The Abel Tasman National Park is located in the Tasman District at the top of New Zealand’s South Island.

The Park is an easy one hour, 60km drive from Nelson, the largest city in the area and home of New Zealand’s sixth busiest airport. Nelson airport serves around one million passengers per year.
The Abel Tasman is also easily accessible by road, and by car ferry from Wellington. For travellers without their own transport, bus services are available from Nelson and Motueka each day.


The main road access point to the Abel Tasman is via Marahau, at the southern end of the Coastal Track.

Approximate driving times to Marahau:
Blenheim2hrs 30mins
Collingwood1hr 45mins
Nelson1hr 20mins
Picton3hrs 20mins


Nelson has fantastic connectivity to the rest of New Zealand with its small but extremely busy airport www.nelsonairport.co.nz

Nelson Airport is serviced by around 300 flights per week. As well as frequent daily flights on Air New Zealand, in recent times, a good number of other airlines have begun to offer services into Nelson.

Wellington Airport  is the closest international airport, a short 35 minute flight away. Nelson is also well serviced by New Zealand’s other main international airports, Christchurch  and Auckland.


Adventure Flights Golden BayCharter: Karamea, Takaka
Air New Zealand LinkAuckland, Christchurch, Wellington
Air2thereBlenheim, Kapiti Coast
Golden Bay AirCharter: Karamea, Takaka
Jetstar AirwaysAuckland, Wellington
OriginairPalmerston North
Sounds AirKapiti Coast, Wellington


There are two ferry services from Wellington at the bottom of the North Island, to Picton at the top of the South Island.

Both ferry services take around three hours. The ferries contain restaurants, bars and other ways in which to pass the journey, including children’s areas and even small film theatres.

The Interislander and Bluebridge  both operate large car-carrying ferries that travel across Cook Strait and through the remarkably beautiful Marlborough Sounds on their way to Picton. Picton is then a 3 hour and twenty minute drive from the Abel Tasman National Park.


The Abel Tasman is easily accessed via bus with daily buses between Marahau, Nelson and Motueka.

Once you’re in the area, the commercial operators in the Park run year-round daily bus services from Nelson and Marahau.

These bus services depart Nelson and Motueka early each morning to meet up with morning trips into the Park that, and then return in the afternoon at around 5:00PM.

The Intercity bus network has a hub right in the middle of Nelson City with daily services from Picton, Christchurch and other cities and towns around the South Island.

Abel Tasman Coachlines also operate daily services from Nelson and Motueka which take you right to the entrance to the Coastal Track in Marahau.