Plan & Prepare

Like any outdoor environment, the Abel Tasman National Park requires respect in many ways.  Respect for its natural environment, respect for its ability to give you blue skies along with wind and rain, respect in the ocean’s ability to be calm and serene or stormy and dangerous. Being adequately prepared means you will have a fantastic experience in this amazing place.

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AquaTaxi
Services

AquaTaxi services depart from both Marahau and Kaiteriteri all year-round which means visitors can access almost every section of the Coastal Track. This accessibility provides visitors with the option to spend from half a day, to a full day or multiple days exploring the Park depending on the time they have available or their specific interests. There are options to do short, hour-long sections of the track, to walk the entire length of the Park or something in-between.

AquaTaxi runs scheduled services up and down the Abel Tasman throughout the day dropping off and picking up passengers at the six main coastal access points within the Park. Starting from the south, these coastal access points are Anchorage, Torrent Bay, Bark Bay, Onetahuti, Awaroa, Totaranui.

See our Map & Timetable to plan your trip.

Weather &
Tides

As two long, skinny islands in the middle of the South Pacific, New Zealand’s weather is notoriously fickle. Having said this, the Abel Tasman enjoys the most stable weather in the country and can be experienced in most conditions, aside from the extremely nasty stuff.

The New Zealand Met Service is a good place to check the weather forecast, and also the marine conditions.

In the north of the Park, a tidal estuary stands between Awaroa and Totaranui. This estuary can only be crossed 1.5 to 2 hours either side of low tide.  There is no way to cross or walk around the estuary during higher tide conditions so you will need to check the tides if you are planning to cross between these two points.  The Department of Conservation website has tide charts so you can plan ahead.

Department of Conservation advertises the following walking times:

From/ToWalking TimeDistance
Marahau to Anchorage Hut3.5 hrs12.4km
Anchorage Hut to Torrent Bay
— High tide route1.25hrs4.0km
Low tide route20mins.9km
Torrent Bay to Bark Bay3 hrs7.8km
Bark Bay to Onetahuti2.5 hrs6.1km
Onetahuti to Awaroa Hut1.5 hrs5.3km
Awaroa Hut to Totaranui2 – 2.5 hrs5.5km
Totaranui to Whariwharangi3.5 hrs7.5km

Get Closer to the amazing Abel Tasman Coastline

What To Bring

Things to bring

When packing remember that you are going into the outdoors. Pack smartly so that you can carry all of your gear easily. If your trip includes some kayaking, you will need to fit everything into the kayak storage space.

Day Trips: Shorts, t-shirt, sandals or shoes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, towel, swimwear, insect repellent, water bottle, warm change of clothes and any personal medication.

Overnight Trips: Everything listed for day trips plus a rain jacket, toiletries, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and cooking utensils.

 

Food, Water and Cooking Equipment

You will need to bring your own food & refreshments with you and, if you’re camping out, you will need cooking equipment and utensils.

The only place in the park where you can buy food and refreshments is at the Awaroa Lodge & Cafe so be prepared.

Water in the campsites is often unsuitable for drinking without boiling, filtering or purifying it first.  Filtered drinking water is supplied at Anchorage, Bark Bay, Awaroa, Totaranui and Whariwharangi campsites for refills during your trip.

Camping equipment

You need to bring your own camping equipment if you are spending a night in the Park:
Tent
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Mat
Cooker
Pot
Plates
Utensils
Torch/flash light
We have a full range of camping equipment available for hire through Abel Tasman AquaTaxi if you don’t have your own gear.

Book Your
Stay

All accommodation in the Abel Tasman must be booked in advance.  This includes the Department of Conservation huts and campsites, and the other overnight options.  To check availability of DOC huts and campsites go to this link: Check availability

Huts are $38 per person per night during the peak season (Oct-Apr) and $32 at other times (May-Sept). Tent sites are $15 per person per night throughout the year.

Alternatively Aquapackers is a floating backpacker lodge permanently moored at Anchorage. Aquapackers is $85 per person for a dorm room or $245 per night for a private cabin that sleeps two people and $360 for the triple/quad room.  These prices include a BBQ dinner and breakfast.

Another option is the Awaroa Lodge, a 4+ star lodge and restaurant.