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Abel Tasman

‘The Green Rush’ is a visitor slogan applied to the Nelson region to emphasise its pristine beauty, sun, sand, sea and lush green forest.

 

‘The Green Rush’ is a visitor slogan applied to the Nelson region to emphasise its pristine beauty, sun, sand, sea and lush green forest.

 

Visiting the region is a natural experience that gets you close to nature in a relaxed and completely satisfying way - a real green rush in complete harmony with bush and beach.

 

Nowhere in the Nelson region epitomises this better than New Zealand’s smallest and most popular national park. Abel Tasman National Park is a tramping, sea kayaking and boating mecca without parallel. A piece of paradise in the southern ocean that feels distinctly tropical with its limpid emerald waters, golden sands, tiny islands, lagoons, crescent-shaped coves and abundant marine life, under bright blue skies. The golden sands are quite remarkable. Quartz and marble have eroded down to dazzling honey-hued crystals that sparkle in the sunlight.

 

The Coastal Track can be walked in 3 or 4 days in either direction as a guided or a freedom tramp, staying in pre-booked Department of Conservation huts, campsites or in private lodges. There is also the option of experiencing the rugged granite coastline by cruise launch, water taxi or sea kayak. One or more days can be devoted to walking combined with a boat cruise to give total planning flexibility - the best of both worlds.

 

The main bases for arranging excursions around the coast are Motueka, Kaiteriteri and Marahau in the south and Totaranui in the north. Day tramps from each entrance are popular.

 

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Uploaded on September 29, 2020