What can we do in Abel Tasman National Park?
Stay in a choice of luxury lodges, on a backpacker boat or in a hut or tent.
Cruise the coast and hop off for a walk or stay on board to enjoy the commentary and breath-taking scenery.
Relax in your double kayak while someone else does the paddling, or soak up the sunshine one of many beaches you can choose.
Sail under a spinnaker set for the breeze as you’re taken around picturesque islands.
Swim in sparkling, clear water by golden sand beaches.
Walk through our stunning NZ native forest alongside the coast and listen to the birdsong.
Fly overhead in a micro light while you photograph idyllic bays and beaches.
Join an eco-tour with an expert for an in depth understanding of our national treasure.
Leap, slide and abseil where few have gone before and feel pure canyoning adrenalin!
Ride the beach at low tide on horseback for a memorable experience.
Combine many of the above by coming into the Motueka i-SITE where your Abel Tasman specialists can make dreams happen.
Do we have to book huts/campsites in Abel Tasman National Park?
Yes. Pre-bookings are essential and required before you enter the National Park.
This also ensures everyone can be guaranteed a place to sleep. The bookings can be done by coming into the Motueka i-SITE and having our friendly team help you.
Is there a fee to get into the park?
No. You can explore and enjoy the Park free of charge at any time. You just need to pay for huts, tent sites or other accommodation if you plan to stay overnight.
Are there toilets and showers in Abel Tasman National Park?
There are toilets at all campsites and huts, but there are no hot showers in the Park unless you stay in one of the lodges or backpackers.
Parking? Totaranui, Marahau and Wainui. Is it Free?
Yes. If you’re just walking in and out, the car parks at each end of the track are free to use. If your visit to the Park involves a boat trip or kayaks, it’s a good idea to park at the operator’s base before going into the Park.
Do I have to camp at campsites?
Yes. No freedom camping is allowed anywhere on the Great Walk.
Can I light a fire?
Yes, at fire pits provided in camping areas – but only when there is not a fire ban for the Park as is common during our hot, dry summers.
Is there power in huts?
No. You need to take extra batteries if needed.
Are there cooking facilities? Gas?
No. You need to take your own cooking equipment.
Is there drinking water?
All huts in the Park have filtered water available to visitors, but you should always carry a means to treated water in case the filtering equipment fails. All campsites which are not near the huts have water which needs boiling or treating.
Tidal crossings, how do they work?
There are alternative routes for all but one tidal part of the track (allow more time to walk around the high tide areas.) Awaroa Inlet can be crossed from 1 ½ hrs before until 2hrs after low tide. If there has been heavy rain, then this 3 ½ hr period should be shortened because the extra run-off can put large volumes of extra water into the inlet.If the rain has been very heavy, the inlet may be impassable.
Motueka i-SITE can store luggage for $2 per bag per day or $3 per 24hrs. Some hostels and accommodation can also arrange storage.
Can we get baggage moved around the park?
Yes. If you are using their boats for part of your trip, several operators will drop bags for approx. $15 per movement. (Hint: This is a fantastic idea).
Is there mobile coverage in Abel Tasman National Park?
There is no reliable coverage in the Park for mobile phones. Torrent Bay has a landline.
Can I drive or cycle the Abel Tasman walking track?