The Abel Tasman contains six main Coastal Access Points at which the water taxis can drop off and pick up passengers. Each of these bays have distinct natural features and a unique history.
Abel Tasman Map
The Abel Tasman Coastal Track runs along the south to north axis with more remote wilderness areas inland, to the west.
Located at the southern entrance of the Coastal Track, Marahau is the main access point to the Park. Spread along the coastline are six main Coastal Access Points for most water taxi and kayaking trips. From south to north, these Access Points are Anchorage, Torrent Bay, Bark Bay, Onetahuti, Awaroa and Totaranui.
—— Totaranui is another long, golden-sand beach, and the only part of the Coastal Track that is accessible by road. There are tent sites located along the beach which are dedicated to the use of people walking the Coastal Track. Across the narrow gravel road from the beach is the main Totaranui camping ground. This is a large camping ground that is enormously popular during the Christmas and New Year peak season.
—— Awaroa made headlines all over the world in 2016 when a couple of Kiwis decided to mount a crowdfunding campaign to buy a stretch of Awaroa beach that was put up for sale by its private owner. The fear was that the new owners could deny access to the beach for the New Zealand public, and access to our coast is something many Kiwis have strong feelings about. In a major triumph for people power, the New Zealand public donated over two million dollars, purchased the beach and ceded it into the national park.
—— Onetahuti is a long, gently curved beach that is first glimpsed via a wonderful elevated view when you descend to the beach from the south. The campsite is directly behind the main beach. Tonga Island sits proudly and prominently directly out from Onetahuti beach.
—— After crossing the Falls River Swingbridge, one of the Park’s significant icons, you arrive at Bark Bay and the DoC hut when travelling up the Park from the south. There is one private bach at the southern end of the beach and the campsite sits on a narrow, tree-lined strip of land with the beach on one side and a tidal estuary on the other.
—— Directly across from Anchorage is Torrent Bay with the largest concentration of privately owned beach houses, or baches to locals, in the Park. In fact, if a local tells you in a lofty tone they are “heading up the Bay for the weekend” then they will invariably be talking about Torrent Bay.
—– Anchorage has the first large camping area and hut in the national park from Marahau at the southern entrance. It is well sheltered by headlands to the north and south so is the ideal spot for yachties to anchor their launches – hence its name. To the south of Anchorage is the Pitt Head Loop track and the quintessential golden-sand, crescent shaped Te Pukatea Bay.