Vision Australia Trek for Vision: New Zealand 2025 lockup

Join Vision Australia's CEO Ron Hooton on the Abel Tasman Track! Every step you take will help support people who are blind or have low vision live the life they choose.

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21-25 January 2025

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The Difference You'll Make

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Vision Australia estimates there are 453,000 people in Australia who are blind or have low vision. It is predicted that by 2030 this number will reach 564,000 in Australia, increasing the demand for their services by up to 30%, particularly amongst older Australians, with around 70% of their clients being over the age of 65.

At Vision Australia, clients are at the heart of everything they do. Like Bernadette, a dedicated Team Manager at Yarra Trams and Vision Australia volunteer from Victoria. At 65, Bernadette unexpectedly lost sight in her right eye due to Retinitis Pigmentosa, a disease that affects the retina and peripheral vision, and for which there is no cure. With no prior symptoms, Bernadette's vision changed rapidly after she noticed brown spots in her vision. Faced with this life-altering disease, Bernadette turned to Vision Australia's Quality Living Groups. Through their support, she was able to adapt and reclaim her independence.

The donations from this trek will enable Vision Australia to provide important services for the Quality Living Groups which Bernadette utilises as a Vision Australia client.

Quality Living Groups provide emotional, educational and support services to people adjusting to the challenge of vision loss. They provide an essential practical service to support the emotional and mental wellbeing of participants while connecting with others who share similar experiences.

Image of Vision Australia client walking along a footpath using her white cane.


 The best gift apart from all the support I've received from Vision Australia's staff, was joining a Quality Living Group. The connection was life changing. From that 65-year-old woman too scared to walk down a footpath, too scared to go into shopping centres and crowds, I was given the ability to grieve my vision loss and be respected, and the ability to reformulate my identity. I can live a fulfilling independent life with support because of the Quality Living Groups” Bernadette says.image

How it works

Embark on an exciting new challenge in 2025 and join us for Trek for Vision to explore the breathtaking Abel Tasman Track in New Zealand! Vision Australia and Inspired Adventures are partnering together once again to bring you this once in a lifetime experience with Vision Australia’s CEO Ron Hooton, Vision Australia clients and like minded supporters to hike and raise funds to help support people who are blind or have low vision to live the life they choose.

Over five glorious days you’ll walk 53 kilometres, passing through mature beech and rata forests, along secluded golden beaches, and to picturesque historic sites in the South Island of New Zealand.



Pay upfront or in flexible instalments.
Cancel more than 90 days before departure to receive refund options (excluding deposit).
For more details, see our FAQs.

Make a difference

Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to worthwhile causes.

You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.


Be part of a team

Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.

Trip notes

Day 1, Tuesday, 21 January 2025: Nelson to Awaroa via Totaranui 

This morning we will meet in Nelson and meet the rest of our team and guides. We will first have a tour briefing and some last-minute luggage organisation before we depart to Kaiteriteri by coach for our cruise. On our cruise along the National Park Coastline to Totaranui, we’ll pass by Medlands Beach, Tonga Quarry and Awaroa. Once we reach Totaranui, we’ll trek though mature beech and rata forests and along secluded golden beaches to the tidal inlet at Awaroa. At the end of the day, we’ll reach our first lodge where we’ll stay for two nights. 

Accommodation: Lodge based on twin-share

Trekking distance: 7km

Transfer time: 1.5 hours

Meals: L D

Day 2, Wednesday, 22 January 2025: Explore Awaroa

We have a day of choices today, where our guide can tailor our day to suit us. Some options we have include exploring the largest tidal estuary in Abel Tasman National Park by foot or by kayak (tides permitting), visiting early European and pre-European historical sites or relax and unwind on the beach. 

Instead of hiking today, there is also the option of:

  • Visiting early European and pre-European historical sites
  • Unwinding on the beach
  • Relaxing and enjoying the comforts of Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa

Trekking distance: approx 10km (if choose to walk)

Accommodation: Lodge based on twin-share

Meals: B L D

Day 3, Thursday, 23 January 2025: Awaroa to Torrent Bay

Today’s trek consists of three sections. You can choose the sections you would like to walk and our guide and make any necessary boat bookings in the morning. The first section (9km) will leave from Awaroa and we’ll trek through native forest with magnificent coastal views and the golden sands of Onetahuti Beach. The second (4km) will take us to explore the historic sites and picturesque golden cove of Tonga Quarry Beach. From here, we’ll walk over a forested saddle and around the Waterfall Trail to Bark Bay where we’ll stop for lunch. Section three (7km) is the most varied section of the track as it winds through shady gullies of mature Beech forest, fern grottos and sunny groves of Manuka framing coastal vistas. We’ll cross the swing bridge at Falls River and continue on to Torrent Bay, the location of our second lodge where we’ll stay for the final two nights. 

