Abel Tasman Coast Track 20102011 Season by nyut545e2

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									Abel tasman
Coast track
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2010	 	2011	Season

ABEL	TASMAN	NATIONAL	PARK
Contents

Introduction	                             5

Location	                                 5

Getting	there	                            5

Walking	seasons	                          6

Can	I	do	it?	                             7

Other	activities	                         8

Planning,	preparation	and	equipment	     11

Weather	                                 12

What	to	take	                            13

DOC	huts	and	campsites	                  15

Transport	options	                       18

Tidal	crossings	                         19

Safety	and	track	closure	                21

Winter	                                  21

Track	map	                               22

Track	notes—the	Coast	Track	             25

Track	profile—high	tide	time/distance	   25

Track	notes—side	trips	                  27

Low-tide	timetables	                     28

Booking	information	and	conditions	      32
Contents (continued)
                                         Introduction
History	                         37   The	Abel	Tasman	Coast	Track,	located	in	Abel	Tasman	
                                      National	Park	on	South	Island’s	northern	shores,	is	one	
Natural	history	                 38   of	the	DOC	Great	Walks*.	The	Coast	Track	extends	for	
                                      54.4	km	and	is	classified	as	a	walking	track:	all	streams	are	
                                      bridged	but	there	are	tidal	crossings,	which	can	only	be	
DOC	management	                  39
                                      crossed	within	a	few	hours	either	side	of	low	tide.	The	track	
                                      takes	an	average	of	three	to	five	days	to	complete	and	can	
Environmental	Care	Code	         41   be	walked	from	either	end.	There	are	huts	and	campsites	
                                      where	you	can	stay	for	a	fee.	Bookings	are	required.	
Commercial	operators	            42   There	is	no	charge	for	day	walks.	Visitors	can	walk	into	the	
                                      park	from	the	roadend	carparks,	catch	boat	transport	to	
                                      beaches	along	the	track	or	kayak	along	the	coast.
Other	publications	              45
                                                    *Great	Walks	are	the	Department’s	premier	walking	tracks,	
DOC	contact	details	             46                 through	areas	of	some	of	the	best	scenery	in	the	country.	
                                                    The	huts	and	tracks	on	the	Great	Walks	are	of	a	higher	
                                                    standard	than	other	tramping	tracks.	Many	of	the	Great	
                                                    Walks	have	booking	systems	to	manage	visitor	pressure.




                                         Location
                                                                       The	nearest	towns	of	Nelson,	
                                                                       Motueka	and	Takaka	have	
                                                                       i-Sites,	accommodation	and	
                                                                       shops	catering	for	tramping	
                                                                       and	kayaking	needs.	Kaiteriteri	
                                                                       has	a	petrol	station,	small	
                                                                       grocery	shop,	accommodation	
                                                                       and	café.	Marahau	has	
                                                                       accommodation,	a	shop	and	
                                                                       cafés.	Takaka	is	the	last	place	
                                                                       for	petrol	before	Totaranui.


                                         Getting there
                                      The	Abel	Tasman	Coast	Track	is	accessible	by	road	at	four	
                                      points,	each	with	a	carpark:
                                      •	 Marahau,	the	southern	gateway,	is	67	km	from	Nelson	on	
                                         sealed	road.
                                      •	 Wainui	is	21	km	from	Takaka.	For	the	last	2	km,	the	road	
                                         is	unsealed.
                                      •	 Totaranui	is	32	km	from	Takaka.	For	the	last	13	km,	the	
                                         road	is	unsealed.
Cleopatras	Pool.	Photo:	D	Parr
•	 Awaroa	Inlet	is	31	km	from	Takaka.	For	the	last	12	km,	                    The	main	disadvantages	are	the	shorter	daylight	hours	and	
   the	road	is	rough	and	unsealed.	There	are	two	fords,	                      cooler	temperatures.
   which	flood	after	heavy	rain.	From	the	Awaroa	carpark	
                                                                              The	chart	below	shows	the	number	of	walkers	on	the	
   on	the	northern	side	of	the	inlet,	it’s	25	minutes	of	tidal	
                                                                              track	between	Torrent	Bay	and	Bark	Bay.	Numbers	peak	in	
   walk	to	the	DOC	Awaroa	hut	and	campsite,	which	are	on	
                                                                              January	with	over	250	per	day	and	drop	in	August	to	less	
   the	southern	side	of	the	inlet.	(Refer	to	low-tide	tables	on	
                                                                              than	25.
   pages	28–31.)
Boat	transport	operates	to	a	timetable	from	Marahau	and	
Kaiteriteri,	providing	transport	to	the	main	beaches	of	                                                       300
Anchorage,	Torrent	Bay,	Bark	Bay,	Onetahuti,	Awaroa	and	




                                                                                  Number of walkers each day
Totaranui.                                                                                                     250

                                                                                                               200

                                                                                                               150

                                                                                                               100

                                                                                                               50

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                                                                                                                                                 October
                                                                                                                                                           November
                                                                                                                                     September




                                                                                                                                                                                                                      May
                                                                                                                                                                      December




                                                                                                                                                                                                      March
                                                                                                                            August
                                                                                                                     July




                                                                                                                                                                                 January
                                                                                                                                                                                           February




                                                                                                                                                                                                                            June
                                                                                                                                                                                                              April
                                                                                 Can I do it?
                                                                              To	ensure	you	enjoy	your	trip	in	all	weathers,	you	will	need					
                                                                              are	a	day	walker	you	can	expect	to:
Halfway	Pool,	between	Torrent	Bay	and	the	Falls	River	Bridge.	Photo:	D	Parr
                                                                              •	 carry	a	day	pack

    Walking seasons                                                           •	 walk	up	and	down	hills
                                                                              •	 walk	on	sand,	mud	and	shells
The	Coast	Track	is	open	all	year.	Transport,	activity,	equipment	
and	accommodation	operators	are	available	year	round.                         •	 get	wet	crossing	tidal	streams	or	getting	on	and	off	boats.
All	huts	and	campsites	must	be	booked	all	year	round.	See	                    Overnight	walkers	can	also	expect	to	walk	four	to	five	hours	
Booking	Information	and	Conditions	on	page	32	for	details.                    a	day	and	carry	a	pack	of	up	to	15	kg.	If	you	are	camping,	
                                                                              you	will	also	need	to	carry	a	tent	and	a	sleeping	mat.
In	peak	season	(October	to	April),	DOC	hut	wardens	and	
staff	are	based	at	the	huts	and	Totaranui	Camp	Office.	                       It	is	possible	to	arrange	for	luggage	to	be	freighted	by	
Bookings	for	the	Abel	Tasman	Coast	Track	cannot	be	                           boat	among	some	huts	and	campsites.	If	you	choose	this		
made	at	Totaranui.                                                            option	be	prepared	for	a	change	in	the	weather,	or	the	worst	
                                                                              outcome,	the	bag	being	stolen	or	dropped	at	the	wrong	bay.
In	winter,	wardens	rotate	among	the	huts.
                                                                              Don’t	leave	valuables	in	your	luggage	as	it	will	be	left	
The	advantages	of	visiting	the	Abel	Tasman	Coast	in	the	
                                                                              unattended.
winter	include	fewer	visitors,	calmer	water,	less	water	traffic,	
such	as	water-skiers,	hardly	any	insects	and	off-peak	hut	                    To	arrange	luggage	transport,	contact	water	transport	
and	campsite	fees.                                                            operators	directly.	(Contact	details	are	on	page	43.)
                                                                  •	 Book	campsites	rather	than	a	hut	so	you	have	more	
                                                                     options	on	where	to	stay.
                                                                  •	 Kayaking	is	not	recommended	north	of	Onetahuti	Bay	
                                                                     due	to	the	remote	and	exposed	coastline.
                                                                  Approximate	paddling	times	for	experienced	kayakers	in	
                                                                  calm	conditions	without	stops	are:
                                                                  •	 Marahau	to	Anchorage:	3	hours
                                                                  •	 Anchorage	to	Bark	Bay:	2	hours	30	minutes
                                                                  •	 Bark	Bay	to	Onetahuti:	1	hour	30	minutes.

                                                                   never risk your life by kayaking in dangerous seas!

Kayaks.	Photo:	D	Parr
                                                                         Viewing seals
                                                                  New	Zealand	fur	seals	can	be	seen	at	various	places	along	
    other activities                                              the	coast.	There	is	a	large	breeding	colony	at	Tonga	Island.	
                                                                  Seals	should	not	be	approached	closer	than	20	metres.
       Kayaking
                                                                                      tonga Island Marine Reserve
For	people	who	haven’t	kayaked	before,	a	guided	trip	is	
                                                                  The	Tonga	Island	Marine	Reserve	boundary	is	marked	on	
recommended.	For	independent	kayak	rentals,	a	minimum	
                                                                  shore	by	large	triangles	and	includes	Mosquito	Bay,	Tonga	
of	two	people	and	previous	sea-kayaking	experience	are	
                                                                  Quarry	and	Onetahuti	Bay	beaches.	Off	shore,	look	out	for	
essential.	For	more	details,	contact	kayaking	operators,	
                                                                  buoys	marking	the	north	and	south	boundary.	(See	map	on	
some	of	whom	are	listed	on	page	43,	or	i-Sites.
                                                                  page	22.)
Kayaking	is	more	weather	dependent	than	walking	along	
                                                                  Within	the	marine	reserve:
the	Coast	Track,	so	you	are	advised	to:
                                                                  •	 all	plant	and	animal	life	is	totally	protected
•	 Book	campsites	that	are	within	your	kayaking	ability	and	
   plan	for	the	worst	weather—head	winds	and	rough	seas.	         •	 all	fishing	including	gathering	shellfish	is	prohibited.
   Then,	if	the	weather	makes	kayaking	slow	you	will	still	
   get	to	your	campsite.	If	the	weather	is	fine	and	there	is	a	
   tail	wind,	you	can	always	kayak	to	your	campsite,	set	up	       Commercial activities
   your	tent	and	then	go	exploring	with	your	kayak	without	        A	concession	(an	official	authorisation)	is	required	to	operate	any	
   your	overnight	gear.                                            commercial	activity	in	an	area	managed	by	the	Department	of
                                                                   Conservation.	Concessions	are	required	for:	guiding	(including	fishing,	
•	 Assess	your	fitness,	the	wind	strength	and	direction	           hunting,	tramping,	walking,	climbing/ski	tours,	kayaking/canoeing);	
   and	sea	swell	before	proceeding	each	day.	If	the	               transport	services;	commercial	education	or	instruction	activities.	
   weather	is	too	rough	to	safely	kayak	to	your	intended	          Guided	kayaking	and	walking	trips,	water	taxi	and	charter	boat	services	
                                                                   are	examples	of	concessionaire	operations.
   destination	(the	campsite	you	have	booked),	stop	and	
                                                                   Concessionaire	guides	operating	in	Abel	Tasman	National	Park	are	
   wait	for	a	few	hours	or	camp	in	an	alternative	campsite.	       required	to	prominently	display	their	company	name,	concession	
   It	is	permissible	to	camp	at	a	campsite	other	than	the	         number	and	its	expiry	date	on	an	ID	card.	If	you	are	on	a	guided	trip	
   one	you	have	booked	for safety reasons.	Explain	the	            or	see	a	trip	where	the	guides	do	not	have	this	DOC	identification,	
   circumstances	when	a	Ranger	inspects	your	Camp	                 please	inform	a	DOC	staff	member.	For	more	information	regarding	
   Accommodation	Ticket.                                           concessions,	visit:	www.doc.govt.nz
      Hunting                                                      Planning, preparation and equipment
No	hunting	is	allowed	500	metres	either	side	of	the	Abel	
                                                               It’s	important	to	plan,	prepare	and	equip	yourself	well.	
Tasman	Coast	Track.	The	remaining	area	of	Abel	Tasman	
                                                               Have	the	right	gear	and	skills	required	for	the	trip	and	
National	Park,	hunting	is	by	permit	only.	Areas	are	closed	
                                                               always	check	the	latest	information	about	facilities	you	plan	
annually	from	sunset	on	22	December	to	sunrise	on	
                                                               to	use	and	local	weather	conditions.
9	February.	For	hunting	permits	for	northern	Abel	Tasman	
National	Park	contact	DOC	Golden	Bay.	For	hunting	             The	DOC	web	site	has	the	latest	information	on	the	
permits	for	southern	Abel	Tasman	National	Park	contact	        Abel	Tasman	Coast	Track.	Go	to	www.doc.govt.nz	and	
Nelson	Regional	Visitor	Centre	or	DOC	Motueka.                 follow	these	headings;	parks	and	recreation/plan	and	
                                                               prepare/alerts/Nelson/Marlborough.	This	information	is	
      Dogs                                                     also	displayed	on	visitor	centre	notice	boards.
In	general,	dogs	are	not	allowed	in	national	parks.	
                                                               trip intentions
However,	Guide	Dogs	and	dogs	working	with	Search	and	
Rescue	are	allowed.	Hunters	wanting	to	take	hunting	dogs	      Before setting out on your trip, remember to inform a
need	to	obtain	a	dog	permit	from	the	relevant	DOC	office.	     reliable person of your intentions and check in with
For	northern	Abel	Tasman	contact	DOC	Golden	Bay;	for	          them on or after your return.	(If	you	are	overdue,	they	
southern	Abel	Tasman	contact	DOC	Nelson	Regional	              should	contact	the	police.)
Visitor	Centre	or	DOC	Motueka.
                                                               Fill	in	the	visitors	book	if	you	are	staying	in	a	hut.
No	horses	are	allowed	on	the	Coast	Track.
                                                                     Walking the track:	The	track	can	be	walked	in	either	
      Mountain biking                                                direction.

