Where is it?
The Abel Tasman Track is in the Abel Tasman National Park at the top central part of the South Island of New Zealand.
The Abel Tasman National Park is northwest of Nelson City and divides Tasman & Golden Bays.
This is one of the more easy walks in New Zealand – the distance between Marahau & Totaranui (each end of the track) is 41.4kms and while there is ascents and descents there are also the most amazing beach walks as part of the track.
Undoubtedly the single most memorable feature of the track are these beaches, their golden sands and the clarity of the water seems to be a perfect definition of summer in New Zealand.Imagine taking off your hiking shoes and meandering along with your feet in the warm sea.
In many ways this is the track for all as the days are not too long and there is time for relaxing and swimming along the way.
It takes just over an hour to drive to Marahau where the southern end of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track begins.
It is very accessible, the Nelson region being a very popular region for visitors to New Zealand to have on their itineraries, being well known for its warm climate, sunshine hours and bountiful produce. The artists and crafts people in the Nelson region have gained a world reputation.
There is an airport in Nelson which has frequent flights from all the major cities.
If coming by land Nelson is approximately 2 hours drive from Picton – where the inter island ferries berth and an hour and a half from the Marlborough wine region around Blenheim. Nelson is also very accessible from the West Coast of the South Island and from our major South Island city of Christchurch.
The Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest national park and among one of the most popular to visit and spend time. While it is well known for its golden beaches on the coastal track there are uplands that few people visit.