Abel Tasman National Park

The Abel Tasman National Park might be NZ’s smallest national park, but it’s also one of our country’s most-loved and most stunning natural landscapes. The coastal track hugs a coastline of extraordinary beauty and rewards walkers and those on the water with views of clear, turquoise water, golden sand beaches, abundant bird and sea life (including seals, dolphins and stingrays), and, in the right weather, you’ll hear and see the occasional small waterfall.

You can walk into the Park from Marahau, Canaan Downs (at the top of Takaka Hill) or from Wainui Bay or you can be dropped off at various points by sea, paddle in via kayak, or be flown in to the airstrip in Awaroa via plane or helicopter. Water transport operators are based in Kaiteriteri and Marahau at the southern end of the Park.

Spend a half-day, a full day, three-days, five-days or more in the Park and really make the most of your experience. There are a range of activities including the very popular canyoning and eco tours. You can walk the entire 53km track over three to five days. It’s recommended that you check tide times as some parts of the track are accessible only at low tide.

You can find free guide books and maps of the track at the Nelson i-SITE, or download them here:

There are places to camp or you can stay in Department of Conservation huts (buy your passes via the Department of Conservation’s website before your trip) and there are even luxury lodges along the way. Believe it or not you can get a great coffee and a cold beer in the middle of the Park!

There are no roads within the Abel Tasman National Park. 

Click here for information on a free smartphone app provided by Project Janszoon and the Department of Conservation that can be downloaded before you go into the Park or at hotspots within the Park. The app is called 'Abel Tasman' and is available for download on iTunes and Google Play. It provides information on points of interest, track conditions, birds, weather, tides and plants.

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- A low level of fitness is required – but if you’re taking a pack and camping the uphill bits can seem a bit tough!
- Book your accommodation before you start out on your hike or walk.
- If the weather is dry, light footwear is ok but it the weather is wet you will need covered footwear.
- Make sure you check the high and low tide times and plan your trip accordingly as the tides will affect how you’re able to walk from bay to bay. There are tidal crossings at Torrent Bay and Awaroa (you can only cross Awaroa Inlet during the two hours either side of low tide).
- There are no rubbish bins in the national park. Any waste or rubbish you have must be taken out of the Park with you.
- There are toilets throughout the Park. Please use these facilities and leave the Park clean for everyone to enjoy.
- Drinking water is available at all of the huts on the coastal track.

Explore the golden beaches, turquoise blue waters and luscious green forests of the extraordinary Abel Tasman your way - by foot, by kayak, by boat or by air.

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