Part	of	the	track,	from	the	Wainui	carpark	to	Gibbs	Hill	            Filtered water sites	are	at:	Anchorage,	Bark	Bay,	
Track	turn-off	can	be	used	by	mountain	bikers	between	               Awaroa,	Totaranui	and	Whariwharangi.	You	should	
1	May	and	1	October.	The	mountain	bikers	can	then	             be	prepared	to	boil,	treat	or	filter	drinking	water	if	the	DOC	
continue	over	Gibbs	Hill	to	Totaranui.	Groups	need	to	limit	   water	filter	systems	are	not	working	correctly.	Water	at	
their	size	to	8	riders	and	adhere	to	the	mountain	bikers	      other	DOC	sites	or	streams	in	the	park	cannot	be	
care	code.                                                     guaranteed	safe	to	drink.	There	is	a	risk	of	giardia.	We	
                                                               recommend	that	you	treat	water	before	using	it.
No	mountain	biking	is	allowed	on	the	track	from	Marahau	
to	Wainui	Saddle.                                              Cookers and lighting	are	not	provided	in	any	of	the	huts.
                                                                       Fires	is	a	serious	hazard.	Fires	are	only	allowed	in	
                                                                       specific	campsites	(see	table	on	page	16)	where	
                                                               formal	fireplaces	are	provided	by	DOC.	Visitors	are	
                                                               responsible	for	their	own	fire	safety.	At	times	of	high	risk	a	
                                                               total	fire	ban	may	be	imposed.
                                                               Wasps:	If	you	are	allergic	to	wasp	stings,	take	your	
                                                               medication,	such	as	antihistamines,	with	you.
                                                               sandflies:	Sandflies	are	tiny	black	insects	which	cause	
                                                               itchy	bites.	Cover	up	and	use	insect	repellent.
                                                               Possums:	Pack	food	away	at	night	and	keep	tents	closed	
                                                               to	stop	possums	from	eating	your	food	or	damaging	your	
                                                               tent	and	equipment.	Kayakers	should	place	food	into	
                                                               kayak	storage	hatches	overnight.
     seal colonies	occur	at	Pinnacle	and	Tonga	Islands	
     and	Separation	Point.	Do	not	go	closer	than	                  What to take
20	metres	to	a	seal	when	it	is	on	the	land.
                                                               While	the	Abel	Tasman	Coast	is	generally	warm	and	dry	in	
         Rubbish: no	rubbish	facilities	are	provided:          summer,	remember	it	is	a	coastal	environment,	which	can	
                                                               change	quickly,	so	be	prepared	for	rain,	cold	and	windy	
•	 carry	out	all	your	rubbish	from	the	park
                                                               conditions.
•	 do	not	put	plastic	or	foil	in	fireplaces	because	they	do	
   not	burn	cleanly
•	 do	not	leave	paper	or	cardboard	in	fireplaces.
      Mobile phone coverage	is	poor.	There	are	public	
      telephones	at	Marahau,	Torrent	Bay,	Awaroa	Lodge	
and	Totaranui.


     Weather
The	climate	is	mild	with	sea	breezes,	summer	droughts	
and	some	winter	frosts.	Rainfall	averages	1800	mm	and	the	
sun	shines	around	2200	hours	per	year.	During	late	spring	
and	throughout	summer	the	coast	is	subject	to	strong	
westerly	winds,	while	the	autumn	and	winter	months	are	
generally	calm.	Seasonal	temperatures	and	rainy	days	are	
shown	in	the	table	below.
                                                               School	group	between	Marahau	and	Anchorage.


 WEATHER	INFORMATION	AT	TOTARANuI                              Day	visitors	should	take:
 	              MAx	TEMP	°C	    MIN	TEMP	°C	    RAINY	DAYS     •	 food	and	water	(Food	and	drinks	are	not	available	for	
                                                                  purchase	on	the	track.)
 July	               13	              4	                11
                                                               •	 map	and	Abel	Tasman	Coast	Track	booklet
 August	             13	              5	                10
 September	          15	              7	                12     •	 sunhat,	sunglasses	and	sunscreen
 October	            17	              8	                 9     •	 firm	footwear	(recommended);	boots	(optional)
 November	           19	             10	                10     •	 warm	layer	of	clothes
 December	           21	             12	                10
                                                               •	 windproof	rain	jacket
 January	            23	             12	                 6
 February	           22	             13	                 7
                                                               •	 sandals	or	aqua	shoes	for	walking	in	water	(optional)

 March	              21	             12	                 9     •	 swimwear,	towel,	camera	(optional)
 April	              18	             10	                 8     •	 first	aid	kit:	insect	repellent,	personal	medication	(e.g.	
 May	                16	              7	                10        antihistamine	for	allergy	to	wasp	stings).
 June	               14	              6	                10     Overnight	visitors	in	summer	should	take	everything	
                                                               suggested	for	day	visitors	plus	the	list	below:
                                                               •	 at	least	one	set	of	clothes	to	walk	in	and	another	dry	set	
                                                                  to	change	into	at	night
                                                               •	 pack	with	large	waterproof/plastic	liner
                                                                       DoC huts and campsites
                                                                   DOC	provides	a	range	of	accommodation	along	the	Coast	
                                                                   Track,	including	four	huts,	18	campsites	and	the	Totaranui	
                                                                   campground.	Visitors	must	book	huts	and	campsites	
                                                                   before	starting	the	track.
                                                                   Please note that overnight stays for Coast track walkers
                                                                   are limited to one night at totaranui campground and
                                                                   two consecutive nights in all huts and other campsites
                                                                   along the Coast track between 1 october and 30 April.

                                                                         Huts
                                                                   Huts	have	bunks,	tables,	benches	and	heating.	Bunkrooms	
                                                                   are	communal	with	platform	bunks	and	mattresses.	
Bridge	between	Torrent	Bay	and	Bark	Bay.	Photo:	Markus	Baumann     Ablution	blocks	have	flush	toilets	and	washbasins	with	
                                                                   cold	water	only.	There	are	no cooking facilities	or	lighting.	
                                                                   Potable	water	is	usually	provided	at	huts.	Be	prepared	to	
•	 Hut	or	Camp	Accommodation	Ticket
                                                                   boil,	treat	or	filter	drinking	water	if	the	DOC	water	filters	
•	 sleeping	bag                                                    are	not	working	correctly.	Hut	users	are	expected	to	leave	
                                                                   huts	clean	and	tidy	and	take	their	rubbish	out	with	them.	
•	 tent	and	sleeping	mat	(for	campers)                             Backcountry	Hut	Tickets	and	Backcountry	Hut	Passes	are	
•	 torch	and	spare	batteries                                       not	valid	for	use	on	the	Coast	Track.	Hut	spaces	need	to	be	
                                                                   booked	all	year	around	and	overnight	stays	are	limited	to	
•	 candles                                                         two	consecutive	nights	in	any	one	hut	between	1	October	
•	 cooking	stove,	lighter	and	spare	fuel                           and	30	April;	and	five	consecutive	nights	between	1	May	
                                                                   and	30	September.	To	book	in	winter	more	than	two	nights	
•	 cooking	utensils:	pot/pan/billy,	pot	scrubber                   contact	the	Great	Walks	Helpdesk	in	Nelson.
•	 eating	utensils:	knife,	fork,	spoon,	plate,	cup
•	 toilet	gear:	toothbrush,	toothpaste,	toilet	paper,	small	
   towel,	soap
•	 earplugs	(optional—you	may	be	sharing	huts	and/or	
   campsites	with	a	large	number	of	other	people)
•	 food	should	be	lightweight,	fast	to	cook	and	high	in	
   energy	value,	e.g.
   •	 breakfast:	cereal,	firm	bread,	spreads
   •	 lunch:	cracker	biscuits,	cheese,	salami
   •	 dinner:	instant	soup,	pasta/rice,	dried	vegetables/fruit,	
      cheese	or	dehydrated	meals.
Overnight	visitors	in	winter	should	also	take:
•	 warm,	quick-drying	clothing.	Wool	and	modern	synthetics	
   are	better	than	cotton	as	they	dry	quickly	and	give	more	
   warmth.                                                         Observation	Beach	Campsite.	Photo:	Andy	Thompson
                                          Scheduled	Boat	


                                                            Cooking	Shelter
                                          Transport	Stop
                           Water	supply




