Abel Tasman National Park

Visit Abel Tasman National Park, Tasman, NZ

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  • Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s newest and smallest National Park, comprising 225 square kilometres of forest land jutting into the sea, separating Golden Bay from Tasman Bay. The Park is renowned for its clear waters and superb sandy beaches, and is very popular for hiking and sea-kayaking holidays.

    The National Park is situated between Motueka, at the northern end of Tasman Bay, and Collingwood, and the southern end of Golden Bay. The park can also be approached from nearby towns including Kaiteriteri, Takaka and Pohara.

    The marble and sandstone landscape has among the oldest rocks in New Zealand, and can be enjoyed along several multi-day walking tracks. At the coast, fishing, kayaking, sailing and diving are enjoyed. The park is adjoined by a marine reserve.

    Accommodation in Abel Tasman National Park (NZ)

    There are huts and campsites within the Park, maintained by the Department of Conservation. A camping permit must be obtained.

    An eco-lodge and event venue is located deep within the Park, and is accessible to light aircraft.

    There are many places to stay around Abel Tasman, at larger towns and near smaller settlements, such as Kaiteriteri, Pohara and Takaka Beach. These include luxurylodges, holiday parks, motels and bed & breakfast places. Holiday homes are available for rent, as well as chalets, apartments and self-contained units.

    Transport around Abel Tasman National Park

    Visitors usually reach the park by road using shuttle services that can transport gear, or by sea, as part of an inclusive package, which may include kayak hire. Local water taxi services can take visitors to any location.

    Marahau, on the coast at the southern end of the Park is about 30 minutes’ drive Motueka or from Takaka, about 1 hour from Nelson. The north-eastern edge of the Park, at Tata Beach, is about 30 minutes from the Golden Bay town of Collingwood.

    Local bus, land and water taxis service this Tasman region. Cycles for hire and shuttle services are available throughout.

    The nearest major airport is at Nelson. There are small, busy airports at Motueka and Takaka.

    Awaroa Lodge, within the National Park, has an airstrip that receives flights regularly from Karamea, Takaka and Wellington.

    Tourist Activities around Abel Tasman National Park

    The forested shores, clear waters, beaches and islands of the Abel Tasman are great for sailing, diving and sea kayaking, especially at the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Sailing and fishing charters can be arranged easily. Many tour packages include a combination of hiking and kayaking along a multi-day walk.

    Visitors are often able to see and swim with dolphins and seals, and to see penguins and whales

    While the 3 to 5-day Coastal Walk is most celebrated, there is also an inland walk of similar length, crossing river valleys and a landscape of sandstone and ancient marble, which provide opportunities for caving.

    The area has some excellent mountain bike trails, including the Rameka and Gibbs Hill Tracks at Totaranui and  Canaan Downs.

    Horse trekking, fly-fishing and sky diving are among other activities visitors can enjoy.

    Salmon fishing for wild or farmed fish is a popular activity.

    To the north of Golden Bay is Kahurangi National Park and the start of the Heaphy Track, with Farewell Spit beyond.

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    Abel Tasman National Park