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    A Small Waterfall in Tasman National Park

    by cnango Updated Aug 28, 2011

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    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.

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    Dock a Boat in a Snug Harbor

    by cnango Updated Jul 11, 2005

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    Tasman National Park is a perfect place to explore by boat. After enjoying miles and miles of golden beaches, dock your boat in a Snug Harbor. There are countless hidden beaches and coves to discover here. The most amazing thing is that you may actually have it all to your self.

    If you don't have your own boat you can charter one
    http://www.torlessemotels.co.nz/boat_Charter.htm

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    Collect Shells on a Beautiful Beach

    by cnango Written Jul 11, 2005

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    Shell Collection on a Tasman Beach

    I love to collect shells on a beach. And Tasman National Park has an abundance of unspoiled beaches to comb. But after you collect the shells don't take them away, take a picture. That way the people who come behind you can also enjoy discovering them.

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    Take Photo Tour

    by cnango Updated Aug 28, 2011

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    Wild Berries in Tasman National Park
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    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.

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    Lots of walking trails in the bush.

    by kiwi Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    Bush track.

    From Awaroa Lodge, or from any point in the Park, you can take walks in the bush. There are many tracks, and the length of the walk is really whatever you want.
    It pays to get into the bush a little bit, even if it's just for 20 mins. Smell and hear the lovely atmosphere and just take in the beauty of native New Zealand bush, it's well worth it.
    The walks can be 20 mins or 3 hours, or whatever you want. There is a little bit of hill climbing from one bay to the next, but it's well within the range of the average person.

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    A beautiful clear stream

    by cnango Updated Mar 14, 2006

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    A Clear Stream in Abel Tasman
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    A beautiful clear stream with water trickling over colorful river rocks and around large moss covered boulders.Such a tranquil setting and beautiful light quality shining through the lush foliage. The pristine nature in Tasman is so stuning and diverse.

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    A Balancing Act in Nature

    by cnango Written Sep 15, 2005

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    The shoreline along Tasman is very diverse. At this rocky point this rock seems to be just barely balancing on the top of the pile. I don't know if this is a popular formation like the split apple rock but it is an interesting sight.

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    Hike the Coastal Track

    by al2401 Updated Aug 9, 2012

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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. 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!

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    Water Taxi - the best way to visit the park

    by al2401 Written Aug 9, 2012

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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.

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    Check out the Beautiful Driftwood

    by cnango Written Jul 11, 2005

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    Natures Work of Art, a Driftwood Sculpture

    Because of the combination of ocean and native bush you can find some beautiful driftwood "sculptures". These are like natures work of art strewn all around the coastline . A common sight yet no two exactly a like.

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    "easy" Sea Kayaking daytrip

    by cehansen Written Jun 18, 2005

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    We did a day trip Sea Kayaking with "Wilson's - the Beaches and Bays tour" - our guide was fantastic - we got a super fast ride in a boat to our starting point where we got the safety briefing and gear. The day was just stunning, the sea flat and the kaying was not too strenuous. Saw (and smelt) seals in the water and on their rocky home. before paddling on to a sandy bay for lunch - provided. our guide had a burner to boill up the corree and prepare the mussels too. Time to swim or just rest and get to know the other tourists, before paddling back to our starting point for a jet boat ride home. What an awesome day!

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  • Sea Kayaking in Golden Bay

    by emiko_s Written Aug 17, 2006

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    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.

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    Abel Tasman Coastal Track

    by didgeridorien Written Apr 11, 2006

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    Abel Tasman Coastal Walk

    This track is 51 km long and takes you along the beautiful shore line, with bays and pretty native bush. From December to Februari a lot of backpackers are walking this track, so it's smart to bring a tent as most of the huts will be full. Also beware of the sandflies and the tides, otherwise your daytrack may be screwed up by waiting.

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    Abel Tasman Kayaks

    by jag17 Written Jan 15, 2007

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    All Smiles At The Start
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    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.

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    Hike through National Park

    by shavy Written Jun 27, 2013

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    We have chosen the Abel Tasman coast track. The Coast Track is a great walk and extends for 54.4 km. All streams are bridged but there are tidal crossings which can only be crossed within a few hours either side of low tide

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