Just spent another fantastic couple of days in Abel Tasman National Park. However, it was surprising that there are still campers who have not purchased bookings for overnight stays. for all the great walks, and many other walks in NZ, you do need to book campsites and huts. This is to prevent overcrowding and to ensure everyone can enjoy the area with space and privacy.
If you do not have a booking you will be charged a penalty extra rate and may not be able to stay in the park. DOC rangers check all campsites.
It is cheap to stay and pays for the awesome track maintenance. So please remember to respect all users of the parks and prebook.