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Abel Tasman Coast Track, Abel Tasman National Park

View into Frenchman Bay, just north of The Anchorage. Photo: Jack Austin
Total Ascent
Marahau to Anchorage Hut, 4hr; To Bark Bay Hut, 4hr; To Awaroa Hut, 4.5hr; To Whariwharangi Hut, 5.5hr; To Wainui, 2hr
Numerous huts and campsites
From Marahau at the eastern end or Wainui at the western end
BP25, BN25
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Weaving from beach to beach, the Abel Tasman Coast Track is the most popular Great Walk.

Starting from Marahau, a boardwalk leads across the estuary to the headland and the easy-going track continues to Anchorage and the beachside hut and campsite.

The track continues around the coast to Torrent Bay Village and campsite and onto Bark Bay Hut and Campsite. On the way, a high and airy swingbridge crosses Falls River. Unusual cascades and swimming holes can also be reached on a sidetrack into the Falls River from Torrent Bay.

Bark Bay is an intimate microcosm of all that is notable about the seascape of Abel Tasman National Park – a perfect beach, sandspit, luxuriant forest, great hut, boat access and stunning views.

Continue on to Tonga Quarry. Huge storms in early 2018 permanently closed the campsite found here, but, with its umbrella of manuka-kanuka forest, soft sands and peaceful ocean views, it is a memorable location and worth taking a break here.

The track continues along the remote and scenic Onetahuti Beach to the sheltered nook of Richardson Inlet where a footbridge and a small climb lead to Awaroa Inlet.

There is plenty of adventure awaiting at Awaroa Inlet. The expansive tidal inlet may only be crossed at low to mid-tide, with the former being recommended as tide heights vary. It takes 30-40 minutes to cross the sands and mudflats, so make sure you judge it well.

After the crossing, the track continues to Totaranui, the finish and/or start for many walkers. It has a picture-perfect 2km sweep of golden beach, road access, plentiful camping, family-friendly environment, and regular ferry service. It’s an ideal place to set up camp and enjoy the magnificent surroundings.

The Coastal Track continues to the steep and dramatic Separation Point, passing along several idyllic beaches to get there. The northern section of the track is every bit as beautiful as the southern stretches, but more isolated and with fewer people.

The final section of the track to Wainui Inlet is via Whariwharangi Hut, a historic outpost set in a remote valley not far from the sea where the sounds of the waves, salt-laden air, and peaceful laid-back ambience wash over you.