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Beaches of the Abel Tasman

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. 

Click on any of the following beaches to find out more and browse trips that visit these places.

Abel Tasman
Anchorage

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…

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Bark Bay

A short way along from Medlands is Bark Bay, so named because once upon a time, bark was harvested from trees here for various purposes. Nowadays you won’t find any bark being taken from trees, but you will find a tree-lined strip of land with the beach…

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Awaroa

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…

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Torrent Bay

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 “heading up the Bay for the weekend”…

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Onetahuti

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…

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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…

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Locals Tip

“For me, there is no beach quite like Onetahuti with its classic crescent shaped bay and the incredible native bush surrounding the beach. I always leave from Marahau and head straight for Onetahuti for my Abel Tasman adventures!”

Brendan Alborn, Owner Operator
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