When you picture New Zealand, you inadvertently end up picturing vast open landscapes and unspoiled scenery. So, it makes the most sense to fit experiences that can cater to this vision into your itinerary! If it’s tranquil afternoons and meditative walks that you want, you’re certainly going to get an abundance of them at the Abel Tasman National Park.
Named after a Dutch settler, Abel Tasman, who was one of the first to visit New Zealand, the park offers a stunning mix of tropical forests and white sandy beaches. Surround yourself with the finest of nature by visiting this gorgeous place.
Address: 1, Kaiteriteri-Sandy Bay Road, Abel Tasman National Park, Kaiteriteri, 7197
Tel: Free phone: 0800 ABEL TASMAN (0800 223 582), Phone: 03 528 2027
Hours: As you can stay in the lodges at this park, there are no set timings for you to worry about.
Timings: Abel Tasman National Park is open throughout the year, with lodging available in the park itself. Access to different sections of the park may vary based on weather conditions and the mating seasons of the animals. Other than this, visitors are allowed to explore the park at their leisure.
The Abel Tasman National Park offers a range of different packages for travellers from all walks of life. Thus, depending on the package that you pick, you can enjoy a Kayak and Walk trip for 3-5 days, 3 Day Guided walks, Self-guided Walks, and trips that include cruises. There are also a few packages available that allow you to experience walking, kayaking and cycling across this gorgeous park.
As there are a ton of packages that you can choose from, you’ll find that the tariffs to stay may vary. For instance, prices for the trio package (which includes kayaking, cycling, and walking) start from $ 2115. On the other hand, most single day trip packages, such as the Vista Cruise and Cruise and Walk packages start from $65 – 76, and move upwards based on the timings and inclusions.
Kayaking packages start from $ 90 and can go up to $ 175, while packages that include both, Kayaking and Walking start from $ 145 and go up to $ 175. Finally, beach stop packages can range from $ 64 to $ 86.
You must also factor in the cost of getting a water taxi while planning your trip. If you’re getting a water taxi to facilitate a single day trip, you may have to pay around $ 37 for a one-way trip. On the other hand, hiring a private water taxi to get around the park as per your own convenience can cost you around $ 250.
Tranquil walks that make you feel as though you’re one with nature, lavish beachside cottages, scenic journeys on the sea, and wildlife.
The closest city to the Abel Tasman National Park is Nelson and the drive from here can take around 1.15 hours. Nelson has its own international airport and you can find flights from India that head to this city. Major airlines like Cathay and Singapore Airlines don't fly to this airport, however, you must keep in mind that you’ll experience at least two stopovers along the way – one in Hong Kong and one in Auckland.
If you are travelling within New Zealand, you can drive down from multiple cities like Christchurch, Blenheim, Picton, Collingwood, Takaka, Westport, Richmond, Motueka, and, of course, Nelson. You’ll also find bus services that travel between these cities and the national park.
Finally, you can also take a ferry from Wellington and enjoy sailing across deep blue waters and feeling the thrill of spotting your destination from the deck.
As the Abel Tasman National Park has made quite the name for itself, you’ll be surprised to know that it is a family-run park. 8 generations of the Wilson family have dedicated their lives to ensuring the park remains self-sustainable and a safe haven for all the creatures that live in it.
If you’re planning to truly transport yourself to a simpler time, you must stay at the Meadowland Homestead, which is an exact replica of the home built by William Hart field in 1884. In fact, it even lies on the original site. The home has 13 rooms as well as a common drinking and dining area where you can socialise with other guests and enjoy expanding your circle of friends.
The Torrent Bay Lodge is another property in this national park that guests truly enjoy. With a blend of Kiwi and modern architecture, the lodge offers an aesthetic place for you to wake to the sounds of birds and water. Like the Meadowland Homestead, this lodge has 13 rooms and a common drinking and dining room.
Get acquainted with the concept of farm to table, as all meals offered at the Abel Tasman National Park are made with locally grown, seasonal ingredients. Begin your days with a hearty breakfast that keeps you full until you dig into the picnic meals prepared by top chefs at the park. You can also enjoy barbecued items, desserts, cheese boards, and customised menus and cater to all your cravings in a single day.
Escape from the hassles of technology and hyper connectivity by heading to the Abel Tasman National Park and rediscovering what it means to be a citizen of the world.
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