Ideal duration: 2-3 Days
Best Time: December to March Read More
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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.