Abel Tasman Coastal Track Freedom Walk

The Abel Tasman is a place where beech forests give way to golden sands; seals play in warm crystal-clear waters and no one seems to have a care in the world.
Cross over historic viaducts (bridges) in the heart very unique native forest.

The beauty of a freedom (self-guided walk) is you are in control, if you want to spend a day on the beach or hire a kayak to explore the coast, then so be it.

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Nelson/ Motueka to Torrent Bay

Walking distance: 4 hours walk, 13km

Transport to the Park from Nelson at 7.30am or from Motueka at 8.30am: You will start your walk in Marahau, where your guide will give you some information about the park.
On your first day, the track will start gently, leading you to untouched beaches and capes. Before walking to Torrent Bay Lodge, take a rest at one of the beautiful bays to have lunch.

Torrent Bay to Awaroa

Walking distance: 6-7 hours walk, 17 km

You will start the day with a walk through the native forest and enjoy stunning views of the coast before crossing the swing bridge at Falls River. Now it is up to you whether you prefer to have lunch at Bark Bay or walk further to Onetahuti to relax, swim or explore the golden beaches.
Along the way you will discover historical places, such as the Tonga Quarry. After crossing the Tonga Saddle, you will reach Meadowbank Homestead in Awaroa.

Awaroa to Motueka/ Nelson via Totaranui

Walking distance: 3.5 hours walk, 7 km

Leave your accommodation in the morning and start with a walk over the Awaroa estuary and follow the track leading you through the native forests to Totaranui. From that point, you will embark on a cruise along the beautiful coast, where you will also have the possibility to refresh yourself with some drinks or just relax on the decks.
The boat will take you to Anchorage Beach, where you can decide if you want to relax, explore the beach or take a walk around exciting and scenic Pitt Head. The cruise will then take you to Kaiteriteri, where your walk finally comes to an end and you will be taken back to Nelson or Motueka by bus.

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