Today, you’ll fly to Nelson to begin your five-day walking adventure
along the lovely Coast Track in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, which is hugely popular with both locals and visitors – and with very good reason. This is not a hugely challenging track, and you can choose how much walking you do each day (you can split walking with boat trips), and there is plenty of time to relax along the way. This is ideal for those who want to take in the scenery at a more leisurely and not-too-strenuous pace, with expert guides on hand to help you make the most of everything that the park has to offer.
There are three days of walking and two days spent at beachfront lodges, where you can enjoy a welcome breather before the next leg of your journey. So as well as experiencing the landscapes, including beech forests that lead down to sweeping beaches of golden sand, you can cool off with scenic swims in beautiful bays, and enjoy a boat cruise around the coastline for alternative Abel Tasman views.
6km/2 hours’ hiking plus tidal crossing
Your hike begins with a leisurely cruise across the coastline, including a welcoming hot drink onboard. After arriving at Totaranui, you can relax on the beach or walk to Anapai Bay, before heading south for approximately two hours to Awaroa, via a lush green rainforest of palm trees and the Awaroa estuary. You’ll spend the night at the secluded Meadowbank Homestead in Awaroa, where you can unwind over a three-course dinner with your fellow walkers and wake up to a hearty breakfast, accompanied by sunrise over the beach.
Today can be as active or relaxed as you wish. Explore Awaroa with a walk or a kayaking trip, and visit historic landmarks such as sites exhibiting ancient Maori rock drawings. Alternatively, simply relax on the beach and at the charming homestead.
15km/5 hours’ hiking
Refuel with another hearty breakfast before leaving Awaroa and making your way over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti, with opportunities to relax on a beach flanked with granite headlands and visit Tonga Quarry along the way. Stop for lunch at Bark Bay, where you will have the opportunity to swim or sunbathe, before spending the afternoon enjoying one beautiful view after another, including headlands, estuaries and curved beaches, as you walk through dense native forest and cross the swing bridge at Falls River. If you’d prefer to do less walking today, you have the option to take a boat trip part of the way – just choose the amount of walking that suits you. You will stay overnight at the beachfront Torrent Bay Lodge.
Today, choose how adventurous or relaxing you’d like your day to be. Hike through ancient forests to the waterfalls on Falls River, canoe around the estuary and visit the tranquil grotto of Cleopatra’s Pool. You could also walk to the lovely Anchorage beach and Te Pukatea Cove to experience more of Abel Tasman’s stunning coastlines, or you can just chill out on the beach at Torrent Bay without going very far at all, and refresh yourself for your final day of hiking.
13km/4-5 hours’ hiking
This morning, you will follow the coastline as you make your way from Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri, guaranteeing spectacular views of pristine bays and beaches at every turn. Stop for lunch at one of the most picturesque spots before you walk the last leg of the journey to Marahau (near Kaiteriteri), from where you will be transferred to Nelson.If you’d prefer less walking today, there are options to join a cruise for part or all of your journey to Kaiteriteri.