Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman, New Zealand
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Abel Tasman National Park Reviews
Stunning, unforgettable, priceless! Jan 21, 2011
The Abel Tasman National Park, located in the north of New Zealand's South Island, is with an area of 22,530ha the country's smallest national park but definitely belongs to its most precious treasures. A pure joy for every nature and adventure lover!
It's actually little surprising that an Abel Tasman experience is ranked among the top five activities on a traveller's must-do list. And after an own track throughout the park's deep and partly pristine bush, and along the marvellous shoreline I absolutely have to recommend this stunning place as well.
Abel Tasman has everything what it needs to please a true outdoorsy person: adventurous and challenging tracks, thriving bush including native avifauna, awesome views from high above, fantastic golden bays where the magnificent ocean can be enjoyed.
There are four main gateways to the park. Marahau and Kaiteriteri at the southern end, and Totaranui and Wainui at the northern end.
As independent traveller you have diverse possibilities of exploring this peaceful gem of nature.
If you love to hike you should plan a trip for three to four (or maybe even five) days and face the challenge of the wonderful and less crowded Abel Tasman Inland Track (37.5km), that brings you to beautiful lookouts surrounded by lush green as far as you can see; or you walk along the Abel Tasman Costal Track (51.0km, Great Walk), which offers glorious scenery in form of deep blue sea with its crushing waves, and is more popular and easier walkable.
If your plans consider more than a day trip you can stay at huts/campsites maintained by DOC (Department of Conservation). Those accommodations have to be pre-booked. Water supplies are available either in form of water tanks filled with collected rainwater or sometimes only a stream. Therefore it's recommended to treat the water before drinking.
If water's more your element you should definitely go on a (guided or independent) kayak tour offered by diverse operators, which allows you to paddle from one golden and bay to another, where you can enjoy the salty breeze and nature's beauty, have a picnic, go for a swim - simply unwind. By the way, if you're lucky enough, you might have one of those bays for you alone, which makes this fabulous experience even more priceless.
You can also get around these several bays by hiring a yacht or hopping on a water taxi. Or what about a great dive? Ever thought about that?
It's up to you: pick your favourite, or combine a proper kayak adventure with an unforgettable hike – to get a bit of everything.
I would also recommend to visit the fur seal colony at the Separation Point located in the north of the park. It's a worthwhile and breathtaking excursion. Don't forget your camera and binoculars (you'll be amazed by the view towards Farewell Spit).
Abel Tasman National Park with its stunning landscape and wonderful range of different impressions is totally worth a trip. And believe it or not, many New Zealanders will be more than a bit jealous since they haven't been to Abel Tasman yet.
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Dec 28, 2006
A must if you're going this way, and even if you aren't you really should. Why travel to Fiji or Hawaii I say! This isn't that busy and is easily walked by the whole family. There are day trips and kayaking trips available everyday and is a very worthwhile experience.
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