Nelson/Tasman region

Trampers looking down into Anchorage. Photo: Tony Lilleby.

Walkers on the Abel Tasman Coast Track

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Easter 2014 alert - track section closures:

  • The section between Torrent Bay and Bark Bay is closed due to windfalls and slips.
  • A large section of track between Bark Bay and Medlands Beach is closed due to a washout and a dangerous windfall across the track. The track is currently impassable north of Medlands Beach.
    If you are dropped off by a water taxi at Medlands Beach the track is clear to Torrent Bay and south to Marahau.

Bookings for trips from 1 July 2014 will open in late May. Check in mid May for the exact date.

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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About the 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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Alert/Important notice

 Easter 2014: Sections of track closed

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

Time:  

3 - 5 days

Distance:  

54.4 km
 
 

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Safety

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

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