Abel Tasman

New Zealand

Have you always dreamed of a storybook adventure? This incredible trek through New Zealand's Abel Tasman National Park is the closest thing to it.

Trip duration:
5 days

Challenge duration:
5 days

Challenge grade:
3.5/5

Departure months:
October to April

Accommodation:
Depart of Conservation huts, multi-share cabins, and camping in single tents

Hiking the Abel Tasman

Idyllic and peaceful, yet mysterious and ethereal New Zealand is the gem of the South Pacific and a true explorer's paradise.

Over five days, you’ll experience this breath-taking region, trekking through towering forests, marble limestone landscapes and picturesque headlands overlooking the coastline.

This is your chance to witness the highlights of Abel Tasman National Park and surrounds—including Mt Arthur, Awaroa, Bark Bay and more. From sparkling, golden sand beaches to tree-lined forests straight out of a fantasy novel, this adventure is sure to ignite your senses. In the evening, you’ll rest in cosy cabins or huts with one night of camping under the stars, as you fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping against the shore. 

Best of all, you’ll be joined by a team of like-minded individuals who are bound to become close friends over the course of this life-changing adventure.

Aerial view of Marahau, Abel Tasman, New Zealand
Aerial view of sand and water. Abel Tasman, New Zealand

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Experience the diverse scenery and topography of Abel Tasman National Park
  • Challenge yourself to trek 55km through some of New Zealand’s most breathtaking landscapes
  • Take the routes once frequented by miners and prospectors in days long past
  • Raise vital funds for your chosen cause and make friends with like-minded people when you travel for good

Trip notes

Day 1: Depart Nelson - Kahurangi National Park

This morning you can explore the arty and vibrant town of Nelson before meeting your guide and the rest of your team at 2:00pm. After our briefing and gear check, we begin our drive to the mountains of Kahurangi National Park. The steep access road takes us to 1,050m above sea level at Flora Saddle. Once we arrive, we shoulder our packs and follow a historic track which was built to link the Nelson area to the goldfields of Takaka in Golden Bay. It is an easy 30 minute hike into the Flora Valley huts, where we will be spending the night. The huts are basic but clean and comfortable. Tonight we enjoy our first dinner, gaze at the stars and listen out for the “Ruru”, New Zealand’s native owl.

Transfer Time: 2 hours

Trekking Distance: 2km

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Flora Hut - Mt Arthur - Salisbury Lodge

Today we trek up onto the Tablelands via Mt Arthur. The vegetation changes dramatically as we climb, starting with towering southern beech trees before gradually giving way to a forest of ‘Dr Seuss’-like Dracophyllum trees. The trail eventually emerges above the treeline, giving superb views of the Karst landscape of Mt Arthur and the Horseshoe Basin. We follow the ridgelines through the landscape of limestone and marble before descending to the beautifully situated Salisbury Lodge overlooking the Tablelands, where we spend the night.

Trekking Distance: 14km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Kahurangi National Park - Marahau, Abel Tasman

After a leisurely breakfast, we continue to explore this fascinating landscape. A track adjacent to the hut loops around several sinkholes which are a typical feature of this Karst landscape. As we continue, our route follows the Flora Valley track. It’s a gentle descent most of the way. En-route we pass by several rock shelters that were used as accommodation by miners and prospectors many moons ago. After arriving back at the vehicle we drive to Marahau, the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park. Tonight we stay in a local cabin accommodation and enjoy the luxuries of a hot shower and dinner out at a local restaurant.

Trekking Distance: 14km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Marahau - Awaroa - Bark Bay

Our journey into Abel Tasman National park begins with a boat ride across the estuary before turning north along the coast to Awaroa. This is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful stretches of coastline characterised by dramatic granite headlands and golden sand beaches. We may spot New Zealand fur seals basking on rocks on nearby islands, as they frequent this area. Disembarking at Awaroa, we follow one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’, the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, south to Onetahuti Beach before a gentle climb takes us over a headland into Bark Bay. It is here that we camp for the night. After cooking dinner together we fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping on the beach.

