Walk Abel Tasman National Park

Trip Code: PHXT

Why we love it

Spend three full days exploring the picturesque Abel Tasman National Park, discovering golden-sand beaches and secluded bays only accessible by boat or on foot., Experience Abel Tasman’s most classic hike without lugging all your stuff, thanks to daily water taxis from your accommodations to the trail start points., Kick up your weary walking feet at the end of each day with stays in cosy cabins and lodges right inside the park grounds., Cross the challenging Awaroa Inlet and navigate the fast-changing tide under the expert guidance of a local leader.

Is this trip right for me?

This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

Important information

A single supplement is NOT available for this trip.

Your trip starts with a group meeting at 6pm on day 1 in Nelson and finishes upon arrival back into Nelson on the last day at around 2:30pm.

What to bring/pack

Please keep your luggage size and weight to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15 kg in total per person) is essential due to limited space for luggage in our vehicles. We recommend against bringing hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store in the vehicle and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings., ESSENTIAL

Refillable water bottle - minimum of 1 litre.
Waterproof raincoat
Sturdy footwear for tramping (this is what hiking is called in New Zealand!)
Shorts for walking
T-shirts for fine weather
Fleece jacket or microfleece top
Warm, protective clothing
Thermal underwear (for cooler months)
Warm hat – fleece or woolen (for cooler months)
Gloves (for cooler months)
Woolen or thermal socks
Sunscreen / Sun protection
Insect repellent
First aid kit
Torch & Batteries (for winter months)
“Second Skin” / plasters for blisters
Waterproof/plastic pack liner

- Pack all your clothing in plastic bags inside your pack liner for added rain protection.
- Keep your pack as light as possible while still taking the essentials – a lighter pack for walking during the day will enhance your experience. Remember that a pack transfer service is offered to ensure a completely enjoyable walk.
- Remember there are restaurants along the way to buy meals and you may find some of the accommodation operators sell extra provisions as you go along but if you require specific provisions, you are advised to carry all provisions with you., WATER BOTTLE
Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided on some of our vehicles and at some of our accommodation. Your leader will advise whether tap water is safe to drink in your destination, if it is you can simply refill with tap water. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.

Physical rating


The walking on this trip is over easy to moderate terrain and distances covered can vary from 5 to 20 km (please check day descriptions for details). Be prepared for daily ascents and descents, sometimes with short, steep sections. Terrain can be rocky with loose gravel, or with roots, which may become slippery when wet. This trip is ideal for nature lovers and the leaders set an even pace, providing time to take photos and to appreciate the beautiful surroundings.

Joining your group

The Prince Albert, 113 Nile Street, Nelson, NEW ZEALAND, Phone: +64 35488477

Joining instructions

Flying into to Nelson is one of the easiest ways to arrive for the trip. Nelson is the largest town in the area and home of New Zealand’s sixth busiest airport. Nelson is also easily reached by road if you have your own transport, but for travellers without a car it is very easy to take the ferry from Wellington to Picton, followed by a private shuttle transfer from Picton to Nelson. From anywhere else on the South Island the Intercity Bus Network has a hub right in the middle of Nelson with frequent services from and to Picton, Christchurch and other cities and towns around the South Island.

Finishing your trip

The Prince Albert, 113 Nile Street, Nelson, NEW ZEALAND, Phone: +64 35488477

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 4

Lunches included: 3

Dinners included: 

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let your booking agent know prior to departure.

Climate & seasonal information

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below.

Intrepid's Local Operator: +64 9 520 5593



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