Hiking

Abel Tasman Coast Track

This is a Great Walk of unsurpassed beauty. The ultimate in gorgeous beaches, bright blue sea and dense native forest tumbling down to rocky coves. The track is very well maintained and the terrain is easy going so its suitable for all sorts of hikers too. Welcome to the most popular tramp in New Zealand.

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Activity in brief

Distance:
40km
Duration:
3 - 4 days
Start - End:
Marahau - Totaranui
Transport:
Shuttle, Boat, Vehicle Transfer

Terrain: Easy with a few uphill sections. Some shallow river crossings

Accommodation: Private Lodge, Glamping, Designated Great Walk Huts.

Nearest Town: Marahau

Activity Overview


The Abel Tasman region definitely lives up to its reputation as a paradise on earth. The beauty of the golden sandy beaches, glittering blue waters, strange granite rock formations and deep green forested hills combine with weather that is usually benign and sunny to create a jaw dropping spectacle. This area was also the site of the first contact between Maori and Europeans when the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman visited here in 1642.

The walk itself follows the coastline within Abel Tasman National Park – NZ’s smallest and most visited. You will get fantastic views across Tasman Bay, traverse a marine reserve with its seal colony and marvel at the massive tidal range that reduces a wide river estuary into a shallow stream ready to be crossed on foot.

At the end of an easy day walking through all this natural splendour you will find yourself at your accommodation in a dreamy beachfront location: perfect time for a swim and a relax. If you are looking for a little extra luxury then opt for staying in a private, fully catered, waterfront lodge. You can even get your luggage moved for you, so no heavy packs to cart around!

Itineraries

Personalised Itineraries

Personalise your Abel Tasman Walk:

Water taxis allow for great flexibility on the track allowing you to walk the Abel Tasman in a way that suits you; reducing or lengthening your walk, starting or finishing in a place of your choosing or even missing out a section if you like - this is an especially useful feature if you have younger kids with you. 

It’s also possible to combine your walk with some kayaking too: this gives a really different  perspective on this awesome National Park!

If you don't like the idea of staying in DOC Huts on the trail, there are also options available for staying in ensuite accommodation in Marahau and taking daily water taxis in and out of the park.

We can also arrange Nelson Airport transfers and transportation to and from the Abel Tasman.

Contact us today and we can help you with some great advice and organise all the details for you. 


Include the Abel Tasman in your unique Multi-Activity Trip:

You can combine this walk with any other activity on this website to create your own unique itinerary.

When you develop your own tailor-made itinerary with us, it's fully customised with your choice of activities, accommodation and transport around New Zealand - Click here for more information about Multi-Activity Trips or Enquire Now to get started.



OR SIMPLY BOOK this trip now...
Four Day Classic Independent Walk 
  • Hut and "glamping" accommodation on the track plus water taxi transportation from Totaranui back to Marahau included. 
  • Includes daily luggage transfers.
  • Upgrade available to luxury accommodation at Awaroa Lodge. 

Day One: Marahau to Anchorage (11.5km 4 Hours). The first day on the track takes you from the start point at Marahau through open country, then lush native forest, to Anchorage Bay, where you spend the night in the Great Walk Hut.

Day Two: Anchorage to Bark Bay (9.5km 3 Hours). The next day sees you head for stunning Bark Bay. For a short-cut Torrent Bay estuary can be crossed within 2 hours either side of low tide, or you can take the all-tide track around it. The trail winds through lush coastal forest before being led back to the sea where you will spend your second night at the Bark Bay Great Walk Hut.

Day Three: Bark Bay to Awaroa (11.5km 4 Hours). This is going to be another spectacular day on the trail as you walk to Awaroa. A bit of a climb takes you through stands of mānuka. Return to the coast at Tonga Quarry and then it’s a short walk from there to Onetahuti Bay, where one of the longest beaches in the Abel Tasman stretches before you. The track then leads over the forested Tonga Saddle before dropping down to Awaroa. Spend your last night in one of Awaroa Glamping's awesome furnished tents or treat yourself to a luxury lodge upgrade with breakfast included at the stunning Awaroa Lodge eco retreat.

