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Departing Kaiteriteri every day at 9.30 am, a full range of walking and sea kayaking options makes the most of winter sunshine in Abel Tasman National Park. View the low season timetable here.
Our committment to preserving the National Park for future generations has been recognised in our latest Qualmark audit.
The West Coast Highway is now open for all traffic after the bridge washed out by heavy rain was repaired ahead of schedule. It is now possible to drive from Nelson and Motueka down the West Coast to Wanaka, Queenstown and Fiordland so you can include Punakaiki, Hokitika, Greymouth and all the West Coast attractions after you leave the Abel Tasman area.
Have a wonderful holiday season break in Abel Tasman National Park.
The Wilson family searched the world for the best hull form and construction to suit shallow, tidal beach landings in the National Park. They found what they were looking for right here, in New Zealand. Designed by Catamarans International, Whangarei, it features as the committee boat at all America's Cup races.
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It looks like our Vista Cruise has made a detour to the regattas. There's a great story behind it.
Awaroa Ratepayers are delighted to hear from Councillor Trevor Norriss, Chairman Engineering Services Committee, Tasman District Council, that funding is secured for the repair of the Totaranui Road which includes the Awaroa Road. Totaranui Rd is 100% funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency and Awaroa Rd by the Council providing a subsidy for repairs and maintenance. This work has or is due to start. It will take some time and the road will be closed while construction takes place. At this time we have got no information as to how long this could take.
Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson has praised the generosity of a private family trust which has launched a multi-million dollar conservation project in Abel Tasman National Park. Project Janszoon is a partnership between the Department of Conservation and the Project Janszoon Trust. It aims to restore biodiversity - essentially the variety of plant and animal life - to around 80 per cent of the park over the next 30 years. “Our indigenous flora and fauna are a major part of New Zealand’s culture and heritage,” Ms Wilkinson says. “Though the Government is committed to protecting these native species it is important to understand that conservation is not just the domain of the Department – it is everyone’s responsibility.” “Here we see community leading the way and I wish to congratulate the Trust for instigating this very valuable initiative.” Project Janszoon includes planting programmes, pest control, education initiatives and wildlife recovery programmes. It will see the return of native species no longer found in the park such as great spotted kiwi, mohua (yellow head) and sooty shearwater. Despite being New Zealand’s smallest national park, the Abel Tasman National Park is one of the most visited. “Tourism operators have already contributed much to conservation work in the park and this initiative will build on that,” Ms Wilkinson says. “The restoration of the park’s natural values and the return of native wildlife to the area will provide an even greater visitor experience.” “With the support of the public, private trusts and a growing number of New Zealand businesses, we will succeed in achieving sustainable conservation goals throughout the country.” Media contact: Britton Broun – 04 817 8266 or 021 244 9354 Background: • The Project Janszoon Trust is aiming to restore the biodiversity of the park by 2042 in time for the park’s 100th anniversary, and the 400th anniversary of Abel Tasman’s visit to the area. • It was selected by the Trust as an ideal project site to demonstrate a sustained restoration partnership effort. • The philanthropic New Zealand family, whose financial support is launching Project Janszoon, wishes to remain anonymous.
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