Trekking Distance: 14km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bark Bay - return to Nelson

We enjoy breakfast in this idyllic and peaceful setting before beginning our trek on the Coastal Track to Anchorage. The hike from Bark Bay takes us through glades of manuka, over a low saddle and across a 47-metre suspension bridge at Falls River. If the tide is low, we can take a short cut across the estuary flats of Torrent Bay to Anchorage. Alternatively, we will follow the high tide route around the inlet. From Anchorage, we catch a water taxi back to Marahau. Here we enjoy a picnic lunch before making our way back to Nelson, the ending point for our adventure.

Transfer time: 2 hours

Trekking Distance: 9-12km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Note: You will need to carry your own packs, including a share of group food and equipment, on days 1-3. Total pack weight will be about 8-10kg.

Day 1: Depart Nelson - Kahurangi National Park

This morning you can explore the arty and vibrant town of Nelson before meeting your guide and the rest of your team at 2:00pm. After our briefing and gear check, we begin our drive to the mountains of Kahurangi National Park. The steep access road takes us to 1,050m above sea level at Flora Saddle. Once we arrive, we shoulder our packs and follow a historic track which was built to link the Nelson area to the goldfields of Takaka in Golden Bay. It is an easy 30 minute hike into the Flora Valley huts, where we will be spending the night. The huts are basic but clean and comfortable. Tonight we enjoy our first dinner, gaze at the stars and listen out for the “Ruru”, New Zealand’s native owl.

Transfer Time: 2 hours

Trekking Distance: 2km

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Flora Hut - Mt Arthur - Salisbury Lodge

Today we trek up onto the Tablelands via Mt Arthur. The vegetation changes dramatically as we climb, starting with towering southern beech trees before gradually giving way to a forest of ‘Dr Seuss’-like Dracophyllum trees. The trail eventually emerges above the treeline, giving superb views of the Karst landscape of Mt Arthur and the Horseshoe Basin. We follow the ridgelines through the landscape of limestone and marble before descending to the beautifully situated Salisbury Lodge overlooking the Tablelands, where we spend the night.

Trekking Distance: 14km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Kahurangi National Park - Marahau, Abel Tasman

After a leisurely breakfast, we continue to explore this fascinating landscape. A track adjacent to the hut loops around several sinkholes which are a typical feature of this Karst landscape. As we continue, our route follows the Flora Valley track. It’s a gentle descent most of the way. En-route we pass by several rock shelters that were used as accommodation by miners and prospectors many moons ago. After arriving back at the vehicle we drive to Marahau, the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park. Tonight we stay in a local cabin accommodation and enjoy the luxuries of a hot shower and dinner out at a local restaurant.

Trekking Distance: 14km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Marahau - Awaroa - Bark Bay

Our journey into Abel Tasman National park begins with a boat ride across the estuary before turning north along the coast to Awaroa. This is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful stretches of coastline characterised by dramatic granite headlands and golden sand beaches. We may spot New Zealand fur seals basking on rocks on nearby islands, as they frequent this area. Disembarking at Awaroa, we follow one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’, the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, south to Onetahuti Beach before a gentle climb takes us over a headland into Bark Bay. It is here that we camp for the night. After cooking dinner together we fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping on the beach.

Trekking Distance: 14km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bark Bay - return to Nelson

We enjoy breakfast in this idyllic and peaceful setting before beginning our trek on the Coastal Track to Anchorage. The hike from Bark Bay takes us through glades of manuka, over a low saddle and across a 47-metre suspension bridge at Falls River. If the tide is low, we can take a short cut across the estuary flats of Torrent Bay to Anchorage. Alternatively, we will follow the high tide route around the inlet. From Anchorage, we catch a water taxi back to Marahau. Here we enjoy a picnic lunch before making our way back to Nelson, the ending point for our adventure.

Transfer time: 2 hours

Trekking Distance: 9-12km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Note: You will need to carry your own packs, including a share of group food and equipment, on days 1-3. Total pack weight will be about 8-10kg.

