Abel Tasman Coast Track

Blessed with a mild climate, golden beaches and coastal forest, the Abel Tasman Coast Track really has it all.

Choose to walk the whole track or water taxi or kayak between different locations at any time of the year.

3-5 days
Abel Tasman National Park, north-west South Island
Nearest towns
Nelson, Motueka, Takaka
Nearest airport

The Abel Tasman Coast Track offers up a scenic treat around every corner. Marvel at naturally sculptured granite cliffs and crystal clear waters. Half or multi-day options make it an ideal track for families.


  • Rest your weary walking feet at Onetahuti Beach. Shaped like a horse shoe it's one of the longest and most beautiful beaches in the park. Swim, snorkel or soak up the sunshine
  • Tonga Island Marine Reserve is the third marine reserve to be created alongside a national park and covers an area of 1835 hectares. Swimming, snorkelling and kayaking are popular activities in the reserve
  • Swim at Cleopatra's Pool, a natural rock pool with a moss-lined waterslide that is fit for a queen! From Torrent Bay estuary, a 20-minute walk along a stream bed of large boulders takes you to this secluded swimming spot

Find out more in the Abel Tasman Coast Track brochure.

Things to know before you go

It is important to plan and prepare your trip and be well equipped on a Great Walk. For a full list of the equipment and preparation required for The Abel Tasman Coast Track, plus the latest track updates and information on getting there, please visit the Department of Conservation website.

Safety is your responsibility - It is important that you check in with the nearest DOC Visitor Centre prior to beginning your walk. For detailed safety information, including tramping conditions in New Zealand and The Outdoor Safety Code - 5 simple rules to help you stay safe - visit www.adventuresmart.org.nz.

Abel Tasman Coast Track image courtesy of the Department of Conservation