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Abel Tasman EcoTours
October 4, 2017
October 3, 2017

Abel Tasman Eco Tours provides a range of educational opportunities to students of any age to suit their relevant school curriculum.

We use the park as a classroom for passive and interactive learning experiences for small and large groups of students.

We can also come to your school for a pre-trip presentation and briefing covering anything from ecology, biodiversity, marine biology, conservation, pollution, small business and the like. We will then engage the students by taking them into the environment, usually with an activity led by the teacher and/or a tour.

School Tour Examples

There are a number of options, depending on the class size and time available. The minimum charter time is 3hrs.

A. Class size: 30 students. Duration: 3 hours. Total Cost: $600. Cost per Student: $20

Split class into two, group A boards vessel to circumnavigate Adele Island looking at seals, birds, other wildlife and conservation projects. This is a taster of the amazing story unfolding in the national park, explaining the human and biogeographical history of the park, the wildlife and showcasing work done by the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, Project Janszoon and Doc.

Group B spends time in Marahau, perhaps walking to Appletree Bay, or undertaking a scientific exercise such as Marine Metre Squared, or doing a beach clean-up.

After 1.5hrs the groups swap over.

B. Class Size: Up to 16. Time allowed 5 hours. Cost per Student: $50 (unguided) $60 (guided)

An extension of tour A, with an optional guided walk around Pitt Head looking at the flora, fauna and trapping networks on this stunning ecological island. If unguided, the story will be told on the beach and the class will do the loop from Te Pukatea back to Te Pukatea.

Field Work

We can facilitate scientific field work for assignments.

Example: 5 minute bird counts. Class size: Up to 16 students. Duration: 4 hours. Cost per student: $50.

Split group in two, Group A goes to predator free Adele Island for their first transect, allowing 1.5hrs on shore. Group B goes to Observation Beach or Cyathea Cove for their control site transect, 1.5 hrs on shore. Both groups swap. If time allows, a short visit to the seal colony at the top of Adele Island.

Please contact us with your ideas for your class and we will endeavour to provide you with the perfect solution.


We can come into your class to provide a presentation on the following: An introduction to the class field trip, ‘Love your coast’ (pollution awareness), tourism, career inspiration. Price by negotiation.

Anything is possible, just ask and we will work to your school’s requirements and suggest what may be suitable.

Experiencing Marine Reserves

Ask about this exciting programme, one off snorkel days or full courses can be arranged.

Golden Future co-ordinates and delivers programmes from the following organisations:

- Experiencing Marine Reserves

- Love Your Coast

- Marine Metre Squared

We are happy to talk and tailor a programme to your school’s requirements, and have worked with local schools, including:

- Nayland College

- Nelson Boys College

- Hampton Hill School

Teacher Testimonial

I was looking for a new location and activity for a research assessment with my year 11 Geography class. I settled on looking at the impacts of work being done in Abel Tasman National Park by Project Janszoon. My idea was to carry out five minute bird counts on Adele Island (which is pest free) and compare it to a control site on the mainland (with partial pest control).Stew’s services were exactly what I needed to solve my logistical problems in getting students to these locations in a safe, efficient and professional manner. His vessel is purpose built and comfortable. Stew carries reference texts on board which I found very useful. Stew’s own knowledge of the park is impressive, be it within an historical, ecological or environmental context.This activity has become my ‘flagship’ fieldtrip for year 11. Stew’s input was essential to the success of the activity. Asides from acting in a transportation capacity, Stew acquired the appropriate permits, he supplied an additional supervisor for students during data collection, and modified his normal tour programme to suit our needs. I appreciate also the considerable concession Stew gave to us as a school; thus making the activity viable from a financial perspective. I look forward to working with Stew and utilising his services next year and beyond.

Ken Ross & Nelson College

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