Easter 2014 alert: The Inland Track has suffered extensive tree windfall damage. The section of track between Awapoto Hut and Pigeon Saddle is impassable and the track itself is difficult to locate. Trampers are advised not to attempt a trip on the track until the windfall damage has been cleared. A high level of caution is advised.
19 April 2014: Other sections of the track are open.
Bookings for trips from 1 July 2014 will open in late May. Check in mid May for the exact date.
Road access to Totaranui and Awaroa is open.
Trampers are reminded there is a pack-in pack-out policy for rubbish along the Coast Track. All rubbish must be removed.
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About the Track
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.
Abel Tasman Coast Track brochure (PDF, 3,396K)