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Abel Tasman National Park - photos

Tonga Bay photo
Te Pukeatea Bay photo
Kayaks on Abel Tasman National Park photo
Te Pukeatea Bay Kayaks photo
Te Pukeatea Bay Kayaks photo
Split Apple Rock photo
Tasman Bay & Richmond Range photo
Anchorage Beach photo
Anchorage Beach photo
Anchorage Bay photo
Torrent Bay photo
Te Pukeatea Bay photo
Ngaio Bay photo
Appletree Bay photo
Te Pukatea Bay photo
Goat Bay photo
Totoranui Beach photo
Torrent Bay photo
Boundary Bay photo
Wainui Bay photo
 

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About Abel Tasman National Park

Located at the top of the South Island is one of New Zealand's coastal gems, Abel Tasman National Park. It is the smallest national park in the country but is big on scenery with some of the best beaches in the country. The park packs in picturesque bays, golden sand beaches, clear water, islands, native forest, and all this with a sunny climate.

Sea-kayaking is one way to see the park as you have access to all the beaches and coastal caves. The Abel Tasman Track is the most popular way to experience the park. It takes 3 - 5 days to complete and is considered as one of the country's top walks. It is also an easy walk compared to other New Zealand walks because it doesn't venture up hill very often and sticks close to the coast and includes most of the beaches too. There are also well maintained huts for sleeping overnight and amenities for preparing meals onroute. Another way to see the park is to use a sea taxi. They give you the option to be whisked away to a secluded beach or you can combine sea taxis and walking to give you the freedom to walk only the parts of the track that you want.

The park is named after Abel Tasman, who in 1642 became the first European explorer to view New Zealand. Motueka is the nearest large town which makes a good base before and after the walk. The small town of Marahau has the most popular entrance to the park while Totaranui is the other entrance or exit depending on which direction you take. While Marahau is east of Totoranui, often overlooked is Anapai Bay to Wainui Bay to the west of Totoranui. This area is still in the park and besides being much less travelled, it is even more pristine than the rest of the park due to little to no human interference.

More Photos

Sandy Bay photo
Split Apple Rock Beach photo
Te Pukeatea Bay photo
Sandy Bay Abel Tasman photo
Wainui Bay photo
Goat Bay photo
Tonga Bay photo
Totaranui photo
Abel Tasman Departure Point photo
Anchorage Beach photo
Abel Tasman Walk Entrance photo
The Anchorage Abel Tasman National Park photo
Kayak photo
Tasman Sea photo
Boundary Bay photo
Totaranui photo
Anchorage Beach photo
Anchorage Inlet photo
Goat Bay photo
Pit Head photo
Marahau photo
Dolly Varden Abel Tasman National Park photo
Kaka Island photo
The Anchorage photo
The Anchorage photo
The Anchorage photo
Te Pukeatea Bay photo
Te Pukeatea Bay photo
Sandy Bay photo
Abel Tasman Seals photo
Kayaking Abel Tasman National Park photo
Totoranui Beach photo
Tonga Bay photo
The Anchorage Abel Tasman National Park photo
Torrent Bay Abel Tasman National Park photo
Anchorage Beach photo
The Anchorage Abel Tasman National Park photo
The Anchorage Abel Tasman National Park photo
Split Apple Rock photo
Anchorage Bay photo
Sandy Bay photo
Cave at The Anchorage photo
Dolly Varden Abel Tasman National Park photo
Torrent Bay Abel Tasman National Park photo


  

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Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual Oceania)


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