Abel Tasman Coast Track

Abel Tasman National Park

  • 3 – 5 days one way
  • Easy
  • Bookings required

Easy, sunny coastal track with golden sands and excellent swimming. The busiest track in the country, following the length of the national park coastline.

Onewatahuti Beach on Abel Tasman Coast Track • By bdsmith99.
Abel Tasman Coast Track: Key information
Walking time
3 – 5 days
17 hr 15 min – 18 hr 15 min
One way
One way
Bookings required
Great Walks booking season is year-round. Huts and campsites must be booked in advance.
Abel Tasman Coast Track: Find it
Marahau Information Kiosk, Harvey Road, Mārahau
Wainui bay carpark, McShane Rd, Tata Beach
Sea level
Abel Tasman Coast Track: More information

Options for walking are very flexible with boat access to most points on the track and vehicle access at Marahau, Wainui Bay, Awaroa Inlet, and Totaranui. Many people only walk the Marahau-Totaranui section, while others arrange to be dropped off and picked up by boat, and don't walk anywhere at all! Both ends connect with the Abel Tasman Inland Track, making a more challenging circuit of the park possible. It is also possible to walk an easy section of the Inland Track to return from Wainui Bay to Totaranui, if desired. 

Sunrise at Bark Bay - Abel Tasman Coast Track • By bdsmith99.

Tidal inlets on the track are crossed at two hours either side of low tide. The first is located at Torrent Bay. The high tide track adds an hour's walking. The second is located at Awaroa Inlet, and no alternative route is available. 

Places to stay

Four huts are located on the track, although these are very busy. These are located at Anchorage, Bark Bay, Awaroa, and Whariwharangi Bay. Huts must be booked at all times of year.

18 campsites range from the very large Totaranui to the very small are available from very large to very small Anapai Bay. The main campsites are at Anchorage, Bark Bay, Awaroa, Totaranui, Mutton Cove, and Whariwharangi Bay. These offer better facilities. The smaller campsites offer basic camping and an escape from the crowds. Observation Beach and Mosquito Bay campsites are boat access only and suitable for kayakers exploring the Abel Tasman coastline. Campsites must be booked at all times of year.

Marahau to Anchorage

Crossing the estuary of the Marahau River, the track winds along the coastline, passing the end of the Inland Track. The Coastal Track turns briefly inland before dropping to Anchorage Bay. 7 campsites are passed during this section before the hut.

Anchorage Hut • Great Walks Hut (DOC). Capacity: 34.Bookings required.

Anchorage to Bark Bay

Torrent Bay Lagoon can be crossed 2 hrs either side of low tide. Otherwise a track follows the shoreline. Soon the Falls River is passed before the track drops back to the sea. There are 4 campsites along this section.

Bark Bay Hut • Great Walks Hut (DOC). Capacity: 34.Bookings required.

Bark Bay to Awaroa Inlet

Crossing the estuary or following the all-tide track, the track climbs away from the sea and crosses a saddle before returning to the shoreline by an old granite quarry. This stretch of coastline borders the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. The track soon crosses Tonga Saddle over to the Awaroa Inlet. There are 3 campsites along this section.

Awaroa Hut • Great Walks Hut (DOC). Capacity: 26.Bookings required.

Awaroa Inlet to Whariwharangi Bay

Sandfly Bay on Abel Tasman Coast Track (no sandflies, though!) • By bdsmith99.

The Awaroa estuary must be crossed 2 hrs either side of low tide. Beyond Goat Bay is a lookout at Skinner Point and a descent into Totaranui.

Whariwharangi Hut • Great Walks Hut (DOC). Capacity: 20.Bookings required.

Edging around Totaranui estuary a track leads off to the left meeting the Inland Track and providing alternative access to or from Wainui Bay. The Coastal Track crosses a saddle to Anapai Bay and Mutton Cove, both of which have campsites. Another saddle with a side trip to Separation Point leads to Whariwharangi Bay and its restored farm homestead.

Whariwharangi Bay to Wainui Bay

A saddle provides views of Wainui Inlet before dropping through gorse to the car park.

Walking times

  • Marahau to Anchorage: 12.4km, 4 hours
  • Anchorage to Bark Bay
    • High tide track: 12.1km, 4 hours
    • Estuary crossing: 8.4km, 3 hours
  • Bark Bay to Awaroa Inlet:11.4km, 4 hours
  • Awaroa Inlet to Whariwharangi Bay: 13.8km, 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Whariwharangi Bay to Wainui Bay: 5.5km, 1 hour 30 minutes
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About this track

Added 1 June 2001 by matthewmatthew. 7 revisions, most recently 13 July 2017 by matthewmatthew.
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