Abel Tasman Coast Track: Bark Bay to Awaroa
ElevationAscent: 1,287' 392 m
Descent: -1,272' -388 m
High: 443' 135 m
Low: 0' 0 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
“A beautiful coastal run along the famed Abel Tasman "Great Walk" route.”— Josh Rosen
After crossing the open plane of the Bark Bay estuary, the track climbs somewhat steeply back into the bush before leveling out for another beautiful run along the forest with occasional views opening out onto the water. Onetahuti is a broad and beautiful golden sand beach that makes a perfect rest spot. There are also campsite facilities (reservations required).
Water taxis can be taken to Onetahuti as well, with various pick up points along the rest of the track. This is a popular option for a day run as it is a an easy drop off/pick up point for the water taxis.
After running along the beautiful sand of Onetahuti bay, you enter a boardwalk taking you over some of the tidal marshes and back into the bush. The track climbs gently again and then levels out as you continue to run along the forest.
After a while, you reach a fork where you can descend towards the Awaroa Lodge (not to be confused with the DOC Awaroa Hut that can be booked for running the Great Walk). After running descending towards some marshier area and emerging at the Awaroa Lodge, where it is a short 5 minute run to the beach and the water-taxi pickup site.
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Land Manager: Department of Conservation - Abel Tasman National Park