If you have a few days to spare on your journey, its worth taking a few to explore the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. You can do anything from a one day, to a five day hike on its 60km (one way) coastal track.
A couple of friends and I (Sophie) took on a three day hike on the Abel Tasman Coastal track back in January 2o16.We were blessed with perfect weather, golden beaches and its luscious native bush. We decided to take a boat from the beginning of the track, Marahau to a campsite Awaroa. From here we were a three day hike away from the start of the track.
To find out what track bests suits your requirements, be sure to check out the free Coast Track Brochure. With this brochure you can also find different means of transportation and different ways of completing a route – A popular choice is sea kayaking.
On the route there are 4 huts and 19 campsites provided by the DOC which must be booked in advance all year round. Huts are around $32 per person per night and the campsites are $14 per person per night – 17 years and under stay for free.
If you decide to stay for a couple nights, note that you cannot buy food or water at any point along the track. You will need to carry your supplies on you. For our three day hike I brought breakfast, lunch and dinner with me for each day as well as snacks to keep me going.
Water was a slight issue on the hike as my Camel Bak would only carry two litres which is only covers a days recommended amount. There are taps along the way however you will need to sanitise the water before drinking. We used a Jet Boil which was perfect, its quick to boil, compact and is great for all weathers.
The track is well maintained so the guidance for footwear is something cool, light and comfortable. I would suggest a good pair of trainers and a pair of fitted hiking sandals for longer hikes. Check out the DOC‘s kit list for specifics.
Top Tip – Bring a strong insect repellant as the little buggers will get you here in the evenings if not.