Introduction

Directions on how to access Abel Tasman Coast Track.

The Abel Tasman Coast Track is accessible by road at four points, each with a carpark:

  • Marahau, the southern gateway, is 67 km from Nelson on sealed road.
  • Wainui is 21 km from Takaka. For the last 2 km, the road is unsealed.
  • Tōtaranui is 32 km from Takaka. For the last 12 km, the road is unsealed.
  • Awaroa estuary is 31 km from Takaka. The last 12 km of road is rough and unsealed. There are two fords, which flood after heavy rain. From the Awaroa carpark on the northern side of the estuary, it’s 25 minutes of tidal walk to Awaroa hut and campsite, which are on the southern side of the estuary.

Transport options

Abel Tasman Coast Track locality map.
Abel Tasman Coast Track locality map

The Abel Tasman Coast Track is not a circuit track. However, it can be combined with the Abel Tasman Inland Track to form a 5-6 day circuit. By road it takes 2 hours 30 minutes to drive between Tōtaranui or Wainui and Marahau (approx. 100 km).

This road is narrow, winding and unsealed in places. By boat transport it takes about 1 hour 30 minutes to travel between Tōtaranui and Marahau.

The track is well serviced by public transport including buses/coaches and boat transport. 

A water taxi service is provided by private companies. They do not go north of Tōtaranui. Torrent Bay is drop-off only, between 9.00 am and 12 noon. Awaroa drop-off/pick-up is on the beach in front of Awaroa Lodge, a 30 min walk from Awaroa Hut at low tide. 

Vehicle parking: DOC provides a carpark at Marahau,Tōtaranui, Wainui and Awaroa roadends. Cars are parked at owner's/driver's risk. Secure parking can be arranged at various Marahau businesses.

Bus services operate in summer from Nelson and Motueka to major roadends Marahau and Kaiteriteri and connect with Takaka transport to Tōtaranui and Wainui. Bookings are recommended. In winter, bus services operate daily to Marahau and Kaiteriteri but not so regularly to Wainui and Tōtaranui.

Water taxis operate year round from Marahau and Kaiteriteri. The scheduled water taxi pickup locations are: Anchorage, Bark Bay, Onetahuti, Awaroa and Tōtaranui. 

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