Day Four: Awaroa to Totaranui (8km 3 Hours). Your final day on the trail takes you to Totaranui. Awaroa Inlet can only be crossed within 1 hour 30 minutes before and 2 hours after low tide, when it becomes a great expanse of golden sand (we will give you the timings for this). Back on the main track, the scenery alternates between sandy beaches, rocky headlands with stunning views to the sea below and gorgeous native forest with groves of nikau palms. You will get picked up from Totaranui by boat in the afternoon and returned to Marahau. 

Pricing: Four Day Classic Independent Walk 

From NZD$430 per adult and from NZD$245 per child (14 years or younger). Includes hut accommodation, daily luggage transfers and water taxi transportation from Totaranui to Marahau. 

Luxury Lodge Accommodation Upgrade: From NZD$200 per adult and from NZD$100 per child, per night.

These are our Standard Season Rates from October to end April. Please contact us for more info on our Low Season Deals outside of these dates.

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Activity Planning

When to go

The climate in the Abel Tasman allows this tramp to be completed at any time of year. Beware though: the main summer months are manically busy. If you can avoid December through to the end of February, you should. March is a great time to visit as the weather is usually still lovely and the crowds have dwindled somewhat.

The estuary crossings can only be done at certain times depending upon the tide. We can help you plan for this.

What to bring

Wet weather gear

Light walking shoes (that you can get off easily when it’s time to wade across the shallows)

Hat 

Sunscreen

Large water bottle

Insect repellant

First-aid kit

Torch

Communication device

Sleeping bag

All your food, gas cooker, plates, bowls, utensils etc.

Accommodation
Accommodation on the trail

 

Huts

We will arrange your accommodation in the Department of Conservation Great Walk Huts along the track. They feature toilets, fresh water, mattresses, tables, benches and heating.

For more information about backcountry huts in New Zealand please checkout our Accommodation page.

 

Awaroa Glamping

Enjoy one of New Zealand's premier Glamping locations, with luxury double, twin or family tents set up for you when you arrive. All glamping tents are fully furnished and communal kitchen and bathroom facilities are just a short walk away. Pizza, drinks and wifi also available.

Awaroa Lodge

If you want to treat yourself to a shower, a lovely meal and sleep in a real bed then we can offer accommodation in a luxurious lodge on your final night on the track. Surrounded by pristine waterways and native forest, the lodge has been constructed to make the most of its secluded location. Choose from charming accommodation options; Standard or Family rooms and the luxurious architecturally designed Superior Suites. The main lodge is warm, inviting and full of character with a comfy lounge, library, bar, restaurant and outdoor pizzeria.

 

Accommodation in Marahau

 

Abel Tasman Lodge

Nestled in lush native gardens the chalets are positioned for the all-day sun with stunning views of the Abel Tasman National Park.

 
Accommodation in Nelson-Tasman

We can organise your accommodation in the Nelson-Tasman region for before and after your walk if you wish. Please let us know what sort of accommodation you are looking for when you make your booking for this activity, and we can discuss the options with you.

Transportation
Nelson and Airport Shuttles

We can arrange on demand transportation between Nelson town centre, Nelson Airport and Marahau - please contact us for more information.

Water Taxi

When you have finished your walk at Totaranui you will be picked by water taxi and returned to Marahau. The exact time of this pick up will depend on when the daily low tide makes your crossing of the Awaroa estuary possible - we can check the tides for the date of your walk and organise a pick up time that suits you best. 

Personalised Itineraries - Water taxi, shuttle bus and vehicle relocation options available

If you want to develop your own personalised walk with us then we can organise all the transportation. For example if you want to skip a certain part of the track, you can be transferred from one section to another if you wish. You can also be transported to and from your chosen start and finish points. These options are especially useful if you are walking with younger children. Contact us for more information on how to personalise your walk and your transport requirements.

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