OVERVIEW

The Abel Tasman Coast Track with its spectacular coastlines and untamed natural wilderness is one of the world's most acclaimed end-to-end walking experiences. This walk spans the whole route, from Marahau to Wainui Bay.

More sunshine hours than anywhere else in New Zealand work in your favour as you hike the Abel Tasman track, famous for its pristine golden sands and crystal-clear waters. Deep pools in freshwater streams and isolated beaches beckon you in for a swim.

You will be treated to 4-star accommodation and sumptuous meals at Awaroa Lodge, private transfers, and the best of creature comforts available in Marahau village for an unsurpassed, fully immersive experience.

Highlights

  • Walk the entire stunning Abel Tasman Coast Track from Marahu to Wainui Bay
  • Spectacular coastline including one-of-a-kind views over gorgeous golden coves, sparkling waters, and native forest
  • Stacks of opportunities to take a swim in crystal clear waters
  • Forests filled with birdsong and lush rainforest gullies packed with majestic tree ferns
  • Optional walk to Separation Point lighthouse
  • Stay in 4-star luxury at Awaroa Lodge, with sumptuous a la carte dinners

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Chance to ride out on longer walks greater than 12km. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.  C

PRICE FROM
$ 2695

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 795

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of a room when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6

DAY 1
Abel Tasman Track

The trip starts with a private transfer from Nelson to Marahau. Alternatively, if you are driving you can choose to start in Marahau. Relax in comfort in lovely accommodation directly adjacent to the park. Take a stroll along the beach, explore the boardwalk at the southern end of the track, or venture up in the hinterland behind the village. Or just sit and relax and enjoy the magnificent natural surroundings.

Walking: Easy / 2 -4 km / 1 -2 hours
Meals: Dinner at a nearby restaurant
Accommodation: Abel Tasman Lodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 2
Torrent Bay to Marahau

Transfer by water taxi to the start of this day’s walk on the Abel Tasman. Stroll off the golden sands of Torrent Bay Beach and within moments you’re in verdant native forest. Today’s highlights include a short detour to Cleopatra’s Pool where you can take a dip in the crystal-clear freshwater. On towards Anchorage Bay and a very pleasant walk back to Marahau marvelling at the views over coves and bays.

Walking: Moderate / 15 km/ 5 – 5.5 hrs
Elevation: +605m / – 610m
Meals: Breakfast and walkers’ lunch
Accommodation: Abel Tasman Lodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 3
Totaranui (Place of big Totara Trees) to Wainui Bay

Today’s walk to Totaranui is one of the best. There are epic views across Golden Bay, Farewell Spit, and the open ocean to the north. There is also some of the oldest native forest on the walk and remote beaches punctuate the track regularly. An optional walk to Separation Point lighthouse is on the menu if you’re willing. Long-nosed fur seals and gannet breeding initiatives for fauna lovers and a wilder wind-swept feel to this much less visited part of the track adds a few more dimensions to this walk.

Walking: Moderate / 16 km / 5 to 5.5 hrs
Elevation: +785m / -790m
Meals: Breakfast and walkers’ lunch
Accommodation: Abel Tasman Lodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 4
Torrent Bay to Awaroa

A fabulously smooth track through wonderful surroundings as you walk north from Torrent Bay. There are magnificent views as you make your way along the coast, moving inland through massive tree ferns some of which are over 100 years old. Today, like every day on this wonderful track, there are multiple opportunities to take a swim in the sea, in water so clear that you will think you are in the Mediterranean.

Walking: Moderate /14km / 4 – 5.5 hrs
Elevation: +755m / -750 m
Meals: Breakfast, walkers’ lunch and 3-course dinner in Awaroa Lodge Restaurant
Accommodation: 4-star Awaroa Lodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 5
Awaroa to Totaranui

