- Beaches & Bays
As the starting point to the Abel Tasman Coast Track, Marahau is known as one of the park’s gateway towns.
This delightful seaside village retains an aura of old school charm, with traditional holiday baches lining the foreshore and farm tractors that cruise the main street to drop water taxis down to the sea. Residents of Marahau are farmers, artists and family-owned tourism businesses, all drawn to the area for it’s laid-back, rural vibe and tight-knit community.
Kayaking, eco tour and aqua-taxi trips are just a few of the activities that can be found in Marahau, but the family-friendly beaches located at both ends of the village are also a calling card for visitors to the area, offering a safe, sheltered shore ideal for swimming.
Marahau is home to one of the largest tidal ranges in New Zealand, and as the tide retreats, rutted sand flats are revealed, making way for other exciting adventures such as horseback riding along the beach.
Photo credits: (1-2) www.nelsontasman.nz, (3-5) Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi, (6) Nelson Tasman Air