Our two day walk from awaroa to marahau with a night in bark bay hut. This post was originally published in may 2017 and was updated in november 2019 after i did another day hike which i need to tell you about. Abel tasman national park is new zealands smallest park. Marvel at naturallysculptured granite cliffs and crystalclear waters. It extends from marahau in the south to wainui in the north, with many side tracks. Apr 03, 2019 abel tasman national park is new zealands smallest park. Its common to start at the marahau end and walk north but your direction might be better worked out by considering the tides, ie, low tide, and judging when best able to cross the awaroa inlet crossing. Please note that there are tidal crossings which require a flexible approach to each days timetable. Paddle along golden sand coastlines, into quiet bays, through marine reserves with plenty of native marine life. Abel tasman coast track abel tasman national park all.
The abel tasman national park is an easilyaccessible coastal paradise. The abel tasman national park has long been known as one of the most beautiful areas in new zealand. However, on any section of the track you will find stunning golden sand beaches. Our water taxi base is located close to the entrance of the abel tasman coastal track. It is one of two main tracks through the park, the other being the abel tasman inland track, which stretches for 38 km between tinline bay and torrent bay off the main coastal track. Come with us to experience abel tasman with a familyowned company connected with this coast for more 160 years.
These are manmade tracks that offer great scenery and a full wilderness experience but are also easily accessible from major towns. Oct 01, 2018 abel tasman coast track blessed with a mild climate, golden beaches and coastal forest, the abel tasman coast track really has it all. The three day freedom walk abel tasman track all the way takes you from the start of the track at marahau up into the lesser known and walked reaches of the abel tasman coastal track where some of the best scenery awaits. Running along the seaward margin of the park is the abel tasman coast track, 60km long and taking three to five days to walk. If you are planning to stay in any of the doc huts or campsites along the trail you will need to book these in advance.
Before you start walking the abel tasman coast track, you need to book. If you are short of time experience the best of abel tasman s beautiful beaches and native forests with this one day guided walk. Crystal clear water, perfect for swimming, so bring your swim gear, its fantastic in summer. Everything you need to know about the abel tasman coastal track booking the abel tasman track. Learn about the local history and ecology from a guide who just loves sharing their knowledge and experience. Abel tasman national park coastal track selfguided walk. Eric hanson arrives in nelson, new zealand to prepare for a hiking and sea kayaking trip along the stunning abel tasman coast track one of new zealands ten great walks. Getting out into abel tasman national park book a water taxi. Come and walk the best parts of the abel tasman coastal track and spend a night at anchorage with your choice between 2. Oh, and i also recently did an abel tasman day hike by taking a boat to anchorage and then walking back to marahau more on that later though.
The abel tasman coast track is one of new zealands nine great walks and perhaps the best easily accessible trail on the south island. The most popular option is to catch a water taxi from kaiteriteri beach out to one of the golden bays in abel tasman. Walk one of new zealands great walks the abel tasman national park coastal walk. Abel tasman coast track, abel tasman national park. We bring together excellent dining, an exploration of new zealand wines and wonderful accommodation to create a trip of a lifetime for you. Abel tasman four day freedom walk new zealand walks. Choose to walk the whole track or water taxi or kayak between different locations at any time of the year. Join me as i enter one of new zealands most scenic regions for the ultimate day hike in abel tasman national park. The abel tasman coastal track is about 50 km long and starts in the marahau valley within sandy bay in the southeast corner of the. Your accommodation is now reserved but is not confirmed until you complete the payment process.
You can visit the abel tasman national park for a day or a couple of days depending on your time. Abel tasman coast track abel tasman national park 2020. Hike the entire abel tasman coastal track or just one or two parts to get an idea of this beautiful subtropical paradise of white golden beaches, turquoise blue crystalclear sea, and a lush coastal native bush with huge fern trees. Abel tasman coastal track huts and campsites the anchorage hut is 5 star accommodation and the others arent so bad either, its just that for much of the summer they are at capacity and thats some crowd, you need earplugs to block out the on going activities, whether a whole lot of late night laughing and hi jinks or some early morning. Mar 22, 2011 bear in mind when people say the abel tasman coastal track is popular, they arent joking. It is very easy to get yourself out into the abel tasman national park and enjoy walking part of the coastal track. Abel tasman national park things to see and do nelson.
Whilst summer is a popular time to visit, locals believe that the shoulder. Tick the abel tasman coastal track off your bucket list with this four day guided walk all the way from the beginning to end of this popular track, with the knowledge and experience of a local guide with you. The abel tasman coast track is a 60 kilometres 37 mi long walking track within the abel tasman national park in new zealand. Abel tasman coast track new zealands best walk hiking. The ultimate day hike in abel tasman national park, new. This is also a great place for kayaking, exploring the wide, empty beaches, and walking on trails amidst a rainforest. Located in abel tasman national park on the south islands northern shores, this familyfriendly great walk showcases the best that the park has to offer.
