Introduction

Learn about fees, bookings and conditions associated with booking the Abel Tasman Coast Track.

Fees

Fees are charged per person, per night to stay in huts and campsites on the Abel Tasman Coast Track. There are no fees to complete a day walk on the track or for entry into the Abel Tasman National Park.

Pay your fees by booking the huts and/or campsites before you start the track.

Huts

In the peak season 1 October - 30 April:

New Zealand citizens and those ordinarily resident in New Zealand*:

  • Adult (18+ years): $38 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

International visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $75 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): $75 per person, per night

In the off-peak season 1 May - 30 September:

  • Adult (18+ years): $32 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

* New Zealand rates:

  • "Ordinarily resident in New Zealand" means those:
    • who hold a residence class or work visa; and
    • who have lived in New Zealand for six of the previous 12 months; and
    • for whom New Zealand is their primary place of established residence.
  • Proof of eligibility will be required for the New Zealand rate (such as a New Zealand drivers licence, utility bill or a copy of a passport).
Campsites

In the peak season 1 October - 30 April:

New Zealand citizens and those ordinarily resident in New Zealand*:

  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

International visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $30 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): $30 person, per night

* New Zealand rates:

  • "Ordinarily resident in New Zealand" means those:
    • who hold a residence class or work visa; and
    • who have lived in New Zealand for six of the previous 12 months; and
    • for whom New Zealand is their primary place of established residence.
  • Proof of eligibility will be required for the New Zealand rate (such as a New Zealand drivers licence, utility bill or a copy of a passport).

In the off-peak season 1 May - 30 September:

For all visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $15 person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): Free
Discounts

A 10% discount is available to members, staff and instructors of the following organisations, who also hold a valid 12 month Backcountry Hut Pass: NZ Mountain Safety Council; NZ Federated Mountain Clubs; NZ Deer Stalkers Association; NZ Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR); Scouts New Zealand; GirlGuiding NZ.

Discounts are not available online. To receive the discount we need to sight your membership card and Backcountry Hut Pass, so please visit a DOC visitor centre in person. If you get a discount you won't be charged a booking fee.

Bookings

Huts and campsites must be booked in advance year round. Visitors arriving without a valid booking, or staying at a hut or campsite other than the one named on their ticket, will be charged a penalty fee or may be asked to leave the park.

What to book

Before you start walking the Abel Tasman Coast Track, you need to book: 

  • Huts and/or campsites on the track – the walk takes 3-5 days to complete
  • Transport to/from the start/end of the track or mid-points along the track – the walk is one-way with track ends approx. 80 km apart
How to book 

2018/2019 bookings

Bookings for trips from 1 July 2018 will open on Monday 18 June at 9:30 am.

Create a user account on our new booking system so you’re ready to make a booking when bookings open. If you’ve had an account before, you’ll need to create a new account on our system.

To make a booking for dates before 30 June 2018, contact the local DOC Visitor Centre.

International visitors - check new prices.

  1. Decide how much of the track you want to walk and what direction you want to walk in – shuttles service the northern end of the track at Wainui, and water taxis run between Kaiteriteri and Marahau at the southern end of the track to the main beaches of Anchorage, Torrent Bay, Bark Bay Onetahuti, Awaroa and Totaranui.

  2. Decide what huts or campsites you want to stay at. Consider:
  3. Decide the date you want to stay at each hut/campsite. Note there is a maximum number of nights you can stay at each:
    • 1 October - 30 April: maximum 2 nights (except Totaranui campsite which is a maximum of 1 night all year)
    • 1 May - 30 September: maximum 5 nights (except Totaranui campsite which is a maximum of 1 night all year)

  4. Check availability of huts and campsites on the dates you want to stay. If there is no space in one of the huts/campsites you want to stay at, consider:
    • Starting your walk on a different date
    • Re-arranging your walk to use a different combination of huts/campsites

  5. Check the availability of transport services on your desired dates.

  6. Book huts/campsites.
    • Book online, or
    • Contact a DOC visitor centre or local iSITE for personal assistance.
    • Note:
    • Bookings are required for children and/or youth even though it's free for them to stay.
    • If you're booking campsites, you'll need to know the number of people in your group as well as the number of tent sites required.

  7. Book transport to/from the start/end of the track with a transport operator. Find shuttle services and water taxis for the Abel Tasman Coast Track
Terms and conditions

Read the booking terms and conditions for general information, age ranges, prices, discounts, penalty rates, and the alterations and cancellations policies. Bookings not meeting the terms and conditions will be treated as invalid and cancelled.

Booking on behalf of others

Guided groups

To operate a commercial activity in an area managed by the Department of Conservation, you will need to apply for a concession (an official permit), in addition to any bookings you would need to make. Read more about concessions 

Booking on behalf of others

To make multiple bookings for facilities/services on behalf of customers, you must obtain permission or an agent agreement from the Department of Conservation. To do this, email: agents@doc.govt.nz 

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