Beaches & Bays

Nestled amongst the sweeping granite headlands, lush native forest and turquoise blue waters of the Abel Tasman National Park are a plethora of golden sandy beaches, each of which are destinations in their own right.

The ribbon of picturesque beaches and bays stretch from Kaiteriteri in the South, to Whariwharangi Bay in the North, and are home to many treasured stories and inter-generational memories for our locals, visitors, and ancestors.

Kaiteriteri

Kaiteriteri

Situated just outside of the Abel Tasman National Park, Kaiteriteri is an idyllic visitor destination all year round. The crescent shaped bay is sheltered from the elements, and provides perfect conditions for kayaking, paddle-boarding and swimming amongst the azure blue waters. The beach is well-serviced with accommodation, recreational activities, food and drink, and there are plenty of short walks nearby offering panoramic views of the bay.

Marahau

Marahau

The starting point of the Abel Tasman Coast Track, Marahau is known as one of the park’s gateway towns. Home to one of the largest tidal ranges in New Zealand, there are family friendly sweeping beaches at both ends of the seaside village. As the tide retreats, rutted sand flats and golden sands are revealed, making way for exciting activities such as horseback riding along the beach.

Adele Island

Adele Island

You’ll hear it before you see it. Known for its flourishing community of wildlife and the chorus of birdsong that rings through the treetops, Adele Island is a predator free sanctuary that is only accessible via water transport. Thanks to the work of the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, visitors are now able to reconnect with the sweet sound of nature as they relax on the cosy stretch of sand or take a short stroll on the island.

Anchorage

Anchorage

Sheltered by the headlands, the name Anchorage seems only fitting. The ideal spot to anchor a yacht, and with DOC campsites, huts and even boat accommodation, adventures are aplenty in this part of the park. During low tide, you’ll find visitors exploring the incredible rock formations at the end of the beach (there’s even one shaped like an elephant), and the Pitt Head walk nearby offers extraordinary views of the coast.

Anapai Bay

Anapai Bay

Nestled amongst the sweeping coastline, Anapai Bay is renowned for its iconic rock stacks and crystal-clear waters. The campsite is shaded by kanuka and mahoe shrubbery, and the stunning sands are revealed through a canopy of lush valley forest on the gentle descent from the Abel Tasman Coast Track.

Awaroa

Awaroa

The pristine paradise known as Awaroa is only accessible via foot, water or air, making it all the more possible for the bay to be appreciated in all of its scenic splendour. As the tide recedes from the estuary, a maze of golden sand banks appear, and the view of the extraordinary waterways from above is simply unprecedented. We recommend staying here overnight to appreciate everything Awaroa has to offer, particularly as an ambitious crowdfunding campaign saw thousands of kiwis unite to purchase the bay for future generations to enjoy.

Bark Bay

Bark Bay

You’ll be treated to spectacular views when walking the section of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track between Bark and Torrent Bay. The 47m suspension bridge over Falls River offers unparalleled views over the green and turquoise hues of the water that lies beneath, whilst the shady forest canopy provides the perfect place for an overnight stay at the campsite.

Medlands Beach

Medlands Beach

Situated in the heart of the Abel Tasman National Park, Medlands Beach is an idyllic little spot, and a great place to begin your walk on the Coastal Track. A viewing platform shortly up the track offers stunning views over the bay and is the place where the Pou Whenua of Hohaia Rangiauru watches over the land.

Onetahuti

Onetahuti

Offering stunning views out to Tonga Island in the midst of the marine reserve, Onetahuti is like a tranquil oasis. Awaken to an extraordinary sunrise from your tent overlooking the ocean and the island, before spending the morning relaxing on the stretch of golden sand, waiting for the tide to recede so you can cross the crystal-clear Richardson Stream.

Tonga Island

Tonga Island

Between Bark and Awaroa Bay you’ll find an endless array of sea-life settled in to their home in the Tonga Island Marine Reserve, a place where no one is allowed to touch, disturb or remove anything from the sea. A playful seal population can be seen bathing in the sunshine or rolling around in the water, whilst underneath the surface, snorkellers are treated to an extraordinary abundance of red rock crabs, crayfish, snapper and hermits swimming and scuttling around.

Torrent Bay

Torrent Bay

The secluded paradise of Torrent Bay is home to a number of privately owned beach houses, including the extraordinary Torrent Bay Lodge. Drop-offs by water transport can only be made before noon, meaning that there is plenty of time to enjoy it’s beauty. An early morning kayak in the tidal lagoon whilst the sun rises is spectacular, and it’s only a short walk up to Cleopatras Pools, a natural rock pool with moss lined waterslide.

Totaranui

Totaranui

The beach and campground at Totaranui is a place of tradition, and holds a wealth of childhood memories for many of our locals and visitors. The crescent shaped bay of powdery golden sand has a picturesque tidal inlet and is located at the Northern end of the park. As the only part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track accessible by road, it is the ideal place to start or finish walking or kayaking adventures.

Te Puketea Bay

Te Puketea Bay

The small horse-shoe shaped bay of Te Puketea is known for its breath-taking beauty and is loved by locals and visitors alike. Tropical native forests line the bay, forming a stunning lush green backdrop to its golden sands and turquoise blue waters.

But that's not all....

But that's not all....

The Abel Tasman National Park is home to a plethora of other beautiful beaches and bays, and some others worth exploring include: Tinline Bay, Coquille Bay, Apple Tree Bay, Akersten Bay, Observation Beach, Watering Cove, Mosquito Bay, Tonga Quarry, Waiharakeke Bay, Mutton Cove, Whariwharangi Bay, Pinnacle Island, Fishermans Island, Sandfly Bay, Goat Bay, Stillwell Bay, Boundary Bay, Frenchman Bay, Anchor Bay, and Canoe Bay.

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