Frequently asked questions

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About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

The Abel Tasman trek is ranked a moderate 3.5/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. This is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. We recommend that in the months leading up to your trip, you increase your physical fitness with aerobic exercise.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for up to 8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is in Department of Conservations huts, multi-share cabins and one-night camping in single tents.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share, and multi-share in cabins where twin-share is not available. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. 

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

 

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Please check your trip notes for meal inclusions. On this adventure you will be served a mixture of cooked and continental breakfasts, generous picnic lunches and 2-course kiwi-style dinners. Morning and afternoon tea snacks and a selection of hot & cold drinks are available during trekking.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. 

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Cell phone signals are often not available whilst trekking. But don’t worry - this is all part of the experience! 

Will I have access to electricity?

New Zealand uses the Plug Type I (two flat pins and a grounding pin), the same as in Australia.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary (including water taxis)
  • Accommodation based on Department of Conservations huts, multi-share cabins and one night camping in single tents
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Expert local guides
  • Camping equipment (not including sleeping bag)
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (compulsory for non-NZ residents, highly recommended for NZ residents)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel cost subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please keep in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow NZ$40 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory in New Zealand, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for non-NZ residents and highly recommended for NZ residents to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to New Zealand?

Australian passport holders do not require a visa for entry into New Zealand. If you are travelling on a different passport or for further information, please contact the relevant embassy.

About New Zealand

Can I drink the water in New Zealand?

Tap water in New Zealand is safe to drink and we encourage you to bring refillable water bottles or water bladder to minimise plastic waste. You can fill up before the start of the day at the accommodation. 

What weather can I expect?

Thanks to its position in the path of the ‘Roaring 40s’ and mountainous terrain, New Zealand’s weather can frequently change with amazing rapidity. Because the weather can change so unexpectedly you should be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions. The Nelson-Tasman region experiences a moderate climate and enjoys among the highest annual sunshine hours throughout New Zealand. In the spring and autumn months daytime temperatures range from 16-21℃. In summer (December-February), daytime temperatures pick up to 20-25℃. Temperatures will drop significantly in the evenings, so be sure to pack plenty of warm clothing.

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

The Abel Tasman trek is ranked a moderate 3.5/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. This is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. We recommend that in the months leading up to your trip, you increase your physical fitness with aerobic exercise.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for up to 8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is in Department of Conservations huts, multi-share cabins and one-night camping in single tents.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share, and multi-share in cabins where twin-share is not available. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. 

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Please check your trip notes for meal inclusions. On this adventure you will be served a mixture of cooked and continental breakfasts, generous picnic lunches and 2-course kiwi-style dinners. Morning and afternoon tea snacks and a selection of hot & cold drinks are available during trekking.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. 

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Cell phone signals are often not available whilst trekking. But don’t worry - this is all part of the experience! 

Will I have access to electricity?

New Zealand uses the Plug Type I (two flat pins and a grounding pin), the same as in Australia.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary (including water taxis)
  • Accommodation based on Department of Conservations huts, multi-share cabins and one night camping in single tents
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Expert local guides
  • Camping equipment (not including sleeping bag)
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (compulsory for non-NZ residents, highly recommended for NZ residents)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel cost subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please keep in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow NZ$40 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory in New Zealand, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for non-NZ residents and highly recommended for NZ residents to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to New Zealand?

Australian passport holders do not require a visa for entry into New Zealand. If you are travelling on a different passport or for further information, please contact the relevant embassy.

New Zealand

Can I drink the water in New Zealand?

Tap water in New Zealand is safe to drink and we encourage you to bring refillable water bottles or water bladder to minimise plastic waste. You can fill up before the start of the day at the accommodation. 

What weather can I expect?

Thanks to its position in the path of the ‘Roaring 40s’ and mountainous terrain, New Zealand’s weather can frequently change with amazing rapidity. Because the weather can change so unexpectedly you should be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions. The Nelson-Tasman region experiences a moderate climate and enjoys among the highest annual sunshine hours throughout New Zealand. In the spring and autumn months daytime temperatures range from 16-21℃. In summer (December-February), daytime temperatures pick up to 20-25℃. Temperatures will drop significantly in the evenings, so be sure to pack plenty of warm clothing.

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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