Abel Tasman Coast Track

This is a world famous track and another must do (add this to your bucket list).
For booking please visit Department of Conservation

Beautiful golden beaches all along this walk.


Many people choose to travel along side the track by canoe, staying in the same huts.


Marahau road end -
Anchorage Hut (26 bunks)
4 hours, 11.5 km

Anchorage Hut -
Bark Bay (26 bunks)
3 hours, 9.5 km

Bark Bay Hut -
Awaroa Hut (22 bunks)
4 hours, 11.5km

Awaroa Hut
Whariwharangi Hut (18 bunks)
4.5 hours, 13 km

Whariwharangi Hut -
Wainui road-end
1.5 hours, 5.5 km


Itinerary - 912km one way

  • From Auckland head to Wellington, allow at least 9 hours for this. 
  • Ferry from Wellington to Picton (you need to book the day before to ensure low rates) also during the summer season, Dec - Feb, you must book the huts several months ahead.
  • Drive to Marahau leave motorhome at Marahau (note purchase bus ticket at information centre for return trip)
  • Day1 - start tramp from Marahau.
  • Day1 -  4hrs walk - arrive Anchorage Hut afternoon (Safe Water)
  • Day2 - 3hrs walk - arrive Bark Bay Hut afternoon (Safe Water)
  • Day3 – 2 hrs walk - cross Onetahuti 3.00pm low tide, 2hr walk - arrive Awaroa Hut late.
  • Day4  – cross water 3.30 morning to 4.5hr walk - Whariwharangi Hut
  • Day4 - Safe drinking water is available at Totaranui, and a small shop operates in the busy season.
  • Day5 - 1.5hr walk - Bus from Wainui Bay Carpark 11.00am to Marahau DOC shelter  Kahurangi National Park Bus Services
  • Drive from Marahau back to Auckland

TravellersInsight.co.nz Abel Tasman Map

Please remember
  • Walkers should carry their own food, cooking utensils, lighting, sleeping bags, raincoat and warm clothes. If hut space has not been booked, walkers should carry a tent and sleeping mattress.
  • Two tidal estuaries along the Coast Track have no track around them. Awaroa Estuary can be crossed approximately one-and-a-half hours before and two hours after low tide, and the narrow channel at Onetahuti Beach approximately three hours either side of low tide. Tide tables are posted along the track.
  • Fire is a major threat to Abel Tasman national Park, particularly during summer. Open fires may only be lit in the fireplaces provided. Please ensure your fire is extinguished after use. Do not light fires on beaches or in strong winds. At certain times ther might be a fire ban, best to check fire signs or ask a ranger.
  • There are no rubbish facilities along the track, except a rubbish transfer station at Totaranui. All rubbish should be carried out of the park.
    Giardia has been found in some waterways along the coast. It can be removed from water by boiling, chemical treatment or filtering.
  • Wasps and sandflies can be a problem. Visitors should carry insect repellent, and antihistamine in case of allergy.
  • Please remember to 'sign in' and 'sign out' of the park at the beginning and end of your trip by using intentions books provided.
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