                                                                              Fireplace
 CAMPSITE




                                                                                          Toilet
 Tinline	Bay	                  T	                	                   	             	       •
 Apple	Tree	Bay	               T	                	                  	              	       •
 Akersten	Bay	                 T	                	                  	              	       •       Totaranui	Coast	Track	Camper’s	Campsite.	Photo:	Pam	Mytton
 Observation	Beach*	           T	                	                  	              	       •
 Watering	Cove	                T	                	                   	             	       •       one	campsite	between	1	October	and	30	April;	and	five	
                                                                                                   consecutive	nights	between	1	May	and	30	September.	
 Te	Pukatea	Bay	               T	                	                  	              	       •
                                                                                                   To	book	in	winter	more	than	two	nights	contact	the	Great	
 Anchorage	                   P	               •	               •	              •	         F
                                                                                                   Walks	Helpdesk	in	Nelson.
 Torrent	Bay	Village	          T	                	                  	              	       F
                                                                                                   totaranui campground
 Medlands	Beach	               T	                	                  	              	       •
 Bark	Bay	                    P	               •	               •	              •	         F       Totaranui	campground	has	a	camp	office,	potable	water,	
                                                                                                   flush	toilets	(including	disabled	access),	cold	showers,	
 Mosquito	Bay*	                T	                	                  	              	       •
                                                                                                   fireplaces	and	car	parking.	Petrol	is	not	available	and	there	
 Tonga	Quarry	                 T	                	                  	              	       •       are	no	luggage	storage	facilities.	Bookings	for	the	Coast	
 Onetahuti	Bay	                T	              •	               •	                 	       F       Track	huts	and	campsites	cannot	be	made	at	Totaranui.
 Awaroa	                      P	                 	              •	                 	       F       Totaranui	has	two	camping	areas:
 Waiharakeke	                  T	                	                  	           •	         F
                                                                                                   •	 The	Coast	Track	campers’	campsite.	There	is	a	one-
 Totaranui	Coast	Track+	      P	               •	               •	              •	         F          night	limit	for	Coast	Track	campers.
 Anapai	Bay	                   T	                	                   	             	       F
                                                                                                   •	 People	booking	Totaranui	Coast	Track	campsite	also	
 Mutton	Cove	                  T	                	                   	          •	         F          need	to	book	at	least	one	other	campsite	on	the	track.
 Whariwharangi	Bay	           P	                 	                  	           •	         F
                                                                                                   •	 The	main	campground	takes	up	to	850	campers	staying	
 Key                                                                                                  for	longer	periods	over	the	summer.	Bookings	are	only	
 •	 Facility	available		                      P	        Potable	water                                 required	for	camping	from	1	December	to	10	February.	
 *	 Boat	access	only                          T	        Treat,	boil	or	filter	water                   Campground	booking	forms	can	be	downloaded	from	
 +	 Has	road	access                           F	        Flush	toilet                                  www.doc.govt.nz


       Campsites
All	campsites	have	a	water	supply	and	toilets.	Some	
campsites	have	cooking	shelters	and	fireplaces.	Open	fires	
are	only	permitted	where	fireplaces	are	provided	and	when	
there	is	no	fire	ban	in	force.	School	groups,	independent	
walkers	and	kayakers,	and	some	guided	walking	and	
kayaking	groups	stay	at	campsites.	Please	be	considerate	
of	other	visitors.	Leave	campsites	clean	and	tidy	and	take	
your	rubbish	out	with	you.	Campers	are	not	permitted	to	
use	hut	facilities.	Campsites	need	to	be	booked	all	year	
around.	Camping	at	Totaranui	is	limited	to	one	night	all	
year	round	and	at	other	campsites	to:	two	nights	in	any	                                           Totaranui	main	campground.	Photo:	John	Mason
    transport options                                              tidal crossings
The	Abel	Tasman	Coast	Track	is	not	a	circuit	track.	            Consult	a	tide	timetable	(pages	28–31)	when	planning	your	trip	
However,	it	can	be	combined	with	the	Abel	Tasman	               as	two	estuaries	on	the	track	are	only	passable	at	low	tide:
Inland	Track	to	form	a	5-	to	6-day	circuit.	By	road	it	takes	
                                                                •	 Onetahuti	estuary	can	only	be	crossed	within	3	hours	
2	hours	30	minutes	to	drive	between	Totaranui	or	Wainui	
                                                                   either	side	of	low	tide.
and	Marahau	(approx.	100	km).	This	road	is	narrow,	winding	
and	unsealed	in	places.	By	boat	transport	it	takes	about	       •	 Awaroa	inlet	can	only	be	crossed	within	
1	hour	30	minutes	to	travel	between	Totaranui	and	Marahau.         1	hour	30	minutes	before	and	2	hours	after	low	tide.
The	track	is	well	serviced	by	public	transport	including	       It	is	dangerous	to	cross	outside	of	these	times.
buses/coaches	and	boat	transport.	For	details,	contact	the	
                                                                Tide	tables	in	this	publication	are	corrected	for	daylight	
transport	operators	directly.	(See	page	42.)
                                                                saving	time.
Vehicle	parking:	DOC	provides	a	carpark	at	Marahau,	
                                                                The	estuaries	at	Torrent	Bay	and	Bark	Bay	have	all-tide	
Totaranui,	Wainui	and	Awaroa	roadends.	Cars	are	parked	
                                                                tracks	around	them.	If	you	use	the	all-tide	track	at	Torrent	
at	owner’s/driver’s	risk.	Secure	parking	can	be	arranged	at	
                                                                Bay	add	an	extra	1	hour	25	minutes,	and	at	Bark	Bay	add	
various	Marahau	businesses.
                                                                15	minutes.
Bus	services	operate	in	summer	from	Nelson	and	Motueka	
                                                                If	walking	north	and	planning	a	three-day,	two-night	trip,	the	
to	major	roadends	at	Marahau	and	Kaiteriteri	and	connect	
                                                                following	plan	may	be	helpful:
with	Takaka	transport	to	Totaranui	and	Wainui.	Bookings	
are	recommended.	In	winter,	bus	services	operate	daily	to	      •	 When	low	tide	occurs	morning	and	evening	(e.g.	
Marahau	and	Kaiteriteri	but	not	so	regularly	to	Wainui	and	        between	5	a.m.	and	10	a.m.	and	between	5	p.m.	and	
Totaranui.                                                         10	p.m.),	then	it	is	best	to	spend	the	first	night	at	or	
                                                                   around	Anchorage	and	the	second	at	Awaroa.
Boat	transport	operates	year	round	from	Marahau	and	
Kaiteriteri.	The	scheduled	boat	transport	pickup	locations	     •	 When	low	tide	is	around	midday	and	midnight	(e.g.	
are:	Anchorage,	Torrent	Bay,	Bark	Bay,	Onetahuti,	Awaroa	                      a                                   p
                                                                   between	11	 .m.	and	4	p.m.	and	between	11	 .m.	and	
and	Totaranui.                                                     4	a.m.)	then	it	is	possible	to	do	both	tidal	crossings	in	
                                                                   the	same	day.	This	means	you	can	spend	the	first	night	
                                                                   at	Bark	Bay	and	the	second	at	Waiharakeke	Bay.

                                                                Average walking times for tidal crossings
                                                                •	 Bark	Bay	to	Onetahuti	Crossing:	2	h
                                                                •	 Onetahuti	Crossing:	2	min
                                                                •	 Onetahuti	Crossing	to	Awaroa	hut	and	campsite:	2	h
                                                                •	 Awaroa	Crossing:	25	min
                                                                •	 northern	side	of	Awaroa	crossing	to	Totaranui:	1	h	15	min
                                                                Example:	A	four-day,	three-night	trip	from	Marahau	to	
                                                                Wainui,	staying	at	Anchorage,	Awaroa	and	Whariwharangi,	
                                                                might	be	as	follows:

                                                                Day 1
                                                                Low	tides:	5:00	a.m.	and	5:20	p.m.
                                                                Walking	day:	walk	from	Marahau	to	Anchorage—no	tidal	
Kayakers	in	Torrent	Estuary.	Photo:	Markus	Baumann              crossings
                                                                Walking	time:	4	hours.
                                                                  safety and track closure
                                                               In	case	of	any	accident	or	injury	that	requires	emergency	
                                                               evacuation,	contact	Police	Search	and	Rescue	via	DOC	
                                                               staff	or	boat	transport	staff	radios.
                                                               In	the	unusual	situation	of	the	track	being	closed	(e.g.	
                                                               in	case	of	extreme	fire	risk),	signs	will	be	erected	at	
                                                               track	entrances	and	information	will	be	at	i-Sites,	DOC	
                                                               information	centres	and	on	the	DOC	website.	Check	before	
                                                               you	start	your	walk.	If	the	track	is	closed,	a	full	refund	will	
                                                               be	given	for	the	unused	services.


Awaroa	tidal	crossing	at	low	tide.	Photo:	D	Parr


Day 2
Low	tides:	5:45	a.m.	and	6:07	p.m.
Walking	day:	walk	from	Anchorage	to	Awaroa	including	the	
Onetahuti	crossing	between	3	p.m.	and	9	p.m.	The	evening	         Winter
low	tide	is	6:07	p.m.	and	you	can	cross	3	hours	before	or	
after.	Then	walk	on	to	Awaroa	campsite.                        The	Abel	Tasman	Coast	Track	can	be	walked	all	year	but	
                                                               in	winter	temperatures	are	cooler.	All	huts	have	heating.	
Walking	time:	Anchorage	to	Bark	Bay	4	hours;	Bark	
                                                               Campsites	that	get	good	afternoon	sun	are	Anchorage,	
Bay	to	Onetahuti	Crossing	2	hours;	Onetahuti	crossing	
                                                               Bark	Bay,	Mosquito	Bay,	Awaroa	and	Totaranui.
2	minutes;	Onetahuti	crossing	to	Awaroa	2	hours.	
Total	7	hours	30	minutes.

Day 3
Low	tides:	6:30	a.m.	and	6:52	p.m.
Walking	day:	walk	across	Awaroa	crossing	before	
8:30	a.m.	The	crossing	can	be	walked	between	5	a.m.	
(1	hour	30	minutes	before	6:30	a.m.)	and	8:30	a.m.	(2	hours	
after	6:30	a.m.).	Then	walk	via	Totaranui	to	Whariwharangi.
Walking	time:	Awaroa	crossing	25	minutes;	northern	side	of	
Awaroa	crossing	to	Totaranui	1	hour	15	minutes;	Totaranui	
to	Whariwharangi	3	hours.	Total	4	hours	40	minutes.

Day 4
Low	tides:	7:15	a.m.	and	7:37	p.m.
Walking	day:	walk	from	Whariwharangi	to	Wainui	carpark—
no	tidal	crossings
Walking	time:	1	hour	30	minutes.



                                                                       Tonga	Quarry	Campsite.	Photo:	Mark	Townsend
                                                            Whariwharangi                        Separation
                                                                 Bay                               Point                     KEY
                                          Taupo Point
                                                            40                                                                Great Walk/                               Hut
                                                                                         40       Mutton Cove                 Easy tramping track                       Number of         20
                                                                 Whariwharangi                                                                                          campers
                   Tata Islands                                  Hut (20 bunks)                                               Tramping track
                                                                                                            Anapai                                                      Shelter
                                                                                                              Bay             Route (beach/estuary)
                                       Wainui Bay                           Gibbs Hill                                                                                  Car park
                                                                              Track                    12                     Road—sealed
                                                                                                                                                                        Phone
                                                                                                                              Road—unsealed
                                                                                                                                                                        Filtered water

                                                                                                 40                                                                     Water taxi
                                                                                                              Totaranui (Coast Track)
                                                                                                                                               Note: The Abel Tasman Foreshore
                           To Takaka                                                                                                           Scenic Reserve covers the foreshore
                                                      Pigeon                                                                                   (between mean high water mark and
                                                      Saddle                                                        Goat Bay                   mean low water spring) from Marahau
                                                                                                                                               to Wainui, and includes the foreshore
                                                                                                                                               around the islands of the national park.
                                                               ck
                                                           Tra
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                                                       an
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Whariwharangi	Hut.	Photo:	DOC                                                                                        Tonga Quarry 20
                                                                                                                                                            Within the marine
                                                                                                                                                            reserve all plant and
                                                                                                                                                             animal life is totally
                                                                                                                                                               protected: fishing
                                                                                                                                                                is not permitted.

