One of the most incredible spots in New Zealand is the Abel Tasman National Park which is located at the top of the South Island near Motueka and Takaka. Conveniently accessible by road, the Tasman Coast Track is just waiting for you to turn up in your Transfercar rental! Once you’ve got your free rental car from us, just grab your hiking boots and get ready to get amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in New Zealand!
The Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s only coastal national park – and with its golden sandy beaches and clear turquoise water, it’s obvious why it’s one of the most popular Great Walks of New Zealand.
Walk this Way
The Abel Tasman Coast Track follows the coastline through lush native bush, over limestone cliffs and along golden sandy beaches. This is one of the Department of Conservation’s “Great Walks”. The 53km track can be walked in its entirety over three to five days, but smaller walks are on offer too! The Inland Track through the hilly centre of the park is most difficult, but if you’re fit enough then we recommend the challenge!
The Sea of Love
While most people come for the walk, there are plenty of water sports available for travellers. Sailing, boating and sea kayaking allow you to access some of the sheltered coves that the track bypasses. Tours and rentals can be arranged locally, or if you’re super keen, you can portage in your own canoes and kayaks. The golden sand beaches will call you to the shores to jump in the warm water and to lie back and relax. Listen to the beaches! They know what they’re talking about…
Love Shack, Baby
If you’re thinking about going whole hog and doing the 5 day trek, you can stay in one of the 8 huts in the park. Each hut comes with bunks, tables, benches, and heating but you’ll need to bring your own bedding and food. Ablution blocks have flush toilets and washbasins with cold water only and there aren’t any cooking facilities so make sure you bring food that’s easy to prepare. Pack some candles too as there’s no electricity! If you’d rather camp there are numerous campsites in the park. For more information you might want to check out the DOC website to book your walk and to check out the small fees that apply.
When planning a big hike in New Zealand you’ve got to be prepared. There may not be any wild animals looking to make a meal out of you, but the weather is changeable.
- Be sure to check out the high and low tide times as this will affect your travels.
- Book accommodation before starting out on your hike.
- Be sure to bring all the necessary gear for both dry and wet weather.
Now that you know what’s out there waiting for you, grab your free Transfercar rental and get acquainted with Mother Nature!