With more than a third of New Zealand covered by protected national parks and an abundance of unique wildlife, it's no secret that NZ is a nature-lovers paradise. Situated in the north tip of the South Island, Abel Tasman National Park is the perfect example of this. At 54,000 acres this is New Zealand's smallest national park but also it's only costal one. With beautiful golden beaches, turquoise water and luscious native bush that surrounds,
you're able to be completely at one with nature. Some of the great appeal with Abel Tasman is down to the mild climate that brings in visitors all year round. Take advantage of the exquisite walking track that has been included in New Zealand's Great Walks and choose anything from half-an-hour, two-hour, or four-hour walks to three to five full days roaming along the 37-mile coastline. Along the way, you'll be able to experience hidden treasures such Cleopatra's Pool – a natural rock pool with a nature-made moss slide – or a walk on the 150ft suspended bridge that hovers above and looks out onto the Falls River.
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Despite its wild nature, Abel Tasman is it perfect for all age and all abilities – the perfect way for smaller kids or older family member to get up-close-and-personal with New Zealand's magnificent and unique nature.
Cars and buses are not permitted within the national park, creating a sense of isolation not so easily found in today's world. Without all of the distractions of modern life, you can completely immerse yourself in the scenery and look out for the various wildlife including tui and bellbirds that fill the forest. Whether you are a keen walker or more of a gentle ambler, there are plenty of bays, incredible beaches and inlets to explore on foot, plus numerous activities including kayaking, sailing catamarans or taking a heli-tour. You may even come across some fur seals lounging around the rocks of Tonga Island.
The closest towns to the park are Motueka, Takaka and Kaiteriteri, should you want to venture out and explore further.