Hikers - Walking time: approx. 7 hours/17km
This morning on your guided hike you depart Awaroa to walk over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti. Relax on the golden sand beach flanked by impressive granite headlands. Visit Tonga Quarry historic site. The lunch stop at midday is at Bark Bay, where you can relax, explore, swim or sunbathe on the golden sand beach. In the afternoon, enjoy a succession of magnificent views of headlands, estuaries and beaches, walking through native forest and crossing the swing bridge at Falls River. Continue on to Torrent Bay Lodge on the beachfront.
Kayak option - Walk to Onetahuti 1.5 hours (4 kms), Sea Kayak to Torrent Bay 4 hours (10 kms)
This morning your guided hike and kayak trip you will depart Awaroa 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 (if you are 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 you 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, you continue your paddle, beach hopping along the coast with picture-postcard views, including the Falls River and Frenchman's Bay. Paddle into Torrent Bay to be welcomed with refreshments and a hot shower in your ensuite room.