Abel Tasman National Park
Situated in the stunning Nelson region, Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest national park, but one of the most popular. Golden beaches surround the lush green forests, and the coastal tracks are world-famous for their breathtaking beauty.
Abel Tasman National Park Location
At the top of the South Island, Abel Tasman National Park is nestled between Marahau (to the south) and Totaranui (at the northern end). These small settlements are the entrance and exit points to the park, and can be reached from either Motueka or Takaka. Transport from Nelson is also available.
Getting to Abel Tasman National Park
Following State Highway 60, Abel Tasman is located around 85 km north west of Nelson. The journey by car takes between 1.5 and 2.5 hours, depending on your entry point.
Accommodation in Abel Tasman National Park
Accommodation within the National Park boundaries is limited. You can choose from three privately operated lodges, or eight backcountry huts. These huts are provided by the Department of Conservation for people walking the Coastal Track and the Inland Track. A hut booking system runs through 1 October and 30 April. Book your Abel Tasman National Park huts online >>
There is backpacker accommodation, lodges, retreats and holiday homes for hire within driving distance to the National Park.
Abel Tasman Walking & Hiking Tracks
There are two main walking tracks in Abel Tasman National Park:
- The Abel Tasman Coastal Walk is the easier of the two – and is also one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. It offers spectacular coastal scenery and ample opportunity to enjoy the golden sandy beaches and warm water.
- The Inland Track is the more difficult and tracks through the hilly centre of the park.
Several short walks are also found near the road ends of the park – perfect for day-trips to the region.
Another popular alternative is to kayak Abel Tasman. Tours and rentals can be arranged – a spectacular way to enjoy this stunning coastal park.
Abel Tasman Climate
Abel Tasman enjoys a mild climate – meaning it is perfect all year round. Rain is not uncommon, however, so remember plenty of wet weather gear. Click here for more information on New Zealand regional climates >>
Abel Tasman Wildlife
Bird and marine life are both found in Abel Tasman National Park. Indigenous forest birds are found in abundance, as well as wetland species such as Pukeko. Dolphins and sometimes orca are often spotted in the waters of Abel Tasman National Park.