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Abel Tasman National Park - Private Charter Boat Cruising

The tour starts with a transfer from Stonefly Lodge after breakfast to Stevens Bay at the south end of Abel Tasman National Park. Here your private charter catamaran awaits in a secluded bay. After boarding your boat at Stephens Bay we cruise around the headland to Split Apple Rock, taking our time to enable you to get the best views and photos during your scenic cruise. Here you may see several shags drying their wings above the warm rocks after their early morning fishing.

The cruise itinerary is flexible so if there is something to see on your day trip, like dolphins riding the bow wave or New Zealand fur seals fishing, then we'll go take a look. Similarly if there's a particular bay you want to visit or park feature you want to see, then please do let the skipper know and he'll try to accommodate your wishes.

After we've said goodbye to the seals we find a sheltered bay for a light lunch. You can swim, sea kayak, go ashore for a bush walk, or just relax on board while we prepare your lunch. We have plenty of snorkelling equipment if you are keen to work up an appetite and kayaks on board for your enjoyment.

We provide a delicious platter style lunch with fresh local ingredients.

We aim to show you the beauty of New Zealand's Abel Tasman National Park and the Tonga Island marine reserve in a relaxed and unhurried day with us aboard the Taranui. We provide towels, lunch, sunscreen, sea kayaks, snorkelling gear and lifejackets. Please bring your own camera, hat, sunglasses, warm jacket (just in case ...), swimming gear, and hiking shoes. Opportunities for a short hike are available if required. Your charter boat returns to Stevens Bay at around 4 pm where you will be taken back to Stonefly Lodge.

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