Totaranui beach
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Totaranui is located on a beautiful golden beach with an estuary which is safe, sheltered and teeming with biodiversity – an ideal area for children to play and learn.


  • Camp next to the clear waters and golden sands of Totaranui beach at the northern end of the Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Relax on the beach or enjoy boating, fishing, water sports and activities.
  • Explore native bush on one of the nearby tracks and learn about trees and animals.
  • Go mini bike riding in the camp.
  • Learn about the area's Māori and Pākehā history.

Kiwi Guardians adventure map for Totaranui Abel Tasman National Park.
Kiwi Guardians adventure map for Totaranui Abel Tasman National Park

Get ready

Download the Totaranui adventure map (PDF, 2,604K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there: 

By car: It takes about two and a half hours to drive to Totaranui from Nelson.

Take SH6 south out of Nelson and turn onto SH60 (the Coastal Highway) once past Richmond. Follow SH60 over the Takaka Hill to Takaka.

From Takaka follow signs to Pohara and Tata Beach, which will lead you past the Abel Tasman Memorial and onto Totaranui. The last 12 km is a narrow, winding, unsealed road.

By boat: Daily boat services operate from Kaiteriteri, Marahau and many of the beaches in the Abel Tasman National Park. The boat ride from Marahau, the southern end of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, to Totaranui takes about two hours. Get information about water transport operators

Claim your reward

Tell us the Totaranui Abel Tasman National Park code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

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