Explore the most popular Camping trails in Abel Tasman National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Such a great trail. Amazing when its lightly raining, running or hiking is great. Visit the little coves along the way for some spectacular beaches.

Lovely trail, we took the Gibbs Hill route on the way to the last hut which was nice!

Pretty easy multi-day walk with some of the most spectacular beaches you’ll ever see. The variety of colors throughout the sand, water, and forest was just mind-blowing. The only downside about the walk is that you’ll see many private baches and day trippers which gives less of the “away from society” feeling that other great walks would. However, I still think the views make this walk well worth it.

Hiked one leg of this walk from Marahau to Anchorage Bay. Night before, we stayed the night at Barn Backpackers (highly recommend!), which is literally right on the trailhead. Got an early start at around 6:30 am and hiked at a fairly quick pace. The trail is extremely well marked and maintained and great for all levels. Took the detour to Cleopatra’s Pools, which was beautiful but too cold this time of year for a swim. Arrived at Anchorage Bay at about 11:15 am and took a water taxi at 11:45 am back to Marahau. Be sure to make a reservation with a water taxi company in advance. A beautiful day of hiking with gorgeous coastal views. Can’t wait to come back and do the entire walk, but love that the water taxis allow for doing this Great Walk in bits and pieces.

A great, family friendly trail that is well maintained. Despite the huts being full each night, we rarely saw others along the trail. Lots of picturesque views which make great photos. Be sure to also take the opportunity to go slightly off-trail and explore the beautiful, deserted, tiny beaches along the way - these are sign-posted from the main trail - the sand, shells & rock formations are unlike those found elsewhere in N.Z. The huts are very warm - we were there mid winter & the log burners were very effective. If we were to do it again, I'd pack a small traveller's pegless clothesline (all 28 people staying at the Anchorage & Bark Bay huts needing to dry wet clothes exceeded the amount of available space on the airer hanging above the log burner) & some light jandals for quickly ducking out of the huts to the bathrooms without having to pull boots on again.

easy trail and nice view point

Did this great walk in September 2017 and it was unreal! Highly recommend

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7 months ago

this is a lovely coastal walk that offers great views of the coast, a mixture of vegetation pungas and manuka and wildlife tui, fan tails, Australasian gannets and seals! we are a fit couple and found the walk easy going it is generally steady with well maintained wide smooth paths with short meandering ascents to views of the bays. there is a bit of a short rocky scramble (100meters) to separation point itself which requires some careful foot placement and a bit of agility. Mutton Cove also has a section on the beach which again involves a rocky scramble and requires careful footing. overall it is a decent walk for a day which you can do at a steady pace with stops at the beaches and viewpoints requiring just a few hours but you could take it leisurely and stretch it out.

We completed a day trip starting at Bark Bay and ending at Awaroa - we used a water taxi to get to and from these beaches back to our base at Kaiteriteri. Took us a little under four hours to complete. The views on this section of the track were wonderful - a lot of time was spent either walking on beaches or catching glimpses of them through the bush. I would personally rate this section of the walk moderate difficulty at best. There were occasional steep moments after leaving Bark Bay heading north, but these were very short lived. Most of the time, the track was flat with very gentle inclines or declines. I'd imagine this section would be suitable for families and people with moderate to low-moderate fitness levels - even with a backpacking pack, this part of the walk would be very doable. There's a cafe at the end (Awaroa) during the summer for those who would be in the hike for a reward beer or bite to eat. Compared to the other bays we visited (Bark Bay and Onetahuti), Awaroa was the most crowded due to the presence of the lodge and cafe - something to keep in mind for people who prefer to avoid crowds as much as possible.

walked from midlands beach to awaroa lodge..3.5 hours walking..about 9.1 km..was great view and wonderful day , overcast and no sandfly..Lodge is great .had bags come up on water taxi..waiting in the room..looking forward to dinner and drinks in the restaurant..

The trail was not well marked. We were on our way to observation Bay but the signs were unclear as to where it was. We walked down to Anchorage then walked back up to the trail and started to ask people if they had seen the turn off. They said they did, so that kept us going. Other than that, it’s an easy trail.

This really shouldn’t be one of the Great Walks. It’s not so much of a hike as it is a stroll. It’s almost entirely flat, and the uphill sections are short and not steep. There is literally not a single part of this trail that’s demanding. I hiked days 1-3 (Aowara - Marahau) in under 6 hours. Also, it’s pretty busy and only rewards you very occasionally with views as most of the time the canopy hides everything. There are much better hikes to do around here, whether you’re in it for the challenge or the views.

Nice trail, a little busy south of totaranui.

Such a good Great Walk catered to fit people who want to try something new. Just make sure you have really good shoes because the final decent on the first day is really steep and it can be very slippery if wet.

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.

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

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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