Marine Reserve Express
Availability: Oct - Apr
Summer Departure(s): 8.30am
Trip duration: Half Day
Activity level: Moderate
Ideal for: People short on time
Kayak info: Onetahuti to Bark Bay
Cruise info: Marahau to Onetahuti: 1 hr 15 min. Bark Bay to Marahau: 1 hr.

Marine Reserve Express

From $225

Travel by water taxi to Onetahuti in the morning to join your guided kayak trip. Paddle with your expert local guide southward through the Tonga Island Marine Reserve visiting the friendly local wildlife. Your paddle finishes at Bark Bay where you either catch the 12:45pm water taxi directly back to Marahau, or chill out on the beach, catching the later 2:15pm or 3:45pm water taxi back to Marahau.

We run a daily shuttle bus to Marahau from Nelson and Motueka.  If you don’t have your own transport please give us a call on 0800 80 80 18 to add bus transfers to your booking.

  • Minimum age 14 years

What’s included in this tour?

Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Half day kayak hire
  • Water taxi transfers for you and your kayak


  • Water taxi from Marahau to Onetahuti
  • Kayak from Onetahuti to Bark Bay
  • Water taxi from Bark Bay to Marahau

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latest news!

Freedom Kayak Trips: All freedom kayak trips are operating as of now.
Guided Kayak Trips: All guided kayak trips will be operating from the 1st of Oct 2020.

From now until the 30th Sept 2020 we will not be operating guided kayak trips due to current covid-19 operational conditions with the exception of the Fantasy Island guided kayak trip.

our bus services are temporarily suspended until the 1st of november 2020