Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson

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Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson - Address, Phone Number

Address: Abel Tasman National Park 7183, New Zealand

Phone: 64-35469339

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Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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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.

Eat outs

  • 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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  • My favourite part of New Zealand. You can walk it, kayak it, boat it. We enjoy walking in and out, but the three day wall looks amazing too.

  • I would go as far to say this is my favourite place I've visited. Stunning. Best to go in September/October on a sunny day(s), nice and quiet!!

  • Beautiful place to enjoy. We drove into the Abel Tasman National Park via watertaxi and hiked. Such beautiful views and lovely to walk. I Loved This Place!

  • One of the most beautiful places in NZ and the world. A premium destination for yachties and walkers with fantastic facilities

  • Peaceful , calm and well preserved. You can walk, paddle, observe pinguins, birds and seals! Great place for tourists who enjoy natural forest, and animals. Beautiful beaches.

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