Accommodation: Lodge based on twin-share

Trekking distance: 9-20km

Meals: B L D

Day 4, Friday, 24 January 2025: Explore Torrent Bay

We’re in for a more relaxed day today where we can once again choose what we’d like to do. We have the option to walk through forests up to the waterfalls on Falls River, canoe or walk around the estuary and visit Cleopatra’s Pool, walking to the protected beaches of Anchorage and Te Pukatea and visit historic Maori sites or relax on Torrent Bay.

Accommodation: Lodge based on twin-share

Meals: B L D

Day 5, Saturday, 25 January 2025: Torrent Bay to Nelson

Our last day takes us through the pristine bays and headlands named by French explorer, Dumont D’urville. Along the way, we will stop for lunch at one of the bays and then we’ll continue on walking to Marahau. From here, we will return back to Nelson where our adventure comes to an end. We’ll say our goodbyes to teammates and our guides as we head our separate ways! 

Trekking distance: 13-16km

Transfer time: 1.5 hours

Meals: B L

Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in lodges based on twin-share • Meals as per itinerary • Water on trekking days • Professional guides • Entrance fees as per itinerary • Lodge luggage bag

Excludes: International Flights • Airport Transfers • Travel insurance (compulsory) • Visas • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities

Image of the beach, sky and rock with vegetation coming out of the water at the Abel Tasman coast in New Zealand.

Vision Australia is so excited for you to meet like-minded, adventurous people intent on making a difference to the lives of others and enjoy what we think is one of the most beautiful places on Earth!

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Take in panoramic coastal views of the Tasman Sea and pristine, awe-inspiring coastline.
  • Encounter a diverse range of native flora and fauna unique to New Zealand.
  • Canoe or kayak to protected beaches and historic Maori sites.
  • Connect with CEO Ron Hooton, Vision Australia Clients and other passionate Vision Australia supporters.
  • Completely accessible trek where you are invited to register with a support person or bring a Seeing Eye Dog if you are blind or have low vision.
  • Trek knowing that you're providing life-changing support to people who are blind or have low vision with Australia's Quality Living Groups.

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email ( or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked a moderate 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are physically fit and willing to train. The Abel Tasman trek is a physical challenge, involving trekking approximately 53 kilometres over 3 days. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. 

You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks. All participants are required to complete a medical form, signed by a GP, before taking part in this adventure. There will also be a doctor accompanying the trek. 

How many people will be on my adventure? 

We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10 - 24 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road. For those people who are blind or low vision and are eligible for NDIS funding, it may be possible to allocate some of the core funds to bring a support person working as a sighted guide for support on the trek (trip cost applies). You can also bring your Seeing Eye Dog, please check with your Seeing Eye Dog contact about your dogs suitability and training before registering. 

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. If they are under 18, they would need to be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

Who is Inspired Adventures?

Vision Australia has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 8,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $48 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and Vision Australia, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

How do I train for this adventure? 

We will provide you with information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to complete several day hikes. You should aim to be able to walk in hilly terrain for 5+ hours comfortably and get up and do it again the next day.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek.

What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is in lodges based on twin-share.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. 

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will do our best to arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. 

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

If you have worldwide coverage, you can bring your own mobile phone and use it to make domestic or international calls. Please check with your mobile service provider prior to departure regarding international roaming and associated costs. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM card. Please ensure your phone is unlocked prior to departure. 

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. 

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? 

It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. 

By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we will review the situation on a case-by-case basis.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together? 

Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it. If you are accompanied by a support person, both of you will have an individual and team fundraising page. While the support person is not required to raise the $3,500 themselves, they are expected to assist you with your fundraising activities to help achieve your fundraising goal. Additionally, the support person is welcome to raise funds independently if they wish to help support people who are blind or have low vision.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

The funds raised for Vision Australia are tax-deductible (conditions apply).

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure? 

The total cost to participate in this adventure is $2,877 (inclusive of a $950 non-refundable deposit).

In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,500 (per person) for Vision Australia.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit.
  • Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Where applicable, we can provide assistance in making a travel insurance claim.

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.

Take this new and exciting corporate social responsibility initiative and see your staff and brand take on this adventure as a team.

An Inspired Adventure with Vision Australia offers the following benefits:

  • Employee engagement opportunities to attract and retain staff
  • Long-term partnership with Vision Australia and increased community engagement
  • Improved employee wellness through the impact of paying it forward
  • Increased brand value through unique PR opportunities
  • Improved workplace mental and physical health with a focus on fitness and training for the challenge
  • Increased visibility through an innovative approach to corporate social responsibility
  • Team building opportunities across departments through the achievement of a common goal
  • Great networking opportunities

Find out more by downloading our corporate sponsorship pack HERE or contacting Myra Woodley, Community Fundraising Coordinator Vision Australia, on 0414 891 399 or


All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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