Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman

All Flying Kiwi tours travelling through this region get to spend 3 nights here giving you time to relax and enjoy the scenery or take up the many activity options on offer.

About the Abel Tasman area:

New Zealand’s smallest (22,530 hectares) and only coastal national park is also one of the most beautiful national parks in New Zealand.

A coastal paradise of golden sand beaches, crystal clear waters and native bush. The Abel Tasman track is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks which has you travelling through the native forest, alongside hidden bays and coastlines, over golden sand beaches and in and out of the many canyons. There's a great water taxi operation serviced by Aqua Taxis that take you in and out of the park if you want to walk one way you can water taxi out...easy!

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:

  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Sky diving
  • Canyoning
  • Horse Riding
  • Conservation Tour

Walk options:

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

Cycle options:

Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park – Enjoy a ride in the recently opened park. There are trails for all abilities in this exciting Recreation Reserve.