"Walk the Abel Tasman Coastal Track" South Island Things to Do Tip by sunshinejo
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The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is a 51km walk through along the Abel Tasman National Park Coastline. To walk the whole thing takes about 3-5 days, although if you don't fancy the whole thing, then there are a variety of other options. For example, instead of walking, you can also kayak either part or all of the way. If you're not a confident sea kayaker, then there are a few companies in the area who run kayaking tours around the Abel Tasman. Alternatively, there's a boat that sails up the coast daily, dropping off and picking up hikers at various points along the way, meaning that if you don't want to go the whole hog, you can be picked up at a designated point along the way, or get the boat in and walk back out.
As this was the first walk that Louise and I did, we decided to break our new walking boots in gently. We caught a boat from Marahau to The Anchorage, which cost us about $24 each, then walked the 11km from there back to Marahau. The scenery along the way was simply breathtaking. We were lucky enough to be there on a sunny day, so the sky was clear, the sea was bright, bright blue, the sand on the beaches was golden yellow and, even though it was the end of summer, the land was lush and green.
This is now one of the most popular walks in NZ, and it gets very crowded in summer. If you want to stay in the DOC huts then you need to book this well in advance. If you are unable to get accomodation in the huts, then you can also camp at designated campsites along the way, although I think you still need a permit for this - check with the DOC.
Another important thing to be aware of, is that some parts of the track are tidal. If you come across one of these spots at high tide, you'll either have to make a long detour inland or sit and wait for the tide to go out again. You can get info on the tides and advice on walking the track at the DOC and Motueka Visitor Centre.
Address: Abel Tasman National Park
Directions: The track starts in Marahau, which is on the coast at the southern end of the Abel Tasman National Park
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