Abel Tasman National Park Travel Guide

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Abel Tasman National Park Highlights

  • Pro
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     Stunning & pristine native bush & beaches 

  • Con
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     Isolated and few facilities. 

  • In a nutshell
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     A unique place 

Abel Tasman National Park Things to Do

  • Hike through National Park

    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

  • Water Taxi - the best way to visit the...

    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...

  • Hike the Coastal Track

    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...

  • Take Photo Tour

    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.

  • Explore the Rocky Shores

    You can see so many beautiful rocky points along the shore while traveling by boat. Abel Tasman National Park has such a variety of nature and most of it is pristine and beautiful.

  • A Small Waterfall in Tasman National...

    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.

  • Focas and ... / Seals and ...

    En la isla de Tonga y en otraspartes de la costa se pueden ver focas , cormoranes... On the island of Tonga and other parts of the coast you can see seals, cormorants ...

  • El Puente Colgante / Swinging Bridge

    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

  • Helechos - Ferns

    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...


Abel Tasman National Park Restaurants

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    Native timbers all around.

    by kiwi Updated Aug 28, 2003

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    You can't expect to find a restaurant is such a far away place, but here is one!!
    To find modern, chef prepared, interesting and very fresh food out in the bush miles from civilisation is truly a nice surprise. They grow their own organic veges and other items are boated in each day. Sometimes menu items run out because of isolation, but the food is still exquisite.

    Favorite Dish: You don't have to be staying at the Lodge to eat or just have coffee here. And never before have I found such perfect coffee in the middle of the bush!
    The ambience is serene, natural and gorgeous. Birds twittering and people chatting.
    They always serve locally caught fish, we had River Salmon. West Coast Ribeye Steak (beef) is often available as are local Scallops.
    One thing for sure, you can never eat thru the menu. Our package deal meant the meals were included in the price.

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    • Beaches
    • Kayaking
    • Hiking and Walking

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Abel Tasman National Park Transportation

  • Aquataxi

    Fuimos a Kaiteriteri donde salen los catamaranes que recorren el Parque Abel TasmanAquí decides que recorrido quieres hacer según las ganas que tengas de caminar .Te dan un paseo en el que ves los paisajes , los leones marinos , las aves ... y te dejan en la playa que hayas decididoDespués de pasear por la costa puedes coger de nuevo un catamarán...

  • Water Taxis in the Abel Tasman Nat'l...

    When you get to Marahau, you can take a water taxi into the park, either to a dropoff point of your choice, or to the Awaroa Lodge. On the trip to the Lodge, we stopped at a couple of bays and did a little bit of sightseeing, including looking at seals.

  • Water taxi

    You can get water taxis around the bay. We got one to anchorage and walked back. You can also hire kayaks, a great way of exploring the area.


Abel Tasman National Park Local Customs

Abel Tasman National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Be prepared if hiking

    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...

  • NZ has the Worlds Highest Rate of Skin...

    New Zealand has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Though there are places in the world that get more hours of sun it is more intense in NZ for three reasons. The UV levels are higher because of the closeness of the sun in the summer,a thinner ozone layer over NZ and most surprising to me, New Zealands amazing clean air makes people more...

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Abel Tasman National Park Tourist Traps

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    Split Apple Rock off the Coast , Tasman Nat. Park

    by cnango Updated Sep 14, 2005

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    This rock formation off the coast in Tasman National Park must be one of the most photographed and therefore a " tourist trap". It is amazing that no one else was taking pictures or climbing on it at the time this picture was taken: )

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    • Photography
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Abel Tasman National Park What to Pack

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    by Lozza_9 Written Nov 6, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts
    Walking boots
    Warm clothes for after Sea Kayaking ( Put in a Plastic bag.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repllent

    Photo Equipment: Water-Proof Camera

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sun Hat
    Sun Glasses
    Sun Bloke ( It was cloudy on the day we went but we still got out hands burnt - we forgot our hands!!!)
    Swim Suit

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Abel Tasman National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • The bay we stayed at both nights.

    As any good hiker should know, the best thing you can do before starting your walk is preparing yourself. Check you have batteries, you have enough food, you have enough clothes for all weathers, etc. We did not do this. We started from the southern end of the track near Marahau. We climbed quite a steep hill with our packs at the start, but after...

  • Skywire

    If you find yourself in Nelson while traveling to Abel Tasman, save some time for Happy Valley Adventures. Several types of activities available, but we stopped specifically for the Skywire. Strapped safely in your 4 person chair, you travel at speeds of over 60mph as you fly over the forest below. The first freefall drop will definitely get your...

  • continued

    We climbed a steep track down from the hill at Anchorage bay, pretty exhausted, to find it was entirely full of kayakers. So we decided to cook a hot meal before embarking to somewhere else but our gas stove ran out of gas. Oh dear. The spare cannister was in the car. We had to walk another 2 hours or so back to a bay about 2 hours from the car...


Abel Tasman National Park Sports & Outdoors

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    orange kayak on the shore

    by cnango Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    With it still waters, countless coves and lagoons that dot the pristine coastline,Tasman National Park is one of the best places to go sea kayaking. Bring your own or rent. Take a guided tour or go the freedom route and do your own thing. No matter how you chose to do it you will have a beautiful and unforgetable experience.

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Abel Tasman National Park Favorites

  • Abel Tasman Map

    This Map of the Abel Tasman National Park was supplied to me by our kayaking guide. The map shows the geography of the park and the different bays that I mention in my travelogue to help give context to my descriptions of the various bays we visited during the kayaking trip. Most kayaking tour groups in the region will have variations of the trip I...

  • Gorgeous secluded beaches.

    Around every corner is another secluded idyllic beach where you can stop and rest for a while. Most are accessible from the track, and from the kayaks.All this in Abel Tasman National Park, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. I really love the bush and especially the tree ferns, not to mention the golden sand and blue/green water!

  • Clear skies, Beautiful seas and glorious...

    The seas are crispy clear and the sand is so golden like you have never seen before. Around every corner is another beach and more secluded beauty.The bush is pristine, some natural and original, some is regrowth after pioneers cleared some of the land in an attempt to farm it.


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