Introduction: Covering only 225.3 sq kms, the Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest National Park. During summer, however, the waters around the Park are ablaze with colourful kayaks, while water taxis ferry walkers to the more remote beaches along the very popular coastal track. Main foot access to the track is either from the southern end at Marahau, near Motueka, or from the northern end at Totaranui, in Golden Bay. Tonga Island Marine Reserve adjoins the park, where the local seal colony thrives unperturbed by the passing showcase. The Park is renowned for its golden sand beaches, estuaries, granite cliffs and offshore islands, some of which the track visits over the 38 km stretch between Marahau and Totaranui. The track continues over the hill to Wainui to complete its 52km length. The Inland Track, which runs from the coast to the heights of Takaka Hill, can be reached from various points along the coastal track. The beachside DOC camping grounds along the track are very popular in the summer, and need to be booked well in advance.
Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park