Visit Marahau, Tasman, NZ

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  • Marahau is a small beach settlement beside Abel Tasman National Park in the north-west South Island. Its golden sand beaches and clear waters are popular for swimming and kayaking, as well sailing, water-skiing and scuba diving.

    Marahau is a small, relaxed holiday settlement without significant industry apart from tourism. Water taxis operate from the township to reach area of coast in the National Park, including Waiharakeke Bay, Torrent Bay Anchorage, Onetahua Beach and Bark Bay.

    Visitors to Marahau can enjoy horse riding at an equestrian centre and along the beach. There is also the opportunity to swim with seals.

    Fishing and diving around Marehau are as good as anywhere in the region. Divers can enjoy the marine reserve at Tonga Island, while fishers should be able to catch delicious Blue Cod, Groper and other deep-water species.

    Accommodation in Marahau (NZ)

    Marahau has a motel and bed & breakfast accommodation providers, some of whom also offer self-contained chalets. There is a range luxury and eco-lodges in the immediate area.

    Camping and backpacking holidaymakers are catered for at beach camps.

    Holiday homes and cottages are available to rent.

    Transport around Marahau

    Marehau is served by shuttle bus and water taxi services from nearby locations.

    The nearest airport is at Nelson, with flights available to Wellington and Christchurch.

    Marehau can be reached by cycle from nearby towns such as Kaiteriteri, where mountain bikes are available for rental.

    Tourist Activities around Marahau

    A number of sea kayak hire and guided tour companies operate at Marahau, with trips regularly taken along the coast of the Abel Tasman National Park to the north.

    Swimming,sailing and boating are popular activities at Marahau beach. There are also opportunities to swim with seals, or try scuba diving.

    There are a number of shorter bush walks and mountain bike trails within easy reach of Marahau. Longer walks within the National Park are only minutes away.

    An equestrian centre at Marahau provides horse riding lessons and organised treks along the coast.

    There are few shops at Marahau. But a café and beachfront restaurant provide refreshments and fine dining.

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