Abel Tasman Village, or its official name on maps – Marahau has a long history of settlement by the Maori.
Both of the known meanings for Marahau – ‘garden with the right amount of wind’ or ‘fertile land’ – ring true during different times of the year. The Maori grew abundant kumara (Sweet Potato) in the Marahau Valley. They also knew Marahau as ‘the place of strong women’ or ‘place of magic’.
ABEL TASMAN VILLAGE TODAY
Today, Abel Tasman Village is a small township of a few hundred residents, swelling in spring with tourists and tourism workers descending on the area. Blessed with a warm and temperate climate with some of New Zealand’s highest annual sunshine hours. Even in winter the average temperature is just over 12C, and many of these days are calm and crystal clear.
The golden sand beach though tidal, is beautiful for swimming, a picnic or just soaking up the sun.
The township has a few simple amenities a small shop selling essential items, yoga and massage studios, a craft gallery – Gallery Rocking Chairs and three eateries:
- Hooked – waterfront cafe, garden bar & restaurant
- Park Cafe – cafe and a la carte restaurant
- Fat Tui – iconic burger van
Because of its proximity to the Abel Tasman National Park, it also home to largest water taxi company in the area, six or more kayak companies, canyoning adventures, eco-tours and a range of other activities. It really is the ideal place to begin your Abel Tasman adventure.