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“Abel Tasman Coast Track”

Abel Tasman Coast Track
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Great walk, very uncrowded in winter, great time to go to avoid the thousands that can be on the track in summer. Huts are practically empty and there is very little wind.

Thank clarebs
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

THE most amazing place of the South Island, and ont of the top 3 most beautiful places in the world. This thing is heaven. Quiet, beautifull, charming. Take time to connect to nature. And do everything to keep this place as it is. Well done, DOC.
We alked just a portion, with 2 six yrs old children and it was great.

Thank Lord_Jade
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

We hiked part of the Abel Tasman coast track on a whirlwind trip around New Zealand. If I could book our trip again I would have allocated a lot more time to this beautiful area. We were very lucky and had absolutley beautiful weather (Easter weekend) with 26 degrees C and not a cloud in the sky. Even if the weather is rainy I think this track would still be worth the experience.

As we only had one full day in the park we chose a longer day hike: from Tonga bay to Anchorage. If I had two days I would have spent the second day kayaking as that looked like a lot of fun (especially around the seal colonies). We took the Sea Shuttle from Kaiteriteri to Tonga Bay at about 9am. The boat dropped off people at each bay so we arrived at Tonga bay by around 10am. The hike from Tonga Bay to Anchorage bay took us about 5 hours with stops for photos, lunch and we took the long way around instead of taking the low tide route on a couple of the bays (which added an extra hour to our hike). The scenery was spectacular and the water just sparkled! The track is really well maintained. Of the parts we hiked my favorite was the first section from Tonga Bay to just beyone Bark Bay.

Some things to note:
There are many sea shuttle companies servicing the park. We found the best deals by going to Kaiteriteri and talking with the vendors in thier huts near the beach. The vendor in Moteuka didn't give us a 5 hour hike option and charged more.
You can chose a short or long hike ,it just depends on where you get dropped off/picked up. There are 1 hour hikes or multiple day hikes.
There are camping areas in the park but are not accessable by car you must hike in or be dropped off by a boat.
Be on time for the boat pickup. The tides change very quickly (in one bay we were told the tide goes out by 1.5 inches every minute) and the boat can't wait very long when the water is getting too shallow. If you are on time you should be fine but if you are more than 10 minutes late and it is low tide you will probably have to wait for another boat.
We stayed in Motueka and wouldn't do this again. The town was a bit seedy after dark and didn't feel too safe walking around in the evening. If I had to do it again I'd camp in Kaiteriteri.

Overall - I love this place, would highly recommend it and hope to be back!

3  Thank SmileyJane33
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

We were able to walk a part of the track as were dropped off by boat at Tonga Beach where a gannet was sitting preening itself oblivious to visitors. Steepish climb and much of the walk is in forested area with peeks through to the sea. Lunch at Bark Bay where there is one of the excellent overnight huts. A diversion to South Head with lovely views but the particular delight was watching the fantail birds dart about frilling out those tails. Picked up at Torrent Bay. Great way to do some of the track without missing out on comforts of a good bed!

Thank DerbyJay
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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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