Abel Tasman Coast Track
New Zealand's finest coastal walk. Create your own adventure, or find your ideal all-inclusive holiday that allows you to switch off and enjoy this spectacular region.
Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs and world-famous coast track. It also has a mild climate and is a good place to visit at any time of year.
The Ultimate Civilised Adventure:
The coast track is managed and maintained to a very high standard by the Department of Conservation. The track is well-formed and heavy hiking boots are not necessary. For details on walking times, tidal crossings, track profile, etc. see Department of Conservation's Coast Track site.
To make the most of each day, and discover fascinating insights into the cultural and natural history of this diverse National Park, we recommend taking a Guided Walk or Sea Kayaking break. Guides are trained to design each day to suit a your interests, skills and fitness levels, taking into account local tidal and weather conditions. Walkers can choose to walk with the Guide or walk independently and take advantage of comfortable Lodge style accommodation with ensuite bathrooms at the end of the day. Trained Hosts and Guides at the Lodges can advise and inform as required.
If you do not wish to join a Guided Walk, the only accommodation within the National Park is at a Department of Conservation huts and camp sites or at private holiday homes. Accommodation must be booked before you travel to the National Park. Online Booking Information
For a comprehensive range of walking and transport travel packages offered all year, Wilson Abel Tasman has Independent Hikers' Specials. Many people combine walking with sea kayaking along this idyllic protected coastline.
Camp / Bunk Accommodation:
The following information is from the Department of Conservation (DoC website):
DOC provides a range of accommodation along the Coast Track, including four huts, 20 campsites and the Totaranui campground. Visitors must book huts and campsites before starting the track. Online Booking Information
Please note that overnight stays for Coast Track walkers are limited to one night at Totaranui campground and two consecutive nights in all huts and other campsites along the Coast Track.
Huts have bunks, tables, benches and heating. Bunkrooms are communal with platform bunks and mattresses. Ablution blocks have flush toilets and washbasins with cold water only. There are no cooking facilities or lighting. Potable water is usually provided at huts. Be prepared to boil, treat or filter drinking water if the DOC water filters are not working correctly. Hut users are expected to leave huts clean and tidy and take their rubbish out with them. Backcountry Hut Tickets and Backcountry Hut Passes are not valid for use on the Coast Track. Hut spaces need to be booked all year around and overnight stays are limited to two consecutive nights.
All campsites have a water supply and toilets. Some campsites have cooking shelters and fireplaces. Open fires are only permitted where fireplaces are provided and when there is no fire ban in force. 'School groups, independent walkers and kayakers and some walking and kayaking groups stay at campsites'. Please be considerate of other visitors. Leave campsites clean and tidy and take your rubbish out with you. Campers are not permitted to use hut facilities. Campsites need to be booked all year around. Camping at Totaranui is limited to one night and at other campsites to two consecutive nights.
Totaranui campground has a camp office, potable water, flush toilets (including disabled access), cold showers, fireplaces and car parking. Petrol is not available and there are no luggage storage facilities. Totaranui has two camping areas: The Coast Track camper's campsite. There is a one-night limit for Coast Track campers.
The main campground takes up to 850 campers staying for longer periods over the summer. Bookings are only required for camping from 1 December to 10 February.Get a booking form and find out more about Totaranui Campground.
For more information about the Abel Tasman Coast Track or booking huts or campsites contact:
Abel Tasman Coast Track Helpdesk
Department of Conservation
P O Box 375
Tel. +64 3 546 8210
Fax +64 3 546 9612