Huts andor campsites on the track the walk takes 35 days to complete. On day one we walked the coastal track from awaroa. Find and book guided walking packages to experience this spectacular coastal track. If you have just a day to spend, then this one day guided walk on the abel tasman coastal track is a great option. Located on the northern coastline of the south island, abel tasman is home to one of new zealands multiday walking tracks, aptly named the abel tasman coast track. Abel tasman sailed past in 1642, james cook saw it in a fog in 1770, but rear admiral dumont durville was the first known european to anchor in its still waters in 1827 and record his impressions of the majestic scene surrounding them. This is an ideal trail runners holiday, whether youre starting your fitness programme, or ready to. Ive just completed a fourday trek through abel tasman national park in new zealand, along the stunning abel tasman track. I would recommend the longer the better as theres plenty to do there.
Over 200,000 people a year hike it, which means accommodation is at a premium over the peak summer months. Wilsons abel tasman vista swing bridge bush and beach walk the most varied section of the abel tasman coastal track. Jun 11, 2016 hiking the abel tasman coast track our tips and tricks. The abel tasman coastal track is one of the department of conservations nine great walks. Abel tasman coast track blessed with a mild climate, golden beaches and coastal forest, the abel tasman coast track really has it all. On day one we walked the coastal track from awaroa to medlands beach. Explore beautiful beaches along the abel tasman walk, see stunning views from high on the hills. We are happy to help plan and book your abel tasman coastal walk including water taxis, huts and campsites. Abel tasman guides are here to show you and assist with all the aspects of the magic that makes up your abel tasman walking experience. The entire abel tasman national park coastal track takes anywhere from three to five days to complete, but what if i told you that you could see some of the parks best beaches, tracts of exotic forest and viewpoints on a day hike. Abel tasman coastal track abel tasman national park.
Plan an adventure that suits your ability and schedule. The cafe and beer garden the alborns built next door, hooked, rounded things out nicely. Thats just one word to describe new zealands abel tasman national park. Hiking the abel tasman coast track another adventure. Walk the most varied section of the abel tasman coastal track. Wake to breakfast overlooking meadowbanks gardens and the waters of abel tasman s largest tidal estuary. As a great walk this means the four huts along the abel tasman coastal track meet a higher standard than what you will find in more remote wilderness areas. Abel tasman aquataxi abel tasman new zealands most. Coastal track abel tasman national park tramping new zealand. The abel tasman coastal classic first began in 1994 and quickly became one of new zealands most popular trail runs.
We have one day to visit abel tasman in february, 2010, and would like to know the most scenic sections. One day in abel tasman national park earth trekkers. You can choose to explore the park from land, on the water, or in the air, with tour operators aplenty offering cruises, water taxi services, kayaking options, helitours and sailing catamarans. A complete guide to hiking the abel tasman track new zealand. Abel tasman coastal track freedom walk first light travel.
The coast track at abel tasman is considered one of the best multiday hikes in the world by many, and its not hard to see why once you arrive. Abel tasman offers pristine coastline, the trail itself is excellent with little gain in elevation, and the temperate climate makes the hike enjoyable yearround. From torrent bay to bark bay is a popular area as it passes over the photographic falls river on a suspension bridge. The abel tasman coast track is a 60 kilometres long walking track within the abel tasman national park in new zealand. The abel tasman track is one of new zealands 9 great walks and therefore is extremely popular. While that doesnt completely limit anyone from accessing tracks, it is much simpler and cheaper to get to hiking trails with your own vehicle. Hiking, walking and tramping in the abel tasman national park. Bear in mind when people say the abel tasman coastal track is popular, they arent joking. The start of the abel tasman coastal track one of new zealands great walks runs across the barns front lawn, so you couldnt be closer.
Once youve completed a multiday tramp in the park, there is no end of options for more tracks to explore. During your journey theyll share their stories and years of knowledge with you, unscripted and. You will have to book quite far in advance in order for us to be successful with confirming the dates you request, especially if you wish to travel at the height of the season which is february and march. You will have to book quite far in advance in order for us to be successful with confirming the dates you request, especially if you wish to travel in the height of the season which is february and march. Find independent hiking options for you to experience the track unguided. Feb 12, 2017 a gorgeous day running along the beaches and coastal track in new zealands abel tasman national park. There are four huts and 19 campsites along the abel tasman coast track, which must be booked in advance all year round. Abel tasman national park accommodation self catering holiday homes, houses, baches, beach houses, vacation rentals, cabins, cottages, chalets and more. Coastal track abel tasman national park tramping new. Discover the exhilaration of running new zealands finest coastal track, with ensuite accommodation in our beachfront lodges at days end. Abel tasman national park holiday homes, accommodation. The abel tasman national park is the best bit of new zealand. We plan to take a water taxi from marehau to some walking start point, walk, and then get picked up by water taxi for the return to.
