The Abel Tasman contains six main Coastal Access Points at which water taxis can drop off and pick up passengers.
You might want to spend the day in the Park. Take a water taxi to a bay from which you can walk a section of the Coastal Track and get picked up at the end of your walk to be whisked back to Marahau on a return water taxi.
If walking just isn’t your thing, take a scenic cruise on a water taxi, and travel along the incredible Abel Tasman Coastline learning about the history and ecology of the Park from your water taxi driver.
Even if you’ve never paddled before, the Park is a great place to try kayaking for the first time. Gliding through the water at your own pace is a great combination of exercise and relaxation.
Kayaking also lets you get nice and close to the coastline and the local wildlife, without creating any disturbance. If you head across to Adele Island you will hear birdsong quite unlike anything you may have heard before. Adele is a predator-free haven for native birds, and they love to sing!
The Abel Tasman is easily accessible so can be experienced in half a day if that is all of the time you have available. Full day walking trips are even better, but multi-day adventures can be the most rewarding and inspiring outdoor experiences you will ever have.
The track is well formed and is gently undulating. This means you don't need previous experience in the wilderness to safely and comfortably complete the entire track, or the section that holds the most appeal to you personally.
The Falls River Swingbridge, located between Bark Bay and Torrent Bay, provides amazing views down Falls River. The water below reflects the lush native bush that lines the banks of river and gives the whole spot a deep green hue. The bridge and the views down the river are often photographed by visitors, and for good reason.
From about November to April the waters along the Abel Tasman coastline are a great temperature for a dip.
Because we don't generally get any surf or strong currents, the Park is full of safe swimming beaches. For young family members, there are many shallow, sandy estuaries to play around in.
The best fresh water swimming spot in the Abel Tasman National Park is Cleopatra’s Pool which includes a completely natural rock water slide.