Abel Tasman Inland track
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The Inland Track links Marahau to Wainui Bay via Pigeon Saddle on the Takaka - Tōtaranui Road.
The track can be linked with the Abel Tasman Coast Track or water taxi to make a varied round trip. If you choose to stay at any of the huts or campsites on the Abel Tasman Coast Track, Great Walk you must make a hut or campsite booking.
Time: 5 hr 30 min
Distance: 15.1 km
From Marahau follow the Coast Track to Tinline Bay. Here the Inland Track begins, climbing steadily away from the coast and then steeply through regenerating forest.
After 2 h 30 min Holyoake Clearing is reached, where there is a shelter. Above the clearing the track enters forest and continues climbing to Castle Rock Hut, perched near rock outcrops with wide views of Marahau Valley and Tasman Bay/Te Tai-o-Aorere.
Time: 6 hr
Distance: 13 km
The track heads northwards from Castle Rock Hut, then turns west and begins climbing. The gradient steepens and then levels again. The track then undulates for a while before descending to Moa Park Shelter (it’s 2 h, 3.5 km to this point), surrounded by the tussocks of Moa Park itself. There are two side tracks leading to lookouts; Porter Rock is a granite outcrop worth visiting for its excellent views.
From Moa Park Shelter the track crosses a small stream and quickly re-enters the stunted beech forest. Upon reaching Evans Ridge it turns north, beginning a gradual descent to Awapoto Hut.
Time: 3 hr
Distance: 5 km
Beyond Awapoto Hut the track steepens then eases again before finally descending steeply to the road at Pigeon Saddle.
Time: 2 hr 25 min
Distance: 8 km
The track climbs slightly, passing a turn-off to a good viewpoint. Travel is then fairly level to the short climb up Gibbs Hill. Beyond Gibbs Hill are the best views in the whole park as the track descends, steeply at first, to the saddle on the Wainui–Whariwharangi section of the Abel Tasman Coast Track. At this saddle, the track forks and an easy 45-minute descent begins to the Wainui car park.
The Inland Track has road access at several points:
Marahau, the southern gateway, is 67 km from Nelson.
Canaan, turn off State Highway 60 on the Takaka Hill onto Canaan Road and follow the unsealed road for 11 km to the car park.
To reach the northern end or Pigeon Saddle (on the Tōtaranui Road), follow State Highway 60 over Takaka Hill to Takaka (107 km from Nelson). Turn right upon entering Takaka; from there it is 23 km to Wainui car park, 24 km to Pigeon Saddle and 32 km to Tōtaranui.
The last 12 km to Tōtaranui is narrow and winding - care is required.
Regular high season bus services provide access to Marahau, Tōtaranui, Pigeon Saddle and Wainui.
On-demand transport services are available at Motueka and Takaka.
Boat services from Kaiteriteri and Marahau provide access to Tōtaranui.
The track passes through a range of regenerating and undisturbed forest types between sea level and the roof of the park, Evans Ridge. Occasional granite outcrops offer good views while the Moa Park moorlands and unusual Canaan landscape provides an interesting interlude.
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