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

Thu 23/05 »

Surf report for Thu 23/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 13s  °  ° 12mph
12:00 2ft 12s  °  ° 7mph
18:00 2ft 14s  °  ° 7mph
Tide times
Low 5:47am (0.68m)
High 12:16pm (4.30m)
Low 6:20pm (0.77m)
Daylight
First light07:05
Sunrise07:35
Sunset17:13
Dark17:43

Fri 24/05 »

Surf report for Fri 24/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 14s  °  ° 5mph
12:00 2ft 13s  °  ° 10mph
18:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
High 12:28am (4.56m)
Low 6:28am (0.93m)
High 1:02pm (4.06m)
Low 7:03pm (1.01m)
Daylight
First light07:05
Sunrise07:35
Sunset17:13
Dark17:43

Sat 25/05 »

Surf report for Sat 25/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 16mph
12:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 16mph
18:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
High 1:09am (4.27m)
Low 7:15am (1.18m)
High 1:53pm (3.84m)
Low 7:49pm (1.22m)
Daylight
First light07:06
Sunrise07:36
Sunset17:12
Dark17:42

Sun 26/05 »

Surf report for Sun 26/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 15s  °  ° 13mph
12:00 3ft 13s  °  ° 13mph
18:00 3ft 11s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
High 1:58am (3.98m)
Low 8:10am (1.40m)
High 2:50pm (3.69m)
Low 8:42pm (1.38m)
Daylight
First light07:07
Sunrise07:37
Sunset17:11
Dark17:41

Mon 27/05 »

Surf report for Mon 27/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 10mph
12:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 18mph
18:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 21mph
Tide times
High 2:57am (3.75m)
Low 9:18am (1.55m)
High 3:51pm (3.62m)
Low 9:47pm (1.47m)
Daylight
First light07:08
Sunrise07:38
Sunset17:11
Dark17:41

Tue 28/05 »

Surf report for Tue 28/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 7s  °  ° 23mph
12:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
High 4:09am (3.66m)
Low 10:32am (1.57m)
High 4:53pm (3.63m)
Low 11:00pm (1.43m)
Daylight
First light07:09
Sunrise07:39
Sunset17:10
Dark17:40

Today's weather

Clear sky

11 °C
(51 °F)

Light breeze, 7.9 km/h from SW

Sea temperature

16.1°C / 61°F

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