Promised Land Walking Tour
Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand.
Join our fascinating walking tour into the ancient heart of the Abel Tasman National Park. Get off the beaten track into the ancient Gondwanan beech forest of the upper Wainui Valley. Enjoy rich bird and plant life, amazing scenery and rugged pioneering history. Moderate walking ability required.
Prices: (valid until 31st Sept 18)
On our Promised Land tour you can expect:
An incredible walking tour through ‘the promised land’: a stunning van ride up the Takaka hill and through the fabled Canaan Downs, famous for its part in ‘Lord of the Rings’ and known worldwide for the Gathering and Luminate festivals held there.
A walk from the road end to Wainui hut takes us through ancient Gondwanan beech forests filled with a diversity of birds. This is the last bastion of our native parrots the Kaka and Kakariki in the park and they can be spotted in the wild or if we are lucky in the aviary, ready for their release, to bolster the wild populations.
Learn about the history, flora and fauna of this stunning corner of New Zealand and hear the story of Project Janszoon, working hard to restore the park to its former glory.
We are the only company doing this tour!
Who would enjoy this tour?
People looking to escape the crowds and have an unforgettable nature experience.
Specialists, photography, botany, birders etc.
Groups of up to 8 passengers.
Moderate walking ability required, might be a bit challenging for children under 6 years old.
Scenic Takaka hill drive, stunning vistas!
Yummy drinks and snacks.
4 hour walk through ancient forest. (3hr actual walking)
Crystal clear rivers.
Rare birds and the endangered Powelliphanta carnivorous land snail.
A visit to a classic NZ back country trampers hut.
Your awesome local guide!
Meet us at the boat ramp in Marahau First on the right after you get to the sea shore). We will have our van waiting for you there to start the day. Alternatively, if you fancy a lie in, meet us on the Riwaka side at a pre-arranged location at 8.45am.
We will then embark on a 45min ride up the fabled Takaka hill and across the Canaan Down’s tablelands, and up a private farm track to our parking spot at the old Sixtus House.
After morning refreshments and a toilet break, we walk up the gentle slope through a working sheep farm to the ridgeline. We then descend into the beech forest of the Wainui Track and onto the valley floor.
Get up close and personal with rare plants, a diversity of bird species, carnivorous snails and a sense of remoteness, not found on the busy coastal track.
Lunch at the frost flat of Wainui Hut, an old gold mining camp, or on the banks of the Wainui river, cooling your feet in the water.
A brisk walk to pump the heart and soul, back up to the vehicle for our ride home.
Return to Marahau or Riwaka, invigorated, satisfied, revived and relaxed with your new friends, ideas and knowledge.
Please wear shorts or if it’s colder then long pants that you can roll up, jeans tend to stay wet if they get wet, and may impact your comfort. Outdoor clothing and and sturdy shoes are essential for this trip. Bring and extra layer and be prepared for the sun. There are a few creek crossings, where you may get your feet wet, our guides are there to get you over safely and dry. We have limited spare clothes and some walking poles available.