Situated between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay at the northern end of the South Island, Abel Tasman National Park boasts one of New Zealand’s most picturesque coastlines and is a playground for outdoor adventure.
Abel Tasman National Park is the smallest of New Zealand’s 14 national parks at 22,530 hectares, yet is one of the most frequented by visitors throughout the world. It opened in 1942 to mark the 300th year after Abel Tasman became the first European explorer to discover it.
With its mild climate, coastal forests and golden sand beaches, Abel Tasman National Park is one of New Zealand’s most popular national parks among tourists throughout the world. This beautiful region also takes the honours for having the highest number of annual sunshine hours in New Zealand. This only contributes to its appeal as a year-round holiday destination.
The Abel Tasman National Park and coastline is home to an extensive range of sea and land species, including fur seals, dolphins, fantails, blue penguins, orca whales and Tui birds. The presence of these alone make Abel Tasman National Park New Zealand’s premier location for sea kayaking.
Abel Tasman National Park is just 400 metres walk to Abel Tasman Marahau Lodge.