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The park can only be accessed by foot or by the sea. A number of water taxi companies service the area - some encourage visitors to enjoy a walk along part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track.
The start point for most of the water taxi companies is Kaiteriteri Beach. They service the beaches between there and Totaranui in the north combining commentery of the most popular tourist sights along the way.
You take in famous Split Apple Rock, Tonga Island Marine Reserve and the Tonga Island seal colony and the beautiful Awaroa inlet. There is a short stop at Totaranui before the return trip. Passengers may get off at any point and get the next boat. The taxi operators take a head count so they know exactly how many people are walking in the park.
The most popular walk is from Bark Bay to Torrent Bay or the Anchorage - depending on the tide. The direction you walk is also depending on the tide.
Written Aug 9, 2012
The park can only be accessed by foot or by the sea. A number of water taxi companies service the area - some encourage visitors to enjoy a walk along part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track. This popular track follows the coastline where possible and the less travelled Abel Tasman Inland Track take you further inland. There are a number of camping spots and kayaking is a popular activity.
A popular short walk for day visitors is the coastal track between Bark Bay and Torrent Bay or The Anchorage (depending on the tide). The direction in which you walk is also depending on the tide.
WARNING - you must be totally self sufficient. There are no shops or rubbish bins so you must take what you need to eat and drink and bring your rubbish out with you. Take plenty of water - there are no taps. Sunscreen and insect repellant too!
The walk is not difficult but you need to be on the go and not dawdle too much admiring the views. From Bark Bay to The Anchorage is 3 1/2 hours plus a short ime to rest and eat your lunch. The boat will NOT wait for you as is has a schedule to keep. However they do a head count and know that you are there and if you should miss the boat for any reason someone will come to get you.
After all of that - DO IT! it is great and the scenery is stunning!
Updated Aug 9, 2012
There are so many beautiful things to see in Tasman National Park. Be sure to bring a camera and snap pictures of the pristine nature, like the shot of colored foliage on the ground and the bush with wild red berries. Such a simple subject yet so many beautiful photo Ops.
Updated Aug 28, 2011
After hiking (tramping) through native bush in Tasman you will find a wonderful place to rest. This was a very popular spot to rest on the rocks and listening to the sound of water rushing over the small waterfall. others enjoy climbing all over the rocks and exploring. It was just one of the many beautiful places in this beautiful park.
Updated Aug 28, 2011
La pista que va de Barks Bay a Torrent Bay cruza el único puente colgante que hay en el parque , tiene 47 metros de longitud y lo llaman el Puente Colgante de Falls River
The track that goes from Bark Bay to Torrent Bay crosses the only swing bridge in the park of 47 m in length and they call the Falls River Swing Bridge
Written Feb 9, 2010
El bosque está lleno de helechos , algunos parecen palmeras de lo grandes que son , otros crecen normalmente y también se ven los helechos jóvenes , conocidos como koru en NZ , que simbolizan la fuerza de la vida
The forest is full of ferns, some look like palms because they are very big , others grow normally and there are also young ferns, known as "koru" in NZ and they symbolize the force of the life
Written Feb 9, 2010
El catamarán nos dejó en en Tonga Bay y desde allí fuimos caminando a Torrent and Ancorage Bay , que son unos diecisiete kms.
Hay que tener en cuenta las mareas , pues cuando la marea está alta en vez de cruzar por la playa hay que dar una vuelta más grande
El paseo es fácil pues es bastante llano , está lleno de vegetación sub-tropical , muchos helechos y el paisaje en que contrasta el verde de la vegetación , las playas y el mar es espléndido
The catamaran left us in Tonga Bay and from there we went walking up to Torrent and Ancorage Bay, which is about seventeen kilometres .
You must take into account the tides, because when the tide is high instead of to cross by the beach you will do a bigger return by the forest
The walk is easy and pretty plain, it is full of sub-tropical vegetation, many ferns and you are watching a splendid landscape where contrast the green of the vegetation, the beaches and the sea
Written Feb 9, 2010
Esta extraña formación geológica tiene el nombre de La Roca de la Manzana Partida , pues parece una manzaa partida por la mitad
Una leyenda dice que es el primer sitio en que el Capitán Cook encontró a los Maorí
El Capitán estaba intentando atemorizar a los Maorí y disparó un cañón que dió en la roca y con un ruido inmenso la partió en dos .
A partir de este momento pensaron que el Capitán y sus hombres tenían la fuerza de los Dioses y les recibieron en la costa .
Así nacieron las relaciones entre el Capitán Cook y los Maorí
This rare geological formation is named as the Split Apple Rock , because it seems an halved apple
One legend says that is the first site where Captain Cook met Maori people
The captain was trying to frighten the Maori and fired a gun that hit in the rock and with a huge noise it broke it in two halves.
From that moment as they thought that the Captain and his men had the power of God , welcomed him ashore .
Thus the relationship was born between the British and the Maori
Updated Feb 9, 2010
It is very hard for me to write about this, because it was such a disappointing day. I had really been looking forward to gliding across the smooth, clear water as seen in all the glossy brochures. Unfortunately, Mother Nature was in a very cranky mood when we were visiting. We were told that they had received more rain in Abel Tasman the past two weeks than they had in the previous six months! Cold, wind, and rain does not make for a perfect kayak day. Since everyone comes here to kayak, I figured I should write the tip anyway. We had no complaints with the company, the instructions we received, or our tour guide. We tried to make the best of the day, but it was difficult. I hope you have better luck when you visit.
Several guided and self guided tours available.
Written Jan 15, 2007
Address: Marahau - You can't miss it!
Phone: 0800 732 529
I've been sea kayaking with Golden Bay Kayaks twice, once with guided tour and once with multi day hire into Abel Tasman National Park.
Guided tour was a half day, and cheaper price than other kayaking companies yet very friendly and a lot of things to see. Especially seals were cute. Remote beaches were awesome.
For the multi day hire we kayaked all the way to the southern end of the park, stopping at DOC camp site for 3 nights, and got picked up from Marahau. I liked the northern end of the park best, because it was less crowded.
Great view, must-to-experience if you are coming to Golden Bay.
Written Aug 17, 2006
Address: Pohara, Golden Bay, New Zealand