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Bark Bay, Abel Tasman National Park – Things to Do

Abel Tasman National Park, Takaka

Smack bang in the middle of Abel Tasman National Park is a stunner of a beach. Bark Bay is an ideal overnight location for visitors wishing to explore Falls River, suspension bridges and picturesque tidal estuaries.

Bark Bay campsite @Doc / Chloe Riddell / Creative Commons
Bark Bay Campsite @Doc/Chloe Riddell/Creative Commons
  • Picture ready sandspit showing off its charms at low tide
  • Tidal zone great for kids and young at heart to paddle in the warm summer water
  • Marahau (southern entrance) is a day hike away (24 km)
  • A short walk (20 minutes) to the breathtaking Medlands beach
  • Tonga Island Marine Reserve is offshore with many kayaking tours using the facilities of Bark Bay for their day excursions
  • Regular pick up and drop off zone for water taxis and tour operators
  • Camp beachside within 3 metres of the high tide mark


Bark Bay camping ground has filtered water, toilets and cooking facilities. The camping site receives winter sun making this a great place to stay year round.


Find out more about TORRENT BAY TO (MEDLANDS BEACH) BARK BAY short walk. 


4.2 km Torrent Bay, Bark Bay, Falls River suspension bridge.

For active walkers enjoy stretching the legs and enjoy the sight of BARK BAY FALLS


9.3 km total walking distance, Bark Bay Campsite, to Bark Bay Falls, Tasman


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