• Abel Tasman Information

    Abel Tasman Information

Famous for its golden beaches, turquoise waters and spectacular scenery New Zealand’s smallest and most accessible national park is a quietly beautiful place to explore.

Kayaking here is considered the best in New Zealand and the coastal track is part of the New Zealand Great Walk network. Whatever option or combination of options you choose the Abel Tasman National Park will leave lasting memories.

History

Covering 22,530 ha the Abel Tasman opened 19 December 1942, but its history spans more than 600 years.

Many people have left their mark on the Abel Tasman and this rich history comes alive as you explore the park, from names or geographical features it is a content rich place to explore.  Project Janszoon is a privately funded trust set up to restore and preserve the Abel Tasman’s rich wildlife for all to enjoy. They have captured beautifully the history of the park and the role that people have had shaping what we now know as the Abel Tasman. Project Janszoon have kindly given us permission to send you to their website which also highlights the ongoing ecological and conservation work happening in the park of which Abel Tasman Kayaks supports in kind and through its contributions to the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust.

For more info about the park, it’s history, native species and fascinating stories you can also download the free Abel Tasman app. Search Abel Tasman in your Google Play or App store.

Abel Tasman Coastline

 

Video produced by Bare Kiwi

Abel Tasman wildlife

Video produced by Bare Kiwi

 

What our customers say

This was a beautiful way to experience Abel Tasman and get close to the wildlife in the area. I did a tour that went the full day. We ended up doing good 4h of active kayaking, broken up by lunch and a few other stops. Gear and snacks/lunch were super tasty and the guides even packed up hot drinks (tea/coffee) for the beach. We had great sunny weather but it... read more


amcali9

Wow what an awesome tour supported by an equally awesome team. Did the 3 day kayak tour and would totally recommend. Actually time went way to quick. Glad we did the guided tour. MASSIVE shout out to our SPECTACULAR guide, Kyle. He just made the trip to the highlight it was. The base to start from equally impressive with coffee and food available before you head off and then again... read more


brentwhibs

Abel Tasman Kayaks have a great interactive online website that caters for all possible adventures whether that's hiking, kayaking or both that vary in duration. The itineraries are clear with the option explore the upper bay area like Tongas Arches (must see). Our camp site was already orgabised by Abel Tasman Kayaks which left us with one job, enjoy the experience! There is plenty of room in the kayak itself... read more


jovitapw

Abel Tasman Kayaks deserves ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️++++++ for their exceptional customer service, communication and professionalism. They made my tramping experience possible with transfers, gear rentals, baggage storage, boat taxi to the trail, and expert advice. They support kayaking AND tramping experiences at Abel Tasman. Every time I requested something, I was always... read more


Bethany Facendini

Awesome trip!!! Our guide was very funny, friendly and knowledgeable. We spended 2 days in Abel Tasman and were overhelmed by the beautiful nature. I can only recommend this experience.


christian_onroad

3 day immersion at the Abel Tasman ,saw lots of seals and surrounded always by pristine park
Was a group tour
Guide super helpful with kayaks and paddling was enjoyable with a min to mod fitness level of middle aged person


gggerty

#ABELTASMANKAYAKS

Keep your 👀 eyes peeled for these guys around the park! At this time of the year, there are a lot of pups around.
Our guides provide loads of valuable tips as part of the rental briefing.
There are not many places in the world where you start your trip sitting in a boat traveling down the road. ❤️ launching from Marahau.
Where to next? ❤️ the options in the Abel Tasman.
Paddling in sync 🚣‍♂️ the perfect way to explore the Abel Tasman.
Happy Leap Day! Perhaps these kayakers are catching a glimpse of dolphins leaping on this special day? 🐬🛶
Enjoying lunch and a coffee in the Abel Tasman.
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