Abel Tasman National Park

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Introduction

Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coast track.

Highlights


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Place overview

Activities

  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping

In this section

Find things to do and places to stay Abel Tasman National Park

About this place

Getting there

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.

Roads lead to Marahau and Totaranui at either end of the coastal track (1.5 and 2.5 hours from Nelson) and provide access to the inland track system.

There are regular and on-demand bus services to the park from local towns and from Nelson as well as a launch and water taxi services.

Know before you go

If you are going to be using the track system in the park for overnight trips, make sure you are properly equipped and well prepared.

Everyone needs to carry a sleeping bag, cooking utensils, sufficient high-energy food (with some extra for emergencies), a waterproof raincoat, and warm (wool or fleece) clothing. A portable stove will also be needed. Firm footwear is recommended but boots are not necessary. Giardia has been found in park waters. Boiling, chemical treatment or filtering can remove it. Check for up-to-date information on weather and track conditions before starting your trip.

Camping: The use of hammocks, including "tree hugger" hammocks, is not permitted in campsites on the Abel Tasman Coast Track. Not all campsites have convenient trees to use as the campsites have been designed for placing tents, not hammocks.

Look after the park’s islands

The three largest islands in the park, Tonga, Adele and Fisherman, are home to many native plants and animal species which are either low in number or are no longer found on the nearby mainland.

Adele and Fisherman islands can be accessed by boat or kayak but do not have toilets and camping is not permitted. The nearest toilets are at Appletree Bay. Tonga and Pinnacle islands are specially protected areas with public access by permit only, to protect the seal breeding colonies.

The islands have no non-native mammalian predators – help keep them that way so they remain safe for native wildlife and plants living there.

If planning to visit Adele and Fisherman islands, before you go:

  • check boats, kayaks, all bags, containers and gear before going onto islands and ensure there are no mice, rats or other animals inside. 
  • ensure that all clothing, footwear and gear are free of soil and plant material, including seeds and foliage.
  • check there are no ants or spiders in food and gear you are taking with you.

On the islands

  • Dogs are not allowed on the islands and elsewhere in the national park.
  • Do not light any fires, including barbecues and beach fires. Fire can cause devastating damage to wildlife and vegetation.
  • Take all rubbish with you when you leave the island.

Weather for Abel Tasman National Park - Nelson rural forecast

Abel Tasman free smartphone app

This visitor app has the lastest information on weather, tides, maps, points of interest, history, plants, wildlife, ecological restoration and walking times in the park. It will work offline in the park and will update itself when in coverage or within range of a hotspot.

Download the free app from the App Store or Google Play

Wi-fi hotspots to download the app are at:

  • Marahau beachfront, park entrance and campground area
  • Anchorage campground and hut
  • Torrent Bay village
  • Bark Bay hut and campground
  • Awaroa village, DOC hut, and car park
  • Tōtaranui campground

The app and private wi-fi network are provided by Project Janszoon.

Contacts

Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
Motueka i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
Phone:   +64 3 528 6543
Email:   info@motuekaisite.co.nz
Address:   20 Wallace Street
Motueka 7120
Postal Address:  
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