Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson
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Address: Abel Tasman National Park 7183, New Zealand, Nelson
Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson
The national park is located on the South Island of New Zealand, and is named after its founder Abel Tasman who was one of the first Europeans to see the New Zealand islands. The park is best known for its beautiful beaches which is dominated with its distinctive granite and marble formations. This park is the perfect escape for nature lovers and is the ideal location for everyone who needs to reconnect with mother nature.
Climate: Peak season is between December and March, when the sea is warm enough to swim in. The national park is one of the sunniest places on the south island, with an moderate rainfall through out the year and snow in the higher elevations in the winter.
Best Time to Travel: The park is most active in the summer months, with hikers and nature lovers that want to soak up the summer sun, although the trails are active throughout the year. You can expect to see a lot more hikers, especially day visitors, during the peak season.
Travel Information: Getting To and Around
Getting to the south island has become a lot easier, with flights bound for New Zealand from all over the world. You can also arrive in style and luxury on a cruise ship and keep to the true spirit of adventure. Once you get to the park you will need to continue on foot or kayak as no vehicles are permitted inside the park. You can also rent a “kayak taxi” or charter a small aircraft or helicopter.
Where To Stay
There are a number of lodges and holiday homes that are available in the park, if you are doing the Great Walk you can stay in the hikers huts that are positioned on the trail, but you will need to make bookings in the Summer seasons, or you can make use of the camping grounds.
Torrent Bay Lodge is a wonderful holiday house that is situated right on the beach and you can relax while listening to the birds and watching the sunset.
What To See
The Coastal track: The coastal track is one of New Zealand's great walks, the trail follows a path through native forests and sublime coast lands. The hike is 3-5 day walk and is a total of 54.4km long. This is an opportunity not to be missed.
Sea Kayaking: There are great companies that do guided kayaking tours from Marahui and Golden bay. You can also rent kayaks and do an independent trip and stay in the lodges and huts as if you where walking the trail.
Where to be
There is not much to do at night when you are in Abel Tasman National Park unless you go to the surrounding cities.
- Awaroa Lodge: You can come here to dine or to stay. They serve fresh bread and vegetables. Everything about the restaurant and café is just unique.
- The Park Café: The food is also good, you will definitely enjoy.
- Marahau Restaurant and Café: Great food, great service only open between April and October
Festivals and Events
Nelson Jazz & Blues Festival: Held in September each year is a week long celebration of arts, dance and film
The Abel Tasman National Park is the smallest national park in New Zealand so there are no specific festivals except for national events like New Zealand Film Festival.
Abel Tasman National Park Information
- You can take water taxis to the islands covered under the national park.
- Warnings: Do your toilet business before you dive into the trail.
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Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson Reviews
Wonderful views! It's a place you can't miss when visiting New Zealand. The color of the sea is fabulous. It's worth to take a long walk in the forest. It's not always easy especially when you have to go uphill but the views are breath-taking. We took one of organized tours with a boat ride at the beginning and a long walk, finished with a short nap on the beach - it was a great experience. Especially interesting and surprising was a ride in the boat but actually on the tractor that took the boat to the sea :). I just wished we took a kayaking trip in the bay, as the views must have been astonishing, but maybe next time :).
Beautiful beaches, not too many people, and something new to discover every time we visit. Glow worm caves at The Anchorage, magic beaches and swimming all day. A must-visit if you're in the area.
Worth to make a walk. Not the whole at least like everything looks like the same. Made the walk from Bark bay back to visitor center. Water taxi costs 42$ one way. 7 hours walk back. Great landscape!
This is the dry side of New Zealand where you will find the most sunshine. No roads and foot access makes it a backpacker paradise. Peek out from your sleeping bag at night to see glow worms under logs. Plenty of wildlife, good fishing and a chance to have the solitude of a private beach.
Wilson's delivered one of best holiday package. Hike kayak eat and guided talks where exceptional. Many thanks to our little chief