Tasman holiday homes, accommodation rentals, baches and. They were fabulous, this is good value for money, all accommodation, transport from and to nelson, most meals, packs transported by sea daily, and good. Because of its easy accessibility for boats, you have the option to walk a portion of the trail for a day or the entire length over 35 days. Enjoy abel tasman national park activities while staying. We set of from marahau and ran out and back along the track, stopping to take in the awesome. Abel tasman coast track new zealand hiking trails tourism.
No trip to the abel tasman is complete without getting out on the water. You have 25 minutes from now to complete the payment process. Entirely different than the rest of the country, its a true hikers paradise, either for the experienced trekker or the beginner hiker. Make this site your onestop shop for abel tasman coastal track bookings, independent or guided walking packages and information. The abel tasman coast track is a stunning walk on the south island of new zealand. Most visitors chose marahau as the launchpoint for their excursions into the national park because it is located at the entrance to the park and also because it is where most of the commercial water transport and activity operators are based. Just like the campsites, you need to book your bed in advance. Your walk today follows the coastal track through cool native forest and reaches golden sand beaches, perfect for swimming. We can offer you advice on tide times so that you know the best times to cross tidal estuaries. It takes just over an hour to drive to marahau where the southern end of the abel tasman coastal track begins.
But youll need some preparation and perhaps a touch of madness if youre planning on some more challenging treks through new zealands more remote areas. Abel tasman guides guided and unguided tours of the abel. Since 1977, our passion has been showing visitors the best of beautiful abel tasman in ways that inspire and energise by sharing amazing stories of its natural and human history. Everything you need to know to hike the abel tasman track. Abel tasman national park is a new zealand national park located between golden bay and tasman bay at the north end of the south island. What is great about abel tasman is that you can do anything from a 1 day hike on the track to a 5 day trek as you complete the entire trail. Abel tasman national park new zealand holiday homes.
Book online well in advance if you can, though you should be able to find a campsite somewhere in all but the very busiest times. Get your gear together and head off, just check with us before your leave we can help you with maps, supplies and information, whether you want to go for a few hours, a day or multiple days. Situated at the top of new zealands south island near the towns of motueka and takaka, the coastal track will amaze you with its beautiful golden beaches, native bush and wildlife. It is named after abel tasman, who in 1642 became the first european explorer to sight new zealand and who anchored nearby in golden bay. In many ways this is the track for all as the days are not too long and there is time for relaxing and swimming along the way. Abel tasman coast track abel tasman national park all you. Tasman accommodation self catering holiday homes, houses, baches, beach houses, vacation rentals, cabins, cottages, chalets and more. Visitors could book and check in for their abel tasman activities at the abel tasman centre, and could then board their water taxi or begin their sea kayaking trip right there on site.
Choose how much running you want each day, following the route of the abel tasman coastal classic, one of the countrys most popular trail running events. Abel tasman is a hikers paradise with several stages. I wasnt going to go all the way to new zealand for geysercon, where i was an author guest, and not fit in some tramping. Abel tasman platter spend your morning on the water kayaking through the astrolabe roadstead with a small group of fellow kayakers led by one of our expert local guides.
Situated in the top left corner of the south island of new zealand, about 1 hour outside the city of nelson, abel tasman has everything going for it in terms of beautiful scenery. Abel tasman, in full abel janszoon tasman, born 1603. Things to do and see around abel tasman national park abel. The track is in new zealands famous abel tasman national park, located at the top of the south island. Abel tasman coast track get out and walk events and. We walked the coastal track over 3 days between xmas and new year 2020 with an unguided package through abel tasman guides. Its easy to see why kayaking along the abel tasman coastal track has become world famous. The abel tasman coastal track is a fantastic introduction to tramping. Located right at the southern entrance to the coastal track, marahau is also known as the abel tasman village. Jun 21, 2018 eric hanson arrives in nelson, new zealand to prepare for a hiking and sea kayaking trip along the stunning abel tasman coast trackone of new zealands ten great walks. Abel tasman national park best time to visit top tips. This guide will go over everything you need to know about the abel tasman track and how to prepare for one of the best hikes out there. This makes it ideal for oneway trips into the abel tasman and then a walk back to your vehicle. Harvey road, marahau, abel tasman national park 7010, new zealand.
Tick the abel tasman coastal track off your bucket list with this four day freedom walk all the way from the beginning to end of this popular track. The area is blessed with a mild climate, golden beaches and lush coastal native bush, meaning this coastal track is one of new zealands bestknown and most popular walks. Join your guide for a wonderful day trip into the national park with its golden sandy beaches, clear azure sea, regenerating. Transport tofrom the startend of the track or midpoints along the track the walk is oneway with track ends approx. Hiking abel tasman coastal track, new zealand the adventure. The reputation of the event, the location and its organisation continues to spread via word of mouth and the event continually sells out each year. Experiencing the abel tasman coastal track one of new zealand s great walks, this track is the perfect way to explore the unmatchable beauty of the abel tasman national park.720 929 452 340 1163 906 77 334 103 1004 200 603 992 1200 776 1459 902 490 466 1398 478 410 1436 1065 1207 1353 893 397 709 1346