ABEL TASMAN TRACK

Transport to the Abel Tasman track is also popular with our customers. The endpoints of this track are Marahau (Near Kaiteriteri on the Eastern side of Takaka Hill) and either Totaranui or Wainui Bay (Near Takaka on the Western side of Takaka hill).

People starting the track usually start at the Marahau end. We’ve taken people to Marahau from Nelson, Motueka, Blenheim and fresh off the Cook Straight ferries in Picton. At the other end – Wainui Bay or Totaranui – tired trampers usually go back home via Nelson airport or take the scenic Queen Charlotte Sound road to catch their ferry in Picton.

The Abel Tasman Coastal track is 60km and can be done in 3-4 days. You won’t see rare giant snails or the kiwi bird here (very unlikely). You also won’t find tussock or deep rain forest. Instead, you’ll see the most beautiful golden sand you’ve ever seen, astonishing coastal views, a huge 47m suspension bridge and our favourite – Cleopatra’s pool which has a moss lined water slide!

This track is located in the Abel Tasman National Park. It is known by the name of Abel Tasman, the famous Dutch Explorer. It is enclosed by Marahau in South and Wainui in the north. This coastal track is well sheltered having astonishing views, beautiful golden sand beaches, and impressive rock formations.

Abel Tasman track can be walked in both directions. This track is well marked by signs in different locations. While tracking there are some sections which are rough and muddy.

At Maxi Adventures we transport to and from Marahau, Wainui Bay Carpark and Totaranui. Contact us with your plans and we’ll create a solution to fit.

This track provides the best option to explore the beauty of Abel Tasman National Park. To cover the distance of the whole track you need 3-5 days. Our Abel Tasman Transport picks people up from Marahau, Anchorage, Bark Bay, Awaroa, Totaranui and Whariwharangi which ends at Wainui.

The Route:

Marahau to Anchorage: It takes approx 4-5 hours to cover 11.5 km. At Anchorage, DOC provides 24 bunks with proper heating facilities.

Anchorage to Bark Bay: This route takes approx. 3 hours for 9.5km. The Anchorage to Bark Bay path leads through some private residencies.

Bark Bay to Awaroa: This route takes 4 hours, distance of 11.5km. Along the path there are two fords which flood after heavy rain.

Awaroa to Totaranui: This route takes 1.5 hours to cover 5.5km. There is dense forest for you to enjoy. This camping ground has 40 beds.

Totaranui to Whariwharangi: It takes 3 hours to cover 7.5km. This track covers sandy beaches and rock formations. This section is the most enjoyed and liked on the Abel Tasman Track.

Whariwharangi to Wainui: This is the last section of the track which takes 1.5 hours to cover 5.5 km.

More information is found here on the DOC website. Click here.