• Good sports/hiking shoes. Kayakers must carry walking shoes in case of an emergency
  • Shoes for tidal crossings or kayaking, fixed at the heel
  • Light shoes or slippers to wear at the lodges

Download pictures of recommended footwear (PDF)

Walking poles are not necessary on the well-formed track but if you have weak leg joints or poor balance, you might prefer to bring them.


Quick-dry and thermal fibres are recommended for walking and kayaking. Avoid cotton as it takes a long time to dry. Layers are the key to comfort:

  • Thermal layer close to your skin. In the cooler months (Apr - Oct), bring extra thermal layers and socks
  • Quick-dry shorts and t-shirts
  • Warm wool or polarfleece layer
  • Waterproof jacket with hood (disposable rain coats are for sale at our offices)

Other essentials

  • Personal first-aid kit with plasters, blister prevention and antiseptic.
  • Cellphone in case of emergency but be aware that might have to move to higher ground for reception.
  • Download the Abel Tasman App to your phone. It has a comprehensive map fascinating stories about the park. It's free! Go to the Project Janszoon website.
  • Re-usable water bottle to be filled at our office and lodges
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
  • Hand sanitiser (please no tissues or hand wipes as they add to litter to the park)
  • Phone/Camera with charger and memory card
  • Swimwear and beach towel (optional)
  • Credit Card for Wifi access. In-house bar takes credit card or Eftpos (no cash).
  • Essential personal medication must be carried with you each day

Overnight gear                                                                                     

  • Casual evening clothes and light footwear
  • Underwear, including socks and sleepwear
  • Personal toiletries
  • Flashlight/torch (on rare occasions, our generated electricity can fail)

Cellphone reception varies depending on your service provider.

Please do not bring valuable items or travel documents. There is safe storage at our Motueka office.

Down load your packing list (PDF file)