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Abel Tasman Coast Track: Marahau to Anchorage Bay

Easy/Intermediate

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7.6 mile 12.3 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 980' 299 m
Descent: -968' -295 m
High: 370' 113 m
Low: 0' 0 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Enjoy forested trails, sparkling ocean, and golden sand along this trail.

Josh Rosen

Features Commonly Backpacked · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

The track can be used all year. Reservations are needed for all campsites and huts ahead of time. More information can be found at the DOC website.

Runner Notes

This trail is great for trail running as it is a very smooth and well-maintained trail.

Description

This is the first part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track, one of New Zealand's nine "Great Walks". The run is beautiful and quite easy for day runners or backpackers alike. It keeps to the coastline winding through the bush to emerge on stunning views of the sparkling Tasman Bay and golden sand beaches. There are many smaller campsites along the track (be sure to book ahead) and this section of the track ends in Anchorage Bay, the site of a large full-service campsite, hut, and water-taxi pickup/drop off.

The trail is very well maintained with minimal obstacles, and the elevation gain is very manageable for day runners and novice backpackers alike. There are many great smaller campsites and beaches along the way to stop for a snack. Anchorage Bay has filtered water available, and there are frequent streams along the route that can be used with proper treatment.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of birds from waterfowl (gulls, cormorants, etc.) and smaller birds in the forrest (fantails, weka, etc.). Large and beautiful black beech and rimu. Manuka, kanuka, and gorse on the drier sections.

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Mar 20, 2019
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Coquille Bay and Fisherman Island can both be seen from the Abel Tasman Track.
May 14, 2017 near Port Mo…, NZ
Adele Island is quite beautiful as seen from the waters of Stillwell Bay.
May 14, 2017 near Port Mo…, NZ
The magical colors of Abel Tasman at Porters Beach
Feb 20, 2018 near Port Mo…, NZ
Starting off on Abel Tasman Track, enjoy this sturdy bridge and awesome views.
May 14, 2017 near Port Mo…, NZ
The view looking south at Tasman Bay from the Abel Tasman Track is equally beautiful.
May 14, 2017 near Port Mo…, NZ
The turquoise waters of Coquille Bay shine from the Abel Tasman Track.
May 14, 2017 near Port Mo…, NZ

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