Abel Tasman Track

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One of the best hikes in the world

Abel Tasman Track

Our favourite coastal tramp in our favourite hiking region of the world — glorious New Zealand. 😎

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Elaine Abel


  • one of the Great Walks
  • most popular multi-day hike in New Zealand
  • 54.4 km easy coastal hike (or kayak)
  • 3-5 days to complete
  • huts and campsites available for a fee
  • tide dependent
  • booking in advance is required
  • access by road or water taxi

Great Walk

Why We Like This Hike

  •  idyllic multi-hued sand beaches; swim calm crystalline seas; enjoy awesome sea vistas from atop rugged cliffs
  • fascinating & photogenic tidal estuaries
  • stable, warm summer weather
  • open year round. Kiwi Autumn (February, March, April, May) would be our favourite months.
  • easy to access and organize
  • one of the best hiking options in New Zealand for families, children & groups
  • in case of injury, illness, fatigue, etc., you can escape by water taxi
  • you can fish. Check with DOC for permit details.

Abel Coast


  • One of the official Great Walks of New Zealand, Abel Tasman coastal is by far the busiest.
  • huts can book-up months in advance so reserve as early as you can
  • two-night limit at each hut and camp site
  • huts are basic but comfortable
  • no dogs
  • outhouse-style toilets
  • tent sites are generally excellent though sometimes crowded with kayakers. We prefer tenting — until it rains.
  • portable stove & fuel needed. You must carry your own food.
  • insect repellent might be needed for sand flies  😕
  • if wanting a less crowded alternative, we’d recommend the Queen Charlotte Track


Cost & reservations

Price increase starting October 2018 for foreign hikers

Click over to the DOC (Department of Conservation) Fees and bookings page for  costs and reservation deadlines for huts/campsites.

You have more options if tenting. It’s a gorgeous place to tent.  🙂


Before deciding on your route, check the DOC Track Description.

Here’s what we did, staying in huts.

  1. Marahau to Anchorage (11.5km)
  2. Anchorage to Bark Bay (9.5km)
  3. Bark Bay to Awaroa Bay (11.5km)
  4. Awaroa to Whariwharangi (13km)
  5. Whariwharangi to Wainui Car Park
click map for high resolution PDF versoin
click map for high resolution PDF version

Trekking Guides

It’s easy to do the Abel Tasman Coast Track independently.

Most do.

Leave a comment if you’ve used a guiding company.

Bark Bay
Bark Bay


The Abel Tasman Coast Track is accessible by road at four points, each with a carpark:

Awaroa estuary

 Transport to the trail

The Abel Tasman is well serviced by public transport including buses/coaches and boat transport.

Local Information

Best Trekking Guidebooks

Be sure to get the most up-to-date editions. Many guidebooks, including LP, are available in electronic format.


Best Travel Guidebooks

Other Recommended Books

Best Maps

With a guidebook, you don’t really need a map. Certainly you’ll be able to pick up one in New Zealand if you collect them. Nobody gets lost on the Abel Tasman.

Best Web Pages

click for brochure (PDF)
click for brochure (PDF)

Best Trip Reports

Anchorage Hut
Anchorage Hut


Click PLAY or watch a DOC promo on YouTube.

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2 Replies to “Abel Tasman Track”

  1. I hiked for a day around Abel Tasman, but sadly didn’t get the opportunity to go kayaking. A shame really as the weather was perfect!

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