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Slice of Paradise$82.00

  • Your skipper will stop at Tonga or Pinnacle Island to view the seals before dropping you off at Onetahuti

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

  • This section of track is considered the most picturesque section of the park

  • The track crosses The Falls River Swingbridge - 47 m in length

There are two trip options that allow for either a shorter or longer walk.

Option 1: Travel the length of the park on a scenic cruise to Totaranui and back to Onetahuti for a 2hr or 6.1km walk to Bark Bay.

Option 2: Travel the length of the park on a scenic cruise to Totaranui and back to Bark Bay for a 3.5hr or 12km walk through to Anchorage. Departure time 9am only.

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Slice of Paradise Journey

  • 1 Aqua Taxi from Marahau & Kaiteriteri to Anchorage

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    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

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    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 Aqua Taxi from Bark Bay to Onetahuti

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    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

  • 4 Aqua Taxi from Onetahuti to Awaroa

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    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

  • 5 Aqua Taxi from Awaroa to Totaranui

    Forest and sea look like they merge on this coastal section. Crossing the large open bay that joins Totaranui and Awaroa you will see what looks like endless long golden beaches.

    Places of interest: Awaroa Beach, Totaranui Beach

  • 6 Aqua Taxi return journey to Onetahuti or Bark Bay

  • 7 Option 1: Walk from Onetahuti to Bark Bay

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    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

  • 8 Option 2: Walk from Bark Bay to Anchorage

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    The section of track between Bark Bay & Anchorage Bay is the most walked on this coast. From Bark Bay to Torrent Bay takes about 2.5 hrs and is 7.8kms. The walk from Bark Bay to Anchorage is around 3.5 hrs and is 12kms. This section has some beautiful stands of large trees including Rimu, Totara and Rata. You pass through Torrent Bay settlement, this is the largest public settlement in the Park, it is mostly holiday homes.

    Places of interest: Anchorage, Torrent Bay, Bark Bay

  • 9 Aqua Taxi return journey to Marahau & Kaiteriteri

Departure Times

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Summer

January, February, March, April, October, November, December

9:00am, 10:30am

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Winter

May, June, July, August, September

9:30am

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