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Department of Conservation offices. Abel Tasman has a number of walking trails, with road access from both Totaranui and Wainui at its north end and Marahau in the south. Shuttles and water taxis can take you to the trailheads or pick you up afterward. The tracks and conditions aren't too grueling, but conditions can change quickly, especially in winter. Carry bottled water, as only some sites have treated water available, and bring warm clothing, food, and sun and insect protection. The sandflies can be voracious. The Department of Conservation offices provide trail maps. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.doc.govt.nz.
Abel Tasman Coast Track. The most popular hike is the three- to five-day Abel Tasman Coast Track, open year-round. Much of the track's popularity is because of its relatively easy terrain and short distances between huts and start/finish points. Commercial vessels, such as water taxis, will drop off and pick up hikers from several points along the track, allowing walks from 1 hour to five days. There are four huts and 19 campsites along the Coast Track, and spaces in both must be booked year-round. Bookings can be made online or through selected DOC offices or agents. The Nelson Regional Visitor Centre also has more information.
Great Walks Helpdesk. For help with bookings contact Great Walks Helpdesk. 03/546–8210. email@example.com. www.doc.govt.nz.
Abel Tasman Wilson's Experiences. Abel Tasman Wilson's Experiences are the original operators of day excursions to this beautiful park. They run day trips from three to eight hours, including bushwalks, trips to beaches, launch cruises, and sea kayaking. They also run one- to five-day hiking or hiking-kayaking treks around the park with overnight beachfront accommodations provided in lodges. They also have a 140-passenger catamaran, which cruises every day from Kaiteriteri—three departures a day in summer and once a day in winter. 265 High St., Motueka, 7120. 03/528–2027; 0800/223–582 (NZ only). www.abeltasman.co.nz.
Abel Tasman Sailing. If you'd like a day in the park without breaking a sweat, call up Abel Tasman Sailing. Their three large catamarans sail daily into the heart of the park from Kaiteriteri Beach. On the way you stop at Split Apple Rock before heading off to swim at a gorgeous beach such as the Anchorage, where the water is a translucent green. You can also view a colony of fur seals up close. A day trip costs NZ$169, including lunch. A range of sailing, kayaking, walking and water-taxi options are available from NZ$85. Advance reservations are not always necessary. You can also arrange a private charter trip, or join a multi-day liveaboard excursion from NZ$879 per person. 03/527–8375; 0800/467–245 (NZ only). firstname.lastname@example.org. www.sailingadventures.co.nz.
Sea Kayak Company. The Sea Kayak Company leads a range of guided kayaking options through the pristine waters of the national park to beaches and campsites sometimes inaccessible to hikers. The most popular tours include the "Ab-Fab" one-day kayak and walk trip (NZ$190), a two-day "More than Beaches" tour (NZ$370), and three- and five-day tours (NZ$560 and $950, respectively). All multi-day tours are fully catered and all equipment is supplied. Reservations are recommended at least three weeks in advance. 506 High St., Motueka, 7005. 03/528–7251; 0508/252–925 (free NZ only). email@example.com. www.seakayaknz.co.nz..
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