Te Pukatea is typical of the many scenic bays dotting the Abel Tasman National Park coastline. Glorious unspoilt golden beaches, lush vegetation covered in ferns, and the postcard perfect water...
The tramp from Achorage to Te Pukatea (or in reverse) is one of the favourite walks in the Abel Tasman and easily completed in about an hour.
Whether tramping, kayaking or cruising, your efforts will be rewarded with the most amazing vistas.
Onetahuti Beach is paradisiacal! Long stretches of idyllic golden sand soothed by the lapping lapis lazuli of Tonga Bay…
One of Abel Tasman National Park’s premier beaches, it is only accessible on foot or via water transport. It falls within a Marine Protected Area, which means fishing and removal of any resources are strictly prohibited.
Onetahuti is a popular and sheltered starting point for kayak trips downwind towards Marahau. Also the ideal base from which to explore Tonga Island with its wildlife bounty. More seals bask on the rocky shoreline to the north of Onetahuti. In summer, the water is wonderfully refreshing.
Easily accessible by water taxi from either Kaiteriteri or Marahau.
Shag Harbour is a wonderfully scenic seal rookery hidden in a cove to the north of Onetahuti beach in the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. Gliding through the crystal clear water on a bright orange kayak with emerald green vegetation clinging to rocky outcrops is what travel brochures lust after - Shag Harbour is the real thing!
To reach, kayak south from Awaroa or north from Onetahuti.
New Zealand fur seals perched on sun-drenched rocks; seabirds circling above; penguins popping their heads above turquoise water: this is what kayakers see when they glide past Tonga Island a short paddle from Onetahuti Beach in the Abel Tasman National Park.
On the itinerary of most kayak and cruise tours along the stunning Abel Tasman coast.
Part of a marine reserve covering 18.35 square km of sea, fishing and the removal of any resources are strictly prohibited.
The crystal-clear water of the Abel Tasman National Park simply insists on aquativity in warmer weather! There are so many protected coves that allow sub-surface investigation one would be silly not to indulge. Whether from the beach or off the side of a cruise, it is a wonderful experience to don some goggles and float among the living jewels of the Abel Tasman.
Pupu Springs is New Zealand's largest freshwater spring (the official name is Waikoropupu Springs; in Maori waikoropupu means "bubbling water"). The water is coming from the Takaka River and is absolutely crystal clear and the colours are amazing.
The springs are situated in a scenic reserve with a short loop track on a board walk along the spring and over some streams. We also saw some divers in the spring. But we don't know if it is allowed, so please first make some enquiries.
Pupu Springs is situated 7 km's north west of the village of Takaka along highway 60.; north west of Kaiteriteri and Motueka.
Leave Kaiteriteri to the north over a very scenic road to Takaka Hill. On your way to the top (972 m) panoramic views of both Tasman Bay and Golden Bay and later some lookouts of Takaka Valley.
Takaka is the place for a cup of coffee or tea. What do you think of the famous Wholemeal Cafe ? ?
It is almost impossible, but it will even be more quiet when you drive along Golden Bay to Collingwood and Puponga. Beaches and beaches as far as you can see. Puponga has a visitor information centre and is starting point for (guided) tours to Farewell Spit.
Take the gravel road for 6 km to a car park. Put on your walking boots and follow the track to Wharariki Beach through grassland, climb over some gates and you will reach the dunes. Suddenly you are on the last (or first) line of dunes and a splendid beach is waiting for you.
During our visit a strong wind was blowing the white sand and it was absolutely fantastic. So pure, so remote.
If you are lucky (as we were) you may see a (little) seal colony on the rocks.