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Abel Tasman National Park has a colourful 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.

Local activities

Seal on Ohau Point 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.

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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.

Map of Abel Tasman National Park

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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.

    • Edenhouse, Abel Tasman National Park



      A beautiful house and setting, Edenhouse sits in 48 acres of private grounds between Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park.

    • Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park

      Awaroa Lodge

      First Class

      Awaroa Lodge is a small, comfortable boutique property ideally located to enjoy the peace, scenery, and the sheer beauty of the Abel Tasman National Park.

    • StoneFly Lodge,Abel Tasman National Park

      StoneFly Lodge


      Stonefly Lodge is situated on 56 hectares of private forest. This luxury lodge is ideally located between three spectacular national parks, Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi, making it an ideal base to explore the region.

    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 on Ohau Point

      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.

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