The Abel Tasman National Park is located in the beautiful Nelson Tasman region of the South Island of New Zealand. Named after Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman, the first European to sight New Zealand in 1642, it is New Zealand’s smallest national park covering an area of 237 km2. It’s also the park which attracts the most visitors each year!
A major contributing factor to the park’s popularity is it’s accessibility. The Abel Tasman is easily accessed by boat, water taxi or on foot. Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy its outstanding natural beauty and many outdoor activities including walking, camping, canyoning and kayaking.
You’ll see water taxi services shuttling people to and from the various golden beaches up and down the lush coastline all year round. It’s also possible to walk the length of the park on the coast track, starting at the southern end in Marahau or from the northern end at Wainui Bay.
The Abel Tasman is also known for its fabulous sea kayaking and is perfect for first-time paddlers or for seasoned kayakers. It’s possible to hire a kayak and explore at your own pace, or book a guided trip with one of the local commercial operators in the region.
Our Most Popular Abel Tasman Trips
New Zealand’s most accessible National Park is full of stunning coastal scenery and native wildlife. With so many ways to explore the park, it’s often hard to know where to start. To help you plan your perfect day along the coastal track, we’ve hand picked some of our most popular trips in the Abel Tasman National Park.
Winter in the Abel Tasman National Park
Yes, the park is accessible all year round and winter in the Abel Tasman is quite spectacular! There are no crowds or sandflies, and the light from the winter sun is perfect for photography. The low season spans from 1st May to 30th September 30th. Although the days are shorter & cooler, you can still see water taxis dropping people off at the various bays and beaches along the coast track, as well as a few adventurers out in kayaks.
Proud to be a certified Zero Carbon business
We offset 100% of our emissions and make a contribution to the Abel Tasman National Park & local conservation projects on behalf of every customer. We believe that enjoying our stunning natural environment and protecting it go hand in hand. Your experience with us will help plant native trees, restore waterways, build climate resilience and restore our biodiversity.
Find out more about our commitment and journey towards sustainable tourism.
Learn about the Environmental Access Fee (EAF) – the portion of your ticket price that goes directly towards preserving the unique environment you will enjoy in the park.
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Plan Your Trip
Although not a lot of planning is required to enjoy your time in the Abel Tasman, some basic preparation can greatly enhance your experience. We’ve put together a few important guides with information about what to bring, the weather & tides, park accommodation and staying safe. Whether you’re planning a day trip or a few nights in the park it’s a good idea to plan and prepare.
Learn about the park
The Abel Tasman has a rich history and is home to one of New Zealand’s Great Walks – the Abel Tasman Coast Track. You’ll also find a variety of unique wildlife and native plants on your visit.
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We’ve asked a few of these seafaring salty-dogs and outdoor-types to share some of their inside knowledge and favourite parts of the Abel Tasman region.
The Nelson Tasman Region
Nelson Tasman is famous for its sunny settled climate, artisan food & beverage offering and stunning natural landscapes. The region is bursting with creativity and atmosphere with over 350 working artists across Nelson Tasman. Whether you want to taste the wine of Nelson Tasman, cycle the world class trails or enjoy one of the many fantastic cafes – Nelson Tasman really does have something for everyone.
Like many parts of the world, the park has its fair share of environmental challenges, but thanks to the work of local community groups and philanthropists, an incredible conservation story is emerging. Groups such as Project Janszoon, the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust and the Department of Conservation are working hard to restore the Park back to its original biodiversity and the progress so far is very promising.
“There’s nothing quite like the Abel Tasman National Park. Our whole day was full of postcard moments – lying in the sun on the golden sand, swimming in crystal clear pools and walking along pristine coastline. Amazing!”
“The Abel Tasman National Park is an essential stop on any trip to New Zealand. The natural beauty of the park is unrivaled, and the food and people are both great. There is plenty to do and see here, so you won’t be disappointed.”
“We will never forget our time in the Abel Tasman. Our skipper was friendly and knowledgeable. He made the whole experience seamless and easy – dropping us off at one beach and picking us up at another after a day of exploring the most amazing places I’ve ever seen”.
“This is the New Zealand we dream of now that we are based in Europe – a perfect Abel Tasman experience. Our whole day was full of postcard moments – lying in the sun on the golden sand, swimming in crystal clear pools and walking along pristine coastline…finished off with a refreshing local craft beer – awesome!”
“The Abel Tasman National Park is paradise on earth. Seriously, it doesn’t get any better than this. Take one of the smaller water taxis, it’s by far the best way to see and explore the best bits of the coastline.”