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Tasman National Park

"New Zealand's Most-Visited National Park"

Abel Tasman National Park Tourism

Located between the Golden and Tasman Bays towards South Island’s northern tip lies New Zealand’s smallest national park. Sprawling over a massive 22,530 hectares, what sets this park apart from the rest is the grand mix of all landscapes. The Abel Tasman National Park traverses a golden coastline, winding ridges, blue lagoons and forested reserves. While the park measures the smallest in terms of square acreage, it is the country’s most visited tourist destination mostly due to how accessible it is to visitors. It is accessible by road, water taxis and shuttle buses from anywhere on South Island. The closest towns to Abel Tasman National Park are Motueka, Takaka and Kaiteriteri. 

The different landscapes at the park give visitors a wide and unique range of activities like scuba diving, kayaking, helicopter tours, sailing catamarans, exploring the various nature trails or even just lounging by the beach. Although the park is looming with great stay options, it is recommended to hit the outdoors and spend the night under the stars to get a stunning, unpolluted view of the sky.

The surrounding forests are blooming with rich flora and fauna that are unique to this region. Wildlife and bird enthusiasts must explore the forests that are alive with the calls of the Tui and the Bellbirds. Gannets, seals and blue penguins are regular visitors of the park and can be spotted quite easily. Park is also included as one of the Department of Conservation’s designated ‘Great Walks’. It is important to note that the national park does not have many amenities beyond campsites to facilitate the needs of the visitors so it is recommended to pack accordingly.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

1. Walk the Coast Track

Walk the Coast Track
Stretched over a vast and beautiful 53kms, the Abel Tasman Coast Track comes under the country's 'Great Walks' list. It starts from Marahau and ends at Wainui Inlet that lasts through a (Read More)n exillierating 4-day trip. This track takes visitors through the golden sand beaches, the rain forests and the rocky trails that show one an absolute experience the park has to offer. One can stay at the many beachfront properties, lodges and huts while embarking on the trek. If a multi-day trip is not ideal, there are plenty of Kayak and cruise tours of the coast.

2. Slide to Cleopatra Pools

Slide to Cleopatra Pools
Part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track, the Cleopatra Pools are an offbeat adventure unknown to many. One can slide down the natural chutes into the crystal-clear pools here. It can be approached by taki (Read More)ng a side-cut from Torrent Bay and Anchorage as well. If the chute sliding is a bit too daring for some, relaxing on the rocks is a great way to kill time while being surrounded by beautiful forest and the sound of birds.

3. Push Extremes By Going Canyoning

Push Extremes By Going Canyoning
The Abel tasman Canyons are not reserved just for the highly adventurous but also beginners as there are plenty of guides available there who will help you experience these thrilling canyons with safe (Read More)ty assured. Canyoning down granite canyons and surrounded by rainforests is a must-try when at Abel tasman National Park.

4. Go Kayaking With Breathtaking Views

Go Kayaking With Breathtaking Views
Kayaking is an activity at Abel Tasman can be done all year round. The pleasant waters and beautiful sceneries of the park from the waters is a breathtaking experience that is both relaxing (Read More)and exciting. One can explore the park and go through the Abel Tasman Coast track on a Kayak and explore the track in a day, rather than its actual 4 day itinerary. The kayaks can be rented out for a day starting at just NZD 75. 

5. Aerial Views from Helicopter Tours

Aerial Views from Helicopter Tours
For those looking to take in the beauty of the park from a view seen by few, a helicopter tour gives them a quick yet stunning view of the Abel Tasman National Park. The diverse landscapes can be seen (Read More) in one view and this experience starts at just NZD 99 for a 50-minute flight. 

6. Explore the Park With A Boat or a Catamaran

Explore the Park With A Boat or a Catamaran
Like an express pass to visit the park in a jiffy, the many cruises on sailboats and catamarans that start from just NZD 80, show you the beauty of the park from the sea with a tour guide. 

7. Visit the Split Apple Rock

Visit the Split Apple Rock
As the unique name suggests, the sight is located on the beach waters, and resembles an apple that is split. A popular spot for tourists who flock to see this bizarre marvel with unknown origins, ther (Read More)e are many Maori folklore that follow it. It can be found on Moonraker Way in Kaiteriteri.

8. Explore Tonga Island & it's Wildlife

Explore Tonga Island & it's Wildlife
The marine life at Tonga Island is rich and snorkelling is an activity that goes hand-in-hand with a visit there at Tonga Quarry and Foul Point. The many unique fauna compliments the islands raw (Read More)and untouched landscapes. One can find Blue Pengiuns, dolphins, shags, gannets and seals at this Island. Tonga Island can be accessed from boats and Kayaks. 

Must Know Before You Visit Abel Tasman National Park

1. The waters on the beach can be quite harsh and dangerous at some points of the coast so it is recommended to enquire before treading onto rocky areas of the beaches.

2. The park doesn't have many facilities except campgrounds and stays so it is best to come prepared with extra food, first-aid kits and medicines, plenty of water and outdoor kits. It is best to be prepared especially if it is an overnight trip.

3. Plan a trip to the park well in advance with all the bookings made prior to visiting. It is a very popular tourist spot and will be booked out if opted for a spontaneous visit. 

4. Although the wildlife is unique, please do not feed or hurt the animals, birds and marine life. It is best to experience the fauna from at least 100m away.

5. The islands of Adele and Fisherman don't have any toilets and are accessible only by boats and kayaks. Camping is not allowed here. 

6. The islands of Tonga and Pinnacle aren't allowed free access and can be allowed only with permits. 

7. Dogs are NOT allowed anywhere at the Abel Tasman National Park. Guide dogs are allowed with special permits.

8. Barbeques and bonfires are prohibited at all places in the park.

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