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Abel Tasman Track New Zealand

Postby pulseevents » Tue 11 Feb, 2014 12:09 pm

We are looking at doing the Abel Tasman track in mid April and would like to know if it is better to do it starting from Marahau or from Wainui. Is the terrain better one way or the other for someone that has two bad knees?
Also the water crossing at Awarowa Estuary according to the info we have should only be crossed a couple of hours either side of low tide, is that right or is that a bit conservative? Can it be crossed at say half tide safely?

Any local knowledge or first hand knowledge would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Abel Tasman Track New Zealand

Postby nzbazza » Wed 12 Feb, 2014 2:49 pm

It's been a few years since i walked it, but there is very little difference if any, in terrain going one way over the other. You are largely walking over headlands to get from one beach to another.

I walked from Marahau to Whariwharangi Hut then returned to Totaranui, catching the boat back to Marahau. That was the easiest for me in terms of transport and it avoids the largest climb of the whole track.

The big difference is that most people only go Marahau-Totaranui and the section Totaranui to Wainui is much less populated.

When I crossed Awaroa Inlet I did it right on low tide (~15-20 min walk) and only got ankles/knees wet. Others who crossed earlier got their torso's wet.
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Re: Abel Tasman Track New Zealand

Postby wayno » Wed 12 Feb, 2014 3:13 pm

the coast track has small easily graded hills in between long flat sections and beaches and estuaries...
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Re: Abel Tasman Track New Zealand

Postby Lizzy » Wed 12 Feb, 2014 3:42 pm

I remember crossing holding my pack above my head as I didn't want to wait...
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Re: Abel Tasman Track New Zealand

Postby wayno » Wed 12 Feb, 2014 3:51 pm

i couldnt be bothered waiting for the tide to go out or taking the high tide track around torent bay inlet and waded, fortunately teh water stopped at my waist
frankly its a waste to go to abel tasman and not kayak,, the bush isnt taht great, almost entirely regrowth, lots of tee tree , you'll think you're in aus, you can get guided trips that combine walking and kayaking, could still be crowded in march, usually is until after easter... except north of totaranui
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Re: Abel Tasman Track New Zealand

Postby pulseevents » Tue 04 Mar, 2014 7:47 pm

Thanks for that. We now have to go first week in April so may be a little busy but has to be. Can anyone tell me if there is it worth taking my fishing rod as we will have plenty of spare time on our hands. We are doing the entire track over 5 days so each day isn't all that far.
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Re: Abel Tasman Track New Zealand

Postby wayno » Wed 05 Mar, 2014 4:48 am

a lot of the coast line is a marine reserve, its illegal to fish.... due to earlier farming and erosion the seabed is covered in soil, it doesnt have a massive amount of fish even in the reserve, didnt see much when i went snorkeling there, the seals at tonga island travel out to sea to feed
theres a great swim with the seals trip you can do from marahau, its the only way you're allowed to get eight up close to them in the water

http://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/conser ... ve-web.pdf
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Re: Abel Tasman Track New Zealand

Postby pulseevents » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 6:16 pm

So the coast is out for fishing. does anyone know if I am allowed to fish further upstream in the rivers. If so what species are in the streams
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Re: Abel Tasman Track New Zealand

Postby wayno » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 6:21 pm

i think they'll be a pain to fish, they are very tidal, beyond the tidal area they are small rough streams that gain a fair bit of altitude, not sure there will be much more than eels in them. aside from that you'd have a fair bit of explaining to do if you were seen with a rod by a ranger being next to a marine reserve
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Re: Abel Tasman Track New Zealand

Postby wayno » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 6:30 pm

But the nearby motueka river has some of the best trout fishing in the country....
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Re: Abel Tasman Track New Zealand

Postby wayno » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 6:35 pm

according to the park mgmt plan

3.2.3 Fishing
Customary fishing for indigenous species requires written consent from
the Minister (see section 5.3.4 ‘Other authorisations’).
The long-fin eel is an at risk species that is declining nation-wide, due to
fishing pressure and habitat loss. The preservation of indigenous species is
one of the key principles to be applied in national parks, so applications
to fish for eels or any other threatened species in the park should be
declined. Under General Policy for National Parks 4.4(f), applications for
non-commercial customary fishing of other indigenous species may be
considered. In relation to General Policy for National Parks 4.4(g), any
application for commercial customary fishing should be declined.


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Re: Abel Tasman Track New Zealand

Postby pulseevents » Mon 10 Mar, 2014 11:31 pm

thanks, looks like i might leave the rod at home for this trip. just enjoy a nice stroll along the track and leave the fishing for our next mountain hike in NZ.
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