When planning my trip to New Zealand, Abel Tasman National Park immediately caught my attention. Pictures of this coastal nature reserve showed hiking trails over the ocean, dense forests, and that crystal blue water!
There are several ways to access the reserve, but the easiest for us was booking a “self-guided” tour through Wilson’s Abel Tasman. We chose option 6, which lasts about 6 hours. It included a boat ride to an isolated drop off point and a boat pick up from another point hours later.
If the temperature had been warmer, we would have loved to do one of the kayaking or beach options, but given the season, this worked out great.
This tour let us walk along the track at our own pace. Believe me, you will want to stop and take so many pictures along the way. I should warn you though, there are only basic facilities in the way of water and restrooms, and you’ll need to bring in your own lunch.
We spent the day leisurely stopping at the many lookouts and even getting up close to the water. Can you believe how clear that water is?
Every once in a while, the trail veers into the vegetation and you can walk along giant fern trees and babbling streams.
There was a forest suspension bridge to walk across.
It seemed when researching this trip ahead of time that Nelson, where Abel Tasman is located near, is not as popular as other New Zealand cities like Queenstown or Christchurch.
However, this day during our trip was really a highlight for us, so I encourage you not to miss it if you make to New Zealand!