Distance : 31.7 miles (51 km)
Avg. Time : 3 or 4 days.
Start / Finish :
- Marahau – Wainui car park.
- For information on getting to and from the trailheads, see the NZ Department of Conservation (DOC) website.
- All year. Best between February and May.
Maps / Info :
- Basic map and information available at DOC offices in Nelson and Takaka. No topographic maps required.
- For general information on anything and everything pertaining to the Abel Tasman Track, check the DOC website.
- The Lonely Planet Tramping in New Zealand guidebook has detailed trekking notes and map.
Route / Conditions :
- As with all designated Great Walks, the trail is well marked and easy to follow from start to finish.
- Check the tide times before setting out. This is especially holds true for Awaroa Bay, which can only be crossed two hours before or after low tide, and has no inland “all-tidal” alternative as do the Torrent and Bark Bay crossings.
- Drinking water is available at the huts, however, DOC recommends treating all water at campsites and other sources.
- Huts or camping.
- The pick of the huts is Whariwharangi, a restored farmhouse originally built in 1897.
- Great camping at Onetahuti beach and Anapi Bay. Unless you like crowds, avoid staying at Bark Bay and Totaranui.
- One of the easiest and most popular tramps in New Zealand.
- That being said, it is popular for a reason. The coastline is stunning, the water is warm, and the beaches are fantastic for swimming or whiling away the afternoon with a good book.
- Most people seem to hike mid-morning until early afternoon. If you want to avoid some of the crowds, try doing the lion’s share of your walking later in the day. Such a strategy has the added benefits of cooler temperatures and better lighting for photographs.