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Reviewed 18 January 2019 via mobile

Our family of 6 loved the Abel Tasman walk. Quite doable for kids as long as they don't have to carry too much. Huts were good. Surprised to have flush toilets! Great to have cold showers and drinking water. Would be nice to see the solar lighting in all huts. Sign posting to the Awaroa hut was poor if you are coming from the lodge, but otherwise there is plenty of good signage so you can track your progress. Loads of beautiful beaches to swim in along the way. We especially loved the historic Whariwarangi Hut with so few people, the amazing building and a much more remote feeling than some of the others .

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 18 January 2019

On our second day in Abel Tasman we did the 4hr Marahua to Anchorage Hut walk. What I did not fully realize until arriving at Abel Tasman is that the only way to access the park is through some combination of walking,kayaking and water taxi. This particular part of the coast track is a fairly easy walk, on good paths, mostly in the forest- which has it's own beauty with many waterfalls - and then breaking out into beautiful views of the ocean and beaches below. We did the 12.4 km walk in 4 hours including a 30 minute stop for lunch, taking the 5 minute steep walk down to Akersten Bay to eat the lunch we had packed. The last 700meters of the walk down to Anchorage Bay is quite steep (although the path is good) and we were glad we had a water taxi out so we didn't have to walk back up that path! We started our walk at 10am and had booked our water taxi return for late afternoon so after our walk we had about 2 hours to enjoy the beautiful beach. It was a perfect day and one of the highlights of my trip to NewZealand.
Our first day in AT we did a full day sea kayak tour of part the AT coast. We were so glad we had both the sea kayak view of the park and the view from walking in the park. I have vowed to go back in 10 yrs on my 70th birthday to walk the entire AT Coast Track (but booking a catamaran for dinner and sleeping each night!).

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank 385lorik
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Reviewed 15 January 2019 via mobile

Highly recommend this walk! Very beautiful scenery with beautiful beaches. We really enjoyed a swim in the sea after a day of hiking. The campsites and hits are well maintained and facilities are good! If you are going to do this walk some recommendations:
- book the huts so you don’t have to carry a tent and roll mats
- book huts with drinking water facilities
- get a water taxi to the end of the track and work backwards so you finish at your car at the start of the track
- their is a cafe at Awaroa hut not campsite open From 10.30
-look at tide times and book in accordance to these. 2 out of 3 tide areas have alternate routes but these take longer.
-totaranui has a info centre with little shop selling things like sun cream and ice pops

Date of experience: January 2019
4  Thank jadesoup
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Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

You can basically hike for a few hours or few days and anything in between. Access is only by boat so you can choose one of around 8 drop off and pick up points along the parks coastline. We used Wilson's who were excellent but there are several other operators.

One of the advantages of bost access is that you get to cruise to your destination, which usually includes a commentary and opportunity to view and photograph Split Apple rock.

We opted to cruise to medlands beach and get picked up from Apple tree bay. This meant a hike of 20k including detours to Cleopatra Pools, a few look out points and to the beach at Anchorage for our picnic walk. The path is easy and well maintained with a few gradual inclines and is family friendly.

This is a simply stunning hike with views or viewpoints most of the way. The ocean is the most beautiful turquoise and there are numerous lovely white sand beaches. We are fit and active 50 somethings and we completed our hike in 5.5 hours including around an hour for stops.

If you don't want to hike you can book just a cruise, kayaking, sailing or just a stop to sunbathe and swim.

Whatever your preference do not miss a visit to this park.

Note the only facilities in the park are toilets or prebookable camp sites/hostel type beds.

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank Jasmine38Chichester
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Reviewed 11 January 2019 via mobile

Day one:
Totaranui - Awaroa crossing
Hard start to the walk, up hill straight away and quite hard. Steady for rest of the way until you hit goat Bay then after Goat bay it becomes hilly again but not as hard as first hill.

Awaroa- Bark Bay
crossed tide crossing at waist deep water. Didn’t make the rest of the walk any harder being wet as you just dried off. Rest of the walk was steady hills with the odd rapid incline. Last part is hard walking down hill due to being sore. Handy tip if you want to make the low tide track to get into bark bay you will have to cross the Aroawa earlier than ‘actual’ low tide to make it. Otherwise you’ll have to walk the ‘high tide track’ into bark bay. BARK BAY IS BEAUTIFUL

Day Two:
Bark Bay- Marahau
Hardish walk at the start from bark bay to the Torrent crossing but after that was pretty steady once you got up and over anchorage hill. Easy walk from Watering Cove to Marahau. My friend and I ended up walking the Abel Tasman in 2 days (was not planned was suppose to be 3 but just wanted to carry on) was very sore after the walk. We got to the Torrent Crossing early and waited an hour for tide to go down so we could cross.

Date of experience: December 2018
5  Thank courtneystothers
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