Abel Tasman Coast Track, Abel Tasman National Park

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#1 of 42 in Parks in Nelson-Tasman Region
Journey through some of the island's lushest coastal landscapes along Abel Tasman Coast Track, arguably the nation's most popular hiking route. Stretching 51 km (32 mi) through the surrounding Abel Tasman National Park, the trail features numerous side-branches, resting spots, and natural points of interest. Grab some comfortable walking shoes and hit the well-marked path, admiring secluded beaches, sweeping ocean views, and winding rivers along your way. Though it takes several days to travel the track in its entirety, you can get a solid taste of the area by opting for a smaller section of the path. Bear in mind during your trek that some portions of the trail are only crossable at low tide, so plan accordingly. For Abel Tasman Coast Track and beyond, use our Abel Tasman National Park journey planner to get the most from your Abel Tasman National Park vacation.
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  • The most breath taking walk along this costal track with so many spots to stop and take photos be aware it will take you twice as long as you think to walk along to next lovely littel bay from the tra...  more »
  • Drop by boat taxi to Torrent Bay then back to foot up to Marahau, 15 km on a nice path overlooking the coast. Despite an average time and a sea cool it's a nice walk. Also, we enjoyed fresh beer on arrival at the Park Cafe (nice). The Park offers many activities: canoeing, trekking, etc.
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  • We just made the walk from the entrance of the Park until Apple Tree Bay, 1 h 30 to go, but it has very many more and given the environment to go back one day.
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Where to stay in Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park itself offers only a handful of accommodations, most around Awaroa Bay. There, you'll find some high-end lodge retreats, as well as an extremely well-appointed campsite right near the beach--both require advance reservations. Most visitors choose to stay just outside the park, either to the south in Marahau, which offers a selection of budget hostels and guesthouses, or to the north, in the coastal town of Pohara. For an "alternative" experience, consider staying in the hippie paradise of Takaka.
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