Abel Tasman Coastal Track

New Zealand is home to nine so-called 'Great Walks'. These are man-made tracks that offer great scenery and a full wilderness experience but are also easily accessible from major towns. One of them is found in Abel Tasman National Park: The Abel Tasman Coastal Track.

The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is about 50 km long and starts in the Marahau Valley within Sandy Bay in the southeast corner of the park. Parts of the Sandy Bay are walkable in low tide. From here, the track continues along Coquille, Apple Tree and Akersten Bay where Adele Island can be viewed 800 m off the coast. Across the small peninsula of Anchorage Bay, the track then surrounds Torrent Bay and meanders northwards through native bush not far from the coast. The path then leads over the Falls River Swing Bridge of the Sandfly Inlet to the Bark Bay Estuary. After a short walk through a dense coastal forest, follows the Tonga Roadstead where the track then runs along the Onetahuti Beach. On the way to the Awaroa Inlet, that may also be crossed at low tide, the track passes Tonga Saddle and runs around Mount Rollinson (228 m).

The last part of the track surrounds the peninsula around Gibbs's Hill (405m) and leads past Totaranui, Anapai Bay, Mutton Cove, Separation Point, as well as Whariwharangi and terminates at the Wainui Inlet.
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