Abel Tasman National ParkCurrently Closed
- Address: Abel Tasman National Park 7183, New Zealand, Nelson
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: 64-35469339
- Ticket Price: Free
- Tags: National Park, Water Body, Hiking Trail, Tour, Nature
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.
- 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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33.23% of people who visit Nelson include Abel Tasman National Park in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
42.68% of people start their Abel Tasman National Park visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Abel Tasman National Park
59.32% of people prefer walking in order to reach Abel Tasman National Park
It was amazing! I loved this park, it has a lot of beautiful sceneries and it's a very easy walk. If you visit for a day I recommend to take the water taxi and then star your walk.
One great work in South Island in New Zealand. Amazing view. Immerse yourself in the fabulous nature of the world and experience your personal adventure. Photos powered by Mr PB Photography
A really accessible park especially suited to those who may not have a great amount of outdoor experience. Beautiful natural forest and shoreline scenery. A great walking track. I recommend taking a boat ride and then walking part of the track, to be picked up by boat from another location if you want a one-day experience of the New Zealand outdoors. Very busy track in the summer, but this place is accessible and beautiful all year round. Very peaceful in the winter months.
Everyone talks about walking the Abel Tasman. It is way cooler to do it with a sail boat, aqua taxi, a kayak or Eco Tours. There is so much to see that you won't get to if you stick to the beaten track. 🐬
Super nice beaches and walks. Tide crossing and trail walks was really fun! Not as "out in the bush" as I thought it would be but never the less astounding! +for the watertaxi guy having humour