Abel Tasman Coast Track
Abel Tasman Coast Track
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  • Robandkatherine
    46 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very scenic forests, but…
    Ok it is a “Great Walk” and it certainly passes through lots of tree fern forests with glimpses of stunning bays and inlets. We walked for three days from Apple Tree Bay to Bark Bay hut, then on to Awaroa hut, then on the the finish at Totaranui. Perfect weather for two days, rain for the last, So yes it is very scenic, but there are some issues with the track since the storms earlier this year - in at least three places, because of landslides, the diversion tracks head uphill at about a 25 degree angle for at least 200 meters straight up. These are soul destroying ascents and descents compared to the gently gradients elsewhere on the track. They completely ruin the feel of the track, which is very easy in other parts. Small kids doing this walk would have a LOT of trouble completing this. Also, there’s relatively little beach walking - it is about 95% tree fern forest which gets a bit monotonous after a few hours. Finally, the track around the back of Awaroa village inexplicably goes miles out of its way to avoid the houses, and heads up another huge hill just for kicks. There is no reason for this track location - it is just a waste of energy. I give this great walk a 6 out of 10. Now I’ve done it, I’m not coming back to Able Tasman to hike…
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Bryon F
    Devon, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trekking a real jewel.
    If you want to walk an incredible bit of nz “bush” country look no further than this coast path. The path is well maintained well signposted and a breath taking part of New Zealand. There are so many options for trekking, free camping in the huts and water activities. We walked via Anchorage ( water taxi’d in ) up to cleopatra’s waterfall back to Maharau. It took a few hours but that’s only because of the many stops we took to take it all in. Good for the soul and recharging the mind this one.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Rebecca
    Adelaide, Australia1,767 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A walk with some changing scenery and some lovely places to stop
    We did motueka to anchorage, says 3-4h but really depends if you stop a lot. We stopped at every single lookout to take photos and to stare into the ocean. Took about 3h. The distance may be a bit more but it’s mostly flat- easy to walk quickly and there were even people jogging it. Catch a water taxi from different parts of it to return home
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 January 2024
  • What’s Next?
    Lima, Peru223 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do it!
    Excellent way to spend a day! We water-taxied up to Anchorage (great views along the way), then walked the Pitt Loop and headed back to Marahau on foot. Stopping at whatever beach you select is a MUST!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 January 2024
  • zg64
    47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Took boat over with my tour group and walked the trail to Pitt Head and back. Views and wildlife are incredible. Be sure to bring snacks and water as there are no concession stands. There are restrooms at the beginning of the trail. Anyone with an average level of fitness should be able to complete the trail at their own pace.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 March 2024
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Kez280
Wellington, New Zealand34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Fabulous location and excellent views. Great place for some hiking - but don't be fooled, track can get quite steep and rough in places. A real mix of coastal/beach walking and bush walking. Rated for intermediate hikers. Check out the Wilson's Tours - they treated us really well.
Written 12 April 2024
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zg64
47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Took boat over with my tour group and walked the trail to Pitt Head and back. Views and wildlife are incredible. Be sure to bring snacks and water as there are no concession stands. There are restrooms at the beginning of the trail. Anyone with an average level of fitness should be able to complete the trail at their own pace.
Written 16 March 2024
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What’s Next?
Lima, Peru223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Excellent way to spend a day! We water-taxied up to Anchorage (great views along the way), then walked the Pitt Loop and headed back to Marahau on foot. Stopping at whatever beach you select is a MUST!
Written 17 January 2024
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Rebecca
Adelaide, Australia1,767 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We did motueka to anchorage, says 3-4h but really depends if you stop a lot. We stopped at every single lookout to take photos and to stare into the ocean. Took about 3h. The distance may be a bit more but it’s mostly flat- easy to walk quickly and there were even people jogging it.

