Known for its snow-covered peaks and gorgeous clear streams, New Zealand is a hiking enthusiast’s paradise with its awesome hiking experience and natural setting. Millions of tourists flock to the country’s national parks all year round to enjoy a relaxing vacation in its beautiful landscapes thanks to the country’s booming tourism industry. One place in particular is making a name for itself among tourists looking for solitude and a relaxing environment; it’s the south island’s Abel Tasman Park with its 32 mile coastal trail you can walk on alone.
It’s important to keep in mind that even though the trail is well maintained, there aren’t many places to stay along the way, so you’ll need to bring camping and cooking gear. To protect yourself from the unexpected hazards, it’s always better to do such a journey in a group than alone. Since there are no dangerous animals around and it’s a crime-free island, you shouldn’t be worried about making this journey alone as well; just make sure you’re well stocked with food and first aid. White sand, sapphire water, and dark rocks create a fairytale atmosphere with their mesmerizing effect.
This beautiful park stays off the tourist radar because it’s hard to get to; you have to fly to Christchurch, take a bus to Nelson, then take a bus to Mouteka, just outside the park. On foot, the rest of the journey will take you through some of the park’s most beautiful forests. Accommodations are only available at the Department of Conservation Huts, but you’ll have to cook your own food. Since there aren’t any markets near the park, most tourists buy everything in Nelson.
The closest bays to the park’s entrance are Torrent Bay and Anchorage Bay. When you’re done with the huts or camping on the beaches outside, take the eastern trail along the coast to Bark Bay. There are enough huts to provide lodging to tourists, but you’ll need to book in advance to avoid hassle. Bark Bay is a great place to rest after a long journey.