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Totaranui (Northern End of Abel Tasman National Park) – Things to Do

Abel Tasman National Park, Takaka

Beautiful Totaranui stretches for over 1 km of deep gold sand. Totaranui is another long, golden-sand beach, and the only part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track that is accessible by road. There are tent sites located along the beach making Totaranui the most popular site to camp in the Abel Tasman National Park.



Takaka village, Golden Bay follow the signs to Pohara and Tata Beaches, pass Abel Tasman Memorial and onto Totaranui Rd. Allow up to 1 hour to navigate the route.


31.7 km with the final 12 km narrow winding gravel road. The camp ground gates are closed at night.

Tōtaranui Campground @Doc / Samuel Mann / Creative Commons
Tōtaranui Campground @Doc / Samuel Mann / Creative Commons

Totaranui has a very large Totaranui campground. There are 269 non-powered/tent sites. Tōtaranui is a large campground catering for up to 850 people. Sites are across the camp road from the Tōtaranui beach, and alongside the estuary. Camping on the beach side of the camp road for Abel Tasman Coast Track walkers only.


The campground is divided into 23 zones separated by shelter belts, with six modern amenities blocks spread throughout.

Totaranui beach is the furthest northern point for water taxis. The hugely popular beach has plenty to offer visitors with its prime location.


  • Swim, kayak or simply laze about on the foreshore
  • Safe swimming for kids in the tidal estuary
  • Join one of the tour operators and go fishing in the Tasman Sea
  • Explore Separation Point and observe the resident seal colony
  • Walk along the coast to Awaroa Bay and Separation Point
Beach @Totaranui Camping ground, New Zealand
@Totaranui Camping ground
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