Nelson/Tasman region

Trampers looking down into Anchorage. Photo: Tony Lilleby.

Walkers on the Abel Tasman Coast Track

Nelso Tasman region map.

Bookings for the period 1 July 2015 to 31 July 2016 will open on Wednesday 18 February at 10 am.

 High wasp numbers

Be aware of the potential of wasp nests along the tracks and around amenity areas and campsites. Always carry antihistamine and especially an epipen if you are allergic to wasp stings. Carry a reliable means of communication such as a mobile or locator beacon in case you have a severe allergic reaction.

The Abel Tasman Coast Track, located in Abel Tasman National Park on South Island’s northern shores. The Coast Track is a Great Walk and extends for 54.4 km. All streams are bridged but there are tidal crossings which can only be crossed within a few hours either side of low tide. The track takes an average of three to five days to complete and can be walked from either end.

There are huts and campsites where you can stay for a fee. Bookings are required. There is no charge for day walks. Visitors can walk into the park from the roadend carparks, catch water taxis to beaches along the track or kayak along the coast.

The nearest towns of Nelson, Motueka and Takaka have i-SITES, accommodation and shops catering for tramping and kayaking needs. Kaiteriteri has a petrol station, small grocery shop, accommodation and café. Marahau has accommodation, a shop and cafés. Takaka is the last place for petrol before Totaranui.

Trampers are reminded there is a pack-in pack-out policy for rubbish along the Coast Track. All rubbish must be removed.

View the latest track update

Abel Tasman Coast Track brochure (PDF, 3,257K)

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Great Walks season: All year

Alert/Important notice

 High wasp numbers

Great Walk/Easier tramping track Great Walk/Easier tramping track


3 - 5 days


60 km

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DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map


Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Nelson/Tasman places