Winter in the Abel Tasman

It’s a great time to go walking in the park, the crowds have gone and the daytime temperatures are reasonably mild.

 

Winter is considered by many, as the very best time of the year to visit the Abel Tasman National Park. Gone are the summer crowds, even at the most popular beaches.

You’ll get enjoy the spectacular Abel Tasman scenery in the soft winter light, great for photography enthusiasts. If you’re walking the Abel Tasman track or just staying a night in the park booking your accommodation in the huts or campsites will be a breeze. Don’t forget you will still need to plan your walks around the tides especially at Awaroa & Torrent Bay. The average daytime temperature ranges from 12 – 16°C (53 – 61°F) so you will need a few extra layers. Kayaking is still an option in the southern end of the park and water taxis continue to run 7 days a week. Did we mention the sandflies? Ah no, because they’re not active in the winter!

A few winter trip ideas

The winter days are shorter so we start a bit later and come back a little earlier. We’ve handpicked a few trips that you can easily do in winter. Check  the low season water taxi timetable below.

Water Taxi – One Way Fare

Water Taxi | Half Day
from $48
Water taxis provide quick and convenient access to the six major bays along the spectacular Abel Tasman coastline.
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Seals and Sand

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $100
Return water taxi and walking trip: Water taxi to Torrent Bay, walk the scenic Abel Tasman Coast Track to Onetahuti (4hrs).
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Great for Families

Pitt Head Walk

Walking & Hiking | Half Day
from $91
Return water taxi and walking trip: Water taxi to Anchorage to walk the Pitt Head Loop Track (1.5hr) round trip.
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Slice of Paradise - enjoy an Abel Tasman water taxi ride and a walk in the park!

Slice of Paradise

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $120
Return water taxi and walking trip: Travel the length of the park to Totaranui and back to Onetahuti or Bark Bay then walk the picture-perfect bays.
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Beaches & Bays

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $96
Return water taxi and walking trip: Water taxi to Bark Bay, walk the scenic Abel Tasman Coast Track to Anchorage (3.5hrs).
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Abel Tasman Classic

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $120
Return water taxi and walking trip: Water taxi the length of the Park to Totaranui and then back to Torrent Bay. Walk north to Bark Bay (2.5hrs).
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Abel Tasman Platter

Guided Kayak | Full Day
from $180
Guided kayak trip: Kayak in the morning with your guide, walk to Anchorage and then water taxi back to Marahau.
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Freedom Anchorage - Kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park

Freedom Anchorage

Freedom Kayak | Full Day
from $121
Freedom kayak rental: The classic Abel Tasman freedom kayak trip. Paddle from Marahau to Anchorage and then walk back to Marahau, or continue north via the Abel Tasman track on foot.
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Explore the Park at your own pace Freedom Islands - Full Day Kayak Rental | Abel Tasman

Freedom Islands

Freedom Kayak | Full Day
from $99
Freedom kayak rental: Explore the beaches and islands in the Astrolabe Roadstead.
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WINTER / LOW SEASON  WATER TAXI TIMETABLE

(1st May to 30th Sep)

Check the water taxi map here for locations and prices >>

Note: It’s best to book in advance as services will only run if people have pre-booked.

North bound time table

Departure   
Kaiteriteri / Marahau9:3012:0013:30
Anchorage10:0012:4514:00
Torrent Bay **   
Bark Bay10:15 14:15
Onetahuti10:25 14:20
Awaroa10:40 14:30
Totaranui
(Arrival)
11:00 14:45

**(Drop offs only until noon , no pick ups)

South bound time table

Departure      
Totaranui 11:00
14:45 
Awaroa 10:40
14:30 
Onetahuti 11:15
 15:00
Bark Bay 11:30
15:15 
Torrent Bay **      
Anchorage 11:45 13:00 15:30
Kaiteriteri / Marahau (Arrival) 12:00 13:30 16:00

**(Drop offs only until noon, no pick ups)

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Yes, you can! There are much less people on the Abel Tasman Coast track in winter so it’s easy to book huts and campsites. The walk takes 3 to 5 days depending on your pace. You will need warm clothes for the early morning and night time temperatures but the scenery is just as stunning as in summer!

Yes, water taxis continue to run 7 days a week in the winter. It is best to book your trip as water taxis will only run if people have pre-booked.

Abel Tasman winter conditions are often ideal for kayaking as the wind and ocean currents are usually calmer than they are at other times of the year. You can rent a double kayak or book a trip from Marahau Sea Kayaks to spend the day paddling in the southern part of the Abel Tasman.

Daytime temperatures are usually mild with temperatures ranging between 12 – 16°C (53 – 61°F). Clear skies can mean early morning frosts and frozen grass! You will need a good sleeping bag and warm clothes if you are staying overnight in winter.

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