DAY 4: Awaroa - Torrent Bay
5 km, approx. 2 hours walking (Easy Grade); 10 km, 4 hours sea kayaking.
Wake to breakfast overlooking the gardens of Meadowbank Homestead, watching the movement of the tides over golden sands. Walk with your guide to the golden expanse of Onetahuti Beach then paddle to Torrent Bay, through Tonga Island Marine Reserve and exploring hidden inlets along the way.
Depart Awaroa at around 9:30am for the scenic walk over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti. Here, your guide will settle you into your kayaks with full training and safety brief. Don't worry, you won’t leave the beach until your guide is satisfied you can safely negotiate the coast in your kayak. (If you are a travelling on your own, your Guide will find a suitable paddling partner for you).
Weather permitting, there's the opportunity to visit the Seal Colony on Tonga Island where New Zealand fur seals breed. It's often possible to spot new-born pups here in December and January.
Enjoy the sensation of paddling through the clear turquoise waters of the Park as we cruise past Tonga Quarry and the Tonga Arches, where your guide will explain the history of this granite area, pointing out some of the unusual natural features and relics from the historic quarry.
Midday, stop for lunch at sheltered Bark Bay, where you can take time out to explore, swim or relax on the golden sand.
After lunch, we continue our paddle, beach hopping along the coast with picture-postcard views, including the Falls River and Frenchman's Bay.
At around 4:30 pm paddle into Torrent Bay to be welcomed with refreshments and a hot shower in your ensuite room.
Torrent Bay Lodge
Breakfast, Morning & Afternoon tea, Lunch, Dinner