SUP Away - Te Tauihu

Mauao Adventures are proud to present


Tasman to Marlborough


This is a unique opportunity to join us on a SUP focused trip to Te Tauihu o Te Waka A Maui, otherwise known as the area from Abel Tasman to Picton at the top of the South Island of New Zealand.

Spend 9-10 delicious days with us meeting locals, experiencing ample time on the ocean and immersing in the environment. 
Accompanied by our experienced and qualified guide, this exclusive trip is tailored to the adventurous stand up paddler.



"Waka Abel Tasman" is an attraction that hosts waka ama experiences.  We spend a day with them adventuring their waters and learning about the area.
The "Waka Te Tasman" is a waka ama race situated in Kaiteriteri.  You will be encouraged to partake in this amazing waka ama race with us as we are entering a 6-person novice crew. Don't worry if you are a beginner, as we will be sure to get some practice in beforehand. More info on this to come with registration. 


We jump on a water shuttle and head up the coast to Tonga Island.  A marine reserve, host to New Zealand Fur Seals, we paddle this area and slip in some snorkel exploration.  On shore, Tonga Bay offers up some sunbathing and hiking options.


Toby from "Paddle Nelson" awaits our arrival in November.  An avid paddler, and maker of the "Moana" brand of stand up paddle gear, he's super keen to get us out on the Maitai River and show us around his district.



We don't leave the South without wetting our boards in the Marlborough Sounds. We catch a water shuttle to Endeavour Inlet, passing many other scenic areas along the way, and fingers crossed for some wildlife sightings. This final experience to top off our amazing South Island SUP adventure.


Wednesday 11 Nov
- Arrival into Nelson Airport. 
- Travel to our first location, Little Kaiteriteri
- Settle into accommodation


Thursday 12 Nov
- Paddle the Tasman area by waka ama with Waka Abel Tasman.


Friday 13 Nov
- Sea shuttle to Tonga Island with SUPs. 
- 3pm-7pm Singles/doubles races for Waka Te Tasman for anyone who wants to attend. 


Saturday 14 Nov
- Waka Te Tasman novice race for those participating. 
- Prizegiving and dinner for Waka Te Tasman race. 
- Otherwise free day in Kaiteriteri


Sunday 15 Nov
- Abel Tasman, Golden Bay road trip with SUPs. 


Monday 16 Nov 
- Depart to second location, Picton
- Stop in Nelson, paddle Maitai River with Moana NZ SUP


Tuesday 17 Nov 
- Free day in Picton. 
- SUP exploration from accommodation 


Wednesday 18 Nov 
- Sea shuttle to Endeavour Inlet with SUPs
- SUP, hike


Thursday 19 Nov
- Free day in Picton, departures from Blenheim Airport


Friday 20 Nov 
- Final departures from Blenheim Airport 


$2100 Full Trip
$1300 Just the Kaiteriteri Leg
$870 Just the Picton Leg
Plus credit card fees. (You don't have to pay by credit card). 
Mauao SUP Club member-only discount applies.


👉🏽 All road transport in Sth Island for people and boards. 
👉🏽 Accommodation - 5 nights in Kaiteriteri, 3 nights in Picton
👉🏽 Any SUP equipment needed, including board. 
👉🏽 Waka Abel Tasman experience. 
👉🏽 Waka hire and race entry for Waka Te Tasman novice race. 
👉🏽 Dinner for all at Waka Te Tasman prize-giving. 
👉🏽 Return sea shuttle to Tonga Island. 
👉🏽 Guided SUP tour in Nelson with Moana NZ SUP. 
👉🏽 Return sea shuttle to Endeavour Inlet. 
👉🏽 T-shirt. 
👉🏽 Flight transfers for paddles and other equipment. 
👉🏽 All health and safety covered for the entire trip. 
👉🏽 Qualified SUP and hiking guide, licensed passenger driver, Certified NZ SUP school. 


👈🏽 Flights 
👈🏽 Food, unless stipulated 
👈🏽 Extra baggage needed for inflatable SUP
👈🏽 Thurs 19 Nov extra night accommodation 

Things To Note

☝🏽 We are taking inflatable SUPs. This requires an extra baggage added to your flight.
☝🏽 We can provide all SUP equipment needed, or you can choose to bring your own. 
☝🏽 Food costs will be mostly shared with collective grocery shopping to cut costs, with additional eat-out times scheduled. 
☝🏽 We have shared accommodation, meaning shared facilities amongst ourselves, and possibly shared rooms with other participants.
☝🏽 More detailed information will be delivered upon registration, but these are the important issues that will affect additional expenses as listed in "Exclusions".


Interested in just doing the Kaiteriteri or Picton legs?

Kaiteriteri - Pick-up for this leg will be from Nelson Airport on Wednesday 11 Nov.  Drop off will be to Nelson Airport on Monday 16 Nov.

Picton - Pick-up for this leg will be from Nelson on Monday 11 Nov.  Drop off will be to Blenheim Airport on Thurs 19 Nov or Fri 20 Nov. 



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