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Highlights

  • The Abel Tasman Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks
  • Stay in deluxe and superior rooms in stunningly located accommodations
  • Idyllic pristine golden beaches, crystal clear waters and native wildlife
  • Walk across an impressive 47m suspension bridge over the Falls River
  • Enjoy the scenic splendour of New Zealand’s smallest national park

Walk the Abel Tasman Track, New Zealand’s most relaxed Great Walk, staying in superior accommodations.

Situated at the very north of the South island, see a great diversity of wildlife, including fur seals and little blue penguins. Also experience a picturesque mix of inviting sandy beaches, lush coastal forest and pristine clear streams that tumble into the sea.

You will be immersed in scenic splendour during your 3 days of walking in New Zealand’s smallest national park. It was established in 1942, exactly 300 years after Abel Tasman, the Dutch explorer anchored here.

Enjoy overnight stays in deluxe, superior and spa rooms in a hotel in Nelson and lodges in impressive locations.

Day 1: Arrive Nelson and overnight

Stay in Nelson, a very agreeable port city and conveniently located very close to the local airport (8km). From the airport you can take a taxi or shuttle bus into the town centre.


Nelson, is a great place to stay for a while, as there is lots to explore, including some great restaurants with tasty local produce. It also has beautiful surroundings and lures artists here with its warm and sunny climate.


Overnight: Nelson


Day 2: Transfer to Marahau, water taxi to Torrent Bay, walk to Awaraoa Inlet

An early morning transfer brings you to Marahau. From here take a water taxi to Torrent Bay. This section of the track is often considered the best part, with the regenerating beech forest interspersed with amazing golden sand beaches that the Abel Tasman is famous for.


Walk over the Falls River on a very impressive suspension bridge, before winding your way along the track through verdant coastal forest. Walk over the golden sands of Bark Bay, before heading inland over a small peninsula and over the Tonga Saddle and Quarry. It’s a short walk from here to Onetahuti Bay which is one of the longest beaches on the Abel Tasman Track. Cross a boardwalk and finish your day in Awaroa Inlet, with its pristine beaches.


Overnight in the wonderful Awaroa Lodge in a superior room.


Walk: 15 km


Overnight: Awaroa Lodge


Day 3: Walk Awaroa Inlet to Totaranui

Cross Awaroa Inlet to Pound Gully where you can see the virgin beech forest and also the huge Rata trees that cling precariously to the headlands. Walk across two golden sand beaches, Waiharakeke Bay and Goat Bay on your way to Totaranui and in between the two there is a great lookout at Skinners Point offering stunning panoramic views.


Upon arrival in Totaranui can try an additional loop walk if you would like, the Pukatea Loop Track, before meeting the land shuttle to the wonderful Ratanui Lodge where you will stay in one of their luxury rooms. Tonight enjoy an included 3-course dinner in their highly-rated restaurant.


Walk: 8km


Overnight: Ratanui Lodge


Day 4: Walk Wainui to Totaranui

After breakfast, a short shuttle to Wainui car park takes you to the last section of your walk. From Wainui you are on the less travelled section of the track. The views of Wainui Inlet as you climb up into the native forest are stunning. The route today takes you up and over to Whariwharangi, before heading on to Mutton Cove and Anapai Beach and arriving at Totaranui.


Once at Totaranui the AquaTaxi will pick you up and return you past all those golden sand beaches to Marahau. The included land transport to Nelson departs conveniently from the AquaTaxi base dropping you in Nelson around 6pm.


This is the end of your Abel Tasman Track in Comfort and from Nelson you can either spend an extra night, or make your onward journeys.


Walk:  15km


Accommodation

This tour provides accommodations that are at the deluxe end of the scale. At each accommodation you will always be booked in either the deluxe, or superior options and in Nelson a Spa Studio. 


The accommodation normally used is detailed below. However we may use alternatives of a similar standard should the dates you request not be available.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.
We welcome solo walkers on the Abel Tasman Track, although you should of course take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo and there is also a solo supplement payable.



 

 




Trailways Hotel - Nelson

This modern centrally-located hotel is situated right on the river and just a few minutes walk from Nelson’s main shopping area. We will book you into a Riverside Spa Studio here.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Awaroa Lodge - Awaroa

Awaroa Lodge is surrounded by pristine waterways and native forest. The main lodge is warm, inviting and full of character and you will be confirmed in a superior room all of which have a private outdoor deck.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Ratanui Lodge - Golden Bay

Ratanui Lodge is a boutique hotel with an intimate restaurant, serving memorable dinners nightly. Here you will be booked into a luxury room with a king-sized bed and views over the pool.


 

 

 

Availability

The Abel Tasman Track is one of New Zealand’s 9 Great Walks and therefore is  extremely popular. You will have to book quite far in advance in order for us to be successful with confirming the dates you request, especially if you wish to travel in the height of the season which is February and March. (Between Christmas and New Year is also very popular). You can take this tour anywhere between October and April. To avoid disappointment please try to plan your trip well in advance ( at least 6-9 months), if possible.


Since this track has tidal estuaries to cross and the accommodation is limited please bear in mind that when you book our local hosts will check the dates of your tour and may have to adjust your route/itinerary accordingly. For example, your itinerary could be reversed or changed according to the tides or indeed the availability of the accommodation. We will let you know if this is the case.


Why not try one of our alternate walks in New Zealand too, such as the Queen Charlotte,  Routeburn, Kepler, Milford or Kaikoura Coast Track?