                                                                                                                                Bark Bay Hut
                                                                                                                                 (34 bunks)
                                                                                                                                                             40      Mosquito Bay
                                                                                                                                                                         (access by water only)
                                                                                                                                                     80         Bark Bay
                                                                                                                                                           10     Medlands Beach
                                                                                                                                F alls River                         Pinnacle Island


                                                                                                       Falls River Track
Awaroa	Hut.	Photo:	Alison	Scott

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                                                                                                                                                            rre Anchorage
                                                                                                                                                          To
                                                                                                                                                                    Pitt Head
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                                                                                                                                                            100         (24 bunks)
                                                                          To
                                                                    Castle Rocks                                                                          10        Watering Cove
                                                                    Hut (8 bunks)                                                                   12          Observation Beach
                                                                                                                                                                         (access by water only)
                                                                                                                                                    6       Akersten Bay
                                                                                                                                               Stilwell
                                                                                                                                               Bay
Bark	Bay	Hut.	Photo:	Markus	Baumann
                                                                       Ma r a h a                                                                                    Adele Island
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                                                                                  Marahau
                                                                        To Motueka
                                                                    and Kaiteriteri

                                                                                                                         0                                                      5

Anchorage	Hut.	Photo:	Markus	Baumann                                                                                                        kilometres
                                                                                                                          you	lose	all	sense	of	the	sea	below	as	you	journey	through	                                         Whariwharangi to Wainui, 1 h 30 min, 5.5 km
                track notes—the Coast track                                                                               stands	of	manuka.                                                                                   From	Whariwharangi	Hut	follow	a	small	stream	then	climb	
Marahau to Anchorage, 4 h, 12.4 km                                                                                        Return	to	the	shore	at	Tonga	Quarry,	where	blocks	of	granite	                                       out	of	the	bay	to	a	saddle	overlooking	Wainui	Inlet.	The	
                                                                                                                          remain	from	an	old	quarrying	operation.	Tonga	Island	sits	                                          track	winds	down	to	the	shore	around	gorse	covered	ridges	
French	names	left	by	d’urville	and	his	crew—Adele,	Simonet,	                                                                                                                                                                  recovering	from	a	fire	in	1978,	then	follows	the	estuary	edge	for	
                                                                                                                          offshore	surrounded	by	marine	reserve.	A	short	distance	on	
Torrent—add	character	to	this	part	of	the	journey.	At	Marahau	                                                                                                                                                                500	metres	to	the	carpark.	Transport	leaves	from	the	carpark.
                                                                                                                          is	Onetahuti	Bay;	at	its	northern	end,	high	tide	may	cause	
Information	Kiosk	a	causeway	crosses	the	estuary.	On	the	far	
                                                                                                                          a	delay.	The	tidal	stream	can	be	crossed	within	3	hours	                                            For	walkers	continuing	on	towards	Takaka,	it	is	possible	to	
side	the	track	passes	through	open	country	to	Tinline	Bay.
                                                                                                                          either	side	of	low	tide.	The	track	then	climbs	over	Tonga	                                          cross	Wainui	Inlet	within	two	hours	either	side	of	low	tide.
The	track	rounds	Guilbert	Point	to	Apple	Tree	Bay	then	                                                                   Saddle	and	descends	to	Awaroa	Inlet.	Follow	the	shore	for	
passes	through	beech	forest	with	large	kanuka	trees.	After	                                                               15	minutes	to	Awaroa	Hut	and	campsite.
Yellow	Point	it	turns	inland,	winding	in	and	out	of	several	little	                                                                                                                                                                 track notes—side trips
                                                                                                                          Awaroa to totaranui, 1 h 30 min, 5.5 km (tidal)
gullies	before	emerging	in	open	country	overlooking	Torrent	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Many	secluded	and	sheltered	coves	and	lookout	points	are	
Bay	and	the	coast	and	islands	to	the	north.                                                                               Awaroa	Inlet	can	only	be	crossed	close	to	low	tide.	The	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              accessible	from	the	Coast	Track,	as	well	as	the	following	
                                                                                                                          inlet	should	definitely	only	be	crossed	up	to	one	and	a	half	
Descend	to	Anchorage	Bay	where	there	is	a	hut	and	campsite.                                                                                                                                                                   side	trips.
                                                                                                                          hours	before	low	tide	and	up	to	two	hours	after	it.	(Following	
Anchorage to Bark Bay                                                                                                     very	heavy	rain	the	inlet	may	be	impassable.)	From	its	                                             te Pukatea/Pitt Head
High tide track, 4 h, 12.1 km                                                                                             northern	side	the	track	crosses	a	low	saddle	and	drops	to	                                          A	20-minute	walk	crosses	a	low	ridge	from	Anchorage	Hut	
Low tide crossing, torrent Bay estuary, 3 h, 8.4 km                                                                       Waiharakeke	Bay,	where	a	timber	mill	once	operated.                                                 to	crescent-shaped	Te	Pukatea	Bay.	From	there	a	one-hour	
From	Anchorage	Bay,	cross	a	low	ridge	to	Torrent	Bay	estuary.	                                                            The	track	re-enters	the	forest	then	emerges	at	Goat	Bay,	                                           walk	with	good	views	leads	to	Pitt	Head,	an	old	pa	site,	and	
The	estuary	can	be	crossed	within	two	hours	either	side	of	low	                                                           from	where	it	climbs	to	a	lookout	above	Skinner	Point	before	                                       back	to	Anchorage.
tide,	or	an	all-tide	track	leads	around	it	to	Torrent	Bay.	Please	                                                        descending	to	Totaranui.	Follow	the	road	through	the	main	                                          Cleopatras Pool
keep	to	the	public	track	through	the	private	houses	there.                                                                camping	ground	to	the	camp	office,	boat	transport	pickup	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From	Torrent	Bay	estuary	a	20-minute	wander	leads	up	a	
At	the	northern	end	of	Torrent	Bay	beach	the	track	climbs	                                                                point	and	Coast	Track	walkers	campsite.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stream	bed	of	large	boulders	to	Cleopatras	Pool.
through	pine	trees.	The	track	sidles	around	two	valleys	and	                                                              totaranui to Whariwharangi, 3 h, 7.5 km
above	a	beautiful	inlet	to	Falls	River,	the	biggest	in	the	park,	                                                                                                                                                             Falls River
which	is	crossed	by	a	47	m	suspension	bridge.	Beyond	the	                                                                 The	track	heads	around	Totaranui	estuary,	climbs	over	a	low	                                        A	track	heads	inland	from	near	Torrent	Bay	Village	camp	to	
river,	the	track	climbs	before	dropping	back	to	the	sea.	Follow	                                                          saddle	and	winds	down	through	lush	forest	to	Anapai	Bay.	                                           the	Falls	River	falls.	Allow	3	hours	return.	A	shorter	option	for	
the	track	to	the	hut	and	campsite	beside	Bark	Bay	estuary.                                                                From	here	to	Mutton	Cove,	travel	alternates	between	sandy	                                          those	with	less	time	is	the	Cascade	Falls	on	the	same	track.	
                                                                                                                          beaches	and	rocky	headlands	of	regenerating	kanuka.                                                 Allow	1	h	30	min	return.
Bark Bay to Awaroa, 4 h, 11.4 km (tidal)
                                                                                                                      Leave	the	coast	at	Mutton	Cove	and	climb	to	another	                                                    separation Point
Cross	Bark	Bay	estuary	or	follow	the	all-tide	track	(only	adds	                                                       saddle.	From	here	the	track	descends	to	Whariwharangi	
10	min)	around	its	edge	and	climb	steeply	to	a	saddle.	Here	                                                                                                                                                                  From	Mutton	Cove	a	track	leads	to	Separation	Point,	where	
                                                                                                                      Bay.	The	hut—a	restored	farm	homestead—and	campsite	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fur	seals	breed.	This	track	branches	shortly	before	the	point	
                                                                                                                      are	just	behind	the	beach.	Add	1	hour	to	go	via	Separation	
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to	rejoin	the	Coast	Track	at	the	saddle	above	Whariwharangi	
                track profile—high tide time/distance                                                                 Point.	(See	Track	notes—side	trips,	on	next	page.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bay	(1	hour).

                            Marahau                                                  Anchorage                                     Bark Bay              Onetahuti Bay                 Awaroa                                Totaranui                                  Whariwharangi              Wainui Bay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Bay
                                                       4 h, 12.4 km                                        4 h, 12.1 km                       2 h, 5.4 km                2 h, 6 km                   1 h 30 min, 5.5 km                             3 h, 7.5 km                   1 h 30 min, 5.5 km
                                      Tinline Bay                           Te Pukatea Bay                                                                                                             Waiharakeke Bay                               Mutton Cove
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            700
                      200
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Awaroa                                                                                                 600
                                            Coquille Bay         Akersten Watering               Torrent Bay                   Medlands              Tonga                                           Carpark       Goat                    Anapai                 Separation
                      150                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   500
                                                                   Bay     Cove                    Village                      Beach                Quarry                                                         Bay                     Bay                     Point
  Altitude (metres)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Altitude (feet)
                                                    Apple Tree                                                                                                  Onetahuti                    Awaroa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            400
                                                       Bay                                                                                                        tidal                        tidal
                      100
                                                                                                                                                                crossing                     crossing                                                                                                       300
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            200
                       50
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            100
                        0                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   0

                                                                 Observation Beach                                                        Mosquito Bay
                                                                                                                                                                 Hut        Campsite    Carpark     Water access only     Tidal crossing    Location on Coast Track            Location on side track


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    Low-tide timetables




                                                                  SEPTEMBER	2010




                                                                                                                                    NOVEMBER	2010




                                                                                                                                                                DECEMBER	2010
                                                                                                       OCTOBER	2010
                                      AuGuST	2010
             JuLY	2010




	        LOW	TIDE	                LOW	TIDE	                  LOW	TIDE                     	        LOW	TIDE	                   LOW	TIDE	                     LOW	TIDE
DATE	   a.m.	            p.m.	   a.m.	              p.m.	   a.m.	                  p.m.   DATE	   a.m.	               p.m.	   a.m.	                 p.m.	   a.m.	               p.m.

