- Abel Tasman National Park
- Beaches & Bays
Situated in the heart of the Abel Tasman National Park, Medlands Beach is an idyllic, sheltered cove nestled amongst the coastline.
Just a 10-minute walk to Bark Bay and well-serviced by water transport, Medlands is a great place to begin your walk on the Abel Tasman Coastal Track.
Overlooking Medlands Beach is a viewing platform, where the pou whenua of Hohaia Rangiauru, past Maori chief of Te Ātiawa, watches over the land. A pou is a carved wooden statue that highlights the relationships Māori have with the area, and in this case acknowledges the legacy of Hohaia and his efforts to ensure his whanau’s title to customary land was recognised.
Photo credits: (1-2) www.nelsontasman.nz, (3) Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle.