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Abel Tasman National Park, located at the north end of the South Island west of Nelson, is the smallest of New Zealand's national parks. It was founded in 1942, and is named after Abel Tasman who was the first European to see New Zealand. But good things come in small packages!

The park is mainly hilly country covered in natural forest. It's northern boundary is formed by the waters of Tasman and Golden Bays and extends to the high water mark. The area between the high Water and low water marks is gazetted Scenic Reserve. The Department of Conservation looks after the park and the reserve is under the control of the Tasman District Council.

Tonga Island Marine Reserve is adjacent to the park and there is a substantial seal colony on the island.

The park can only be accessed by foot or by the sea. A number of water taxi companies service the area - some encourage visitors to enjoy a walk along part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track.

  • Last visit to Abel Tasman National Park: May 2012
  • Intro Updated Aug 7, 2012
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