From the long stretches of golden, sandy beaches to the lush forests full of native flora and fauna, Abel Tasman is paradise on Earth.
If you delve deep into the South Island’s natural beauty you’ll find Abel Tasman; an unspoiled wilderness of pristine bays full of sparkling blue water and dense, green landscapes no camera will ever do justice. Sink your feet into an endless stretch of shore, grab a kayak and paddle out into the bay, and trek through luscious greenery on the adventure of a lifetime in New Zealand's secret paradise. From marvelling at unique rock formations said to be shaped by the gods to swapping campfire stories under the stars, our Abel Tasman tours and holidays offer you the chance to unwind, reconnect, and seek out the magic of Mother Nature.
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
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However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
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Getting to the Abel Tasman region on the North Island is easily done as there are a variety of options available. You can fly into Nelson Airport (New Zealand's sixth busiest airport) and then drive the short 1 hour to reach Abel Tasman National Park. You can also catch public transport to Abel Tasman in the form of a bus or drive as it's easily accessible by road.
The weather in Abel Tasman is great all year round making it the perfect destination to travel to regardless of the season. Enjoying the highest annual sunshine out of any other region in New Zealand, Abel Tasman has a moderate, maritime climate with light showers in spring, warm days in summer, mild weather in autumn, and crisp mornings in winter.
The weather in the Abel Tasman region is nice and fairly even throughout the year so there's really no bad time to visit this stunning, natural wonderland. Spring and summer enjoy perfect weather for outdoor activities such as swimming, snorkeling, and hiking while winter provides fewer crowds on the popular beaches and trails. Autumn is also a great time to travel to Abel Tasman as the lush, green forests turn orange and brown, making for a spectacular view.
What to pack for Abel Tasman largely depends on what time of the year you're travelling in and whether you'll be camping overnight. The weather in Abel Tasman is usually sunny and warm so packing t-shirts, shorts, and long pants are a must. You'll most likely be doing a lot of hiking during your time in Abel Tasman so make sure you pack comfortable walking/hiking shoes and a reusable drink bottle. You should also pack a bathing suit if you intend on swimming, as well as sunscreen and a hat to protect you from the sun's UV rays.
There are a few ways to get from Nelson to Abel Tasman including driving and catching public transport. If you fly into Nelson you can rent a car from Nelson Airport and make your way to Abel Tasman National Park with the journey being just over an hour. You can also catch public transport in the form of a bus and a water taxi. This is a relatively cheap option and a water taxi is a good way to see some of the park from the water before you even arrive.
There are heaps of different tracks to walk in Abel Tasman from trails that are perfect for beginners to more challenging ones. Regardless of the difficulty of the track, each one promises a spectacular view. These are some of the best tracks to walk in the Abel Tasman:
- Falls River Track
- Cleopatra's Pool
- Coastal Track
- Inland Track
- Marahau to Appletree Bay
You'll likely experience interrupted cellphone coverage throughout your time in Abel Tasman National Park as service is limited. However, you can find coverage on headlands, at high vantage points, or at various locations throughout the park such as Anchorage campground, Torrent Bay Lodge, Marahua Park Entrance, and Totaranui. How much coverage you get will depend on the service provider you're with.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.
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