If staying in Awaroa for the night you also have the option to stay in the Awaroa Lodge.

Tides vary eachcday so to determine tide times for a given date in Abel Tasman, use the tide times for Nelson but subtract 20 minutes.

Costs vary by season and whether you are a New Zealand citizen.

What is great about Abel Tasman is that you can do anything from a 1 day hike on the track to a 5 day trek as you complete the entire trail.

If you want to take part of the Abel Tasman Track you do have several options to choose from – either by just doing a 1 day hike and completing part of the trail or heading out on a 5 day hike and completing the whole thing.

On average you can expect the temperature to range from 13C to a balmy 24C (55F -75F).

Since Marahau literally marks the beginning of the trail, you will find all the water taxi companies leaving and returning right back in town. Required fields are marked *, Join our mailing list to receive the latest iTINeraries, guides & helpful tips to plan your next trip, TripTins is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This estuary can only be crossed 1.5 to 2 hours either side of low tide. If you are headed out on a multi day hike on the Abel Tasman track you will need to utilize some sort of accommodation along the way.

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» Water Taxi to Anchorage / Walk Back to Marahau (4 Hours / 12.4 KM), » Water Taxi to Bark Bay / Walk to Anchorage / Water Taxi Back to Marahau (4 Hours / 11.5 KM), » Water Taxi to Bark Bay / Walk Back to Marahau (8 Hours / 23.9 KM), Day 1: Water Taxi to Bark Bay / Walk to Anchorage (4 Hours / 11.5 KM)Day 2: Walk from Anchorage to Marahau (4 Hours / 12.4 KM), Day 1: Water Taxi to Awaroa / Walk to Bark Bay (4.5 Hours / 13.5KM)Day 2: Walk to Anchorage / Water Taxi to Marahau OR Walk all the way to Marahau (4 Hours / 11.5KM OR 8 Hours / 23.9KM).

There are also some part of the trail that have road access – Awaroa, Totaranui, and Wainui if you are able to figure out car logistics. Note: Although the official ending point is in Wainui Bay, if you do not have transport back from the car park there, you can walk another 3 hours / 9 KM back to Totaranui via the Gibbs Hill Track to get picked up by a water taxi.
This guide will go over everything you need to know about the Abel Tasman Track and how to prepare for one of the best hikes out there. Your email address will not be published. These can either be in the form of DOC campsites or huts and must be reserved in advance. Accommodation on the Track.

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The spring, autumn and winter months are generally calmer and quieter, and great for wildlife and photography. If you do not want to stay directly in Marahau the closest towns would be Kaiteriteri (10 minutes away) followed by Motueka (20 minutes) and then Nelson (60 minutes). I hope this guide has given you a much better sense of what the Abel Tasman Track is all about. A quick note about this part of the trail – as mentioned earlier on there is a low and high tide crossing at Torrent Bay. Have fun out there and safe travels! It includes everything I bring along on day hikes, and it will have you better prepared when taking part of trails all over New Zealand. Each tour can be a bit different but as an example you may start out by kayaking out to Anchorage, followed by hiking back to Marahau. amzn_assoc_region = "US"; These can either be in the form of DOC campsites or huts and must be reserved in advance. Abel Tasman National Park Low Water Tide Tables DOC Nelson Regional Visitor Centre, 79 Trafalgar St, Nelson, Ph 03-546 9339, Fax 03-546 9612 nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz www.doc.govt.nz Printed: 2018! As you approach Marahau you will come across the official entrance post of the Abel Tasman National Park.

I ended up stopping at most of them as they were only a few minutes off the main trail and it was great to rest the legs a bit and enjoy the water. You can begin your journey by taking a water taxi out to Bark Bay and then walking south ending in Marahau. If you are interested in completing the entire trail, below would be the 5 day route (either starting or ending in Marahau). Let Abel Tasman Guides lead you through your personal journey of discovery in this iconic part of New Zealand. Below is a gallery of images from the trail starting in Bark Bay down to Anchorage. There are also crossings near Onetahuti Beach, Goat Bay, and Anapai Bay but those can either be walked around or through even during higher tide. However if it is high tide, there is a very beautiful walk around the bay and you will have easy access to the Cleopatra Pools along the way. Now I won’t list out each and every option but I will list out and dive deeper into some of the more popular ones out there.

» You can decide to do these options starting out with a water taxi and walking towards Marahau (as I have written) or you can decide to walk out from Marahau and water taxi back – if you decide to water taxi back you will need to make sure you do not miss the last water taxi back to Marahau. Awaroa Inlet: You must cross the Awaroa Inlet within 1.5-2 hours of low tide.

However, there are some small sections of inclines and declines along the way.

Abel Tasman National Park – Weather and Tides, Inlet Road Kaiteriteri RD2, Motueka, New Zealand, © 2018 Kaiteri Lodge - Website by Umbrella Marketing Group. On top of that, even if you do not have the chance to take part of the full hike, you still have the opportunity to do just a one day option too.
Once complete with the walk to Anchorage (either the same day or the next) you can continue along to the base town of Abel Tasman – Marahau. The water is 14C (58F). What I love most about the track in general is that all the scenery around you is constantly changing and you never know what you will come across around the corner. Thank you!

The average daily temperatures in winter range from 4C (39F) - 12C (54F) and on a crisp sunny day the kayaking can be beautiful. You will want to book these water taxis in advance since they do fill up! Kahu Kayaks welcomes you to the Abel Tasman National Park, our golden piece of Aotearoa. Totaranui is the furthest on the track that water taxis are available.

All the beautiful tidal lagoons in Abel Tasman are generally able to be safely accessed by kayak within 2 hours either side of high tide.

As you can see on the map, the trail winds its way throughout the national park as it stops by various beaches and bays along the way, giving hikers the chance to cool down and enjoy the water at different points of the track. Several walking tracks in the Park include tidal lagoon crossings, which can only be crossed 2 hours either side of low tide.

If it is low tide then you will save about an hour of hiking. Poor weather can affect kayaking itineraries and timing so plan your visit but be flexible if you can and get in touch with any questions you might have about your Able Tasman kayaking adventure. Note that if you do not have the 5 days to spare, you can also combine a couple days in to one (such as the Marahau to Bark Bay portion). » There are also companies out there that offer options of a kayak + hike. Expect to pay $75 NZD per night at a hut during high season for a foreigner and $30 NZD for a campsite. Well sign up and join the TripTins community to receive monthly newsletters that will recap everything you need to know to make that trip as memorable as can be. Starting in the small town of Marahau up to Wainui Bay is a 60 KM track that makes its way up the coastline.


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