Marahau is not only home to Kahu Kayaks and its unforgettable sea kayaking experiences, but this beautiful settlement also guards the eastern entrance to Abel Tasman National Park, making it the perfect place to stay all year round.
With a population of around 500 people, Marahau is situated 19 kilometres north of Motueka. It has a beautiful, family-friendly beach, local cafes, there is also a small shop for those last minute items.
There are a couple of great eating spots in Marahau, including the popular ‘Hooked on Marahau’, the go-to place for a memorable locally-sourced food experience in Marahau. This waterfront café, beer garden and restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and they take reservations and walk-ins. They also sell packed lunches and coffee to go – perfect for those heading out on one of many Abel Tasman adventures. Hooked on Marahau is open from October to April.
Another great eating establishment is The Park Café. Established in 1986, this is the go-to café for beautiful wood-fired pizzas, local seafood and organic, spray-free fruit and vegetables. The Park Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8am – 5pm from September through to May.
Marahau offers a wide range of backpackers, campgrounds, cosy guesthouses or stylish chalets. Including some which has been rated New Zealand’s best. All are within walking distance of Kahu Kayaks and the cafes and eateries in the village. Marahau is also well serviced with public transport, including Abel Tasman Coachlines, which in summer runs twice a day between Marahau and Nelson.