Many folks when they plan their walk on the Abel Tasman Track get there and find they are walking on the Abel Tasman Coastal Track and wonder if they are on the right track.
The answer is YES! There are two tracks in the Abel Tasman National Park – the Abel Tasman Coastal Track and the Abel Tasman Inland track.
The Abel Tasman Coastal track is by far and away the most popular track – it is a much more developed track, visits those famous golden sand beaches and offers a wonderful array of accommodations. Around 95% of visitors to the Abel Tasman National Park walk on this track and because of this the name is often shortened to the Abel Tasman Track.
The Abel Tasman Inland Track is a more primitive track (obviously inland) and has some steep ascents and big elevation gains. The only accommodation on this track is Department of Conservation huts – so sleeping bags, clothing, food & cooking utensils all have to be carried by the folks that walk this track.