Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman

Many of our trips pass through the Abel Tasman region and enjoy one of New Zealand's most beautiful national parks.. For those joining a tour passing through Abel Tasman heres a taste of what you will be up to.

About the Abel Tasman area:

Here's a bit more about the park from doc.govt.nz
Abel Tasman is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coastal track. It also has a mild climate and is a good place to visit at any time of the year.

For at least 500 years Maori lived along the Abel Tasman coast, gathering food from the sea, estuaries and forests, and growing kumera on suitable sites. Most occupation was seasonal but some sites in Awaroa estuary were permanent. The Ngati Tumatakokiri people were resident when, on 18 December 1642, the Dutch seafarer Abel Tasman anchored his two ships near Wainui in Mohua (Golden Bay), the first European to visit Aotearoa - New Zealand. He lost four crew in a skirmish with the local people and soon moved on.

Permanent European settlement began around 1855. The settlers logged forests, built ships, quarried granite and fired the hillsides to create pasture. For a time there was prosperity but soon the easy timber was gone and gorse and bracken invaded the hills. Little now remains of their enterprises.Concern about the prospect of more logging along the coast prompted a campaign to have 15,000 hectares of crown land made into a national park. A petition presented to the Government suggested Abel Tasman's name for the park and it was duly opened in 1942 - the 300th anniversary of his visit.

Optional activities:

  • Sky diving
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing

Walk options:

A variety of great hikes and the chance to an amazing walk in New Zealands best national park or even combine the walk with a sail or kayak.

Cycle options:

Get going on a number of coastal and bush rides that combine the best of both sceneries.