Time of Year

The best time of year to walk the Abel Tasman Track is between October and April, during the spring, summer and Autumn/fall months. Also this is when all of the accommodations are open. The weather will be more settled during these times of year, although it can be unpredictable at any time of year. 


Meals

2 Breakfasts will be provided by your accommodation. However breakfast in Nelson is not included and you will have to purchase breakfast yourself here.


Whilst hiking on the Abel Tasman Track 3 packed lunches will be provided. A 3-course dinner is included at Ratanui Lodge in their highly-rated restaurant. At Awaroa Lodge there is a restaurant and you can find plenty of local restaurants in Nelson.


Grade & Terrain

Rated easy to moderate, this track has a few elevation gains and losses. It is undulating, although there are some steep sections. You will mainly be walking on beaches, on coastal paths and through forest. The terrain can be rough at times but is usually smooth.


It is important to note that on this track there are 3 tidal estuaries that need to be crossed. Whilst there are high tide routes at Torrent and Bark Bay these are less fun than the low tide alternatives. At Awaroa Inlet you have no choice but to walk across the estuary. Please see the Availability section for more details on this.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The track is well marked and signposted, and if you stick to the main track, there is very little chance of losing your way. This track involves tidal crossings. Our local hosts will provide information on this as you book, as it may require some flexibility with your itinerary, according to the tides.


We also provide a track guide and GPX tracks are accessible on the Macs Smartphone App, so you can simply follow the route on your phone if you wish.


Baggage Transfers

Overnight luggage is transferred by boat each day to be at your accommodation when you arrive. The luggage has to be lifted in and out of boats with no jetties around for easy unloading, so for this reason we ask our guests to follow the list of required items and pack lightly – aim for a bag weighing around 10kg (20 pounds). Our local partner provides free luggage storage for your extra luggage in Marahau. Special loaner bags for you to use for your overnight gear if required. Duffel bags or small suitcases suitable for carry-on luggage on airplanes are perfect for your Abel Tasman trip if you have them. One of the local staff will drop a loaner bag around to your accommodations along with your information/map pack for your trip if required. 


The loaner bags are 50 litre duffel bags made by Macpac, a well-known outdoor equipment company founded in New Zealand. If you’d like to keep one as a souvenir of your Abel Tasman trip (complete with our company logo embroidered on it) they can be purchased for $80(NZD) each.


Please take your luggage with you when you are being transferred to Marahau on Day 2.


Car Rental

We can arrange car rental for your trip. Please contact your Destination & Adventure Specialist for details.


Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.


There are a couple of places along the track where you’ll be required to cross tidal estuaries and we strongly recommend the use of water shoes (crocs, sports sandals etc) for these as there are sharp shells and small stones that can cut bare feet.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to and from Nelson

By Air: You can fly into and out of Nelson Airport which is located only 5 miles from central Nelson. There are domestic flights into Nelson from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch Airports. You can catch a taxi or a shuttle bus to get into Nelson from the airport. The shuttle bus needs to be booked in advance and you can check the following company website in order to arrange this, Jayride.


We offer car rental so you will have to check with your Destination & Adventure Specialist about the details on this.


You may have also been using a rental car to get around before the start of your Abel Tasman Track, if this is the case you can simply follow the directions on the accommodation list to the first place you are staying in Nelson. Our local hosts can provide secure parking while you are on the track.


A transfer is included on the final day to either Nelson or Nelson Airport, so you can make your way onward journeys from here.


* Please be aware that when booking flights from the UK to New Zealand you will arrive 2 days after you set off and on return you will arrive 1 day after you set off. So, for example, if you leave on a Tuesday you will arrive on a Thursday and on return if you leave on a Saturday you will arrive home on the Sunday. This is obviously because of the time it takes to get there but also because you are travelling back and forth across the International Date Line. Similar principles apply when travelling from other places in Europe and from the USA and Canada. Please make sure that when you book you take this into consideration so that you are arriving on the correct day that the tour begins.

Included

  • 1 Night in a hotel in Nelson (Spa Studio Room)
  • 1 Night at Awaroa Lodge (Superior Room)
  • 1 Night in Ratanui Lodge (Luxury Room)
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 1 3-course dinner
  • 3 Packed lunches (when on the track)
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Transfer from Nelson to Marahau
  • Transfer from Totaranui To Ratanui Lodge
  • Transfer Ratanui Lodge to Wainui Car Park
  • Water taxis from Marahau to Torrent Bay and Totaranui to Marahau
  • Information Pack and personalised itinerary, map, etc
  • Access to the Macs Smartphone App with GPS Tracks
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Nelson
  • 2 Dinners
  • 1 Breakfast
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal necessities

Extras

  • Single room & solo walkers supplement(s)
  • Additional nights
  • Rental Car (if required)

How far in advance do I need to book?

The Abel Tasman Track is very popular, therefore to avoid disappointment please try to plan your trip well in advance ( at least 6-9 months), if possible.

How fit do I need to be?

Rated easy to moderate, this track has a few elevation gains and losses. It is undulating, although there are some steep sections. You will mainly be walking on beaches, on coastal paths and through forest. The terrain can be rough at times but is usually smooth.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 10kg per person. The perfect sized bag is an airline cabin bag, but if you do not have one the local hosts will provide you with one for the duration of this trip.

We can provide free luggage storage in Marahau whilst you are on the Abel Tasman Track. So please take your luggage with you when you are being transferred to Marahau on Day 2.

What equipment do I need?

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

There are a couple of places along the track where you’ll be required to cross tidal estuaries and we strongly recommend the use of water shoes (crocs, sports sandals etc) for these as there are sharp shells and small stones that can cut bare feet.

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