The Beach Guide

Abel Tasman National Park

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.

Nearest city

Motueka

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Abel Tasman National Park Weather Info

Current weather (Mon Feb 24th 12:00)

Partly cloudy

(Partly cloudy)
19°C / 66°F

Sea temperature
18.4°C
65.2°F
Wind NNW
Rain 0.0mm
Sunrise 07:12
Sunset 19:14
Current weather

Week weather forecast

Mon 24th
Clear sky 20°C / 68°F N

5 mph
8 km/h

Tue 25th
Fair 20°C / 68°F NNW

5 mph
8 km/h

Wed 26th
Partly cloudy 22°C / 72°F NNW

4 mph
6 km/h

Thu 27th
Partly cloudy 21°C / 70°F N

10 mph
16 km/h

Fri 28th
Light rain showers 20°C / 68°F N

12 mph
20 km/h

Sat 29th
Cloudy 22°C / 72°F NW

10 mph
16 km/h

5 Day Abel Tasman National Park UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Abel Tasman National Park tide times & sea state

  • Mon 24/02 »
    Surf report for Mon 24/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 2ft 11s  °  ° 8mph
    13:00 2ft 11s  °  ° 8mph
    19:00 2ft 12s  °  ° 11mph
    Tide times
    Low 4:58am (0.45m)
    High 11:02am (4.81m)
    Low 5:06pm (0.45m)
    High 11:27pm (4.53m)
    Daylight
    First light06:33
    Sunrise07:02
    Sunset20:19
    Dark20:48
  • Tue 25/02 »
    Surf report for Tue 25/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 2ft 18s  °  ° 4mph
    13:00 2ft 18s  °  ° 7mph
    19:00 2ft 17s  °  ° 8mph
    Tide times
    Low 5:30am (0.33m)
    High 11:34am (4.84m)
    Low 5:35pm (0.42m)
    Daylight
    First light06:35
    Sunrise07:03
    Sunset20:18
    Dark20:46
  • Wed 26/02 »
    Surf report for Wed 26/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 2ft 16s  °  ° 4mph
    13:00 2ft 16s  °  ° 5mph
    19:00 2ft 15s  °  ° 8mph
    Tide times
    High 12:00am (4.57m)
    Low 5:59am (0.28m)
    High 12:06pm (4.82m)
    Low 6:04pm (0.43m)
    Daylight
    First light06:36
    Sunrise07:04
    Sunset20:16
    Dark20:45
  • Thu 27/02 »
    Surf report for Thu 27/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 2ft 15s  °  ° 5mph
    13:00 2ft 12s  °  ° 11mph
    19:00 2ft 10s  °  ° 14mph
    Tide times
    High 12:32am (4.54m)
    Low 6:27am (0.32m)
    High 12:38pm (4.74m)
    Low 6:35pm (0.46m)
    Daylight
    First light06:37
    Sunrise07:05
    Sunset20:15
    Dark20:43
  • Fri 28/02 »
    Surf report for Fri 28/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 3ft 15s  °  ° 7mph
    13:00 3ft 15s  °  ° 6mph
    19:00 4ft 14s  °  ° 12mph
    Tide times
    High 1:05am (4.46m)
    Low 6:56am (0.43m)
    High 1:11pm (4.62m)
    Low 7:06pm (0.54m)
    Daylight
    First light06:38
    Sunrise07:06
    Sunset20:13
    Dark20:42
  • Sat 29/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 29/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    4:00 3ft 12s  °  ° 10mph
    10:00 3ft 15s  °  ° 11mph
    16:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 17mph
    Tide times
    High 1:37am (4.34m)
    Low 7:26am (0.62m)
    High 1:46pm (4.44m)
    Low 7:42pm (0.67m)
    Daylight
    First light06:40
    Sunrise07:08
    Sunset20:12
    Dark20:40

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