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Reviewed 19 March 2019

We hiked 12 kilometers on the Abel Tasman Coast Track and every step was scenic. Fantastic views of the Tasman Sea, including islands just offshore. The portion of track that we hiked was a few hundred feet above the sea level, but there were side paths along the way that brought you down to beautiful, uncrowded beaches. It was a climb to get up to the track, but once up on the track there weren't any big climbs unless you took a side trip down to the beach which required climbing back up. The track was easy walking and fairly wide so that two people could walk side by side. We took a cruise from Kaiteriteri to the Anchorage and then hiked from the Anchorage to Marahau. We would have liked to have spent more days here doing additional hiking and kayaking, but we were time constrained and only had one day to enjoy this wonderful place.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 14 March 2019

We took the Sea Shuttle Ltd boat which dropped us off at Medlands beach and we wlked through to Ancourage Bay for the boat to pick us up. The boat did a bit of sightseeing first where we saw the split apple rock and some seals. It the stopped a couple of times to drop people off and eventually we got to our stop. The walk was on a nerrow track and was a lot harder than we expected at times, but the scenery was gorgeous as were the views. The walk is planned for 4 hours although we did the extended version in three and a half.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 6 March 2019 via mobile

We spend two days in the area. Walked from Marahau to Trimline Bay and back. We like to stroll, stop at the beaches, take photos and eat snacks. Perfect for an afternoon walk. We had a gorgeous sunny day. If that was all I had done I would have been happy, but we returned the next day to an even more spectacular hike. We used Marahau Water Taxi for a drop off at Torrent Bay and we walked to Anchorage Bay to be picked up later in the day. It is one of the shorter distances but perfect for us as we take our time. We were able to walk on the beach, chat with others, picnic lunch and so on. The ride out was smooth and the ride back was rolling waves and we got a bit wet sitting at back of boat but so fun! Loved the time spent here.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 March 2019 via mobile

This hike just keeps on giving!

We did Marahau to Apple Tree Bay and we were taken aback by the beauty of the scenery. It’s not a challenging hike but so worth doing as it is simply gorgeous.

Well worth building into your trip to Abel Tasman. Stunning

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 26 February 2019

After doing the Routeburn Track, this was like a pleasant stroll! Granted, we did not do the entire track. Where we were staying in Awaroa, we did a round trip to Tonga Bay one day. On another day, we took the sea shuttle north to Totaranui and walked back to Awaroa. In both cases, especially with the section from Totaranui to Awaroa, you have to pay close attention to the tides. The track itself features a walk through beautiful vegetation with frequent views of the water. In fact, there are great opportunities to walk along the beach or just “jump in”! Make it a point to also look down to marvel at the assortment of beautiful shells along the beaches. On the Totaranui trail, it might help to have a clear trail map or take note of trail markers that go into the woods, as its tempting to just keep walking along the beach, especially at low tide.

Date of experience: February 2019
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