Breathe deeply, close your eyes and listen.

Turquoise waves rippling over golden sand. Notes of native birdsong offsetting the silence. Secluded untouched beaches and crescent-shaped coves. Subtropical native forest and secret hideaways. Yes, the air is different here. And when you’re in the Abel Tasman you have time to notice, to linger, to enjoy.

It doesn’t matter when you come or how much time you have to stay , because this place is extraordinary all year round. In fact, with only 10 degrees separating our mild winter and pleasant summer temperatures, Abel Tasman weather is typically settled with clear blue skies most of the year. 

The Abel Tasman Coast Track is the key feature of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s smallest and most popular national park. It’s easy to get to via boat, helicopter, or small plane and is suitable for a wide range of people and fitness levels. You can spend a few hours, a few days, or longer enjoying everything the park has to offer, including walking, kayaking, mountain biking, canyoning, eco tours and even skydiving. Abel Tasman accommodation takes advantage of the park’s idyllic natural setting to provide truly memorable experiences for our visitors.

What's more, the selection of exceptional food and drink is abundant in the Abel Tasman, both in the park itself, and in the park’s gateway towns of Motueka, Kaiteriteri, and Marahau. Here you will find a showcase of our region's artists and artisans, set amongst the stunning natural landscapes that inspire them. It's easy to find a beautiful piece of work to take home as a memento from your visit.

We love this special place and consider ourselves guardians of it. When you visit, you become a guardian too. Every activity you enjoy means that you’re contributing to the protection of everything that makes the Abel Tasman extraordinary.

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The friendly i-SITE team can help you find places to see, things to do, and somewhere to rest your head at night. They are passionate about the Abel Tasman, can answer your burning questions and offer expert local advice - after all, the region is their playground!

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