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

Sun 15/12 »

Surf report for Sun 15/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 16mph
13:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 20mph
19:00 5ft 6s  °  ° 21mph
Tide times
High 12:47am (4.65m)
Low 6:50am (0.40m)
High 1:13pm (4.81m)
Low 7:12pm (0.46m)
Daylight
First light05:16
Sunrise05:49
Sunset20:55
Dark21:28

Mon 16/12 »

Surf report for Mon 16/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 8mph
13:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 9mph
19:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 7mph
Tide times
High 1:36am (4.51m)
Low 7:36am (0.47m)
High 2:00pm (4.66m)
Low 8:07pm (0.60m)
Daylight
First light05:16
Sunrise05:49
Sunset20:56
Dark21:29

Tue 17/12 »

Surf report for Tue 17/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 7ft 7s  °  ° 19mph
13:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 17mph
19:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
High 2:30am (4.36m)
Low 8:26am (0.61m)
High 2:54pm (4.49m)
Low 9:08pm (0.73m)
Daylight
First light05:16
Sunrise05:50
Sunset20:56
Dark21:30

Wed 18/12 »

Surf report for Wed 18/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 16mph
13:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 8mph
19:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
High 3:28am (4.23m)
Low 9:22am (0.79m)
High 3:56pm (4.34m)
Low 10:16pm (0.81m)
Daylight
First light05:17
Sunrise05:50
Sunset20:57
Dark21:30

Thu 19/12 »

Surf report for Thu 19/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 5mph
13:00 3ft 7s  °  ° 16mph
19:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 23mph
Tide times
High 4:30am (4.16m)
Low 10:30am (0.94m)
High 5:03pm (4.26m)
Low 11:26pm (0.80m)
Daylight
First light05:17
Sunrise05:50
Sunset20:58
Dark21:31

Fri 20/12 »

Surf report for Fri 20/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 8ft 8s  °  ° 24mph
13:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 24mph
19:00 8ft 10s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
High 5:35am (4.16m)
Low 11:49am (0.98m)
High 6:12pm (4.28m)
Daylight
First light05:17
Sunrise05:51
Sunset20:58
Dark21:32

Today's weather

Partly cloudy

19 °C
(66 °F)

Light breeze, 11.2 km/h from NNW

Sea temperature

18.4°C / 65.2°F

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