Abel Tasman Coast Track
It's your choice: create your own adventure, or find your ideal all-inclusive Beachfront Lodge based holiday in New Zealand's finest coastal National Park.
The Abel Tasman Coast Track, from Marahau to Wainui is 51km (32 mile) long. The section between Marahau and Totaranui is 38 kms (24 miles).
The track is managed and maintained to a very high standard by the Department of Conservation. It is well-formed and heavy hiking boots are not necessary. There is no point higher than 200 metres (650 feet). For details on walking times and track profiles, see Department of Conservation's Coast Track site. For our walking and transport travel packages offered all year, go to Independent Hikers' Specials.
If you plan to kayak, there are no kayaks to hire in the National Park. You should book kayak hire and transfers before you travel into the Park, or choose Guided Sea Kayaking with everything included. Click here for more information on kayaking.
Be Aware of Tides
With the highest tidal range in the country, you need to plan your trip to take into account tidal crossings that can be impassable at High Tide. Click Tidal Information for more details.
Beachfront Lodge Accommodation
No need for you travel out of the Park each day to enjoy modern comforts at our Beachfront Lodges. We've designed the ideal trips for you to experience the variety of the Abel Tasman coast:
- Three and five-day Walking Breaks with optional walking, or relax with an ensuite room at the Lodge.
- Three and five-day kayak & Walk Breaks.
You choose how active or relaxed you want to be. We take care of the details. You switch off and enjoy.
If you do not wish to join one of our holidays, the only accommodation within the National Park is at Department of Conservation (DOC) huts and camp sites or at private holiday homes. Accommodation must be booked before you travel to the National Park.
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
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.
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