Wow, the Abel Tasman National Park is an absolute pristine place on earth. Golden beaches, clear waters, gorgeous wildlife. It is a paradise.
I have been here way to many times to count and every time is like the first. There is just so much to see! I thought since I love this place so much why not compile a list of my favourite beaches in the park. Maybe one of them is your favourite too?
p.s if you haven’t been here then get your butt up ASAP! It is truly amazing, even in winter!
Number 1: Bark Bay
This beach is a dream. Located just 2.5 hours walk from the main beach at Anchorage. It’s a great place to spend the day if you’re boating in and out, or its even better staying the night! Camping here is awesome you can literally pitch your tent within 3 steps to the golden beach, it’s unreal. The bay has this nifty tidal area that gives it extra character. There is a bunch of toilets, a cute wee kitchenette and fresh drinking water. Everything you need 🙂 When I was here last there was this little black oystercatcher with its babies walking up and down the beach unsure of how to cross the estuary, they definitely became my friends. Bonus!
Number 2: Mutton Cove
This is by far the most peaceful beach in the park. It is situated about 2 hours walk from Totaranui meaning you don’t have the hustle and bustle of the water taxi’s. I didn’t hear one boat while I was there so I could really be still and relax. The sand is so soft and great for doing hand stands and beach aerobics! One thing I surprisingly really liked about this beach was the fact there was only 1 toilet and no kitchenette so I really felt off the grid.
While you are here I definitely recommend popping over to Separation Point which is only 20 minutes stroll away. This is probably one of my favourite places on the planet. If you’re game you can dive off the rocks into the dreamy blue water and take a nosey at the baby seals doing there thang in the rock pools. Unreal!
Number 3: Onetahuti
This beach is definitely underrated. You kind of skip past this on the water taxi. It’s about 4 hours walk from Anchorage Bay and is accessible by boat, kayak and foot! The campground here is similar to Bark Bay, just a couple of steps to the beach. What I loved most about this place was the cute little glow-worm cave at the end of the beach. There were also neat little rock pools with giant roaming crabs that I thought were pretty cool. When the tide is low there is definitely more opportunity to explore! Another cool thing I came across at this bay was a sting ray. He was just gliding down the beach in the shallow water! Safe to say I was a tad scared to jump in.
Truly, all the beaches in the park are great and I would recommend all of them but if you can’t get around to them all then absolutely keep these 3 in the back of your mind!
P.s if you want to see more of my trips through the national park, check my snaps out here!