The Department of Conservation (DOC) has 19 tent sites and four huts spread along the Coastal Track. In most places these sites are only a couple of hours easy walk apart so you can make your own decisions about how long you want to walk or kayak before you set up camp. There is also a higher-end Lodge in the Park, a unique floating backpacker option permanently situated at Anchorage and private holiday houses (baches to locals) is some areas. All accommodation in the Park needs to be booked in advance.
The Abel Tasman has a wide variety of accommodation options from luxury lodges to basic camp sites, and even a unique floating backpacker lodge. All of these options need to be booked in advance so you will need to plan your trip before you set out.
The tent sites along the Coastal Track are typically situated just off the golden sand-beaches at the edge of the bush-line.
This makes them some of the most picturesque camping spots imaginable. You need to book and pay for your tent site in advance either online via the DoC website or in person at either a DOC office or through other booking agents such as the Abel Tasman Centre in Marahau.
Starting from the Southern end of the Park from Marahau, there are tent sites at:
Tinline Campsite (15 sites)
Coquille Campsite (6 sites)
Apple Tree Bay Campsite (15 sites)
Akersten Bay Campsite (3 sites)
Observation Beach Campsite (6 sites) (water access only)
Watering Cove Campsite (5 sites)
Te Pukatea Bay Campsite (7 sites)
Anchorage Campsite (50 sites)
Torrent Bay Village Campsite (10 sites)
Bark Bay Campsite (40 sites)
Mosquito Bay Campsite (20 sites) (water access only)
Tonga Quarry Campsite (10 sites)
Onetahuti Bay Campsite (20 sites)
Awaroa Campsite (18 sites)
Waiharakeke Bay Campsite (10 sites)
Totaranui Great Walk Campsite (20 sites)
Anapai Bay Campsite (6 sites)
Mutton Cove Campsite (20 sites)
Whariwharangi Bay Campsite (20 sites)
Tent sites are $15 per person per night for anyone 18 years old or over. They are free for people aged 17 or under, but a booking is still required to be made in advance.
The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is one of the Department of Conservation’s nine ‘Great Walks’.
As a Great Walk this means the four huts along the Abel Tasman Coastal Track meet a higher standard than what you will find in more remote wilderness areas. Just like the campsites, you need to book your bed in advance.
Each hut has communal kitchen areas and dorm-style rooms lined with bunks.
Starting from the Southern end of the Park from Marahau, the huts are located at:
Anchorage (34 beds)
Bark Bay (34 beds)
Awaroa (26 beds)
Whariwharangi (20 beds)
DOC Huts prices effective 1st July. Huts Peak (Oct-April) $38 per person. Off peak (May-Sept) $32 per person. There is no fee for people aged 17 or under, but a booking is still required to be made in advance.
There is one floating backpacker option, Aquapackers, permanently moored at The Anchorage.
Aquapackers is a catamaran that has been repurposed into floating accommodation with two x seven bed dorm rooms and three double cabins, one of which can be changed to a 4-bed dorm room if required.
Beds in a dorm room are $85 per person. The double rooms are $245 for two people and the 4-bed dorm is $360.
These prices all include bedding, a BBQ dinner in the evening and a basic breakfast in the morning.
Capstone Hotels and Resorts have a lodge at Awaroa with a mix of standard rooms, family rooms and suites. Rooms can be booked at Awaroa Lodge by independent travellers and do not require you to take part in a packaged trip
If camping or sleeping in a hut isn’t your thing, but you still want to stay in the Park, then the Awaroa Lodge is the place for you. You’ll find barista coffee, a full bar with local wine and craft beers and just about every other creature comfort you could possibly want.
The Lodge is a hive of activity during the day with through-hikers stopping for refreshments, and people arriving via water taxi for a day trip. There is also an air-strip at Awaroa for anyone wishing to come in by light plane or helicopter.
Another popular option for visitors is to base themselves in Marahau and to do day trips into the Park. Marahau has a variety of accommodation options including camping grounds, lodges and B&Bs. With a good range of chalets, The Abel Tasman Lodge is only 400m from the entrance to the Park and also walking distance to the Marahau cafes and beaches. With its rather lovely garden setting and comfortable, sunny rooms, the Lodge is the perfect base for day trip executions into the Abel Tasman National Park. Set among mature trees, Marahau Beach Camp is located a few meters from Marahau’s safe swimming beaches. This classic Kiwi camping ground has campsites, basic cabins and a backpacker lodge.
There are clusters of private holiday houses located at Torrent Bay and Awaroa as well as some other houses scattered along the coast.
Some of these places are available for rent directly from the owners and can be found online via Book a Bach
These private holiday houses are generally outstanding value for money, particularly if you are part of a big group as the per head cost becomes extremely economical. Most of these holiday houses (we Kiwis call them baches) have a rustic charm and a sense of family-holiday nostalgia that is almost palpable. The baches are in high demand during the peak season, (mainly by the owners themselves!), but are usually available outside of those peak times.
The Inland Track has one shelter, at Holyoake Clearing and two backcountry huts at Castle Rock and Awapoto.
The distance between these huts is more typical of other wilderness areas around New Zealand with the intention that you spend a day walking between each hut.
A Backcountry Hut Pass or Backcountry Hut Tickets ($5 per person per night) are required to stay in the huts. These must be purchased before you begin your trip. Backcountry Hut Passes and Tickets are available from DOC visitor centres, and some other outlets such as booking agents and outdoor equipment stores.
At the Eastern edge of the national park there is also a campsite at Canaan Downs, a shelter at Mao Flats and the Wainui Hut which is located along the track that runs parallel to the Abel Tasman Inland Track.
These huts and shelters are typical of New Zealand’s backcountry huts. They do not need to be booked in advance with beds being available on a first-in-first-served basis. The huts are rustic with basic facilities and require you to bring your own gas cooking equipment.