The Abel Tasman National Park is a 220 km² nature reserve on New Zealand's South Island. It is located on the north coast between the two bays Tasman Bay and Golden Bay and protects its fauna and flora as the smallest national park of New Zealand since 1942. Also the sea area off its coasts is strictly protected since 1993 and so numerous fish species, crustaceans, dolphins and seabirds cavort in the bays around the national park.
The national park was named after its discoverer, the Dutch seafarer Abel Tasman and inspires above all by its turquoise blue water in the bays and its beautiful beaches. A highlight for visitors, besides the breathtaking nature, is the hike on the more than 50 km long Abel Tasman Costal Track, which leads from one campsite in the park to the next. This adventure becomes a very special experience if you first paddle to a desired beach section in a kayak and then run back the track. But be careful, some stages should be well planned! Not that you want to cross a bay exactly when it is full of sea water due to the high tide.
Updated: August 20, 2019
From Motueka via State Highway 60
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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