Nelson/Tasman region

Trampers looking down into Anchorage. Photo: Tony Lilleby.

Walkers on the Abel Tasman Coast Track

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About the Abel Tasman Coast Track

The Abel Tasman Coast Track, located in Abel Tasman National Park on South Island’s northern shores. The Coast Track is a Great Walk and extends for 54.4 km. All streams are bridged but there are tidal crossings which can only be crossed within a few hours either side of low tide. The track takes an average of three to five days to complete and can be walked from either end.

There are huts and campsites where you can stay for a fee. Bookings are required. There is no charge for day walks. Visitors can walk into the park from the roadend carparks, catch water taxis to beaches along the track or kayak along the coast.

The nearest towns of Nelson, Motueka and Takaka have i-SITES, accommodation and shops catering for tramping and kayaking needs. Kaiteriteri has a petrol station, small grocery shop, accommodation and café. Marahau has accommodation, a shop and cafés. Takaka is the last place for petrol before Totaranui.

Abel Tasman Coast Track brochure (PDF, 3,396K)

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Road access to Totaranui and Awaroa is open.

Trampers are reminded there is a pack-in pack-out policy for rubbish along the Coast Track. All rubbish must be removed.

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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.

Great Walk/Easier tramping track Great Walk/Easier tramping track


3 - 5 days


54.4 km

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

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