	 1	    05:54	 06:20	            06:35	 06:55	              07:20	 07:51                  	 1	    08:51	 09:46	               11:04	 —:—	                   11:55	 —:—
	 2	    06:33	 06:57	            07:13	 07:36	              08:12	 09:05                  	 2	    10:00	 11:15	               12:02	 12:25	                 12:32	 01:07
	 3	    07:13	 07:37	            07:56	 08:28	              09:18	 10:38                  	 3	    11:25	 —:—	                 01:04	 01:33	                 01:33	 02:08
	 4	    07:57	 08:23	            08:47	 09:40	              10:43	 11:56                  	 4	    12:31	 12:50	               00:00	 02:29	                 02:31	 03:00
	 5	    08:44	 09:21	            09:50	 11:05	              —:—	 12:10                    	 5	    01:32	 01:57	               02:51	 03:17	                 03:24	 03:47
	 6	    09:37	 10:31	            11:07	 —:—	                12:57	 01:18                  	 6	    02:25	 02:51	               03:40	 04:02	                 04:13	 04:30
	 7	    10:37	 11:42	            12:18	 12:27	              01:49	 02:13                  	 7	    03:14	 03:38	               04:27	 04:44	                 04:59	 05:10
	 8	    11:42	 —:—	              01:17	 01:36	              02:36	 03:00                  	 8	    04:00	 04:22	               05:11	 05:24	                 05:40	 05:49
	 9	    12:43	 12:49	            02:08	 02:32	              03:22	 03:44                  	 9	    04:45	 05:03	               05:54	 06:04	                 06:20	 06:28
	 10	   01:37	 01:51	            02:56	 03:21	              04:07	 04:25                  	 10	   05:29	 05:43	               06:36	 06:44	                 06:57	 07:08
	 11	   02:26	 02:47	            03:43	 04:06	              04:50	 05:06                  	 11	   06:11	 06:22	               07:17	 07:28	                 07:35	 07:49
	 12	   03:13	 03:37	            04:28	 04:48	              05:34	 05:46                  	 12	   06:54	 07:03	               08:00	 08:18	                 08:15	 08:35
	 13	   	4:00	 04:24	            	5:13	 05:30	              	6:17	 06:27                  	 13	   07:37	 07:49	               08:48	 09:18	                 09:00	 09:25
	 14	   04:47	 05:09	            05:58	 06:12	              07:02	 07:14                  	 14	   08:24	 08:46	               09:45	 10:26	                 09:53	 10:20
	 15	   05:34	 05:53	            06:44	 06:56	              07:51	 08:15                  	 15	   09:20	 10:04	               10:54	 11:33	                 10:58	 11:18
	 16	   06:22	 06:37	            07:31	 07:45	              08:50	 09:45                  	 16	   10:30	 11:30	               —:—	 12:06	                   —:—	 12:10
	 17	   07:11	 07:24	            08:23	 08:48	              10:07	 11:14                  	 17	   11:50	 —:—	                 12:31	 01:09	                 12:18	 01:14
	 18	   08:02	 08:17	            09:23	 10:15	              11:31	 —:—                    	 18	   12:36	 01:01	               01:22	 01:59	                 01:17	 02:07
	 19	   08:57	 09:22	            10:37	 11:40	              12:19	 12:40                  	 19	   01:28	 01:55	               02:07	 02:42	                 02:13	 02:53
	 20	   09:58	 10:41	            11:57	 —:—	                01:08	 01:32                  	 20	   02:11	 02:39	               02:50	 03:20	                 03:05	 03:35
	 21	   11:05	 11:57	            12:44	 01:05	              01:48	 02:13                  	 21	   02:49	 03:16	               03:30	 03:57	                 03:52	 04:16
	 22	   —:—	 12:16	              01:34	 01:58	              02:23	 02:48                  	 22	   03:24	 03:50	               04:10	 04:33	                 04:37	 04:58
	 23	   12:59	 01:20	            02:15	 02:40	              02:55	 03:19                  	 23	   03:58	 04:21	               04:49	 05:11	                 05:20	 05:41
	 24	   01:50	 02:15	            02:50	 03:16	              03:26	 03:49                  	 24	   04:31	 04:53	               05:29	 05:50	                 06:02	 06:25
	 25	   02:33	 03:00	            03:23	 03:48	              03:57	 04:18                  	 25	   05:05	 05:26	               06:11	 06:33	                 06:44	 07:11
	 26	   03:11	 03:39	            03:54	 04:18	              05:28	 05:48                  	 26	   05:41	 06:01	               06:54	 07:21	                 07:28	 08:01
	 27	   03:46	 04:14	            04:25	 04:47	              06:01	 06:20                  	 27	   06:19	 06:41	               07:39	 08:14	                 08:14	 08:53
	 28	   04:20	 04:46	            04:56	 05:16	              06:36	 06:55                  	 28	   07:01	 07:26	               08:30	 09:15	                 09:06	 09:50
	 29	   04:53	 05:17	            05:28	 05:46	              07:14	 07:36                  	 29	   07:47	 08:22	               09:29	 10:21	                 10:09	 10:52
	 30	   05:25	 05:48	            06:01	 06:20	              07:58	 08:30                  	 30	   08:40	 09:32	               10:38	 11:28	                 11:24	 11:59
	 31	   05:59	 06:20	            06:38	 06:59	                	                     	     	 31	   09:46	 10:50	                 	                     	     —:—	 12:44
Low-tide timetables (continued)
                                           FEBRuARY	2011
              JANuARY	2011




                                                                       MARCH	2011




                                                                                                             APRIL	2011




                                                                                                                                                                JuNE	2011
                                                                                                                                       MAY	2011
 	        LOW	TIDE	                   LOW	TIDE	                     LOW	TIDE                	          LOW	TIDE	                   LOW	TIDE	               LOW	TIDE
DATE	    a.m.	               p.m.	   a.m.	                 p.m.	   a.m.	            p.m.    DATE	     a.m.	               p.m.	   a.m.	           p.m.	   a.m.	             p.m.

 	 1	    01:09	 01:51	               03:03	 03:23	                 01:45	 02:18             	 1	      02:58	 03:09	               01:59	 02:07	           02:41	 02:52
 	 2	    02:15	 02:48	               03:51	 04:04	                 02:44	 03:03             	 2	      03:36	 03:44	               02:35	 02:43	           03:18	 03:33
 	 3	    03:14	 03:36	               04:31	 04:40	                 03:30	 03:42             	 3	      03:09	 03:17	               03:09	 03:18	           03:55	 04:13
 	 4	    04:04	 04:18	               05:06	 05:14	                 04:07	 04:16             	 4	      03:40	 03:48	               03:42	 03:54	           04:34	 04:53
 	 5	    04:48	 04:58	               05:38	 05:46	                 04:40	 04:48             	 5	      04:09	 04:19	               04:15	 04:29	           05:15	 05:34
 	 6	    05:26	 05:34	               06:08	 06:17	                 05:10	 05:18             	 6	      04:39	 04:51	               04:50	 05:07	           06:00	 06:17
 	 7	    06:01	 06:09	               06:38	 06:48	                 05:39	 05:48             	 7	      05:10	 05:25	               05:27	 05:46	           06:49	 07:04
 	 8	    06:35	 06:44	               07:08	 07:21	                 06:07	 06:18             	 8	      05:44	 06:01	               06:10	 06:29	           07:43	 07:56
 	 9	    07:08	 07:19	               07:40	 07:56	                 06:37	 06:50             	 9	      06:23	 06:41	               07:00	 07:17	           08:41	 08:56
 	 10	   07:41	 07:56	               08:17	 08:35	                 07:08	 07:24             	 10	     07:10	 07:28	               07:59	 08:12	           09:43	 10:06
 	 11	   08:18	 08:36	               09:02	 09:21	                 07:44	 08:03             	 11	     08:12	 08:26	               09:06	 09:19	           10:46	 11:20
 	 12	   09:00	 09:20	               10:06	 10:18	                 08:28	 08:48             	 12	     09:29	 09:39	               10:15	 10:34	           11:50	 —:—
 	 13	   09:53	 10:10	               11:33	 11:33	                 09:30	 09:45             	 13	     10:47	 11:02	               11:19	 11:47	           12:28	 12:52
 	 14	   11:03	 11:10	               —:—	 12:55	                   10:55	 11:01             	 14	     11:54	 —:—	                 —:—	 12:19	             01:27	 01:51
 	 15	   —:—	 12:23	                 01:01	 01:58	                 —:—	 12:20               	 15	     12:17	 12:51	               12:51	 01:15	           02:19	 02:46
 	 16	   12:21	 01:31	               02:16	 02:50	                 12:31	 01:27             	 16	     01:19	 01:44	               01:46	 02:09	           03:07	 03:37
 	 17	   01:36	 02:26	               03:14	 03:38	                 01:48	 02:22             	 17	     02:11	 02:33	               02:36	 03:01	           03:52	 04:23
 	 18	   02:41	 03:14	               04:02	 04:23	                 02:48	 03:12             	 18	     02:58	 03:21	               03:22	 03:50	           04:34	 05:05
 	 19	   03:35	 03:59	               04:46	 05:08	                 03:37	 03:59             	 19	     03:42	 04:08	               04:07	 04:38	           05:16	 05:45
 	 20	   04:23	 04:43	               05:28	 05:52	                 04:22	 04:45             	 20	     04:25	 04:54	               04:50	 05:23	           05:57	 06:24
 	 21	   05:06	 05:27	               06:09	 06:36	                 05:05	 05:30             	 21	     05:08	 05:40	               05:35	 06:07	           06:39	 07:04
 	 22	   05:48	 06:11	               06:50	 07:20	                 05:46	 06:14             	 22	     05:52	 06:26	               06:20	 06:52	           07:23	 07:47
 	 23	   06:29	 06:56	               07:32	 08:05	                 06:28	 06:59             	 23	     06:39	 07:13	               07:10	 07:38	           08:09	 08:36
 	 24	   07:11	 07:41	               08:18	 08:54	                 07:11	 07:44             	 24	     07:34	 08:06	               08:04	 08:30	           08:59	 09:35
 	 25	   07:54	 08:29	               09:14	 09:51	                 07:57	 08:32             	 25	     08:42	 09:07	               09:04	 09:29	           09:53	 10:42
 	 26	   08:42	 09:20	               10:31	 11:01	                 08:53	 09:28             	 26	     09:57	 10:18	               10:03	 10:35	           10:50	 11:48
 	 27	   09:39	 10:19	               —:—	 12:05	                   10:09	 10:37             	 27	     11:04	 11:30	               11:00	 11:39	           11:49	 —:—
 	 28	   10:55	 11:28	               12:27	 01:21	                 11:38	 11:58             	 28	     —:—	 12:00	                 11:52	 —:—	             12:44	 12:47
 	 29	   —:—	 12:24	                   	                     	     —:—	 12:51               	 29	     12:30	 12:47	               12:34	 12:41	           01:32	 01:41
 	 30	   12:47	 01:38	                 	                     	     01:14	 01:46             	 30	     01:18	 01:29	               01:21	 01:27	           02:16	 02:30
 	 31	   02:02	 02:36	                 	                     	     02:12	 02:31             	 31	        	                  	     02:03	 02:10	             	
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                                                                 Commercial groups
   Booking information and conditions
                                                                 A	concession	(an	official	authorisation)	is	required	to	
How to book                                                      operate	any	commercial	activity	in	an	area	managed	by	
                                                                 the	Department	of	Conservation.	Concessions	are	required	
All	huts	and	campsites	must	be	booked	in	advance	all	year	
                                                                 for	but	not	restricted	to:	guiding	(including	tramping,	
round.	Bookings	can	be	made	online	or	by	post,	fax,	email,	
                                                                 walking,	fishing,	hunting,	climbing/ski	tours,	kayaking/
phone,	or	in	person	at	selected	DOC	offices,	i-Sites	and	
                                                                 canoeing);	transport	services;	and	commercial	education	
visitor	centres.	A	booking	fee	may	apply.
                                                                 or	instruction	activities.
Before booking                                                   DOC-managed	huts	and	campsites	on	the	Abel	Tasman	
                                                                 Coast	Track	can	be	booked	by	commercial	operators	who	
It	is	strongly	recommended	that	you	read	this	brochure	
                                                                 have	a	concession.
before	proceeding	to	the	online	booking	site,	particularly	
the	sections:                                                    For	more	information	regarding	concessions,	visit	
                                                                 www.doc.govt.nz
•	 Can	I	do	it?
•	 What	to	take                                                  terms and Conditions
•	 DOC	huts	and	campsites                                        Bookings	not	meeting	the	following	Terms	and	Conditions	
•	 Safety	and	track	closure                                      are	treated	as	invalid,	and	will	be	reversed	(cancelled)	by	
                                                                 the	Department	of	Conservation.
•	 Tide	timetables
•	 Booking	terms	and	conditions.                                 General

