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2 months ago

Great hike, great scenery. looking forward to running it

not as wonderful as all the hype! I took the aquataxi from Marahau to Barks Bay and then hiked back to Marahau. 15 miles later, I can tell you that the hike was mostly through the bush which is very thick and as such, very, very limited, to no, views of the ocean. so if you like the beauty of the bush, then you will love this coast track. if you want more views of the surrounding mountains and ocean, you will be disappointed! the hike was a combination of flat areas and some steep inclines.

The best part of this walk was leaving! The beach was extremely windy with a lot of blowing sand, a lot of broken shells on the beach and a lot of Driftwood on the beach from the recent cyclone. There really are no views other than looking at the water and the brush on shore and to want to complete a 7.5 mile hike with this view and these conditions is ridiculously absurd. we only walked 3 miles and that was enough. there are significantly better hikes to do versus the farewell spit hike so skip this if you have limited time or even if you have extra time and instead, go on to some other hikes.

Horrid walk! Very windy, sand blowing, seaweed everywhere, lots of driftwood on the sand, large pieces of broken shells, views are uninteresting and fo not change. not worth the effort.

Hiked this in end of February so nice weather ! Started in Anchorage and ended in Marahau, 12.4km. The beginning was very very steep and sun exposed. But the rest of the trail was level, and shaded. Lots of bees on the trail, not sure if a seasonal thing. Very pretty views, but would rate it as moderate not easy !

Definitely not “easy” if you are bringing a pack. Routeburn is listed as “hard” and is 10 miles less and the same total elevation gain. I personally prefer a steady gradual climb with a steady gradual decline (Routeburn) rather than 10-15 steep up and down climbs that Abel Tasman has. If you are bringing a large pack or have bad knees - be ready for a much more difficult hike than All Trails makes it out to be. Still an amazing hike though, and some incredible jungle to ocean views. Bring jandals or an extra pair of shoes though - because you’ll get your feet wet.

The best track I did if we are talking about beach sand and blue water ! A must do

Lovely to have a hut by the water near the end of the hike. Nice swimming. Beautiful changing scenery each day. Not very difficult terrain.

Simply gorgeous! every beach is a dream and the camping is pretty good in most places. Kayaked part of it and hiked out the rest (towards takaka). Lots of tidal estuary crossings.

Most of this hike is very flat and is complemented by stunning views of the ocean. It can be both hiked or kayaked. It is well-traveled but not congested. Also, you can take a ferry back from certain points along the trail back to the start if you don't want to complete the whole trail.

Did part on a kayak, hiked a bit too. One of my favorites I've done.

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