The easiest of the four days of walking, but with options for a bit more of a challenge via bonus extra walks at the northern and southern end of the main walk for those that are keen. Or just stick with the basics to allow you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the 4-star natural setting of Awaroa Lodge. Our last day of walking features more outstanding coastal views, beautiful forests, and the feeling of total immersion in this gorgeous part of New Zealand. Today we across Awaroa Estuary, which is only possible within a few hours of low tide, to make our way to Totaranui. Relax on the beach if you arrive early, take a swim, or explore the headland before the water taxi transfers you back to Awaroa Lodge inside the Abel Tasman National Park. This section will be walked in the opposite direction on days when low tide is in the afternoon.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 10km / 2.5 – 3.5 hours
Elevation: +310m / -320m
Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and 3-course dinner in Awaroa Lodge Restaurant
Accommodation: 4-star Awaroa Lodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 6
AWAROA TO MARAHAU AND YOUR ONWARD JOURNEY

A relaxed morning may include a walk on the beach, in the wetlands, or through the forest that surrounds the accommodation in the Abel Tasman National Park. After a delicious cooked breakfast in the lodge restaurant, you will be transferred by water taxi back to Marahau arriving at 12.00 pm (or onwards to Nelson Airport if needed, arriving about 1.00 pm).

Meals: Cooked breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Full access to the Abel Tasman National Park and its beauty
  • 5 nights accommodation in beautiful lodges including 4-star Awaroa lodge
  • Walk the entire track end to end pack free
  • A la carte meals at Awaroa Lodge including 2-course dinners
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 walkers lunches and 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive track notes, map case, insulated lunch bag and container
  • Enjoy the 26 years of our experience in organising self-guided walking holidays

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

The highlight on our Abel Tasman walk means staying right in the middle of Abel Tasman National Park for two nights and being able to explore the area at your own leisure. The luxury of the Awaroa Lodge is an additional bonus. The lodge has a long history which you’ll learn more about once you arrive and the staff are ready to help in any way they can. Why not add a day at end of the trip and really relax? The dinners at Awaroa are 2 course a la carte and the cooked breakfasts are also prepared by Awaroa’s professional chefs.

  • NIGHT'S 1, 2 & 3

  • NIGHT'S 4 & 5

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - ~AVERAGE

Distance training should be a consideration in your overall training program, so take every opportunity you can to walk. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 16km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs.

If you do not have access to hills, it is essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible such as on a treadmill or stair climber. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Also, prioritising resistance weight training will help you develop overall muscle strength.  Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels if you are able to. Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

UNEVEN TERRAIN

Preparation for hiking on uneven terrain demands a blend of physical and mental readiness.

Begin with balance-enhancing exercises, such as one-legged stands and stability ball workouts, laying a groundwork for stability and coordination. Strengthening the lower body is especially important, achieved through the incorporation of squats, lunges, and step-ups. Gradually increase the complexity of the terrain on which you walk, moving from gravel paths to rocky trails. Cultivate mindfulness during your practice, directing focused attention to both your immediate surroundings and precise foot placement.

The importance of suitable footwear cannot be overstated; prioritise options that offer robust support and reliable grip to navigate varying terrains with confidence. Build endurance through consistent hikes, progressively increasing distance and difficulty.

FLAT TERRAIN

Whilst training for walking on flat, hard terrain focus on building endurance and ensuring you can maintain a comfortable pace.

Start with regular walks on sidewalks, roads, or paved paths to get used to the surface. Maintain a proper posture and engage your core muscles to support your back, keeping a steady gait. Ensure that you have comfortable, supportive footwear with adequate cushioning. If endurance is important, consider incorporating low-impact cross-training activities like swimming or cycling into your routine.

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY OF ABEL TASMAN WALK

This trip is not available from the end of April until the start of October. We also suggest that you book January and February well in advance and bear in mind the area gets very crowded with holidaymakers.

The end of December until the end of March is considered high season. Please bear in mind there will be additional costs for the Christmas and New Year period (22nd December – 7th January).

Spring (October to December) and autumn (March to end of April) are excellent times to walk!

WALKING

This track is smooth, well-graded, with mostly gentle ascents and descents. This is as good as it gets. Walks are about 14 km a day allowing you to explore the many isolated beaches and potentially add on some of the optional walks we have suggested.

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

Flights to Nelson are available from all major New Zealand centres. From Nelson, you will enjoy a private transfer to the beginning of the Abel Tasman Track. If you choose to self-drive, the roads (coastal or inland) from Christchurch are excellent and offer ample opportunities to explore on the way. Your vehicle can be left safely at your accommodation in Marahau. See getting there and away for Queen Charlotte for other alternatives if you are considering doing both walks.

