Abel Tasman Coast Track, New Zealand

Abel Tasman Coast Track, New Zealand


New Zealand’s most famous hiking track lies within Abel Tasman National Park, the most visited national park of the country. In this park, you will be able to see marble and limestone hills, caves as well as potholes.

Abel Tasman Coast Track is 51km. It could be traversed in as few as 3 days, while a more leisurely circuit would require up to 5 days. The Abel Tasman Coast Track will take you along majestic beaches and bays.

Accommodations along the Abel Tasman Coast Track are made via a booking system. There is no charge for day walks. Tonga Island Marine Reserve features seals and dolphins. To access the trail, you must purchase a Great Walks Pass, which is free for children free. Since the summer season sees a tremendous number of visitors along this path, do book well in advance.

Large tides along this trail render the Awaroa Estuary and Onetahuti Beach, so check the timing of the tides before traversing these portions. Torrent and Bark Bay feature special high tide trails.

Do bring enough food to last you for the duration of your hike, as well as repellent to ward off sandflies.

Besides trekking, many people choose to kayak the Abel Tasman Coast Track.

You may start the Abel Tasman Coast Track from Marahau in the south, or via Pohara and Takaka in the north. Totaranui DOC Campsite is a large camping area some 32km from Takaka.

There are huts along the Abel Tasman Coast Track at Anchorage, Bark Bay, Awaroa, and Whariwharangi. You can also choose to sleep in boats anchored permanently in Anchorage Bay, operated by Aquapackers. Further accommodation options include Fernback with homes at Torrent Bay, and Awaroa Lodge and Cafe with rooms at the north end of Abel Tasman Coast Track.

To get to the Abel Tasman Coast Track, people with a generous budget can fly in with Abel Tasman Air or Tasman Helicopters. Alternatively, get to the Abel Tasman Coast Track by bus with Abel Tasman Coachlines, Golden Bay Coachlines, Southern Link KBus, or Nelson Bays Shuttles.

Along the Abel Tasman Coast Track, if you get tired, you can also take a water taxi. Operators include Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi, Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle, Abel Tasman Wilson’s Experience, Kiwi Water Taxis, and Marahau Water Taxis.

Date posted: 25th November, 2016

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