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Abel Tasman – Presenting Nature At Its Best

It is nothing to be proud of, but visiting the Abel Tasman National Park and completing a half-day trek along this “wilderness track” made me want to give myself a pat on the back.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Toko Ngawha” otherwise known as the Split Apple Rock

As mentioned many times before, I am not the most athletic of all. I was the one whom pulled my careful friend to fall down a gentle slope (which she never fails to remind me). Regardless of flat ground or stairs, I have an innate tendency to fall. The most absurd ones would probably be those when I fell simply by standing still. Sighs…

Anyway, back to the Abel Tasman! If even I can do it, well… a kid most definitely can do it too (with proper guidance of course). 🙂

Here’s what you should know about Abel Tasman National Park:

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  • Established in 1942, this national park is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track!
  • It is named after Abel Tasman, who in 1642 became the first European explorer to sight New Zealand!

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  • Its mild climate generally makes it accessible at all times of the year. Nonetheless, I would recommend a hooded waterproof jacket, as rain seems to come and go pretty often.
  • Despite its popularity as compared to other national parks in New Zealand, the Abel Tasman is New Zealand’s smallest national park, covering an area of 22,530 hectares.

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  • Located at the top of the South Island, the nearest towns are Motueka, Takaka and Kaiteriteri, which are pretty near Nelson.
  • Common activities in Abel Tasman  include walks/tracks, mountain biking and hunting!
  • For guides/commercial tourism providers, there are various licensed operators that you can choose from. Click here to find out!
  • Summer is the most popular season for visitors, and you’d notice a significant peak in the number of enthusiastic trekkers! Winter, on the other hand, seems to reflect a quiet, private sanctuary.

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  • Like most hiking trails, there are limited toilet facilities. Those available at selected pitstops are generally a hole in the ground, constrained within a tight space. Manage your expectation well and bring lots of wet tissues. 🙂
  • The tracks are generally easy to accomplish, with helpful signboards along the way. Comfortable hiking shoes are recommended.
  • Keep a lookout for common forest birds, like tui and bellbirds, along with pukeko that can be seen around the estuaries and wetlands.

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There are plenty information on the Abel Tasman National Park at Nelson’s I-Site centre. After being buried under perusing multiple brochures, I decided to go with Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle and booked the “Abel Tasman National Park Seals and Hike Tour”. Laidback and reliable, this is a tour operator whom you may wish to consider.

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PS: Some activities/tours at Abel Tasman are not available during the winter season (i.e. kayaking).

PPS: Safety should always be the number 1 rule! Always inform someone reliable of your whereabouts (especially if you are travelling alone/in small groups). If you are “kiasu” like me, inform several people.

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WAIT! I am not done yet. For a glimpse of Mother Nature’s beauty, check out the visuals of my Abel Tasman expedition here. 🙂

The above information has been complied based on various sources, including my own experience and should only be used as a reference. Check out http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/national-parks/abel-tasman/ for more information on Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand.

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