The Abel Tasman Is incredibly beautiful and kayaking along its coastline in crystal clear waters, dipping into secluded bays before setting off to a nearby campsite or hut for the night, is a unique experience.
There are 20 campsites in the Park and the benign weather makes camping a great option. Some of the smaller, beachside camping areas are the most beautiful - and because they're smaller, more peaceful too.
Akersten Bay and Mutton Cove campsites are two of the most attractive small campsites perched just above golden sandy beaches. Te Pukatea Bay campsite also has minimal facilities but is one of the most beautiful in the Park.
All campsites have a water supply and toilets but the bigger sites - Totaranui, Anchorage and Bark Bay offer more facilities - kitchen shelters, flush toilets and fireplaces with a dry firewood supply. Totaranui is by far the biggest site along the track, with road access for your campervan rental, a camp office and caters for up to 850 people. Sites are across the camp road from the beach and alongside the estuary.
Anchorage campsite is the next biggest, with up to 50 sites. It's popular with kayakers for its stunning, sheltered, north facing bay.
The 4 huts in Abel Tasman are at Anchorage, Bark Bay, Awaroa and Whariwharangi Bay. They have tables, benches and heating and communal bunkrooms with mattresses. Ablution blocks have flush toilets and washbasins with cold water. There are no cooking facilities or lighting.
Recently opened in 2013, Anchorage Hut is a great example of modern tramping accommodation offering all the comforts - flush toilets, double glazing, filtered water, four separate bedrooms and a beautiful big deck to relax on.
Explore Abel Tasman at your own pace with freedom kayak hire from us at Kahu Kayaks and we'd be very happy to help with advice for your trip itinerary and suggestions of what to take and how best to pack your kayak.