Abel Tasman National Park
“Natures Playground”… The Abel Tasman is New Zealand’s smallest National Park covering 22,530 hectares of pristine bays and inlets surrounded by magnificent scenic bush and mountain ranges. It is the home of many native species of birds and mammals along with stunningly beautiful, unspoilt bush.
Abel Tasman boasts some of New Zealand’s finest beaches, accessible only by trampers or by boat. The golden sands run into crystal clear water that abounds with marine life.
The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is one of New Zealand’s great walks. Well maintained tracks follow a spectacular coastline, and travel down onto secluded beaches.
The park has many points of historical interest, the first European to discover New Zealand was Abel Janszoon Tasman of the Dutch East India Company in 1642. Just over 100 years later Captain Cook spent a year 1769 – 1770 charting the coast line of New Zealand. During this expedition some of the pigs that were brought for fresh meet escaped, the decsendents of these pigs are now referred to as Captain Cookers and are to this day considerred a fine hunting quarry. approximately 50 yeras later in 1823 Dumont D’urville arrived. Many of the islands and bays in the Tasman Bay carry names from D’Urville’s visit.
There are also later historical sites, Tonga Quarry was the source of good granite that was used to build parts of Nelson Cathedra, Warf Rock where the trade ships were loaded and there are many Moari links including burial sites and Pah sites.
The Park also boasts a well established marine reserve, we coduct diving and snorkelling tours to these sites to view the abundent marine life.
The regions mild climate makes for a pleasant visit all year round, let us treat you to an unforgettable day on the Abel Tasman National Park Coast.Sea Limousines® 2011