Abel Tasman National Park
Covers 22,541 ha of bush country along the shores of Tasman Bay in Nelson, including offshore islands and hundreds of bays and beaches along the broken coastline. The smallest of the country's 13 national parks, it was opened in December 1942, the 300th anniversary of the visit to Tasman Bay of Dutch explorer, Abel Janzoon Tasman, the first European to visit NZ. Botanically the park is of special interest because its bush is a blend of the natural cover of both the North and South Islands, a rare if not unique phenomenon.
Tramping through Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park:
- Walk the coastal track, which takes around 3 days and you can stay at DOC campsites.
- Use a water Taxi to go into the park for a one-day walk See the parks coast by sea kayak independently or on a guided tour
- Hike the hilly track through the inland part of the park
- Go snorkelling around the beach rocks
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