Abel Tasman National Park
The Abel Tasman National Park is world-famous for its coastline of golden beaches sparkling clear waters, sheltered bays and forested granite headlands
- The Abel Tasman is New Zealand's smallest national park, but it can also be the busiest.
- Recently voted Number 5 in New Zealand's nationwide poll "101 Must Dos for Kiwis".
- The Golden Bay side of the park is much quieter than the eastern side of the park. The entrance to Abel Tasman National Park is just 30 minutes from the accommodation.
- From Adrift, it is a one-hour scenic drive to Totaranui right in the heart of Abel Tasman National Park.
- From Totaranui numerous cruises and water taxis allow easy "day trip" access to all the different beaches of Abel Tasman e.g. Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle, Wilsons Abel Tasman and Golden Bay Connections on Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi allowing you the freedom to view the park from the sea or walk from one bay to the next and return by boat.
- In December and January, the beaches and bays are bustling with people, kayaks and boats.
- The park is quieter in other months and pleasant at all times of the year.
- For more information on Abel Tasman National Park visit the New Zealand Department of Conservation, Abel Tasman National Park Information pages.
- Sea kayaking is another popular way to see the park. One to five-day-guided tours and freedom rentals are available.
Abel Tasman Track
- The full Abel Tasman Track is a 3-4 day walk (51km) but water taxis allow easy access to all sections south of Totaranui so it can be done as a series of day walks.
- It is one of the most beautiful (and popular) in the country, passing through pleasant bush, overlooking beaches, coves and quiet lagoons. Its northern end is in Golden Bay.
- More information on this world-famous walk is available on the Abel Tasman Coastal Track Information pages.