Abel Tasman Coastal Track
Abel Tasman Coast Track has extraordinary natural beauty and peace. We explored thoroughly over six days, and spotted all sorts of birdlife, from bellbirds, fantails, tui, wood pigeon, and pukeko to loads of sea and wading birds. The track winds though lush native bush, Black beech, and across golden sand and estuaries. We took all the side trips to Tinline Bay, Pitt head, Cleopatra’s Pool, Falls river, Sandfly Bay and Separation point. Abel Tasman is the perfect place for relaxing and contemplating, and just getting back to basics.
The track is 60 km that can be tramped in three days from either Marahau or Wainui, as I have done previously. At Awaroa Inlet, (and if you choose, Onetahuti estuary), you cross the mud flat at low tide, so you do need to time the crossing with the low tide. You take the water taxi back to your starting point, or between highlights if you need to cut things short. We booked huts before leaving home, but campsite can be booked if you prefer.
Photo: Between Torrent Bay and Anchorage, on a detour off the Abel Tasman Coast walkway you will find this beautiful rock pool complete with a natural, moss-lined waterslide (Cleopatra’s Pool).