Abel Tasman is the smallest national park in New Zealand. It’s tucked away on the northwest corner of the south island. I have a feeling that it doesn’t get as much love as it should. Not located near other major traveler hotspots on the south island (like the famous glaciers to the south), it’s easy to overlook the park. Keep in mind that New Zealand is a country where the landscape starts at beautiful and only gets better from there. So, Abel Tasman has a lot of competition.
But, just a couple of hours to the west of Picton (the landing point of the Interislander Ferry), lies Motueka, the small town that is the gateway to Abel Tasman. You can easily do this park in a day if pressed for time, or a couple if you want to explore the entirety of its beautiful smallness. You can hike, kayak, camp, swim, or simply take a boat cruise to enjoy the park.
For this photo essay I pulled a few pics from the film I shot for our Hiking the Abel Tasman Park episode. If you notice that the photos are a little fuzzy, keep in mind that these were grabbed from film, not from camera.
Enjoy this photo essay of our time at Abel Tasman supporting Blog 4 New Zealand.
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