to make a booking online                                         •	 Bookings	can	only	be	made	for	people	intending	to	use	
                                                                    the	facility/ies	/	service/s	at	the	time	of	booking.
You	can	make	a	booking	online	through	our	website	
www.doc.govt.nz                                                  •	 A	booking	is	required	for	each	adult,	youth,	child	and	
                                                                    infant	intending	to	use	a	facility	or	service.
The	online	system	will	allow	you	25	minutes	to	complete	
your	booking	from	the	time	you	select	the	huts	and	              •	 The	given	name,	family	name,	age,	gender	and	
campsites	you	wish	to	book.	If	a	booking	is	not	completed	          nationality	of	each	party	member	must	be	entered	at	the	
within	25	minutes,	the	places	will	be	released.                     time	of	booking.
You	will	require	the	following	information:                      •	 Bookings	are	not	transferable	from	one	person/entity	to	
                                                                    another.
•	 which	huts	and/or	campsites	and	dates	you	wish	to	book
                                                                 •	 Names	listed	on	the	booking	as	using	facility/ies	/	
•	 name,	age	and	country	of	residence	of	each	walker	in	            service/s	may	not	be	substituted	unless	approved	via	
   your	party                                                       a	Department	of	Conservation	office.	Substitution	of	all	
•	 credit	card	(Visa	or	MasterCard	only)	to	which	payment	          or	the	majority	of	names	listed	on	a	booking	will	not	be	
   will	be	charged	via	the	ANZ	Bank	online	secure	payment	          approved.
   system.	(The	Department	of	Conservation	will	not	hold	        •	 Those	persons	named	on	the	booking	may be required
   your	credit	card	details.	Personal	information	held	about	       to produce proof of identity	when	collecting	tickets	or	
   walkers	will	be	used	for	booking	purposes	only	and	will	         accessing	facilities/services	booked.	Accepted	forms	of	ID	
   not	be	handed	out	to	any	third	parties.)                         are	a	passport,	driver’s	licence,	credit	card	or	student	ID.
to make a manual booking                                         •	 Commercial	and/or	guided	groups	are	not	permitted	
                                                                    to	use	Department	of	Conservation	facilities/services	
Complete	the	booking	form	attached	in	the	middle	of	this	
                                                                    unless	authorised	by	the	Department	of	Conservation	
brochure	and	forward	it	via	fax	or	mail,	or	email	or	phone	
                                                                    via	a	Concession	or	other	agreement.
the	Great	Walks	Helpdesk	Nelson.	A	booking	fee	will	
apply.	Contact	details	are	listed	on	the	back	page	of	this	      •	 Commercial	Agents	wishing	to	make	multiple	bookings	
booklet.	If	you	can,	check	the	hut	and	campsite	availability.	      for	facilities/services	on	behalf	of	customers	must	hold	
Manual	bookings	cannot	be	made	without	full	payment	of	             an	Agent	agreement	with	or	obtain	permission	from	the	
accommodation	fees	in	New	Zealand	dollars.                          Department	of	Conservation.
Age ranges                                                          charged	in	addition	to	the	usual	accommodation	fee,	
•	 For	booking	purposes	the	following	age	classifications	          and	where	there	is	no	valid	booking,	the	Department	
   apply	to	all	services	provided	by	the	Department	of	             of	Conservation	does	not	guarantee	access	to	that,	or	
   Conservation	(DOC):                                              other,	facilities/services	on	the	track.
                                                                  •	 The	Penalty	rate	is	the	Age	rate	plus	the	full	adult	fee.
      Infant         Child         Youth          Adult
                                                                  Alterations and cancellation policies
  	   0–4	years	     5–10	years	   11–17	years	   18	years	plus
                                                                  General
•	 Services	provided	by	other	organisations	may	use	other	age	
   ranges.	Please	check	the	particular	services	you	require.      •	 Booking	refunds	will	only	be	made	to	the	person/	agent	
                                                                     who	made	the	original	booking.
•	 Persons	aged	14	years	and	under	must	be	
   accompanied	by	an	adult                                        •	 No	refunds	will	be	provided	in	cash.
•	 Alpine	sections	of	some	tracks	are	not	recommended	            •	 Credit	card	details	are	not	held	by	the	Department	
   for	children	under	10	years.	Please	check	the	specific	           of	Conservation	and	will	have	to	be	resubmitted	to	
   track	information	on	the	website.                                 the	Department	of	Conservation	office	making	your	
                                                                     alteration,	transfer	or	cancellation	by	phone,	fax	
Prices                                                               or	mail.	Sending	credit	card	details	by	email	is	not	
•	 All	prices	are	in	New	Zealand	dollars	and	include	GST	            recommended	for	security	reasons.
   (Goods	and	Services	Tax).
                                                                  transfer of booking dates
•	 Bookings	made	Online	will	automatically	be	charged	to	
   your	credit	card	through	the	ANZ	Bank	secure	payment	          •	 Transferring	dates	of	a	booking	may	only	be	done	within	
   network	at	the	time	the	booking	is	made.                          the	current	booking	period.	Those	wishing	to	change	the	
                                                                     start	date	of	their	booking	to	a	date	where	bookings	are	
•	 Accepted	credit	cards	are	Mastercard	and	Visa.
                                                                     not	open	must	cancel	their	booking	and	rebook	once	
•	 Credit	Card	information	is	not	held	by	DOC	for	security	          bookings	are	open.
   reasons	and	must	be	resupplied	if	alterations	or	
                                                                  •	 Where	bookings	are	transferred	to	a	date	to	which	a	
   cancellations	are	made	through	a	DOC	office.
                                                                     higher	fee	/	price	period	applies	the	difference	in	fees	
•	 No	bookings	will	be	accepted	without	payment.                     must	be	paid	at	the	time	of	the	transfer	being	made.
•	 Prices,	transport	timetables	and	other	details	may	            •	 Where	bookings	are	transferred	to	a	date	to	which	a	
   change	without	notice.                                            lower	fee/	price	period	applies	the	difference	will	be	
Discounts                                                            refunded	less	cancellation	fees.	The	cancellation	fee	
                                                                     will	be	calculated	as	per	the	table	below.	Credit	card	
•	 A	10%	discount	is	available	for	members	of	NZ	                    details	must	be	supplied	so	transfer	and	refund	can	be	
   Federated	Mountain	Club,	NZ	Deer	Stalkers	Association,	           processed.
   LandSAR	and	NZ	Mountain	Safety	Council	Staff	and	
   Instructors	who	hold	a	Backcountry	Hut	Pass.                   Alterations via internet
•	 You	can’t	get	these	discounts	when	you	book	online.	           Selected	alterations	and	transfers	that	will	not	affect:
   Instead,	supply	your	membership	details/number	and	
                                                                    1.	the	cost	or
   Backcountry	Hut	Pass	number	to	the	office	listed	on	the	
                                                                    2.	change	the	facilities/services	booked	or
   track	information	on	www.doc.govt.nz,	along	with	the	
                                                                    3.	the	people	booked	into	those	facilities/services,
   details	of	what	you	want	to	book.
                                                                  can	be	made	online	up	to	two	days	prior	to	departure.	After	
•	 No	other	discounts	are	available.
                                                                  this	date	you	must	contact	the	Department	of	Conservation	
Penalty rates—for non-valid and un-booked                         office	listed	on	the	confirmation	letter/receipt.	You	are	unable	
accommodation on walking tracks                                   to	add	services	or	people	to	your	booking.	Instead	you	
                                                                  must	make	another	booking	or	contact	the	Department	of	
•	 Failure	to	have	a	valid	booking	for	a	facility/service	        Conservation	office	listed	on	the	confirmation	letter/receipt.
   for	the	date	of	use	will	result	in	penalty	fees	being	
Alterations via DoC office                                                       travel insurance
•	 Alterations	may	be	made	to	any	existing	booking	and	                          •	 The	Department	of	Conservation	recommends	that	you	
   may	incur	a	fee	of	up	to	$10.                                                    arrange	travel	insurance	to	guard	against	the	loss	of	
•	 Altering/transferring	booking	dates	1	to	2	days	prior	to	                        costs	associated	with	cancellation	or	delay	of	your	trip.
   start	date	will	incur	100%	cancellation	fee.                                  •	 The	Department	of	Conservation	is	unable	to	rearrange	
                                                                                    non	Department	of	Conservation	booked	transport,	
Cancellations due to DoC closures                                                   accommodation	and	flight	bookings	if	delays	should	occur.
•	 If	the	Department	of	Conservation	closes	a	facility/service	
                                                                                 Liability disclaimer
   due	to	severe	weather	or	facility/service	conditions,	
   a	full	refund	of	the	fee	for	the	unused	Department	of	                        •	 The	Department	of	Conservation	will	not	be	liable	for	
   Conservation	facilities/services	will	be	given.                                  injury,	damage	or	any	costs	incurred	by	visitors.
•	 Those	visitors	who	have	already	started	their	trip/	
   booking	may	be	required	to	leave	before	their	trip/	
   booking	is	completed.
                                                                                    History
•	 If	your	trip	is	cancelled	by	the	Department	of	
   Conservation	you	must	contact	the	Department	of	                              For	at	least	500	years,	Maori	lived	along	the	Abel	Tasman	
   Conservation	office	listed	on	your	confirmation	letter	                       coast,	gathering	food	from	the	sea,	estuaries	and	forests,	
   within	7	days	to	obtain	your	refund	or	reschedule	your	                       and	growing	kumera	on	suitable	sites.	Most	occupation	was	
   trip.	NO	refund	will	be	given	after	this	time	and	trips	will	                 seasonal	but	some	sites	in	Awaroa	Inlet	were	permanent.
   not	be	rescheduled.
                                                                                 On	18	December	1642,	Abel	Tasman	anchored	his	
•	 Visitors	will	only	be	rescheduled	if	there	are	vacancies	
                                                                                 two	ships	near	Wainui	in	Mohua	(Golden	Bay),	the	first	
   available	once	the	service	reopens.
                                                                                 European	to	visit	Aotearoa	New	Zealand.	He	lost	four	crew	
Cancellations by visitors                                                        in	a	skirmish	with	the	Maori	there,	Ngati	Tumatakokiri.
•	 If	visitor/agent	cancels	their	bookings	the	following	                        The	Tumatakokiri	were	conquered	around	1800	and	the	
   cancellation	fees	apply.                                                      conquerors	in	turn	were	invaded	in	the	1820s.	Te	Atiawa,	
•	 These	fees	are	not	negotiable.                                                Ngati	Rarua	and	Ngati	Tama	all	trace	their	ancestry	to	this	
                                                                                 latter	invasion.
 Cancellation fees are based on the earliest                    Cancellation     Frenchman	Dumont	d’urville	followed	in	January	1827,	
 start date*                                                        fee
                                                                                 exploring	the	area	between	Marahau	and	Torrent	Bay.	
 More	than	10	days	before	the	start	date	and	within	                             Permanent	European	settlement	began	around	1855.	The	
                                                                      0%
 48	hours	of	making	the	booking
                                                                                 settlers	logged	forests,	built	ships,	quarried	granite	and	
 More	than	10	days	before	the	start	date	and	more	
                                                                     25%         fired	the	hillsides	to	create	pasture.
 than	48	hours	after	making	the	booking
                                                                                 For	a	time	there	was	prosperity	but	soon	the	easy	timber	
 Between	3	and	10	days	before	the	start	date                         50%
                                                                                 was	gone	and	the	hills	were	invaded	by	gorse	and	
 Between	1	and	2	days	before	the	start	date                        100%          bracken.	Little	now	remains	of	their	enterprise	and	the	
 On	or	after	the	start	date                                        100%          ravaged	landscape	is	slowly	healing.
 Medical	circumstances	that	prevent	customer	walking	                            Abel	Tasman	National	Park	was	formed	after	Nelson	
      —m
 track	 	 ust	be	accompanied	by	a	medical	certificate	               20%
 and	requested	within	one	month	of	the	departure	date
                                                                                 conservationist	Perrine	Moncrieff	became	concerned	at	
                                                                                 the	prospect	of	logging	along	the	beautiful	coast.	She	
 Booked	Transport	more	than	24	hours	prior	to	departure               0%         campaigned	to	have	15,000	hectares	of	crown	land	made	
 Booked	Transport	less	than	24	hours	prior	to	departure	                         into	a	national	park.	A	petition	presented	to	the	Government	
                                                                   100%
 or	on	day	of	departure	or	after	departure	date                                  suggested	Abel	Tasman’s	name	for	the	park,	which	was	
*	Note:	If	the	booking	has	been	transferred	to	a	later	date	then	the	original	   opened	in	1942	on	the	300th	anniversary	of	his	visit.	In	
start	date	will	be	used	for	cancellation	calculation	purposes.                   January	2007	the	foreshore	of	the	Abel	Tasman	coast	
                                                                                 became	scenic	reserve.	This	provides	additional	protection	
                                                                                 for	the	foreshore	that	is	complementary	to	the	national	park.
                                                                  supports	many	fish,	snails,	worms,	and	crabs,	which	are	
   natural history                                                food	for	coastal	birds.	Being	sandy	(rather	than	muddy)	the	
                                                                  park’s	estuaries	are	easily	explored	around	low	tide.
Vegetation
                                                                  Areas	inundated	by	only	the	highest	tides	carry	salt	marsh	
The	park’s	bedrock	is	mostly	granite.	Its	physical	and	           vegetation:	rushes,	glasswort	and	sea	primrose.	These	plants	
chemical	qualities	determine	the	nature	of	the	forest	cover	      trap	moving	sand,	often	beginning	a	long	process	which	
and	details,	such	as	the	colour	of	beaches	and	streambeds.        can	result	in	replacement	of	the	estuarine	community	with	a	
Soils	developed	from	granite	bedrock	are	relatively	infertile,	   terrestrial	one.
yet	damp	gullies	just	above	sea	level	support	rich	forest.	
Although	many	trees	were	removed	during	the	milling	              Beyond the shoreline
era,	a	lush	understorey	of	trees	and	shrubs,	tree	ferns,	         The	park’s	rocky	coastline	is	a	fascinating	place	to	explore,	
kiekie	and	supplejack	remains	and	the	gullies	lead	the	           particularly	with	snorkel	and	goggles.	Between	the	tides,	
regeneration	process.                                             plants	and	animals	occupy	distinct	bands	like	the	forest	
Black	beech	is	the	natural	cover	of	the	dry	ridges	and	           zones	between	sea	level	and	the	bushline.	Periwinkles,	
headlands	close	to	the	sea,	with	hard	beech	further	inland	       tubeworms,	neptunes	necklace	and	pink	algae	are	all	
where	more	moisture	is	available.	Kanuka	occurs	where	            adapted	to	a	particular	level	of	exposure	to	sun	and	wind.
there	have	been	windfalls	or	a	history	of	fires.	Manuka	          underwater,	seaweeds	are	grazed	by	sea	urchins	and	
occurs	where	repeated	burning	has	degraded	the	soil.              Cook’s	turban	shells.	Further	out	are	granite	reefs,	while	
Birdlife                                                          at	Separation	Point	live	bryozoans,	tiny	animals	that	build	
                                                                  extensive	colonies	of	coral-like	structures.
D’urville	found	South	Island	kokako	in	the	forests	around	
Torrent	Bay;	these	and	several	other	native	bird	species	         Fur	seals	are	found	along	the	coast	of	the	park,	particularly	
have	since	disappeared	and	bellbird,	fantail,	pigeon	and	         on	the	more	remote	granite	headlands	of	Separation	Point,	
tui	are	now	the	main	forest	birds.	Around	the	beaches,	           Tonga	Island	and	Pinnacle	Island.
estuaries	and	wetlands,	pukeko	are	common.                        Tonga	Island	Marine	Reserve	runs	one	nautical	mile	out	
A	range	of	wading	birds	stalk	the	estuaries	for	fish	and	         from	the	coast	between	Awaroa	Head	and	the	headland	
shellfish,	while	offshore,	gannets,	shags	and	terns	can	          separating	Bark	Bay	and	Mosquito	Bay.	All	marine	life	
be	seen	diving	for	food.	Little	blue	penguins	feed	at	            within	its	boundaries	is	protected	and	no	fishing	is	allowed.	
sea	during	the	day	and	return	to	burrows	on	the	park’s	           A	separate	publication	on	the	reserve	is	available.
islands	at	night.	In	2007	Abel	Tasman	Birdsong	Trust	
(www.abeltasmanbirdsong.co.nz)	was	formed	whose	vision	is	
to	have	the	forests	and	beaches	of	Abel	Tasman	once	again	           DoC management
filled	with	birdsong.	You	may	see	the	trusts	stoat	and	possum	
traps	on	or	near	the	track	in	Torrent	Bay.	The	traps	are	         Conservation management tools
regularly	checked	by	volunteers	so	don’t	touch	the	traps	and	     While	the	park	and	coastline	may	appear	to	be	completely	
if	you	see	a	dead	animal	tell	the	next	DOC	ranger	you	see.        natural	and	undeveloped,	modern	technology	is	used	
                                                                  to	provide	low-impact	facilities	and	maintain	the	pristine	
Rivers and estuaries
                                                                  environment	for	the	150,000	visitors	to	the	Coast	Track	
The	native	fish	communities	within	Abel	Tasman	waterways	         each	year.	Visitors	and	concessionaire	access	and	use	are	
are	almost	pristine,	due	to	the	lowland	nature	of	the	park	       also	managed	carefully	to	ensure	that	people	can	have	
(most	other	national	parks	being	alpine)	and	its	proximity	to	    a	“national	park	experience”.	Even	in	the	peak	summer	
the	sea.	A	native	fish	survey	has	found	that	the	rivers	and	      period	there	will	be	places	that	are	quiet	and	natural,	
streams	of	the	park	contain	a	diversity	of	native	freshwater	     particularly	between	Totaranui	and	Wainui.
fish,	with	14	species	recorded,	including	threatened	migratory	
galaxiid	species,	such	as	the	short-jawed	and	giant	kokopu,	      toilets and sewerage disposal
as	well	as	long-finned	eels,	which	are	also	threatened.           Containment	tanks	are	custom	made	to	sit	underground	
unmodified	estuaries	are	an	integral	feature	of	the	Abel	         beneath	toilets.	These	capture	all	effluent.	Sewage	is	
Tasman	Coast,	always	changing	as	the	tides	come	and	              pumped	out	from	septic	and	containment	tank	systems	
go	twice	a	day.	The	regular	influx	of	nutrients	from	the	sea	     annually.	It	is	barged	to	the	nearest	roadend	and	
transported	to	an	urban	sewage	system	at	Rabbit	Island.	In	
2007,	71,000	litres	of	sewage	were	removed	from	the	park.            environmental Care Code

