Nelson/Tasman region.

Rock formations, Totaranui, Abel Tasman National Park

Rock formations, Totaranui, Abel Tasman National Park

Map of New Zealand highlighting the Nelson/Tasman region.

Abel Tasman National Park (established in 1942) is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track. It also has a mild climate and is a good place to visit at any time of the year.

View the Abel Tasman National Park factsheet (PDF, 186K)

Alert/Important notice

 Pest control operation

Project Janszoon and DOC completed an aerial application of 1080 pesticide in the Abel Tasman National Park on 22 August 2014 to control rats and possums. The Abel Tasman Coast Track was excluded from the drop zone as were the huts, campsites and beaches. The tramping track to Falls River, Abel Tasman Inland Track and Wainui Track were sown over and baits have been cleared from these tracks. Be aware that baits can get caught up in trees and can be dislodged through wind action many days after the operation. Please do not touch these baits.

Dogs are particularly susceptible to this poison. Dogs are only allowed in the park by permit, but people with dogs in areas adjoining the park including Awaroa and Torrent Bay need to keep their dogs under control to avoid contact with carcasses.

For more information contact the Motueka DOC Office, phone +64 3 5281810.


At 22,530 hectares Abel Tasman is New Zealand's smallest national park. It is located at the top of the South Island; the nearest towns are Motueka, Takaka and Kaiteriteri.

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DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map

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Abel Tasman National Park - Wild about New Zealand TV series


Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies


Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
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