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New Zealand’s smallest national park the Abel Tasman is also the busiest with around 230,000 mostly international visitors flocking to the region each year. Situated at the top of the South Island, this stunning region boasts the most sunshine hours in the country.
When hiking the full length of the Abel Tasman it will take you 3 – 5 days covering an area of 60km between Marahau in the south and Wainui in the north. There are 4 huts and 19 campsites located throughout the Abel Tasman Coast Track and due to the popularity of this hike advance bookings are recommended all year around but particular during the peak months of December to March when all accommodation along the track can book out weeks in advance.
The Abel Tasman hiking track is well maintained and clearly signposted and will have you weaving in and out of valleys bordered by native forest and fauna, across golden sand tidal inlets, past waterfalls over swing bridges and all the while you are surrounded by stunning turquoise clear waters.
If you don’t have the luxury of time to do the full hike, basing yourself in Marahau at the Southern End of the Abel Tasman comes highly recommended. From Marahau, known as the gateway to the Abel Tasman you have a number of options that include day walks, kayak or water taxi and hike combinations along with a number of adventure tour activities that showcase the Abel Tasman in a variety of ways by land and sea. The coastline of the Abel Tasman is serviced by an extensive water taxi schedule giving you options to hike one way and water taxi the other. Many water taxi companies also offer a bag drop service meaning you can hike without carrying your backpack!
Many group tours pass through the Abel Tasman region but when on a trip with Flying Kiwi New Zealand Tours you get 2 full days and 3 nights to immerse yourself in this outdoor paradise of hiking, swimming and adventure activities. If travelling independently, Marahau the gateway to the Abel Tasman is a mere 1-hour drive from Nelson airport which is New Zealand’s 4th busiest airport and has regular daily flights arriving/departing to all New Zealand’s international airports.