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Famous for its stunning beauty, relaxing atmosphere, and thrilling adventure, the Abel Tasman National Park is the smallest national park in New Zealand. Also known as a coastal paradise, guests can explore the park by taking a long walk, or they can embark upon an adventurous ride on a cruise boat, sailing catamaran, water taxi, or sea kayak. One of the most loved things about this remarkable National Park is the way it mixes the physical exertion of the guests with relaxing beach life. Being a park full of thrill and adventure, the bursts of paddling or hiking are punctuated by sunbathing, sedate snorkeling, and swimming. Full of luxurious lodges, the Abel Tasman National Park provides comfortable accommodations to people craving for home comfort. guests enjoy sleeping under the stars to experience the true spirit of the National Park!
Location: New Zealand
Nearest airport: Nelson is the nearest airport.
How to reach: from Nelson by road
Famous for: Coastal track, Little blue penguins,
Fur seal colonies, bottlenose dolphins
Months open: All year
Best time to Visit: mid-November to March
Walk the Abel Tasman Coast Track, Kayak around crystal clear bays, Stay overnight in the national park,See the park from above with a scenic flight
Hop on board a cruise or sail boat,Hike In The Abel Tasman Wilderness
Skydive Over Abel Tasman,Admire the wildlife at Tonga Island
Visit the iconic Split Apple Rock,Canoe safaris
Go scuba diving,Treetop walkway
The Abel Tasman National Park is located on the northern end of South Island in New Zealand. Locals, as well as the guests, share a mutual love for the national park, named after Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer who was the first European to visit New Zealand in the year 1642. The land and sea stretch is majorly undeveloped and unspoiled, and therefore, making the national park a perfect destination for experiencing the best of New Zealand. The sandy beaches of the park fill all the spaces between trees and tide lines. The streams of the water are crystal clear and tumble down the mossy valleys to join the ocean. The park has various granite and marble formations that fringe the headlands, and are cloaked in reviving the native forest.
Native wildlife forms an integral part of the park's scenery. guests enjoy the songs of the tui and bellbird and spot various animals like shags (cormorants), gannets, and little blue penguins. The guests also get to spot fur seals that lounge on the rocks around the edge of Tonga Island.
Walk the Abel Tasman Coast Track: The 60km walk starting the seaside village of Marahau takes the guests on tour through the dense native forest and along the golden sandy beaches. The walk lasts for 3-5 days, and the track has several huts and campsites that serve as accommodation along the way.
Kayak around Crystal Clear Bays: The Abel Tasman National Park is extremely famous for its Kayaking. Kayaking acts as an excellent way to get intimate with the coastline of Abel Tasman, and guests will get to have some close encounters with the wildlife in the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Guests have plenty of options for kayaking in Abel Tasman, which includes self-guided multi-day hires, guided day tours, and a mix of kayaking and hiking in day tours.
Stay overnight in the National Park: For experiencing peace, tranquility, and serenity, the guests should stay overnight at the Abel Tasman National Park. The serene sounds of nature act like a lullaby and the sound of birdsong alert the guests for the dawn of a new day. The guests have the option of staying over at a tent, booking a bunk in the floating backpackers, or staying at beachfront lodges.
See the Park from above with a Scenic Flight: For witnessing the striking beauty of the National Park, the guests have the option of viewing it with a scenic flight. Through the flight, the guests can gaze at the marvelous views of the park's golden sandy beaches, sweeping coastline, pristine clear waters of the lagoons and inlets, and lush native bush.
Hop onboard a Cruise or Sailboat: The guests can explore the isolated hideaways and striking golden beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park by taking a cruise or a Sailboard. The guests will get to relax and also get to gaze at playful seal pups that roll through the water at Tonga Island Marine Reserve.
Hike In The Abel Tasman Wilderness: The National Park houses thick regenerating native forest where the guests can spot some unique varieties of birds. The best inland hiking tracks include Harwood’s Hole (45 minutes one way), Wainui Falls (1h20min return), and Inland Track (3 Days).
Skydive Over Abel Tasman: For gathering the best views of the National Park from the sky, the guests can try skydiving. The drop zone for skydiving is located in Motueka where the guests can decide to fall from 9,000ft, 13,000ft, or 16,500ft.
Admire the wildlife at Tonga Island: Being a nature lover's paradise, the Tonga Island Marine Reserve has a charming array of marine life. guests will get to spot various wildlife like the red rock crabs, snapper, hermit crabs, crayfish, little blue penguins, gannets, dolphins, shags, and many more.
Visit the iconic Split Apple Rock: The famous Apple Rock is nestled in between Kaiteriteri and Marahau, and is amongst the most famous places in the National Park. According to scientists, the Apple Rock split due to a natural phenomenon called ice wedging, and when water entered the cracks in the rock, it froze and caused it to split and expand.
Canoe Safari: For exploring more wilderness of Abel Tasman in the most adventurous way, guests should try canyoning! The guests can abseil, leap, climb, and scramble through the river canyons inside the Abel Tasman National Park.
Go Scuba Diving: The Tonga Island Marine Reserve lies in the heart of the National Park and acts as a great location for scuba diving. This reserve for marine life helps the guests to explore the abundance of fish, crays, eels, and marine mammals such as fur seals.
Treetop Walkway: Another famous way to see the beauty of the National Park is through a Treetop Walkway. The guests can get on top of a tree and experience the natural habitat of the birds and get closer to nature.
Where to stay
Abel Tasman Lodge: The Abel Tasman Lodge has beautifully appointed chalets that blend into the natural environment. The rooms have modern interiors, proven indoor and outdoor dining areas, as well as air-conditioning and heating for added comfort.
Serenity Lodge: The Serenity Lodge has three double rooms with a wide balcony, well-sheltered areas, an open-plan living area, and a colorful garden. The lodge is open all year round for guests from all over the world.