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

The Janszoon Trust and DOC will be carrying out an aerial 1080 operation in the Abel Tasman National Park for the control of possums and rats.

Non-toxic pre-feed baits will be applied first followed approximately 5 days later (weather permitting) by toxic baits. The coastal walking track is excluded from the drop zone, as are the huts and camp sites. The coastal walking track will remain open during the toxic drop but the Inland Track and Falls River Track will be temporarily closed until baits have been removed from the tracks.

Depending on weather conditions, it is intended to start this operation on 28 July 2014.

For more information contact the Motueka DOC Office, phone +64 3 528 1810.


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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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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