Overnight Trips What to Bring
Before going into the Park, we recommend downloading the Project Janszoon Abel Tasman App, developed to assist conservation efforts and preserve fascinating stories about Abel Tasman National Park. This App includes a detailed map.
What to Wear
The Coast Track is well formed and mostly shaded by native forest. The track comes down onto golden-sand beaches fringed by lush forest and calm azure waters - ideal for swimming.
We enjoy glorious weather, year round. Lots of winter sunshine and summer sea breezes keep temperatures comfortable in every season. Maximum summer temperatures average 22 degrees C (72 F). In the cooler months, you can expect crisp, clear mornings (light frosts rarely fall below zero degree C or 32 degrees F), and temperatures fall as soon as the sun goes down, making the open fires at our Lodges even more inviting.
New Zealand weather can change rapidly, so any experience of our wonderful outdoors requires you to be prepared for four seasons in one day. Bring a warm layer of wool or polar fleece and a rain jacket to ensure your comfort.
Not recommended: Cotton clothing (especially denim). It is very heavy and cold if it gets wet, and takes a long time to dry. Thermal, quick-dry fabrics are best eg. Polypropylene, polar fleece, wool.
For kayaking, we provide a spray jacket and buoyancy vest that will keep you warm on most days when paddling. Bring a spare set of clothing and warm layer to be stored in the kayak so you can change into dry gear if necessary. Always bring some walking shoes in case weather causes you to land on a beach where walking might be necessary.
Abel Tasman National Park enjoys the highest number of sunshine hours in the country. Our clear skies, with no pollution result in a very high risk of sunburn, even on a cloudy day. Bring sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.
We recommend cool, light, comfortable footwear. Not recommended: any shoes with no heel attachment, eg. jandals, flip flops, scuffs, slides etc. Click here for Recommended Footwear (Note this is a PDF file).
For walking: Light, comfortable walking shoes are suitable to walk the track. If you have hiking boots, wear them if you prefer but they are not necessary. Depending on tides and conditions, you can usually keep your feet dry. On rare occasions, you might have to remove your shoes and roll up long trousers when you are embarking or disembarking from our boats. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear to allow for this. There will be time to rinse feet and put shoes back on when necessary.
Walking poles are not necessary on the well-formed track. If you have balance issues, or knee and ankle weakness, poles will assist on a long walk. These are not supplied or available to hire at our office.
For kayaking: Footwear in the kayak is optional. Some foot cover will prevent your heels from rubbing against the kayak. Rubber water socks are ideal. Bring footwear, suitable for walking in case of emergency, or to do some exploring by foot.
Bring your own or borrow one of our 30 litre day packs. Please use a plastic liner inside the day pack to ensure your day requirements stay dry. (Kayakers only: your day pack will be stored in a hold in the kayak. For important items, such as cameras and spare clothes, we supply a special watertight "dry-bag").
Please Note: We cannot guarantee to keep camera or electronic equipment dry.
- Essential personal medication must be carried with you each day
- To reduce waste, please bring your own reusable water bottle to fill at our office and lodges.
- Sandshoes, water socks or sports sandals for tidal crossings (they will get wet). Jandals (flip-flops, scuffs, thongs etc.) are NOT suitable. Click here for more information on suitable footwear for estuary crossings (Note this is a PDF file)
- Good sports/hiking shoes. You may prefer hiking boots, but they are not necessary on the well formed track
- Swim wear and towel (optional).
- Sun hat, sunscreen and insect repellent (available to buy at our office)
- Hand sanitiser (please reduce litter and do not bring disposable wipes)
- Waterproof jacket with hood (disposable rain coat available to buy at our office)
- Camera with charger and memory card
- Please do not bring tissues or paper towels. They add to litter in the Park. Bring cotton handkerchiefs
- Kayakers will need a change of clothing including a warm sweater or polar fleece
- In the cooler months (Apr - Oct) extra thermal layers and socks will ensure your comfort.
For Self-Guided Walkers: a personal First Aid Kit is recommended with plasters, blister prevention and antiseptic. Carry a cellphone in case of emergency but be aware that you might have to move to higher ground on a headland for reception.
Lodge Luggage Bag
This is a 40 litre sports bag supplied by us and carried by launch to the Lodges. All clothing should be put in waterproof plastic bags that we provide for extra protection during the boat transfers:
- Underwear, including socks and sleepwear
- Spare set of hiking clothes
- Casual evening clothes
- Light lodge shoes (slippers)
- Personal toiletries
- Flashlight/torch (on rare occasions, our generated electricity can fail)
Electrical appliances (eg. hair dryers, battery chargers, razors, sleep apnoea machines) can be used with our off-grid power system.
Cash and Credit Cards
To purchase drinks at our in-house bar, we run a bar tab for you to be paid in our office at the end of your trip. There are a couple of cafes outside the Park where you might have time to purchase refreshments. A $5 donation to the Project Janszoon Trust, payable by credit card, is required to access WiFi at our Lodges.
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE INTO THE PARK valuable jewellery, large amounts of cash, or essential paperwork (travel documents, passports etc). There is secure storage available at our Motueka office.
CELL PHONES: reception varies depending on your service provider. There are Wifi Hotspots at Marahau, Anchorage, Torrent Bay, Bark Bay, Awaroa and Totaranui. More details here Cellphone & WiFi reception.
WIFI: at our Lodges is supplied by Project Janszoon, a privately funded conservation trust. If you wish to use the internet, there is a $5 donation per day to the trust, payable by credit card.
As well as a wonderful holiday experience, with skilled, friendly guides, chefs and boat crew, we supply:
- ALL food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon teas
- All linen (bedding and towels) at the lodges
- Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, moisturiser
- Hairdryers available on request
- Waterproof plastic liners for bags
- For kayakers, all technical and safety equipment is provided, including stable double kayaks, water resistant paddling tops, bouyancy vests, dry bags
- We give you a Lodge Luggage Bag to keep and Day packs are available to borrow