At 22,530 hectares, Abel Tasman is New Zealand's smallest national park. However, it is also the country's most visited because of its location near mountains, granite cliffs and sandy beaches.
Abel Tasman is on New Zealand's South Island near the towns of Motueka, Kaiteriteri and Takaka.
There are a number of different ways to get to Abel Tasman National Park, including flying into Christchurch and driving to the park or taking the Interislander ferry to Picton and driving from there. However, one of the most unique ways to get there is to fly from Motueka, either by helicopter or plane.
Abel Tasman is a good year-round destination because it is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand, getting 2,200 hours of sunshine every year and about 71 inches of rain that is distributed fairly evenly throughout the year.
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Abel Tasman is most famous for the Abel Tasman Coast Track, a three- to five-day hike (although shorter one day hikes are available) across 32 miles. It takes visitors through native New Zealand forests and across sandy beaches.
Other popular activities at Abel Tasman National Park are the Inland track, which takes visitors across the hilly center of the park; sailing and sea kayaking; and mountain biking.
Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen
Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.