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Tasman Coast Track

Tasman Coastal Track

The Tasman coastal track is a great way to explore the splendour of Nelson's Abel Tasman National Park. Because of its easy accessibility for boats, you have the option to walk a part of the trail for a day or the entire length over 3-5 days. Or, if you’d rather paddle power, take a kayak tour. The walk is not a circuit track, so some form of transport needs to be organised at either end. Shuttles and water taxis are easy to book in advance.

Example Itinerary

Day 1: Marahau to Anchorage (12.4 kilometres)

After the Marahau information kiosk, follow the walkway that crosses the inlet. From here, you'll pass through open country to Tinline Bay. The track then circles Guilbert Point to Apple Tree Bay before passing through beech forest with large kanuka trees. After Yellow Point the track heads inland, winding through small gullies before emerging into Torrent Bay, overlooking the coast and islands to the north. Go downhill into the bay where a hut and campsite awaits.

Day 2: Anchorage to Bark Bay (12 kilometres)

This morning, cross a low ridge to Torrent Bay Estuary. The estuary can be crossed two hours' either side of high tide, or a longer all-tide track leads up and around the headland. At the northern end of Torrent Bay the track climbs steadily up and over two valleys before reaching a 47m-long suspension bridge strung above a beautiful inlet.  The track then wanders through coastal forest before dropping back down to the sea. Here, you'll come to the Bark Bay hut that's just beside the estuary.

Day 3: Bark Bay to Awaroa (11.4 kilometres)

Cross Bark Bay estuary or follow the all-tide around its edge where you'll climb steeply to a saddle. Here, walkers journey through a manuka forest; losing all sense of the coast before returning to the shore at Tonga Quarry. Here, just offshore sits Tonga Island, encircled by a marine reserve and mesmerising underwater life - here, we strongly recommend to go snorkelling. A short distance on, you'll come to Onetahuti Bay, where an all-tide bridge and boardwalk crosses an inlet. From here, the track climbs up and over Tonga Saddle before descending to Awaroa Inlet. Awaroa Hut is only a short walk along the shore.

Day 4: Awaroa to Whariwharangi (13 kilometres)

Awaroa Estuary can only be crossed a few hours' either side of high tide. Once crossed, the track crosses a low saddle and drops into Waiharakeke Bay, where an old timber mill used to be located. From here, you'll wind through more forest and beaches as well as up and over a viewpoint with spectacular sights. When you’re hiking forested sections of the track, bellbirds, fantails, kereru (wood pigeons) and tui will keep you company. From here, walking alternates between sandy beaches and rocky headlands before descending to Whariwharangi Bay and tonight's hut - an old restored farm homestead.

Day 5: Whariwharangi to Wainui (5.5 kilometres)

Take your time hiking to the end of the track today. You'll pass through more stunning inlets and small saddles before walking by the coast and coming to the carpark. Here, meet your transport back to Marahau or get picked up by a water taxi back by the coast.

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