Abel Tasman National Park

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Abel Tasman National Park
Photo: © Martin Maun
Deserted beach in Abel Tasman
Photo: © Patrick Orlob
Kayak at Kaiteriteri Beach
Photo: © Tobias Thierer
Split Apple Rock
Photo: © Tristan Schmurr / CC BY

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Set in the far north of the South Island, Abel Tasman is the smallest national park in New Zealand. But small is beautiful and this certainly holds true for this beach-lover's paradise. Abel Tasman is not a single beach but a number of beautiful bays, all of which feature pristine, golden sand and forest backdrops. Now I could have probably picked most of New Zealand's best beaches from Abel Tasman alone, but that seemed a little unfair on the rest of the country. The only possible downside is that whilst the national park is heaven for nature lovers it isn't the most accessible of places, with many beaches only reachable by trail or kayak.

Kaiteriteri Beach is often cited as the finest of Abel Tasman's beaches with its uniquely golden sand formed from crystals of quartz and mica washed from the native granite. Totaranui is another great beach, with its 1km stretch of sand and relatively easy access it is one of the park's most popular. Also worthy of mention is the horseshoe shaped Onetahuti (Tonga) beach with its fur seal colony just offshore.

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Abel Tasman National Park Weather Info

5 Day Abel Tasman National Park UV Index

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Abel Tasman National Park tide times & sea state

Wed 17/07 »

Surf report for Wed 17/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 24mph
12:00 12ft 12s  °  ° 30mph
18:00 11ft 12s  °  ° 25mph
Tide times
Low 3:23am (0.66m)
High 9:40am (4.43m)
Low 3:48pm (0.63m)
High 10:00pm (4.89m)
Daylight
First light07:17
Sunrise07:47
Sunset17:20
Dark17:50

Thu 18/07 »

Surf report for Thu 18/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 18mph
12:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 16mph
18:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Low 4:00am (0.59m)
High 10:20am (4.48m)
Low 4:27pm (0.57m)
High 10:34pm (4.91m)
Daylight
First light07:16
Sunrise07:47
Sunset17:20
Dark17:50

Fri 19/07 »

Surf report for Fri 19/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 14mph
12:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 14mph
18:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Low 4:34am (0.57m)
High 10:58am (4.49m)
Low 5:03pm (0.55m)
High 11:08pm (4.86m)
Daylight
First light07:16
Sunrise07:46
Sunset17:21
Dark17:51

Sat 20/07 »

Surf report for Sat 20/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 13mph
12:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 13mph
18:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Low 5:07am (0.60m)
High 11:34am (4.46m)
Low 5:37pm (0.56m)
High 11:43pm (4.75m)
Daylight
First light07:15
Sunrise07:45
Sunset17:22
Dark17:52

Sun 21/07 »

Surf report for Sun 21/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 5mph
12:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
18:00 5ft 15s  °  ° 3mph
Tide times
Low 5:40am (0.67m)
High 12:11pm (4.39m)
Low 6:09pm (0.62m)
Daylight
First light07:15
Sunrise07:45
Sunset17:23
Dark17:53

Mon 22/07 »

Surf report for Mon 22/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 16s  °  ° 6mph
21:00 3ft 15s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
High 12:18am (4.61m)
Low 6:15am (0.77m)
High 12:48pm (4.27m)
Low 6:43pm (0.73m)
Daylight
First light07:14
Sunrise07:44
Sunset17:24
Dark17:54

Today's weather

Rain showers

10 °C
(50 °F)

Light breeze, 7.2 km/h from WSW

Sea temperature

14.2°C / 57.6°F

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