Abel Tasman National Park Hiking and KayakingOne of New Zealand's prettiest national parks is located at the northern tip of the South Island. It is New Zealand's only coastal national park with golden sand beaches and clear turquoise water. The sheltered bays are popular for cruising, sailing and sea kayaking.
The Abel Tasman National Park is just an hour’s drive from the graceful city of Nelson, or just 15 minutes from Motueka, a small town with vast swathes of grapevines on its western flank and the beautiful Tasman Bay on its eastern boundary. There are bus and shuttle services from Nelson and Motueka to Kaiteriteri, the departure point of the boats that take hikers and kayakers north into the park.
Highlights of the Abel Tasman National Park
On land the Abel Tasman Coast Track follows the coastline through lush native bush, over limestone cliffs and along golden sand beaches. This is one of the Department of Conservation’s “Great Walks”. The 60km track can be walked over 3-5 days. Smaller sections of the track can easily be accessed by the network of water taxis operating between Kaiteriteri at the southern end of the park and Totaranui at the northern end, making the Abel Tasman National Park a very achievable day trip.
Day Tripping – Cruise and Hike
In our 23 Day Active Outdoors itinerary, there is a free day scheduled for a perfect day out in the Abel Tasman National Park offering the opportunity to explore this favourite holiday destination. Schedule to be at Kaiteriteri at 9.00am to board one of the many cruise and hike options departing at 9.30am.
For a cruise and 2 hour hike, the Seals and Beach option is one of the most popular. Cruise to view seals on Tonga Island, land at Tonga Quarry Beach for your walk over a forested saddle, around Bark Bay Lagoon’s waterfall swing bridge trail to Medlands Beach.
If you prefer a longer 4 hour walk, then one of the most varied sections of the coastal track is Medlands to Anchorage Beach. Highlights include Falls River swing bridge and a short detour to tranquil Cleopatra’s Pool.
We recommend that when you book your 23 day Active Outdoors self drive holiday with us, that we prebook at Open Day Pass for you with Wilsons Abel Tasman. This secures your place on the boat as space can be limited. Then nearer the time of your day out, you can simply phone Wilsons to discuss the weather and cruise and hike options.
Day Tripping – Cruise and Kayak
If you are yearning for some time to paddle crystal clear water, then a cruise and kayak option is perfect. The Split Apple Paddle offers 2 hours kayaking, exploring the golden beaches, islands and hidden coves, fringed by lush native forest, along the spectacular Kaiteriteri coast to iconic Split Apple Rock. There are morning and afternoon departures.
For an active day out with maximum variety, the kayak, seals & walk option explores the Kaiteriteri coast, Split Apple Rock, Tonga Island seals and coastal bush walk. 2 hours of kayaking and 2 hours walking, combined with a spectacularly scenic cruise makes this a favourite combination.
These trips need to be prebooked to ensure your space. We can help with reservations.
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