The Northern End

I love encountering the many smiling faces and different accents as I wander through the Abel Tasman, meeting people around the campfire at Anchorage or swimming at the beaches in the Southern end of the Park.  But for those times when I feel like isolating myself a bit in order to truly immerse myself in the wonders of mother nature, I head to the Northern end, up past Totaranui. The first time I visited the Northern end of the National Park it felt like I had just entered another world.  I’ve spent a lot of time in the Southern parts of the Park as a kayak guide and love it, but it was being in the North that activated my…

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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 Zealand winter. It was impressive in winter and I can imagine it would be just as good in summer, only with a few less layers of merino and a few more hours of daylight. We hired sea kayaks and gear from Marahau Sea Kayaks, and had chosen the Freedom Anchorage package which meant exploring without a guide. We were given a comprehensive safety briefing and…

Jared’s 5 Quick Tips About Visiting the Abel Tasman National Park

 Spend the night in the Park.  Day trips are great, but the most awesome, revitalising – I’m even going to say spiritual – experience you can have in the Abel Tasman National Park is waking up to the sun rising across Tasman Bay.  It’s an experience that can bring tears to the eyes of even the toughest, rugby-playing, pig-hunting, hardened Kiwi bloke. Create your own adventure. Choose one of our packaged trips, or design one that includes a combination of activities. Even if you’ve only got a day (or half a day) do some kayaking and some hiking at minimum.  That way you get to see the Park from the water and the track. One of the beauties of the…

Heidi’s favourite campsites in the Park

Mosquito Bay 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. I really love how Mosquito Bay changes so much with the tides.  It has a rock in the middle of the beach that becomes an island when the tide comes in, and the water goes right around the back behind the tent sites.…