Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its world-famous coastal walking track, its golden beaches, unmodified estuaries, sculptured granite cliffs and mild climate.
It is a good place to visit at any time of year but during summer the park is particularly popular and the bays become dotted with sea kayaks, sailing boats and other water craft.
Many people choose to stay in huts or campsites provided by the Department of
Conservation (DOC) as they explore the Coast Track. The track hugs the coast, offering spectacular views as you reach the top of a ridge, then it’s back down to a sheltered swimming and picnic spot.
There are two places where you can mountain bike in the park. The first is on a section of the Moa Park Track, from the Rameka Track turnoff to the Wainui Track turnoff. This track is accessed from the Canaan Downs carpark and can be used year-round, it links with a mountain bike track that is being developed in the adjacent Canaan Downs Scenic Reserve, providing a round-trip. This track is mostly complete though further work is being carried out to improve it. Please note that the Rameka Track can also be used by mountain bikers as it is on unformed legal road, outside of the park.
The second place where you can mountain bike is on the Gibbs Hill Track. This is available to mountain bikers between 1 May and 1 October, at any time of the day.
Sailing, boating and sea kayaking allows you to access some of the sheltered coves that the track bypasses. Tours and rentals can be arranged locally.