Combining a cycling holiday in Nelson Tasman with an Abel Tasman trip is a perfect way to make the most of a visit to this region. All the more so, because the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route which starts in Nelson, finishes right on the beachfront at Kaiteriteri, and this is the departure point for boats transporting visitors into the Park.
The Abel Tasman was formally opened as a National Park in 1942 as a result of lobbying by a visionary Nelson resident, Perrine Moncrieff. Initially the park was administered by the Abel Tasman National Park Board and in the mid 1950’s the Abel Tasman Coast Track was formed, with huts gradually built over the next two decades. The track is 60 km in length and runs from Marahau to Wainui. The route includes lush coastal forest, suspension bridges, idyllic golden sand beaches and steep-sided estuaries, perfect for swimming at high tide. Fur seals / kekeno are found along the coast, particularly on the more remote granite headlands and boulder beaches. There are 18 campsites and 4 huts along the track.
In 1975 the Wilson family began taking passengers into the Park on the first scheduled boat services from Kaiteriteri. Today, kayaking and walking are popular ways to explore the area. For those looking for a multi day trip in the Park, Wilsons Abel Tasman offer 3 day and 5 day trips, staying at their beachfront lodges in Awaroa and Torrent Bay. The guided/self-guided walk or guided kayaking trips offer an opportunity to enjoy the Park from the comfort of welcoming accommodation in a relaxed, beach holiday atmosphere. Lodge rooms include en suite bathrooms and with no heavy pack to carry, guests can enjoy each day, being as active or relaxed as they wish. Expert guides can share fascinating insights into cultural and natural history, told through Wilson family ancestors personal stories. Leisurely options are included, with no track walking required.
A Wilsons Abel Tasman multi day trip can be added to any cycling trip that ends at Kaiteriteri. Please talk to us for more information.