Grab your swimmers, kayaks or hiking shoes, because we have accommodation right on the doorstep of Abel Tasman National Park. New Zealand
’s smallest national park is also one of its most popular, with bright sunshine, golden sandy beaches, dramatic outcrops and lush forests. Go for a short walk or wander off for days. Jump in a kayak or just lay back on the beach. With our Abel Tasman Park hotels, it’s your journey.
The national park was founded in 1942, thanks largely to conservationist Perrine Moncrieff, who was concerned about logging along the coast. From 1943 to 1974, Moncrieff served on the board. Covering only 225 square kilometres, the Abel Tasman still packs a lot of sights to see, as you’ll find out!
Things to do
Abel Tasman is at the northern end of a collection of hills that begin in the much larger Kahurangi National Park. It’s the home of New Zealand’s most popular great walk: the Coast Track. Taking three to five days, with huts to stay in along the way, this epic wander will take you away from modern technology and day-to-day life, along beaches with sparkling waters, headlands with ocean views and forests of kanuka trees. Then there’s the Inland Track, which goes through the centre of the park through forest and scrub. Is a long walk too much of a commitment? Luckily, the park also has walks that only take a couple of hours or less, so you can take a short trip to a bay or waterfall like Wainui Falls.
While you’re here, kayak to secluded sea coves, snorkel and spot the crayfish, or lay back on the beach and enjoy the sun.
Shopping and dining
Close to the national parks, you’ll find towns like Motueka
, which has plenty of shopping on High Street including clothing boutiques, art galleries and sporting stores.
Motueka and the other nearby towns of Marahau and Nelson
have a great selection of dining options too, including unique cafes and bars.
There are two international airports close to Abel Tasman Park: Wellington
. Check out our flights to Wellington
or flights to Christchurch
and catch a domestic flight to Nelson airport. From Nelson it’s only a one-hour car trip to your dream getaway, so check out our full range of Abel Tasman National park accommodation.
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