Hike #4 : Abel Tasman
Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden sandy beaches, sculpted granite cliffs and its famous coastal route.
About the hike
Abel Tasman is New Zealand’s smallest national park, located at the north of the South Island. The hike is normally done on 3-5 days but we preferred to do part of the track on a single day. Many almost desert beaches and wild forests punctuate the hike. This allows you to fully enjoy the paradisiacal landscapes.
Plus, the track is one of New Zealand’s great walks. With a length of 60 km, it allows to discover several must sees like the “Cleopatre’s Pool” or a suspension bridge at 47 meters from the ground. Finally, know that there are many plots of hiking if you want to do a part like us.
However, if you plan to hike in its entirety, know that you will spend your nights in one of the 4 huts or in one of the 18 campsites of the route. The reservation is obligatory. You can book through the government site for a complete view of housing solutions: https://www.doc.govt.nz/abeltasmantrack
Level: Easy to intermediate depending on the distance traveled
Duration: Some routes can be done in 20 minutes but the complete hike is done in 3 to 5 days
Required equipment: Hiking shoes, sunscreen, hat / cap, sleeping bag
To conclude, Abel Tasman is one of New Zealand’s great walks but not the most arduous. It’s possible to make a small part of it if you only want to enjoy Tasmanian landscapes. But if you want to challenge, it is quite possible to go through with a little organization, motivation, and especially a swimsuit!
Abel Tasman is located at the top of the South Island; the nearest towns are Motueka, Takaka and Kaiteriteri.
Roads lead to Marahau and Totaranui at both ends of the coastal track (one hour and a half from Nelson) and provide access to the inland trail system.
In addition, there are regular and on-demand bus services to the park from local towns and Nelson, as well as boat launching and water taxi services.