New Zealanders and overseas visitors have turned to unspoiled hills, forests and coasts of our magnificent New Zealand landscape in search of physical recreation and spiritual solace. Discover Abel Tasman Coastal Track, one of great walks top destinations for tramping and hiking track adventures – the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, Tasman and Golden Bays, New Zealand
The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is unique among New Zealand’s walking tracks in that its 46 km traverse only sea littoral – the bays, cliffs, estuaries and sea hills of Abel Tasman National Park, the entire unroaded coastline between Tasman and Golden Bays. Accessible at many points from both sea and land, the track has been developed as a high-grade family walk so that people of all ages and capabilities might appreciate the natural and historical attributes of the region and enjoy the recreational opportunities it has to offer. Blessed with a mild climate, golden beaches and lush coastal native bush, the Abel Tasman Coast Track has it all.
- Visit golden sand beaches.
- Discover Cleopatra’s Pool – natural rock pool with a moss-lined waterslide.
- Admire the beautiful inlet to Falls River as you walk across a 47 m suspension bridge.
- Keep an eye out for fur seals/kekeno.
Abel Tasman Coastal Track runs through the Abel Tasman National Park and across four areas of private land via public rights of way. Abel Tasman Coastal Track and its facilities are administered by the Department of Conservation; its rangers are regularly present at huts and on the track in a supervisory or maintenance capacity.
- Coastal Scenery
- Golden Beaches and good safe swimming
- Easy Graded Track
- Unusual low-tide routes across estuaries
- Plenty of Campsites
- Four Huts
- Optional launch trip along the coast
- Excellent transport to and from both track ends
People dream about places like Abel Tasman National Park – golden half-circles of sand, warm-watered coves, with shady forest leading right down to the beach. Bushy islets dot the shore, rocks make strangely pleasing shapes and a good track wanders through the landscape. This is certainly the easiest major tramp in New Zealand. You can, and many people do, get away with sandshoes, though jandals would be pushing your luck – some parts of the track are rough underfoot. This is coastal walking at its best, with a tempting sandy bay around every corner.
There is one slight snag – it has become very popular, with up to 30,000 visitors a year. That makes it without exception the busiest track in the country ( the Routeburn has a mere 10,000 a year ), which brings with it all the usual problems – overcrowded huts and campsites, littering, pollution from the numerous motorised boats, yachts and other sea toys. Abel Tasman is not spoiled yet, but it will take a great deal of care on the part of users to keep it that way.
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