- Abel Tasman National Park
- Landmarks & Hotspots
Cleopatras Pools in the Abel Tasman National Park are a series of natural rockpools at the base of the Torrent River.
Located between Anchorage and Torrent Bay, the ethereal Cleopatras Pools are accessible via a slight detour along the Abel Tasman Coast Track. At low tide you can save some time by cutting through the Torrent Bay estuary, or alternatively you can take the slightly more scenic high tide track around the edge of the lagoon.
As the pools are revealed through a native forest canopy, you’ll likely see some hardy souls in their swimwear sliding down the moss-lined chute. The natural waterslide is popular with people of all ages, although the pools themselves can be quite chilly. Further up the river is an adventure playground like no other, but only those on guided canyoning trips will get to experience the waterfalls, rockscapes and rapids nestled high in the Torrent River canyon.
If taking a dip doesn’t appeal to you, there are plenty of large rocks encircling the pool where you can just sit and enjoy a picnic, or observe your pristine surroundings.
Photo credits: (1-2) www.nelsontasman.nz, (3) Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle, (4) Wilsons Abel Tasman.