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700 Years of fascinating history
51 km of breathtaking coastline


When it comes to visiting the Abel Tasman, planning your trip can be overwhelming with so many different options available.

To help you to get the most out of your visit, we’ve asked some locals to share their tips and tricks.

Abel Tasman on a shoe string

I’ve got two young kids so am always looking for activities that don’t need to be funded through the sale of my non-vital organs. The cheapest way to access the Abel Tasman National Park is by foot. In fact, you won’t pay a bean to enter the Park providing you can find your way to Marahau at the start of the Coastal Track. From there, you simply walk into the Park for as far as you want to.

Heidi’s favourite campsites in the Park

My absolute top camping spot in the Park, despite its name, is Mosquito Bay. One of its key attractions for me is it is off the Coastal Track so is only accessible by boat. That means it’s quite private and sometimes we have the whole place to ourselves. We get there using our own boat but it is also accessible by kayak, a short paddle north of Bark Bay in the middle of the Park.

Anchorage Escape: Freedom!

Here’s a rewarding and adventurous way to experience some of the best of the Abel Tasman National Park – sea kayak from Marahau to Anchorage then return to Marahau by foot along the Abel Tasman Coastal track. My partner and I completed this trip on a sunny day in July, the middle of the New

A wee gem of a walk…

Some places are just so beautiful you just have to keep returning to ensure your memories have not been distorted over time. The Abel Tasman is exactly one of those places so we get out there and do a different section of the Park every time we get a chance. A walk we did recently was up the Falls River Track. This walk can be completed as a day trip with a return water taxi from Marahau to Torrent and out of Anchorage in the afternoon.
Dasha – Ukraine
Dasha – Ukraine “Abel Tasman is truly one of the most beautiful corners on Earth, it is definitely the “must-do” thing in New Zealand. The nature is stunning, food is amazing and people are great! There is plenty to do and experience here.… Read More
Nigel – Auckland, NZ
Nigel – Auckland, NZ “Nothing says New Zealand quite like the Abel Tasman. 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 New Zealand coastline. Amazing!” Read More
Jamie – Wellington, NZ “We will never forget our time in the Abel Tasman. Our boat driver 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… Read More
Steph – Wellington, NZ
Steph – Wellington, NZ “The Abel Tasman 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 Abel Tasman.” Read More
Andrew – Holland
Andrew – Holland “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… Read More