Nelson/Tasman region

Trampers looking down into Anchorage. Photo: Tony Lilleby.

Walkers on the Abel Tasman Coast Track

Nelso Tasman region map.

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, 3,257K)

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Great Walks season: All year

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 3 528 1810.

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


3 - 5 days


54.4 km

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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

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