Abel Tasman Coast Track Quick Information

Abel Tasman Coastal Track

ABEL TASMAN COAST TRACK INFORMATION

We’ve put together a quick reference page for walking and kayaking times along the Abel Tasman Coast Track. Below you’ll find a map and some other essential information for planning your trip. It’s important to check the weather, tides and walking / kayaking times to get the most out of your time in the Abel Tasman.

Abel Tasman Coast Track Information - Map with Walk Times

TIDAL CROSSINGS

Tide times at Awaroa Inlet must be checked carefully. The inlet may only be crossed within 1hr 30mins before and 2hrs after low tide so please make careful note of these times. Outside of these times the crossing is dangerous. There are other tidal crossings in the Park (Torrent Bay, Bark Bay) but all have alternate high tide routes. You can check the Abel Tasman tides here and check the weather in the Abel Tasman here

Plan & Prepare - Check the tides for your Abel Tasman trip
Crossing the Awaroa tidal inlet

WALKING TIMES

Mārahau – Anchorage Hut                       3-4hrs 12.4km
Anchorage Hut – Torrent Bay
                     Low tide route                        20 min 0.9km
                     High tide route                       1-1.5hrs 4km
Torrent Bay – Bark Bay Hut                       2-3hrs 7.8km
Bark Bay Hut – Onetahuti                          2hrs     6.1km
Onetahuti – Awaroa Hut                            2.5hrs 7.1km
Awaroa Hut – Tōtaranui                            2.5-3hrs 7.1km
Tōtaranui – Whariwharangi Hut               3.5hrs 9.8 km
Whariwharangi Hut – Wainui Car Park    2hrs 5.7km

Crossing the Falls Swingbridge

SIDE TRIPS FROM THE COASTAL TRACK

Tinline Nature Walk (Tinline Bay)             20 min return
Pitt Head loop                                             40 min – 1.5 hrs
Cleopatra’s Pool                                          40 min return
Falls River Falls                                           3hrs return
Separation Point                                        1hr return
Tōtaranui to Whariwharangi                     3hrs (Gibbs Hill Track)

Cleopatra's Pool - Abel Tasman Must Dos - Experience the best of the Abel Tasman - Go Swimming
Cleopatra's pool

KAYAKING TIMES

Mārahau – Observation                               3hrs
Mārahau to Anchorage                                4hrs
Anchorage to Bark Bay                                2hrs
Bark Bay – Onetahuti                                   1.5hrs

For more details of attractions along the Abel Tasman Coast Track walk please read our Guide to walking in the Abel Tasman 

FAQ’s

If you’re planning to walk the entire track – it can take anywhere between 3 and 5 days. The entire track from Marahau to Wainui bay is 60km long. There are various huts and camping spots along the way – see our camping and accommodation information

This is truly a difficult question. What we can tell you that perhaps the most popular section is the Tonga Quarry to Anchorage via Bark Bay and Torrent Bay (or vice versa). You can even do a day trip – jump on a  water taxi from Marahau or Kaiteriteri to Tonga Quarry (1.5 hours) and walk back to Anchorage to get the return taxi  (40 minutes). 

The Abel Tasman coast track is one of the easiest of all the New Zealand Great Walks. The climbs are not to strenuous and you can make your days as long or short as you like. Stretching the walk out to five days gives you more time to relax on the beach or add a kayak trip to your agenda.

You can start or finish the walk from either end point – Marahau or Wainui Bay Read our section  How to get here for more information

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