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“A Must-Do Classic”

Abel Tasman Coast Track
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

Simply a great and easy walk with great views on the sea and the mountains.

Thank Tbausch
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

A great walk, with good quality tracks, bird songs, and views. We blended in a day's kayaking into our three-day trip and we wouldn't change a thing.

Thank Laurie R
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

Lovely track with stunning views, if you're only doing a small part would recommend trying the northern end as southern end can get quite busy.

Thank Bikinbingo
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

Abel Tasman NP is small but packs a lot of challenges in a small area. The coast track is one of NZ iconic walks. The Department of Conservation maintains a series of high quality huts along the track and there are both lodges and privately let shacks that can be used depending on the budget you want to outlay. Using the water taxi service gives you the opportunity to tailor your time in the park and a choice of parts of the park you can access.
Our group chose to do a backpacking trek starting from Marahau we headed for the Inland Track that leaves the Coast Track about half an hour north. The Inland Track is not for the unequipped trecker. The first leg to Castle Rock rises steeply from the shore to about 800 m and takes every minute of the 5.5 hours noted on the advisory sign. Castle Rock Cabin is a small back country hut so only has basic facilities. The short side trip to Castle Rock itself gives a sweeping vista back to the coast and is well worth the effort. The second day to Awotopo Hut requires negotiating a lot of fallen trees that in many places obliterated the track. A side trip to Porters Rocks was a good investment of time. Time to Awotopo Hut on the web is optimistic with the track in its current condition. We took closer to 8 hours. Awotopo Hut is a slightly larger version of Castle Rock and is a very nice building. Awotopo to Pigeon Saddle on day 3 again saw us having to negotiate a number of tree falls that added to the time, but we reached the Saddle by lunch. From there a walk down to Awaroa Inlet along the road let us see the recent landslide activity following the wild weather in that part of NZ.
Wading across the Awaroa inlet just before low tide was an interesting experience, the speed with which the water drops is quite remarkable. Awaroa itself is a beautiful beach with DOC facilities, Meadowbank House and Awaroa Lodge offering a range of price and luxury options.
The coast track from Awaroa initially climbs to give sweeping views of the coast before descending to Onetunhi Beach (a sepectacular sandy cove). From there to Bark Bay has a few hills but on the whole the track is well graded and well formed. We encountered lots of people who had accessed the track by water taxi and were just carrying day packs. From Bark Bay we crossed to Torrent Bay to spend the evening in a batch arriving in time for a late lunch. The next day we took advantage of exploring a number of short walks (Cleopatra's pool and the Falls River track) both worth doing then a pleasant swim in the bay and watching the water taxis bustling in and out. The final day was an early start to catch the tidal crossing to Anchorage then along an undulating section of the track back to Manahau, total time of about 4 hours. The scenery along this part of the track is idyllic with Adele Island providing a pretty foreground to the blue green of the Northern Island of NZ visible beyond.
Overall the Coast Track provided a nice easy wind down from the more physically taxing Inland Track.
An area that caters for all fitness levels and all time constraints. Public facilities along the track are provided but there are only a few places where potable water is available. Lots of streams that are probably fine to drink from but not recommended without filtering/disinfecting.

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Reviewed April 8, 2012

This is the smallest national park in NZ but the most visited. It combines a really well groomed track, great views, golden beaches and a water taxi service that drops off and picks up en route. Plus the best restaurant cafe in the area, in the Park Cafe, at the bottom end and Awaroa Lodge (great location, but change of ownership puts ? against it) at the top end.

1  Thank StridingJ
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