Best beach trails in Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand

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Explore the most popular beach trails in Nelson-Tasman with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of beach trails in Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
Top trails (23)
#1 - Abel Tasman Great Walk: Takapou to Marahau
Abel Tasman National Park
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Length: 33.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
The easiest and most popular of the Great Walks, this hike still provides a challenge that is well worth it. There are no peaks on this hike but there is still a lot of elevation gain, and with a pack, this hike will still be challenging. The months of February and April are slightly quieter than the busiest periods, yet still offer an ideal temperature to be on the coast. The hike is well travelled and has signage but can be muddy at times. You will need to consult a tide chart as Onetahuti beach and Awaroa estuary are only passable at low tide. Allow 5 days to hike this trail. This trail can be traversed in either direction. Great Walks huts have bunk beds (being a sleeping bag), heaters, and bathroom facilities (no hot water). You will need to provide your own bedding, and all cooking supplies and stoves. You should also bring a headland to be safe. There are no showers. New Zealand rate ƒ$38 (1 October – 30 April) per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required).ƒ $32 (1 May – 30 September) per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required). International rate ƒ $75 (1 October – 30 April) per person per night for all ages (booking required). ƒ $32 (1 May – 30 September) per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required). Great Walks campsites have toilets, water, and picnic areas. New Zealand rate $15 per adult per night; 17 years and under free (booking required). International rate ƒ$30 (1 October – 30 April) per person per night for all ages (booking required). ƒ $15 (1 May – 30 September) per adult per night, 17 years and under free (booking required).Show more
#2 - Heaphy Track
Kahurangi National Park
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Length: 44.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Heaphy Track is a remote hike in the north-west of South Island. It is the longest Great Walk and most diverse. What makes it so interesting is the variety of scenery: bush, mountains, streams and waterfalls, caves, tussock plains, ocean and beaches with palm trees and wonderfully blue water. The four to five day trail follows a historic, scenic highway from the inland forests across a high rolling plateau. Best time is mid-February through March.Show more
#3 - Yellow Point via Abel Tasman Coastal Track
Abel Tasman National Park
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 5 h 2 m
Great trail. Amazing when its lightly raining. Running or hiking is great. Visit the little coves along the way for some spectacular beaches.Show more
#4 - Abel Tasman Coastal Track: Bark Bay to Anchorage Bay
Abel Tasman National Park
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
The track between Medlands Beach and Torrent Bay is pretty busy, but after that it clears up (between Torrent and Anchorage). The entire trail is pretty flat with a few ups and downs, and is very well maintained. That coupled with the beautiful coastal scenery makes this a great walk. Check the tide schedule before going - if the tide is out you can walk through an estuary to get from Torrent Bay to Anchorage. The high tide (which this route takes) is awesome to - make sure to bring a towel and bathing suit/stuff to swim in for Cleopatra’s PoolShow more
#5 - Abel Tasman Track: Bark Bay to Marahau
Abel Tasman National Park
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Length: 15.0 mi • Est. 7 h 47 m
Section of the Abel Tasman Track with stops at Cleopatras Pool and Yellow Point Lookout.Show more
#6 - Totaranui Beach Track to Waiharakeke Bay
Abel Tasman National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
Amazing hike with beautiful views and interesting track. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/nelson-tasman/places/abel-tasman-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/totaranui-walks/Show more
#7 - Cleopatra’s Pool via Coastal Track
Abel Tasman National Park
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Length: 16.8 mi • Est. 8 h 45 m
#8 - Wharariki Beach via Wharariki Road
Collingwood, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 38 m
#9 - Split Apple Beach Track
Abel Tasman National Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 12 m
Split Apple Rock/Tokangawhā is an unusual formation of a giant granite 'apple' formation cut in half off of Tasman Bay Show more
#10 - Tinline Campsite and Tinline Bay
Abel Tasman National Park
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
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