop option, then rejoin the boat on its next sailing.
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