Rock formations, Totaranui, Abel Tasman National Park
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)
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.
The most noticeable features of this park are its golden sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and unmodified estuaries.
Walking, sea kayaking and sailing are popular activities in and around the Abel Tasman National Park.
Find out about the Abel Tasman National Park's hut and campsite accommodation. Bookings are essential.
If you are going to be using the track system in the Abel Tasman National Park make sure you are properly equipped and well prepared.
Abel Tasman Memorial acknowledges the first and only visit by Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman to Golden Bay in 1642. It sits on a prominent coastal rock outcrop between Pohara Beach and Wainui Bay.
Find out about recreation opportunities in Tonga Island Marine Reserve in Abel Tasman National Park.
Find businesses who are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Abel Tasman National Park.
Weather for Abel Tasman National Park - Nelson rural forecast
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Abel Tasman National Park - Wild about New Zealand TV series
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies