Abel Tasman National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Abel Tasman National Park Cruise and Walking Tour Combo

1. Abel Tasman National Park Cruise and Walking Tour Combo

Experience the best of Abel Tasman National Park on this full-day boat cruise and walk combo tour. There are 3 different walk options available on this day of discovery. Enjoy a scenic cruise, visits to Split Apple Rock and a fur seal colony, golden beaches, forest walking, and wildlife encounters all on a single day out. There are 3 tour options: Option A: Astrolabe Beaches and Bays Walking distance: 7 km Walking time: 2.5 hours Details: After a scenic cruise, you’ll be dropped off at Apple Tree Bay at 12 PM, for a walk to Anchorage Beach. There is also the option of adding the 1-hour Pitt Head loop track to Te Pukatea Beach. Pick-up in Anchorage at 3:45 or 5:00 PM** Arrival in Kaiteriteri at 4:20 or 5:30 PM** Option B: Forest and Swing Bridge Walking distance: 10.5 km Walking time: 4 hours Details: Following a scenic cruise, you'll be dropped off at Medlands Beach at 11:30 AM for an interesting walk to Anchorage Beach that includes the scenic highlights of the South Head lookout, the famous Falls River swing bridge and Cleopatra’s Pool. Pick-up in Anchorage at 3:45 or 5:00 PM** Arrival in Kaiteriteri at 4:20 or 5:30 PM** Option C: 5 Beaches Walking distance: 8.8 km Walking time: 3.5 hours Details: After a scenic cruise, you'll be dropped off at Awaroa at 11:00 AM and enjoy a walk that takes in 5 beaches between Awaroa and your pick-up point at Medlands Beach. This option also features the option of stopping at the Awaroa Lodge Café, where you can enjoy the excellent views and native forests as well as a waterfall and lagoon at Bark Bay. Note that a steep climb from Tonga Quarry requires a reasonable level of fitness. Pick-up at Medlands Beach at 3:30 or 4:45 PM** Arrival in Kaiteriteri at 4:20 or 5:30 PM** * Summer season only: 15 October-30 April ** Peak summer only: 1 December-31 March

Abel Tasman National Park Scenic Cruise

2. Abel Tasman National Park Scenic Cruise

Head out from beautiful Kaiteriteri Beach on this 4-hour scenic cruise through Abel Tasman National Park. See the world-famous Split Apple Rock, New Zealand fur seals, Bark Bay, Tonga Quarry, and golden sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters along the way. Explore the coastline and discover secluded beaches and bays from the comfort of the boat. Learn about the history of the park and what makes it such a special place to visit. Hear commentary about the region and its inhabitants. The cruise is the best ways to experience Abel Tasman National Park, while encountering some of the local wildlife.

Abel Tasman National Park: Sailing and Self-Guided Walk

3. Abel Tasman National Park: Sailing and Self-Guided Walk

Delight in an amazing day out in Abel Tasman National Park that combines sailing along the stunning coastline before embarking on one of New Zealand's great walks. Start your day sailing from Kaiteriteri Beach, soaking up the scenery along the picturesque coastline. Take in the golden beaches, bays, islands, and birdsong, and pass by the iconic Split Apple Rock and the playful New Zealand fur seal colony. As you sail, learn about the history, marine life, flora, and fauna of Abel Tasman from your knowledgeable skipper. Arrive at Anchorage Bay around midday, and enjoy your own packed lunch on the beach or take a swim before starting your self-guided nature walk back to Marahau. During your hike, stroll along sandy beaches via picture-perfect lookouts and through native bush. Admire the beautiful scenery the National Park coastal track has to offer on a self-guided walk that generally takes between 3-4 hours.

Abel Tasman National Park: Day Sailing Adventure with Lunch

4. Abel Tasman National Park: Day Sailing Adventure with Lunch

Start your day sailing from Kaiteriteri beach and enjoy a full day of sailing through New Zealand's stunning Abel Tasman National Park. Either chill out and relax, get involved in the sailing or learn as you go - you decide. Experience some great sailing, enjoy some stunning beaches and islands, with a full hour to enjoy your lunch and relax on Anchorage Beach. A great opportunity to go swimming or take a short walk and explore the caves. Throughout this full-day tour, you will have an opportunity to visit the Fur Seal Colony, Split Apple Rock, and a range of beautiful destinations before returning to Kaiteriteri Beach. This incredible tour will have you seeing all the Abel Tasman National Park highlights in one day.

Abel Tasman National Park: Cruise, Walk & Sailing Tour

5. Abel Tasman National Park: Cruise, Walk & Sailing Tour

Begin your full day of adventure from Kaiteriteri beach where you will hop on a water taxi for a 30-minute scenic cruise to Anchorage Bay of Abel Tasman National Park. Upon arrival in Anchorage, enjoy an easy 1.5-hour guided walk around Pitt Head Loop track, with panoramic views over the park. Arrive at one of the favorite local beaches at Te Pukatea Bay. Board the sailing yacht around midday and then set sail on the open sea. Enjoy an afternoon of sailing and spot the playful antics of New Zealand fur seals along the coast. Enjoy the sea breeze and the scenic views of the coast, before returning back to Kaiteriteri.

From Motueka: Abel Tasman Tandem Skydive Experience

6. From Motueka: Abel Tasman Tandem Skydive Experience

Explore Abel Tasman National Park from an angle like no other with a thrilling tandem skydive, not to mention the 15-20 minute scenic flight on the way up. Pair with a professional tandem master who will look after you every step of the way, and enjoy New Zealand's longest-running skydive operation with over 20 years of safe experiences. Choose between jumping from 10,000, 13,000, 16,500 or 18,000ft and feel your adrenaline pump with up to 85 seconds of free fall! Then, savor the parachute ride over turquoise oceans, views as far as the North Island, golden sand beaches and the stunning Abel Tasman national park.

Takaka: Farewell Spit/Abel Tasman Scenic Flight

7. Takaka: Farewell Spit/Abel Tasman Scenic Flight

Start your experience at Takaka Airport where you will check in for your flight. Be welcomed and briefed by an experienced and knowledgable pilot before boarding a light aircraft - either an 8-seat GA8 Airvan or a 4-seat Piper Archer. Experience the thrill of the take-off and you are in the air! Fly alongside the magnificent Kahurangi National Park to the dramatic stacked cliffs and islands of the West Coast. Circle over the famous Wharariki Sea Arches and Pillar Point then fly up Farewell Spit, New Zealand's longest Sandspit. Cross over to Separation Point, and view the stunning golden beaches of the northern Abel Tasman National park and the Awaroa estuary before returning back to Takaka. During your tour, you will be wearing a headset so you can talk to others and the pilot, and listen to the pilot's commentary about the places you fly over. This is one of the most diverse scenic flights in New Zealand.

Abel Tasman National Park: Self-Guided Walk & Sailing

8. Abel Tasman National Park: Self-Guided Walk & Sailing

Start your day with an invigorating self-guided walk along the National Park coastal trail between Marahau and Anchorage. Enjoy the lush native forest and golden beaches before emerging to a view of the beautiful Anchorage Bay. Meet your knowledgeable skipper on Anchorage Beach, ready to set sail at 1:30 pm. Then let nature do the work, catching the sea breeze and sail back through the best of the Abel Tasman coastline via secluded beaches, bays and estuaries to the resort community of Kaiteriteri. Free transfers back to your vehicle in Marahau are provided at the end of the day. This is a 3-4 hour self-guided walk. Meeting Place and Time: 1:15 pm check in with your skipper in front of the Doc Hut, Anchorage beach. Departs & Returns from: Begin your self-guided walk by 8:30 am at National Park Entrance Marahau, Return at 4:30 pm to Kaiteriteri Beach. Courtesy transfers back to Marahau by 5:15 pm. What's included: Three hour skippered sailing tour, Complimentary tea & coffee on board, 3-4 hour self-guided walk. Toilets on board. Essential to Bring: Your day bag, layers of warm clothing, wind proof jacket,comfortable walking shoes, your own water bottle & plenty of water, your packed lunch (unless pre-ordered), plenty of sun screen (SPF 30+ is best), sun hat, sun glasses and your camera!

Abel Tasman National Park: Helicopter Flight with landing

9. Abel Tasman National Park: Helicopter Flight with landing

Experience a private helicopter flight from Nelson Airport and witness impressive views of Abel Tasman National Park. Land at Awaroa Bay and have time for a walk, a swim, or lunch at the lodge. After boarding your private helicopter at Nelson Airport, you'll be whisked away to the stunningly beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. Following the coastline, marvel at the golden sand beaches and turquoise waters from the air before landing at Awaroa Bay. This slice of paradise is so remote, that access is by boat, helicopter, or foot. There are no private vehicles. Your pilot will ensure you see all the beautiful highlights of the National Park with two-way communication during your flight. After landing, your pilot will escort you through the bush and direct you to the beach or the lodge for refreshments or lunch. You'll have time for a swim, a beach walk, or just to soak in the serenity and beauty of the National Park.

From Nelson: Helicopter Ride to Golden Bay Tequila Farm

10. From Nelson: Helicopter Ride to Golden Bay Tequila Farm

Board your private helicopter at our convenient base at Nelson Airport. Fly up the golden sand coastline, marveling at the water-ways in all shades of blue and green. Two-way communication with your pilot ensures all the landmarks are pointed out. Over-flying the Abel Tasman National Park you will appreciate the dense green native bush. Your pilot will land the helicopter at the private heli-pad of Kiwi Spirit Distillery in Golden Bay. Their team will meet you and escort you to the private tasting room. Be entertained in the onsite tasting room by a master of cocktails. Gin and whiskey tastings with a private tour of the tequila farm and options to purchase. Optional extras include a grazing platter which must be organised prior to the flight. Your return flight back to our base at Nelson Airport will be just as scenic following the coastline, taking in the stunning scenery.

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What people are saying about Abel Tasman National Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 212 reviews

This is a great way to experience Abel Tasman when you only have a day. I recommend the walk from Apple Tree Bay to Anchorage - 2h is more than enough walking, especially if it's hot, and gives you enough time to enjoy the beach. Plus, being able to cruise all the way up to the top and then back was nice. Saw lots of seals along the way!

We booked online but needed to adjust our plans. The Sea Shuttle staff at the Kaiteriteri office were incredibly helpful and friendly assisting us to do this. We were very impressed. The trip itself was spectacular!!

Friendly and professional staff. Magnificent landscapes. Unfortunately, there were no seals that day. The 3h walk back it's a must do!

Very nice crew. Good on board information about region and history.

Great experience, loved the added bonus of seeing dolphins