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Awaroa Bay, Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park, Takaka

This 800-metre arc of bush-backed golden sand captured the imagination of New Zealanders when the threat of private sale meant beach access was in jeopardy. Crowdfunding commenced and the beach was saved. The purchased beach was then handed over to the Department of Conservation. Stuff campaign, Kiwis donated more than $2.8 million to save it from falling into overseas ownership.

At high tide, the estuary is a magical place to kayak – keep your eyes peeled for stingrays.


Imagine walking across rivers of golden sand with shallow puddles of seawater indicating the tide comes in at some point. The Abel Tasman coast track reaches Awaroa from the south and entices visitors to wait for the tide. Cross at the right time travelling north to Totaranui camp grounds.

Awaroa Campsite, Abel Tasman, Nelson, New Zealand @Doc /Barna Ban/ Creative Commons
Awaroa Campsite @Doc /Barna Ban/ Creative Commons

Extraordinary, Awaroa is the home for a four-star Lodge and fine dining restaurant.


Imagine yourself savouring the best of Nelson produce with outstanding views of the Abel Tasman National Park as your companion.


Awaroa Inlet can only be crossed within 1 hour 30 minutes before and 2 hours after low tide under normal conditions. However, this period can be affected by factors such as tide heights, storm surges and heavy rain. It is only safe to cross the inlet in daylight. Allow 25 minutes to cross.

Source: DOC online resource

4 km from Awaroa Bay to Onetahuti Beach (Tonga Quarry Campsite an additional 0.8 km)


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