solar power                                                       DOC	promotes	the	10	key	principles	contained	in	the	NZ	
                                                                  Environmental	Care	Code.	This	code	was	developed	to	guide	
Solar	power	generators	are	used	to	drive	the	pumps	that	          visitors	in	ways	to	minimise	their	impact	on	the	environment	
move	effluent	away	from	sensitive	sites	such	as	Bark	Bay	         while	enjoying	the	outdoors.	The	Abel	Tasman	Coast	Track	
spit	to	a	dispersal	field	away	from	the	public.	Radios,	using	
                                                                  is	part	of	New	Zealand’s	smallest	national	park	and	the	
solar-generated	power	in	their	rechargable	batteries,	are	
                                                                  pressure	on	the	environment	is	increasing.	Visitors	are	urged	
used	for	communication	at	rangers	huts.	Small	solar-
                                                                  to	remain	sensitive	to	the	environment	and	other	users	while	
powered	computers	detect	faults	and	monitor	the	sewage	
systems.	A	solar-powered	water	filtration	system	provides	        enjoying	the	stunning	surroundings	the	park	has	to	offer.
drinking	water	for	the	main	huts.
                                                                                         Protect	plants	and	animals
                                                                                         Remove	rubbish
electronic tools
                                                                                         Bury	toilet	waste
Electronic	data	loggers	are	used	to	record	work	tasks,	                                  Keep	waterways	clean
download	visitor	monitoring	data	and	undertake	                                          Take	care	with	fires
                                                                                         Camp	carefully
inspections	on	visitor	assets.	Management	has	been	
                                                                                         Keep	to	the	track
further	enhanced	by	introducing	electronic	computer	                                     Consider	others
counters	hidden	in	the	track	to	monitor	visitor	numbers.                                 Respect	our	cultural	heritage
                                                                                         Enjoy	your	visit
outboard motors                                                                          Toitu te whenua (leave	the	land	undisturbed).
Four	Stroke	motors	are	now	widely	used	on	DOC	and	
commercial	operators’	boats.	These	have	the	added	benefit	        While	the	Care	Code	is	general,	below	is	specific	
of	being	economic	on	fuel	and	are	considerably	less	noisy.        environmental	care	information	for	visitors	to	the	Abel	
                                                                  Tasman	National	Park.
Protecting sensitive coastal sites
                                                                  •	 All	plants	and	animals	in	Abel	Tasman	National	Park	are	
Foreshore	restoration	has	occurred	at	many	sites,	such	as	           fully	protected.	These	include	all	marine	life,	including	
Mosquito	beach,	where	the	remaining	coastal	spit	vegetation	         marine	mammals	and	shellfish	in	Tonga	Island	Marine	
has	been	fenced	off	and	beach	steps	installed	to	provide	            Reserve.	Kayakers	should	keep	at	least	20	metres	away	
better	access.	Kayak	racks	have	also	been	constructed	at	
                                                                     from	seals.
some	sites	to	help	minimise	the	impact	on	the	foreshore.
                                                                  •	 There	are	no	rubbish	bins;	all	litter	and	rubbish	has	to	be	
DoC Hut heating                                                      removed.	This	is	part	of	the	“carry	in,	carry	out”	policy	
Anchorage	and	Bark	Bay	Huts	use	LPG	for	heating.                     that	has	worked	well	for	many	years.	Staff,	commercial	
                                                                     operators	and	the	public	need	to	work	together	to	
Private land                                                         ensure	the	park	remains	clean	and	litter	free.
This	park	is	unusual	in	the	fact	that	there	are	pieces	of	land	   •	 Toilets	are	provided	at	all	key	visitor	destinations,	huts	
along	the	coast	at	Anchorage,	Torrent	Bay	and	Awaroa	in	             and	campsites	throughout	the	park.	To	ensure	toilet	
private	ownership.	When	the	Abel	Tasman	National	Park	               systems	run	efficiently	and	don’t	smell,	close	toilet	lids	
was	created	in	1942,	small	parcels	of	land	were	excluded	            after	use,	and	close	toilet	doors.	Do	not	put	rubbish	or	
and	remain	outside	the	park	to	this	day.	The	biggest	of	             food	scraps	in	toilets.	Closing	the	door	will	improve	the	
these	sections	is	the	Moncrieff	Private	Scenic	Reserve,	             vent	efficiency	and	remove	smells.	Please	use	toilets	
which	is	managed	as	part	of	the	park	through	a	covenant	             where	they	have	been	provided	and	avoid	polluting	bush	
with	the	Crown.	Some	of	the	private	land	has	been	                   margins	and	waterways.	Away	from	tracks,	campsites	
developed	for	holiday	accommodation.	Land	use,	activities	           and	huts,	bury	your	toilet	waste	in	the	shallow	organic	
and	buildings	on	this	land	have	to	comply	with	local	
                                                                     layers	of	the	topsoil	well	away	from	any	flowing	water.
council	rules	that	are	written	to	reflect	the	special	nature	
and	character	of	the	coastal	setting.	Access	to	private	land	     •	 Water	taps	and	washing	facilities	are	provided	at	all	
is	by	permission	from	the	landowner	only.	National	Park	             the	main	camps	and	huts	as	part	of	the	basic	facilities.	
rules,	such	as	“no	dogs”,	do	not	apply	on	private	land.              Potable	water	is	provided	at	Anchorage,	Bark	Bay,	
Awaroa,	Totaranui	and	Whariwharangi.	Supplies	are	                 Affordable transport
  limited	so	use	sparingly.	Giardia	has	been	found	in	Abel	
                                                                   Shuttle	Charters/Tours	Relocations	Rentals	
  Tasman	National	Park.	Water	taken	from	streams	may	
                                                                   Accommodation	Golden	Bay	Kahurangi	Abel	Tasman	
  not	be	safe	to	drink	and	should	be	treated	or	boiled	for	
                                                                   www.bookabach.co.nz/4346	Ph	027	423	7428	
  3	minutes	to	make	it	safe.	Avoid	disposing	of	detergents	
                                                                   exploregb@yahoo.co.nz
  and	food	scraps,	as	this	causes	visible	pollution	and	
  attracts	vermin.	Don’t	use	soap	in	streams.                      Golden Bay Coachlines
•	 Fires	are	the	single	greatest	threat	to	Abel	Tasman’s	          Daily	scheduled	or	chartered	transport	service	for	Abel	
   regenerating	forest	communities.	Past	fires	have	               Tasman	&	Kahurangi	National	Parks.	We	provide	a	friendly	
   damaged	considerable	tracts	of	the	original	forest	along	       all	year	service	with	fully	air-conditioned	and	modern	
   the	coastal	bays	and	inlets.	no fires	are	permitted	in	         vehicles.	Bookings	&	Information:	www.gbcoachlines.co.nz	
   the	open,	including	driftwood	fires	on	the	beach.	A	            or	Ph	+64	3	525	8352
   small	number	of	fireplaces	are	provided	at	some	of	the	
   larger	campsites	where	a	hut	warden	is	present	and	             Water transport
   firewood	has	been	supplied.	Take	a	portable	fuel	stove	
   for	cooking	and	boiling	water.                                  Marahau Water taxis
                                                                   100%	locally	owned	and	operated,	we	offer	daily	
                                                                   departures	from	The	Abel	Tasman	Centre	in	Marahau.	
   Commercial operators                                            Operating	year	round	we	have	options	suitable	for	day	
                                                                   walks	and	sightseers,	along	with	hikers	transport.	Free	
                                                                   off	street	car	parking	available.	Ph	0800	80	80	18	or	
   transport and activities                                        +64	3	527	8176	 www.abeltasmancentre.co.nz

