Beach and Bush – With its mild and sunny climate, curving beaches of golden sand, large tranquil lagoons, and forested hills stretching down to meet the clear turquoise coastal water, the Abel Tasman National Park is a coastal paradise!
Abel Tasman National Park, located 20km north of Motueka, is one of the jewels of the New Zealand outdoors. As New Zealand’s smallest national park, it boasts a tremendous variety of scenery and activity.
With it’s glistening golden beaches, turquoise waters and coastal campsites, to it’s karst rock formations and world class caving opportunities, Abel Tasman makes the perfect getaway for young and old.
With excellent coastal access and a family-friendly walking track, Abel Tasman National Park recently claimed a spot as one of the country’s favorite places to visit in the AA Guides “101 Best Things” poll. A visit to the park can range from a short walk or a 3 hour scenic cruise, to a multi-day guided walk or kayak trip and exploration of the untouched Inland Track.
For more information about Abel Tasman National Park, visit the Department of Conservation website, or speak to one of the staff at the Motueka, Nelson or Golden Bay i-sites.
Listed below are the Top 5 ‘Things to Do’ in the Abel Tasman National Park as voted by local residents. We hope you enjoy them!
♥ Camping at one of the Dept of Conservation campsites
♥ Walking the coastal track from Bark Bay to Anchorage
♥ Visiting Tonga Island Marine Reserve to see the NZ Fur Seal Colony
♥ A trip to Canaan Downs to visit Harwoods Hole (accessible via unsealed road from SH60)
♥ Kayak or watertaxi along the coastline