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Awaroa Escape$82.00

  • At Onetahuti beach/Tonga Quarry you can see Tonga Island which is surrounded by the marine reserve

  • At Tonga Quarry you can see still remnants of the quarry and see leftover drilled slabs of granite

AquaTaxi to Bark Bay or Onetahuti Beach and then walk to Awaroa Bay (11.4km or 3hrs from Bark Bay, 5.3km or 1hr from Onetahuti Beach) where you may purchase a delicious lunch at the Awaroa Lodge (café booking advisable).

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Awaroa Escape Journey

  • 1 Aqua Taxi from Marahau & Kaiteriteri to Anchorage


    You will pass several off-shore islands which provide a protected habitat for native wildlife. This stretch of water is called the Astrolabe Roadstead named by Dumont Durville. Roadstead was a term early seafarers used to describe safe sheltered waters.

    Places of interest: Kaiteriteri, Aqua Taxi Marahau Base, Aqua Taxi Kaiteriteri Base, Marahau, Split Apple Rock, Anchorage, Te Pukeatea Bay, Adele Island, Fisherman Island, Torrent Bay

  • 2 Aqua Taxi from Anchorage to Bark Bay


    This stretch of coastline can only be viewed from the water. You will see lots of interesting rocky outcrops and rock formations. Sandfly Bay and Falls River are beautiful spots. On a high tide (and time dependent) you can go up Falls River and see the people walking across the Swing Bridge.

    Places of interest: Anchorage, Torrent Bay, Bark Bay

  • 3 Walk from Bark Bay to Onetahuti (optional)


    The walk between Bark Bay and Onetahuti Beach will take about 2 hrs and is 6.1kms in length. Bark Bay got its name from the time when trees there were originally stripped of their bark to be used in a Nelson tannery. Onetahuti Beach looks out across Tonga Bay. Tonga is the Maori word for south and is also the name of the Marine Reserve; the third in New Zealand to be next to a national park.

    Places of interest: Bark Bay, Onetahuti Beach

  • 4 Walk from Onetahuti to Awaroa


    Crossing over the low hills between Onetahuti Beach and Awaroa is a nice walk. Look out for the large Mamuku - the largest tree fern in New Zealand.

    Places of interest: Onetahuti Beach, Awaroa Lodge, Awaroa Beach

  • 5 Aqua Taxi from Awaroa to Onetahuti


    This stretch of coastline crosses the boundary of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. You will see a lot of interesting eroded granite; take note of the colours caused by iron oxide and granite. Pass the inlet for Shag Harbour mostly accessible by kayak on a high tide. Look out for a huge round boulder similar to split apple rock - (estimated the size of a small house) sitting out on its own in the azure waters.

    Places of interest: Onetahuti Beach, Tonga Island, Awaroa Beach

  • 6 Aqua Taxi from Onetahuti to Bark Bay


    You are entering the middle of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. You will see Tonga Island prominent in the distance which has one of the largest seal populations in the park. All of our boats hold a marine mammal viewing permit - so we can view all marine life from a distance of 20 metres. We stop at Tonga or Pinnacle Island and spend time viewing the seals

    Places of interest: Onetahuti Beach, Tonga Island

  • 7 Aqua Taxi return journey from Bark Bay to Marahau & Kaiteriteri

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