The Best Time to Visit Abel Tasman National Park

Posted 10 April 2019 by Lucy

CloudsLots of sunshine and most visitors have gone back to work, so now it’s your time to enjoy our spectacular coast. 

Native birds and our resident New Zealand Fur Seal Colonies are busy making the most of the season.  The forest rings with birdsong as tuis and bellbirds feast on Autumn berries.  New seal pups are big enough to explore on their own.  Their curiosity finds them in unexpected places where they love to play games with kayakers.

With three Vista Cruise Sailings per day, choose a full day, or just a morning or afternoon in Abel Tasman National  Park.

Shoulder Season Timetable operates every day 1 - 30 April

Northbound (Kaiteriteri to Totaranui)
  Vista Cruise Vista Cruise Vista Cruise
Kaiteriteri 9:20 10:30 13:00
Apple Tree Bay no stop 10:50 no stop
Anchorage 10:05 11:15 13:35
Torrent Bay
See notes below
10:05 11:15 no stop
Medlands Beach 10:20 11:30 13:50
Tonga Quarry 10:50 12:00 14:05
Awaroa 11:05 12:20 14:20
Totaranui 11:20 12:40 14:40


Southbound (Totaranui to Kaiteriteri)
  Vista Cruise Vista Cruise Vista Cruise
Totaranui 11:20 12:40 14:40
Awaroa 11:35o/r 12:20* 14:20*
Tonga Quarry 11:50 12:50 15:00
Medlands Beach 12:00 13:10 15:10
Torrent Bay
See notes below
12:15o/r no stop no stop
Anchorage 12:20 13:25 - 14:00 15:35
Apple Tree Bay  12:35 no stop 15:55
Kaiteriteri 12:55 14:40 16:15

o/r = service on request when booking
* = Pick up on Northbound Service

Includes all public holidays.

Park Management rules do not allow boat transfers for day walkers at Torrent Bay after midday