WEATHER

December through February is usually warm to hot with excellent swimming weather. But as mentioned please book well in advance for January and February due to the summer school holidays. March through May and September to November is usually cooler, with long sunny days, perfect for walking.

See the New Zealand Meteorological Service for information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For almost 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

MAP

ABEL TASMAN MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Oct 2023 - 25 Apr 2024
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $795
  • 1 Oct 2024 - 25 Apr 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $825
  • 22 Dec 2024 - 30 Mar 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2895

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $875

    High Season

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Overview

OVERVIEW

The Abel Tasman Coast Track with its spectacular coastlines and untamed natural wilderness is one of the world's most acclaimed end-to-end walking experiences. This walk spans the whole route, from Marahau to Wainui Bay.

More sunshine hours than anywhere else in New Zealand work in your favour as you hike the Abel Tasman track, famous for its pristine golden sands and crystal-clear waters. Deep pools in freshwater streams and isolated beaches beckon you in for a swim.

You will be treated to 4-star accommodation and sumptuous meals at Awaroa Lodge, private transfers, and the best of creature comforts available in Marahau village for an unsurpassed, fully immersive experience.

Highlights

  • Walk the entire stunning Abel Tasman Coast Track from Marahu to Wainui Bay
  • Spectacular coastline including one-of-a-kind views over gorgeous golden coves, sparkling waters, and native forest
  • Stacks of opportunities to take a swim in crystal clear waters
  • Forests filled with birdsong and lush rainforest gullies packed with majestic tree ferns
  • Optional walk to Separation Point lighthouse
  • Stay in 4-star luxury at Awaroa Lodge, with sumptuous a la carte dinners

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Chance to ride out on longer walks greater than 12km. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.  C

PRICE FROM
$ 2695

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 795

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6

DAY 1
Abel Tasman Track

The trip starts with a private transfer from Nelson to Marahau. Alternatively, if you are driving you can choose to start in Marahau. Relax in comfort in lovely accommodation directly adjacent to the park. Take a stroll along the beach, explore the boardwalk at the southern end of the track, or venture up in the hinterland behind the village. Or just sit and relax and enjoy the magnificent natural surroundings.

Walking: Easy / 2 -4 km / 1 -2 hours
Meals: Dinner at a nearby restaurant
Accommodation: Abel Tasman Lodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 2
Torrent Bay to Marahau

Transfer by water taxi to the start of this day’s walk on the Abel Tasman. Stroll off the golden sands of Torrent Bay Beach and within moments you’re in verdant native forest. Today’s highlights include a short detour to Cleopatra’s Pool where you can take a dip in the crystal-clear freshwater. On towards Anchorage Bay and a very pleasant walk back to Marahau marvelling at the views over coves and bays.

Walking: Moderate / 15 km/ 5 – 5.5 hrs
Elevation: +605m / – 610m
Meals: Breakfast and walkers’ lunch
Accommodation: Abel Tasman Lodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 3
Totaranui (Place of big Totara Trees) to Wainui Bay

Today’s walk to Totaranui is one of the best. There are epic views across Golden Bay, Farewell Spit, and the open ocean to the north. There is also some of the oldest native forest on the walk and remote beaches punctuate the track regularly. An optional walk to Separation Point lighthouse is on the menu if you’re willing. Long-nosed fur seals and gannet breeding initiatives for fauna lovers and a wilder wind-swept feel to this much less visited part of the track adds a few more dimensions to this walk.

Walking: Moderate / 16 km / 5 to 5.5 hrs
Elevation: +785m / -790m
Meals: Breakfast and walkers’ lunch
Accommodation: Abel Tasman Lodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 4
Torrent Bay to Awaroa

A fabulously smooth track through wonderful surroundings as you walk north from Torrent Bay. There are magnificent views as you make your way along the coast, moving inland through massive tree ferns some of which are over 100 years old. Today, like every day on this wonderful track, there are multiple opportunities to take a swim in the sea, in water so clear that you will think you are in the Mediterranean.

