Abel Tasman National Park
The Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's only coastal national park and its golden sandy beaches and clear turquoise water make it one of the most popular and accessible. To explore the beauty of the Park you can access by walking into the Park from Marahau, take a cruise to one of the many beaches along the Coastal Track, sea-kayak from various beaches or fly and be dropped off at Awaroa Bay.
Freedom walking (hiking), kayaking, cruising, canyoning is available as well as guided trips to really make the most of your experience. Get a taste of the park with 5 day, 3 day, full day or half day excursions. The sheltered bays are perfect for cruising, sailing and sea kayaking. Look out for the seals and dolphins seen regularly in these coastal waters. On land, the Abel Tasman Coast Track follows the coastline through lush native bush, over limestone cliffs and along golden sandy beaches.
This is one of the Department of Conservation's "Great Walks". The 53km track can be walked in its entirety over three to five days. Walk independently either camping or staying in DOC huts, or enjoy a guided walk staying in luxury lodges along the way.
There are no roads within the Abel Tasman National Park, and access is either on foot from Marahau at the South of the park, or Wainui Bay to the north or by water taxi using one of the many transport and activity providers who operate in the park departing from Kaiteriteri and Marahau in the southern end of the park.
Click here* for information on the free smartphone app provided by Project Janszoon & Department of Conservation that can be downloaded before you go into the park or at hot spots in the park. It has info on points of interest, track conditions, history, birds, weather, tides, plants,
Tips for Visitors to the Abel Tasman National Park
- A low level of fitness required
- Book accommodation prior to starting out on hike/walk
- If it's dry weather, light footwear is sufficient. If wet weather, covered footwear is needed
- Make sure you check out the high and low tide times as this will affect how you go from bay to bay. Tidal crossings are at Torrent Bay, Onetahuti and Awaroa
- Any waste or rubbish must be taken out with you