Abel Tasman National Park has a colorful and extensive history, from Maori habitation through European settlement: it is now one of New Zealand’s smallest, but most beautiful National Parks, with native forest-fringed perfect golden beaches.
The park is at the northern end of a range of marble and limestone hills whose interior is honeycombed with caves and potholes.
Exploring the park
The park is best known for its coastal track, but you can also access the National Park via sea-kayaks, a wonderful way to appreciate the remote beaches and varied wildlife.
A perfect day can be spent paddling into a slowly filling estuary or drifting silently in the current watching seals, penguins, dolphins or birdlife. To explore a little further, there are three- and five-day kayaking trips available, camping overnight.
The joy of the Abel Tasman National Park is its accessibility: it has something for everyone. You can explore the park on a small group tour, with a private guide or independently.
You can walk the Abel Tasman Track in full, choose a section, or take to the water and kayak around its seaboard. We can arrange a combination of all these options or tailor trips to your interests, be they wildlife, hiking or simply enjoying the scenery.
Suggested itineraries featuring Abel Tasman National Park
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Abel Tasman National Park, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places near Abel Tasman National Park
- Collingwood & Farewell Spit 36 kilometers away
- Kahurangi National Park 42 kilometers away
- Nelson 48 kilometers away
- Picton 97 kilometers away
- Marlborough Sounds 99 kilometers away
- Blenheim 107 kilometers away
- Wellington 158 kilometers away
- The Kapiti Coast 172 kilometers away
- Kaikoura 175 kilometers away
- Hanmer Springs 179 kilometers away
- Punakaiki 189 kilometers away
- Whanganui National Park 209 kilometers away
- Greytown 211 kilometers away
- Martinborough 213 kilometers away
- Wairarapa & surrounds 216 kilometers away
- Taranaki & New Plymouth 229 kilometers away
- Arthur's Pass National Park 253 kilometers away
- Hokitika 259 kilometers away
- Tongariro National Park 290 kilometers away
- Christchurch 292 kilometers away
- Akaroa & Banks Peninsula 321 kilometers away
- Waitomo 349 kilometers away
- North Island 354 kilometers away
- Hastings 360 kilometers away
- Lake Taupo 365 kilometers away
- Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers 373 kilometers away
- Napier 373 kilometers away
- Hawke's Bay 374 kilometers away
- Mount Cook National Park 392 kilometers away
- Lake Tekapo 399 kilometers away
- South Island 418 kilometers away
- Rotorua 420 kilometers away
- Waikato 423 kilometers away
- Twizel 439 kilometers away
- Tauranga 455 kilometers away
- Bay of Plenty 462 kilometers away
- Thames & Kauaeranga Valley 477 kilometers away
- Auckland 481 kilometers away
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Accommodation choices for Abel Tasman National Park
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Abel Tasman National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ideas for experiencing Abel Tasman National Park
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Abel Tasman National Park, and which use the best local guides.
Seal & Beach Walk
Seal & Beach Walk
Seal & Beach Walk
The first part of the excursion starts with a cruise up the coastline, passing golden beaches and secluded bays, to Onetahuti (Tonga Bay), where you visit Tonga Island, which is home to the largest seal colony in the park and has many species of seabird and sometimes penguins.View details