Walking: Moderate /14km / 4 – 5.5 hrs
Elevation: +755m / -750 m
Meals: Breakfast, walkers’ lunch and 3-course dinner in Awaroa Lodge Restaurant
Accommodation: 4-star Awaroa Lodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 5
Awaroa to Totaranui

The easiest of the four days of walking, but with options for a bit more of a challenge via bonus extra walks at the northern and southern end of the main walk for those that are keen. Or just stick with the basics to allow you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the 4-star natural setting of Awaroa Lodge. Our last day of walking features more outstanding coastal views, beautiful forests, and the feeling of total immersion in this gorgeous part of New Zealand. Today we across Awaroa Estuary, which is only possible within a few hours of low tide, to make our way to Totaranui. Relax on the beach if you arrive early, take a swim, or explore the headland before the water taxi transfers you back to Awaroa Lodge inside the Abel Tasman National Park. This section will be walked in the opposite direction on days when low tide is in the afternoon.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 10km / 2.5 – 3.5 hours
Elevation: +310m / -320m
Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and 3-course dinner in Awaroa Lodge Restaurant
Accommodation: 4-star Awaroa Lodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 6
AWAROA TO MARAHAU AND YOUR ONWARD JOURNEY

A relaxed morning may include a walk on the beach, in the wetlands, or through the forest that surrounds the accommodation in the Abel Tasman National Park. After a delicious cooked breakfast in the lodge restaurant, you will be transferred by water taxi back to Marahau arriving at 12.00 pm (or onwards to Nelson Airport if needed, arriving about 1.00 pm).

Meals: Cooked breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Full access to the Abel Tasman National Park and its beauty
  • 5 nights accommodation in beautiful lodges including 4-star Awaroa lodge
  • Walk the entire track end to end pack free
  • A la carte meals at Awaroa Lodge including 2-course dinners
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 walkers lunches and 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive track notes, map case, insulated lunch bag and container
  • Enjoy the 26 years of our experience in organising self-guided walking holidays
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

The highlight on our Abel Tasman walk means staying right in the middle of Abel Tasman National Park for two nights and being able to explore the area at your own leisure. The luxury of the Awaroa Lodge is an additional bonus. The lodge has a long history which you’ll learn more about once you arrive and the staff are ready to help in any way they can. Why not add a day at end of the trip and really relax? The dinners at Awaroa are 2 course a la carte and the cooked breakfasts are also prepared by Awaroa’s professional chefs.

  • NIGHT'S 1, 2 & 3

  • NIGHT'S 4 & 5

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - ~AVERAGE

Distance training should be a consideration in your overall training program, so take every opportunity you can to walk. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 16km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs.

If you do not have access to hills, it is essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible such as on a treadmill or stair climber. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Also, prioritising resistance weight training will help you develop overall muscle strength.  Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels if you are able to. Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

UNEVEN TERRAIN

Preparation for hiking on uneven terrain demands a blend of physical and mental readiness.

Begin with balance-enhancing exercises, such as one-legged stands and stability ball workouts, laying a groundwork for stability and coordination. Strengthening the lower body is especially important, achieved through the incorporation of squats, lunges, and step-ups. Gradually increase the complexity of the terrain on which you walk, moving from gravel paths to rocky trails. Cultivate mindfulness during your practice, directing focused attention to both your immediate surroundings and precise foot placement.

The importance of suitable footwear cannot be overstated; prioritise options that offer robust support and reliable grip to navigate varying terrains with confidence. Build endurance through consistent hikes, progressively increasing distance and difficulty.

FLAT TERRAIN

Whilst training for walking on flat, hard terrain focus on building endurance and ensuring you can maintain a comfortable pace.

Start with regular walks on sidewalks, roads, or paved paths to get used to the surface. Maintain a proper posture and engage your core muscles to support your back, keeping a steady gait. Ensure that you have comfortable, supportive footwear with adequate cushioning. If endurance is important, consider incorporating low-impact cross-training activities like swimming or cycling into your routine.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY OF ABEL TASMAN WALK

This trip is not available from the end of April until the start of October. We also suggest that you book January and February well in advance and bear in mind the area gets very crowded with holidaymakers.

