The Abel Tasman Coast Track is a beautiful 60 km tramping route in the Abel Tasman National Park in the Tasman region of New Zealand’s South Island.
Highlights include an abundance of wildlife, lush native bushland, golden beaches and far-reaching coastal views as the route takes in the naturally formed Cleopatra's Pool, a 47 m suspension bridge at the inlet to Falls River, fur seals and the crystal waters of Tonga Island Marine Reserve.
A well-marked long-distance tramping track that can be walked in either direction, it connects Marahau and Anchorage and is considered by some to be one of the easier Great Walks of New Zealand.
Huts and campsites are available but many must be booked in advance or work on a first come first serve basis. The hut facilities are basic and include bunks, toilets, and basic cooking facilities. Campsites are a slightly cheaper alternative and offer basic amenities including toilets. Check availability and book online before you go if necessary.
With some challenging steep sections and rough track that can get muddy, this route involves a compulsory tidal crossing (check the Abel Tasman tide tables before you attempt to cross) but is a rewarding multi-day route along the beautiful coastline of Abel Tasman.
Marahau is the southern trailhead, Wainui the northern gateway, with most trampers walking in one direction and arranging a water taxi back.
Trampers looking to extend their trek can make it a circuit by walking back via the Abel Tasman Inland Track, but this is a challenging rough track with less views and a steeper incline.
Generally, the region has mild, temperate weather with sea breezes, but trampers should always be prepared with extra warm clothes and water/windproof layers year-round and equipped with a first aid such as antihistamines if allergic to stings as wasps are hazardous particularly from December to April.
Based on our data, the trail is graded as medium. For information on how we grade trails, please click here
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This trail can be completed in approx. 3 – 5 days. Caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables. For more info, click here