• 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.


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

I had a great kayak day tour. Kayaking was the best choice for exercise and to go into the national park and see the wildlife. Our guide Nathan knew many details about all the birds and wildlife and history of the park!! He took great care of us. Lunch stop at the beach was amazing. I would have loved to see even more from the park and kayak further.


If you want an authentic experience, this is definitely the place to go. From the moment we stepped foot into the reception to leaving, every staff member we encountered was welcoming, friendly, and genuinely wanted to help and make our first kayaking experience one to remember. Our guide was Belverre (might be incorrectly spelt sorry). He was knowledgeable, professional and very funny. We had a safety briefing before we went... read more


I did the 3 day tiki tour as a solo female traveller and found it an amazing experience. Everything was well organised and I had great communication from Abel Tasman Kayaks in relation to my questions prior to and post booking. Each staff member I dealt with was great from those who were emailing me back, those at their base, those who did the water taxi driving and those who... read more


One day walk and 2 days kayaking. Lucky enough to have Dez as a guide - genuinely the best guide I’ve had. Funny, intuitive and so knowledgable. Really cares for his work. Learnt loads. Had a great time doing so and even saw a penguin. The glamping is with an incredible couple who love hosting - definitely buy their pizzas! And the Aquapackers is another amazing couple doing what they... read more


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


Our guide was great, super knowledgeable and brought lots of positive energy.
The views were amazing, we saw lots of wildlife and with the high tide we paddled through 3 beautiful lagoons.
The lunch was also delicious!