The end of December until the end of March is considered high season. Please bear in mind there will be additional costs for the Christmas and New Year period (22nd December – 7th January).

Spring (October to December) and autumn (March to end of April) are excellent times to walk!

WALKING

This track is smooth, well-graded, with mostly gentle ascents and descents. This is as good as it gets. Walks are about 14 km a day allowing you to explore the many isolated beaches and potentially add on some of the optional walks we have suggested.

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

Flights to Nelson are available from all major New Zealand centres. From Nelson, you will enjoy a private transfer to the beginning of the Abel Tasman Track. If you choose to self-drive, the roads (coastal or inland) from Christchurch are excellent and offer ample opportunities to explore on the way. Your vehicle can be left safely at your accommodation in Marahau. See getting there and away for Queen Charlotte for other alternatives if you are considering doing both walks.

WEATHER

December through February is usually warm to hot with excellent swimming weather. But as mentioned please book well in advance for January and February due to the summer school holidays. March through May and September to November is usually cooler, with long sunny days, perfect for walking.

See the New Zealand Meteorological Service for information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For almost 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

Map

MAP

ABEL TASMAN MAP

Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Oct 2023 - 25 Apr 2024
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2695

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $795
  • 1 Oct 2024 - 25 Apr 2025
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $825
  • 22 Dec 2024 - 30 Mar 2025
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2895

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $875
Faqs

FAQS

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Traverse the world heritage-listed Kumano Kodo, hiking the beautiful Kii Peninsula. Soak in onsens, stay in Japanese accommodation, and savour traditional Japanese meals.

Self-guided 7 Days From $2595 Moderate to Challenging What's Included

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BACK
What's Included
  • Walk the entire Kumano Kodo Nakahechi from end to end via magnificent shrines ending at the glorious Nachi waterfall and temple complex
  • Walk pack free with luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation
  • 6 nights stay in an intimate family-run or small traditional Japanese lodgings, some with in-house onsens
  • Superb traditional multi-course meals for breakfast and dinner each day on the walk. Plus 4 walkers lunches
  • Itineraries can be flexible to shorten the walking or slow the trip down by adding more rest days
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s authored comprehensive track notes and  maps
  • 24/7 support from our representatives on the ground

Flinders Ranges 8 days

Self-guided

Walk the Heysen Track from the trailhead at Parachilna to Black Gap. Epic hikes to Tanderra Saddle, St Mary’s Peak, through Wilpena Pound & up to Rawnsley Bluff

Self-guided 8 Days From $2795 Moderate to Challenging What's Included

Flinders Ranges 8 days

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What's Included
  • All-inclusive 8-day pack free walking holiday
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in rooms with ensuites
  • All meals, including breakfasts, walkers lunches, and chef-cooked a la carte two-course dinners
  • Campfire bbq dinner under the stars on the first night
  • All luggage transport and vehicle transfers
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • National Park admission
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s representatives on the ground

Blue Mountains Traverse 7 Day

Self-guided

World Heritage Blue Mountains NP. Cliff-top trails, descend into the densely forested Jamison & Waterfall Valleys.

Self-guided 7 Days From $2455 Moderate to Challenging What's Included

Blue Mountains Traverse 7 Day

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What's Included
  • The best of the Blue Mountains walks
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in excellent rooms with ensuites
  • Cooked or continental breakfast each morning you are walking, walkers lunches each walking day and select ala carte dinners at local restaurants
  • Vehicle transfers and luggage transport
  • We shift along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • Scenic world Railway, Skyway & Gondola all-day pass & National Park admission
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s transfer company and representatives on the ground

The Great Ocean Walk – 8 Days

Self-guided

Walk the entire 104km Great Ocean Walk track along dramatic coastlines from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles.

Self-guided 8 Days From $3155 Moderate What's Included

The Great Ocean Walk – 8 Days

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What's Included
  • 8 day pack free walking holiday
  • Great Ocean walk end to end & return transfer to Apollo Bay.
  • 7 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • Breakfasts, two-course dinners and substantial Walkers Lunches
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating much more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • Bag transfers and 24/7 support with our Auswalk’s driver and local partner network on the ground
  • National Park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag and container

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