                                                                   Aqua taxi
Bus
                                                                   Your	‘One-Stop’	water	taxi	provider	in	the	Abel	Tasman.	Open	
somerset Hostel trampers transport                                 Year	Round.	Service	to	all	main	bays.	Tramper	transport,	
Linking	Wainui	and	Collingwood.	($60/journey,	max	4)	for	          baggage	transfers.	Free	secure	car	storage.	DOC	ticketing	
Farewell	Spit	&	Heaphy	Track	all	year.	Ph:	+64	3	524	8624	         agent.	Gear	hire,	gear	storage.	Departs	from	Marahau	
info@backpackerscollingwood.co.nz                                  Year	Round	and	from	Kaiteriteri	peak	season.	Freephone:	
                                                                   0800	278	282.	Ph	+64	3	527	8083.	www.aquataxi.co.nz
trek express
                                                                   Wilsons Abel tasman
4WD	track	transport	to	and	from	any	destination.	Groups	
of	all	sizes	or	individuals	welcome.	Free	safe	storage	            All	options,	all	year,	1	call.	Fast	New	Catamaran	or	Water	
of	vehicle.	Call	free	0800	128	735	for	information,	or	            Taxi	ex	Kaiteriteri,	Marahau,	Nelson.	0800	223	5827	or	
ph/fax	+64	3	540	2042.	Email:	info@trekexpress.co.nz	              (03)	528	2027,	www.AbelTasman.co.nz
www.trekexpress.co.nz
                                                                   Kayaks
nelson Lakes shuttles
                                                                   Abel tasman Kayaks
Transport	options	to	all	track	ends.	To	fit	in	with	your	plans.	
                                                                   Your	One-Stop	Abel	Tasman	Shop!	Comprehensive	variety	
Ph	+64	3	521	1900,	info@nelsonlakesshuttles.co.nz	
                                                                   of	guided	day	tours,	multiday	adventures,	kayak	&	walk	
www.nelsonlakesshuttles.co.nz
                                                                   options	and	Seal	Encounters.	Open	Year	Round.	Free	secure	
Abel tasman Coachlines                                             parking,	gear	storage,	hot	showers.	Freephone	0800	732	529	
                                                                   Ph	+64	3	527	8022.	www.abeltasmankayaks.co.nz
All	transport	requirements	for	the	Abel	Tasman	
and	Kahurangi	National	Parks.	Packages	including	
transport,	cruises,	sea-kayaking	etc.	For	bookings	
and	info:	27	Bridge	St,	Nelson.	Ph:	+64	3	548	0285	
info@abeltasmantravel.co.nz	 www.abeltasmantravel.co.nz
Kaiteriteri Kayaks                                            Kahurangi Guided Walks
Good	times,	great	people,	great	trips!	Go	for	a	big	day	      We	offer	1	to	5	day	small	party	guided	walks	with	
out,	big	lunch	and	big	laughs	with	the	crew	at	Kaiteriteri	   multiple	options	and	also	guide	the	Heaphy	Track.	
Kayaks.	Open	year	round	with	free	parking,	free	gear	         Ph	+64	3	525	7177	 www.abel-tasman-track.co.nz
storage.	Freephone:	0800	2	KAYAK		Ph	+64	3	527	8383	
www.seakayak.co.nz                                            equipment

Abel tasman Freedom Kayaks                                    Motueka sportsworld

Hiring	kayaks	is	the	sole	focus	of	our	business.	We	          Buy	or	hire	all	outdoor	equipment.	Closest	outdoor	shop	
prepare	you	for	your	big	adventure	with	our	renowned,	        to	ATNP .	Open	7	days	in	summer.	Top	clothing	&	footwear	
comprehensive	safety	briefing.	1–5day	hire.	Park	start	       brands	for	sale.	201	High	St,	Motueka.	Ph	+64	3	528	9845	
available.	Free	parking,	gear	hire,	and	hot	showers.	Open	    Email:	sportsworldmot@xtra.co.nz	 www.sportsworld.co.nz
All	Year.	Freephone:	0800	732	529.	Ph	+64	3	527	8022.	
www.freedomrentals.co.nz
                                                                 Accommodation
Marahau sea Kayaks
                                                              Aquapackers, Floating Accommodation, Anchorage Bay
Guided	tours	and	freedom	rentals,	year	round,	friendly	
and	professional,	free	parking,	gear	storage,	hot	showers.	   We	offer	unique	backpacker	style	accommodation	on	
Ph	+64	3	527	8176	 info@msk.co.nz	 www.msk.co.nz              board	a	boat	in	Anchorage	Bay.	Open	September	till	May.	
                                                              www.aquapackers.co.nz	or	0800	430	744.
the sea Kayak Company
                                                              Wilsons Abel tasman
Specializing	in	tours	in	the	Tonga	Island	Marine	
Reserve.	Freedom	rentals	available.	Ph	0508	25	29	25	         Beachfront	Lodges:	Torrent	Bay	Lodge,	Meadowbank	
www.seakayaknz.co.nz	 info@seakayaknz.co.nz                              —A
                                                              Homestead	 	 waroa;	private	ensuite	rooms.	
                                                              0800	223	5827	or	(03)	528	2027,	www.AbelTasman.co.nz
Air
                                                              the Barn Backpackers Accommodation & Camping Ground
Remote Adventure Air transport
                                                              Next	to	track	entrance,	Hot	outdoor	baths	and	fireplace,	
Flight	connections	between	Kapiti	Coast	from	Paraparaumu	     camp/dorm/private	rooms	available,	Ocean	views	
airport	to	Golden	Bay	Takaka	airport,	&	Motueka	airport.	     +64	3	527	8043	 info@barn.co.nz	 www.barn.co.nz
Shuttle	connections	to	track.	Available	summer.	Winter	by	
arrangement	PH	0800	150	338	www.remoteadventures.co.nz
                                                                 i-site Visitor Centres
Golden Bay Air scheduled Flights
Avoid	the	crowds.	Enter	beautiful	northern	Abel	Tasman	       Nelson	i-Site	Visitor	Centre,	ph:	+64	3	548	2304
with	Golden	Bay	Air.	Scheduled	flights	from	Wellington	       Motueka	i-Site	Visitor	Centre,	ph:	+64	3	528	6543
and	Christchurch	to	Takaka.	Connecting	shuttle	to	Wainui	
                                                              Golden	Bay	i-Site	Visitor	Centre,	ph:	+64	3	525	9136
Bay	and	Totoranui.	Book	online	www.goldenbayair.co.nz,	
Ph	0800	588	885	or	+64	3	525	8725,	info@goldenbayair.co.nz

Guided walks                                                     other publications

Wilsons Abel tasman                                           Abel	Tasman	Coast	Track	Trip	Information	Sheet	(free)

Beachfront	Lodges,	ensuite	rooms,	great	food,	no	heavy	       Abel	Tasman	Parkmap
packs,	includes	boat	cruise.	Treat	yourself	0800	223	5827	    The	Inland	Track
or	(03)	528	2027,	www.AbelTasman.co.nz
                                                              Totaranui	Walks	flier
                                                              Tonga	Island	Marine	Reserve	brochure	(free)
    DoC contact details
For	more	information	about	the	Abel	Tasman	Coast	Track	
contact:
nelson Regional Visitor Centre
            /
Millers	Acre	 	Taha	o	te	Awa	
79	Trafalgar	Street,	PO	Box	375	
Nelson	7040	
Ph:	(03)	546	9339	
Email:	nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
For	booking	huts	or	campsites	contact:
Great Walks Helpdesk nelson
Department of Conservation
PO	Box	375	
Nelson	7040	
New	Zealand
Ph:	 (03)	546	8210		 International:	+64	3	546	8210	
Fax:	(03)	546	9612		 International:	+64	3	546	9612
Email:	greatwalksbooking@doc.govt.nz
or	visit	www.doc.govt.nz
Helpdesk hours
Mon–Sun	 8:30	a.m.–12	p.m.	and	1	p.m.–4:30	p.m.
Bookings	can	be	made	in	person	at	selected	DOC	offices,	
i-Sites	and	visitor	centres.	A	booking	fee	may	apply.
For	hunting	and	dog	permits	for	northern	Abel	Tasman	
National	Park	contact	DOC	Golden	Bay	(03)	525	8026.
For	hunting	and	dog	permits	for	southern	Abel	Tasman	
National	Park	contact	Nelson	Regional	Visitor	Centre	
(03)	546	9339	or	DOC	Motueka	(03)	528	1810.




Published	by:
Department	of	Conservation	
Nelson/Marlborough	Conservancy	
Private	Bag	5,	Nelson	7042
June	2010	                        Cover:	looking	north	towards	Totaranui	
Crown	copyright                                            Photo:	D	Parr

								
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