Catch a water taxi from different parts of it to return home
Written 16 January 2024
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Bryon F
Devon, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
If you want to walk an incredible bit of nz “bush” country look no further than this coast path.
The path is well maintained well signposted and a breath taking part of New Zealand. There are so many options for trekking, free camping in the huts and water activities. We walked via Anchorage ( water taxi’d in ) up to cleopatra’s waterfall back to Maharau. It took a few hours but that’s only because of the many stops we took to take it all in.
Good for the soul and recharging the mind this one.
Written 7 October 2023
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Libby B
Pukekohe East, Auckland, New Zealand24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
A friend and I did 3 nights/4 days of Abel Tasman and camped the whole time. Carrying 15-20kg packs each. No prior training done. Low to moderate fitness levels prior to walk.
Day 1 - Marahau to Te Pukatea Bay
Started at 10.30am. Got in at 3.30pm. Pretty cruisy walk most of the way in. Lunch stop at Stillwell Bay where we quickly learnt that the Weka steal things from your packs! A good warm up for what was to come. We had Te Pukatea Bay campsite to ourselves and soon found out wekas can open zips and get into your tent! A poo on my pillow and a packing cell stolen! Boilable cooking and drinking water available and a loo.
Day 2 - Te Pukatea Bay to Onetahuti Camp
Started at 9am. Got in 4.30pm. We left to cross Torrent Bay 4 hours before low tide. We managed this but had navigate the shallowest route. At one point, for about 5 metres, we were hip- waist deep and propped our packs higher up so they didn’t get wet. Had lunch at Bark Bay at 1pm ish then proceeded to cross the water crossing which was perfectly timed with the low tide. One other group in camp that night. Big beach camp, with a camp kitchen area, boilable drinking/cooking water and lots of loos.
Day 3 - Onetahuti - Anapai Bay
Started at 9.30am. Got in 5.30pm. Got to Bark Bay water crossing just after 12, which was 3 hours before low tide and just a bit too deep to cross. We crossed just after 1 and comfortably got across only water just above our knees at the deepest point. There is a little stream not long after this crossing to wash feet. Tonga Quarry to Totaranui map is currently incorrect. There is a closed piece of the track and the replacement track is extremely steep and hard going! Totaranui to Anapai is a fairly easy 1 hr. We had the camp to ourselves and experienced a 4.7 magnitude earthquake at midnight!
Day 4 - Anapai Bay to Totaranui Water Taxi
Easy 1 hour walk back to Totaranui to await the water taxi back to Marahau. We used Aqua Taxis. Great service. We paid for a shower at The Barn, before having lunch at The Park Cafe and then caught a pre-booked Nelson Cabs Taxi back to the airport.

All in all, we loved our 4 days hiking. Our bodies held up well considering no training. Magnesium pills each night, voltaren gel, stretching and definitely a cold water soak of the legs in the ocean is recommended each day! This was our first great hike and we are buzzing! So beautiful.

We found out that Aqua Taxis also do bag drops between camps if you don’t want to carry your packs daily.
Written 27 September 2023
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Robandkatherine
46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Ok it is a “Great Walk” and it certainly passes through lots of tree fern forests with glimpses of stunning bays and inlets.

We walked for three days from Apple Tree Bay to Bark Bay hut, then on to Awaroa hut, then on the the finish at Totaranui.

Perfect weather for two days, rain for the last,

So yes it is very scenic, but there are some issues with the track since the storms earlier this year - in at least three places, because of landslides, the diversion tracks head uphill at about a 25 degree angle for at least 200 meters straight up. These are soul destroying ascents and descents compared to the gently gradients elsewhere on the track. They completely ruin the feel of the track, which is very easy in other parts. Small kids doing this walk would have a LOT of trouble completing this.

Also, there’s relatively little beach walking - it is about 95% tree fern forest which gets a bit monotonous after a few hours.

Finally, the track around the back of Awaroa village inexplicably goes miles out of its way to avoid the houses, and heads up another huge hill just for kicks. There is no reason for this track location - it is just a waste of energy.

I give this great walk a 6 out of 10. Now I’ve done it, I’m not coming back to Able Tasman to hike…
Written 18 July 2023
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TerryH
Hertfordshire, UK1,081 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Awesome views throughout the Boat trip. An extremely enjoyable tour with good commentary. We also trekked over 4km on often uneven ground which was challenging. A must do though.
Written 9 April 2023
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Mk1D
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Just completed the Wilson’s Abel Tasman 3 day northbound hike with guides as part of a group of 12 people. Really well run, good quality food and accommodation. The guides Cici, Doc and Jackson were informative and showed a real passion for their job. I would highly recommend this even if you have only moderate fitness, as you can opt to jump on a boat at various points.
Written 31 March 2023
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the_rohrer
Switzerland9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We'll probably have a very unpopular opinion here... but what the heck... I stand by it.

Yesterday we did a day hike in the Abel Tasman and chose the tour "Holyoakes Shelter and Akersten Bay Loop". We walked directly first up to the Holyoakes Shelter and then the descent to Akersten Bay. The ascent as well as the descent were (although very strenuous) wonderful. If you see "difficult" as a predicate for a hiking trail in NZ - then believe this. We are experienced mountain walkers as we live in the alpine region and can say with a clear conscience that this hiking trail is not without.

After we reached the bottom, we followed the Costal Track back to the starting point and this was by far the most boring part in a long time. The strands along the way may be beautiful, but the trail is relatively boring. It's very well groomed (except for some storm damage, some of which isn't exactly small) but it doesn't really offer any variety either. After yesterday's 10 km we have decided not to hike the Costal Track further (is maybe a mistake, we know, but the 10 km boredom yesterday have been enough for us).

Our recommendation - choose routes in the park purely on the hills, then you have very nice and varied tours with different vegetation in a small area.
Written 20 March 2023
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