NZ Great Walks – Abel Tasman Coast Track
nature. /ˈneɪtʃə/ the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.
Nature. A need deep inside us all. A world with its own laws, resilient yet greatly vulnerable. A place, when surrounded by it, with the ability to heal wounds and open eyes like no other.
There is without a doubt no shortage of such protected wilderness areas in New Zealand. Nevertheless, it’s our smallest national park – the one surrounding the Abel Tasman – that seems to attract the most visitors. It’s easy to see why. Walking its coastline, white sand beaches compete with their golden-hued neighbours. Tracks are well marked and easy to follow, despite leaving plenty of room for detours and solo adventures (or afternoon beach naps, if you prefer). Spend 4 days exploring one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets and be rewarded with dramatic views no matter where you look, postcard-like natural pools ducked away in forests, and eager seal pups keen to make new friends during your morning swim.
Sounds like something out of a cliché travel magazine? Well, you might just have to go and see it for yourself to believe it. Ditch the water taxis and get your hiking boots ready. 60km, 4 days, nature*, you. Let’s go.
Remember, adventure is always worthwhile.
If you’re after a specific location or some more info on the walk, just comment below – I’m here to help!
*this includes sandflies. millions of them. be prepared! seriously.