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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN ABEL TASMAN

Scenic Microlight Flight

Enjoy stunning 360° views of Abel Tasman National Park with Scenic Microlight Flights. The best way to see the Park. No experience needed for either rides.

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Abel Tasman Sailing

Abel Tasman Sailing in New Zealand’s most spectacular waters.  Sailing tours, scenic sailing, daily trips, catamaran charters.

www.sailingadventures.co.nz

Abel Tasman Coast Track

The Abel Tasman National Park boasts the perfect outdoor environment for a selection of hiking, offering short walks and multi-day walks. There are several walks, with the Abel Tasman Coast Track the most famous of all of them. This idyllic walking track links numerous crescent-shaped coves of glittering golden sand, washed by the crystal-clear waters of Tasman Bay.

Throughout this walk there are many beaches where you can swim. Fur seals can be found along the coast of the park, mostly on granite headlands at Separation Point and near Tonga Island. Little blue penguins feed at sea during the day and return to burrows on the park’s islands at night. Common dolphins are often seen playing in the waves or escorting water taxis along the coast. 

You will need to arrange a form of transport at either of the ends of this track being that it's not a circuit track. Shuttles and water taxis mean that you don't have to walk the entire track but opt for day walks instead.

www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/nelson-tasman/golden-bay/abel-tasman-coast-track/

Riwaka River / Riwaka Resurgence

From SH60, turn left at base of Takaka Hill. Seven kilometres further along at the road end, is an gentle 30-minute return stroll to the Crystal Pools, a short distance further upstream is the Riwaka Resurgence, where the Riwaka River returns to the open air after spending time flowing through limestone caves.  The water is always crystal clear and is very picturesque as it works its way over green moss covered boulders.

The Fat Tui, Kahu Kayaks Car Park

New Zealand Famous, we have seen people swap their whole holiday plans around just to get a second visit to The Fat Tui.

Situated right here in the Kahu Kayaks car park, The Fat Tui produces large mouth watering burgers and crispy golden chips is the favourite hangout spot for locals and visitors alike in Abel Tasman. 

Ginger Dynamite Coffee and Go Go Food, Main Road, Riwaka

I don’t know if it gets more “kiwi” than the great New Zealand meat pie, a square or oval mound of pastry, filled with meat and other goodies that will have your taste buds dancing.  Normally served in a brown paper bag, Ginger Dynamite offers a tasty treat with their own spin on this kiwi classic.  (Also comes as a vegetarian option)

Hop Federation Brewery

A small craft brewery with a sense of adventure and a passion for making stylish beers with substance. Located in Riwaka, in the idyllic Top of the South, we’re surrounded by hop growers and orchards, and a stone’s throw from beaches, national parks and lots of great recreation destinations. We opened our doors in September 2013 so we’re relatively youthful, but we’re seriously dedicated to the art and craft of brewing.  

Abel Tasman Canyons

Experience the Abel Tasman in a way that you never thought possible, on a trip with Abel Tasman Canyons. Get your heart racing with some of New Zealand’s most impressive zip-lines, abseils and jumps as we tackle a variety of challenges spread throughout our canyons; or alternatively you can swim under waterfalls, take in the beauty of the native bush and submerge yourself in some of the clearest pools of water the National Park has to offer. If you want adventure, then we’ve got what you’re looking for.

www.abeltasmancanyons.co.nz

Mountain Biking / Cycling

The Abel Tasman region offers some fantastic mountain biking with spectacular views, including the Kaiteriteri MTB Park, which is just 7km from Kahu Kayaks. The iconic resort of Kaiteriteri is tipped to become "the jewel in the crown" of the region's planned Nelson-Tasman Cycleway, attracting mountain bikers from all around the world. Soon the name Kaiteriteri will be as synonymous with mountain biking as it is with beaches. The Kaiteriteri MTB Park is built on 180 hectares of conservation land and offers a wide variety of professionally created single track trails for all skill levels. 

The park  is mostly situated in dense native bush and the majority of the newly-benched trails are wide, easy to intermediate-grade tracks, complemented by narrower hand-benched single-track.

Entrance to the Park is signposted off Martin Farm Road which is one minute ride from the centre of Kaiteriteri. Parking is available at the beach carpark.

Maps are available at the Kaiteriteri Beach Camp Office, Nelson & Tasman bike shops and various local retailers for a gold coin donation.

Sky Dive

Enjoy the breath-taking scenery, turquoise oceans, golden beaches, orchards and vineyards of beautiful Abel Tasman with a sky dive starting at $249. Skydive Abel Tasman started operating in 1991 and are one of New Zealand's longest running tandem skydiving companies. They have safely helped over 90,000 people sky dive from heights between 9000ft and 16,500ft.

www.skydive.co.nz