Abel Tasman Walk

Location: West Coast & Abel Tasman National Park | New Zealand

Price guide: £££££ £350-£500 per person per night

This 5-day walking package takes you on a series of hikes through the picturesque Abel Tasman National Park. Named for the 17th-century Dutch seafarer who was the first European to see New Zealand, hiking the park even today will make you feel like an intrepid explorer, such is its unspoilt beauty.
Perfect forExploring the beauty of the Abel Tasman National Park first-hand.
In the know
  • 5-day guided hike through the park
  • Stay in luxury accommodation, with your luggage carried by launch
  • All hikes are optional, with ferry services available
  • Opportunity to kayak along stretches of the coast instead of hike

Recommended for...

  • Setting & Views
  • Walking & Trekking
  • Beach
  • Eco-tourism

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Abel Tasman National Park is a beautiful area of coastal wilderness, with golden beaches and rugged cliffs backing into forest-covered hills as you head inland. The area is unspoilt and rich in wildlife, including penguins, wild pigs and possums.

Rooms at Abel Tasman Walk

Throughout the package, you’ll stay in two beachfront lodges surrounded by the wilderness of the national park: Meadowbank Homestead in Awaroa, and Torrent Bay Lodge. The latter has been the holiday home of your hosts, the Wilsons, for decades, while Meadowbank dates back to 1884. Meadowbank has been restored and maintained to be luxurious while retaining its period character.

Food and drink

All your meals are included on the walk, including breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, packed lunch and three course dinners. The lodges where you’ll spend the nights have bars where you can buy New Zealand and international wines and beers, and a bar tab can be set up which will run across your trip.

Facilities

A reasonable standard of fitness is required, with hikes lasting from 4-5 hours and stretches where you’ll be required to carry a backpack. However, there are ferry services between the stops which you are welcome to take if you feel you can’t handle the walking, so all hikes are optional. Your overnight luggage will be taken in between stops via launch.

Activities at Abel Tasman Walk

Your journey begins with a leisurely cruise along the coastline to Totaranui, where you’ll walk to Awaroa through rainforest thick with palm and rata. At Awaroa, you can explore the estuary on foot or by kayak, and enjoy a lengthy hike through beaches and granite headland to Torrent Bay. On the final day, another long coastal hike will take you to Kaiteriteri, your final stop, where you’ll find unspoilt bays and beaches – another option is to make the trip by kayak, following the coastline from Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri.

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Hotel location

The itinerary begins and ends in either Nelson or Motueka. Nelson welcomes regular flights from Auckland (75mins), Christchurch (50mins), and Wellington (25mins); Motueka is around 40 minutes’ drive away.

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