New Zealand: A hike to remember – Abel Tasman National Park

The Abel Tasman National Park is a home to the Abel Tasman Coast Track. The track is one of the Great Walks of New Zealand. It is a one way track and can be walked in both directions. It is also possible to start from different points.

We booked our Abel Tasman Adventure in Motueka i-SITE Visitor Information Centre. We decided to take a water taxi from Marahau to Whariwharangi Bay, which was a 3-day hike back to Marahau.

Taking the water taxi alone was an adventure already. The water was unsettled and the boatswain was joking around, that when he is jumping in under the tail of the boat, then we should be worried.

The hike is super flexible, either way you start at Marahau and walk as long as you like or you take first a water taxi and hike back to Marahau. As the water taxi is stopping at any bay, it is flexible how to tailor the hike. Camps and bunks needs to be booked in advanced, a ranger will check the permit.

We stayed in Bark Bay and Anchorage Bay campsite, which were directly at the beach. Hikes were from 12 to 20 km. It is easy to hike in the Abel Tasman as it is mainly flat.

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