Abel Tasman

The most popular things to do in the Abel Tasman National Park

What could you not love and do in the Abel Tasman? With the sun beating down on you while cruising along the golden sand beaches, turquoise water lapping on one side and lush native forest shading you on the other.

This is New Zealand’s smallest National Park and is the most easily accessible – it is very tourist friendly with many outdoor activities to do.

The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is one of the most popular walks in New Zealand.

This can be done as a five day walk if you link the Inland Track with the Coastal Track or in many smaller sections where water taxis can drop you off or pick you up from your desired location. This hike can be done independently or with walking tour operators.

Sea Kayaking is extremely popular with a range of operators offering a variety of options – a trip to suit all, from beach rentals to multi-day trips.

A visit to Tonga Island Marine reserve is a great way to get up close and personal with seals.

For those wanting a less physically exerting experience while exploring the Abel Tasman you can opt for a boat cruise, luxury sailing and even scenic flight options!

Throughout the Abel Tasman there are some great camping options to get away from it all. The most popular basic campsite is at Totaranui, which is the only site in the park accessible by car – bookings are essential over the summer months.

More luxurious camping options are found at the beginning of the track at both Marahau and Kaiteriteri.

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