NELSON TRAILS

Apple Tree Bay

Abel Tasman National Park

Apple Tree Bay is an easy walk in Abel Tasman National Park. Accessed via Abel Tasman Coast Track from Mārahau, the walk features native bush and beautiful golden-sand beaches. A return walk to Apple Tree Bay can range in duration from short to half-day, depending on how much time you spend at places along the way.

Details
Length 5.2 km one way Mārahau to Apple Tree Bay; 3.1 km Mārahau to Coquille Bay
Time Required 1 hr 45 min Mārahau to Apple Tree Bay; 2 hr Apple Tree Bay to Anchorage
Trail Type Walking track
Physical Difficulty Easy   
Uses Walking and trail running
Direction Either
Dog Access Dogs are prohibited in Abel Tasman National Park

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Connections

Anchorage Hut (via Coast Track)

  Walking and trail running

Castle Rocks Hut (via Inland Track)

  Walking and trail running

Access

  50 min from Nelson

 

Marahau is essentially the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park. From Nelson, follow SH60 through Motueka and Riwaka. A few minutes past Riwaka you’ll reach a corner where the road to Kaiteriteri turns right; instead of turning right, follow SH60 left around the corner, then turn right onto Riwaka-Sandy Bay Road, which climbs over a saddle and descends to Otuwhero Inlet and Marahau. To get to the national park entry, follow the main (and only) road through Marahau. A kilometre past the beachfront you’ll see plenty of signage indicating the large car park on the right, which is the primary one for Abel Tasman National Park. There are toilets and an information panel with a map that shows times and distances. Though it is large, the car park is often at capacity during the summer months. Abel Tasman Coast Track between Marahau and Anchorage is one of the busiest stretches of tramping track in the country.

 

Several operators provide water taxi services to Apple Tree Bay, which allows the option to walk just one way and take a water taxi on the other leg.

Description

 

Coast Track begins by crossing the tidal marsh of Sandy Bay over a series of berms and boardwalks. At the other side the track officially enters Abel Tasman National Park, and heads through regenerating native bush close to the waters edge. There are several access points to Porters Beach along here. After 30 min you’ll reach Tinline Bay campsite, where a short loop walk, Tinline Nature Walk, begins from behind the campsite. The track climbs gently and soon Inland Track branches on the left (Castle Rocks Hut is 4-5 hr away). The surrounding bush transitions to original native and the track sidles the hillside along the coast about 30 m above the water’s edge. About 1 hr from Mārahau you’ll reach the turnoff to Coquille Bay, which has a nice swimming beach and a DOC campsite.

 

Coast Track continues north along the coast, weaving in and out of lush gullies, with occasional gaps in the trees offering views down to the sea below. The track crosses Simonet Creek, and soon after you’ll reach the turnoff to Apple Tree Bay on the right.

 

Apple Tree Bay has a long, sandy beach that is great for swimming and has good views across Astrolabe Roadstead to Adele Island and Fisherman Island. There is a DOC camping area (bookings required), toilet, untreated water tap and a picnic table.

 

To head back to Mārahau return the way you came. You can also continue along Coast Track as it heads north up the coast. Several other bays can be accessed between here and Anchorage (2 hr from Apple Tree Bay); Stillwell Bay, Akersten Bay, Observation Beach and Watering Cove.

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Apple Tree Bay
Abel Tasman National Park

Apple Tree Bay is an easy walk in Abel Tasman National Park. Accessed via Abel Tasman Coast Track from Mārahau, the walk features native bush and beautiful golden-sand beaches. A return walk to Apple Tree Bay can range in duration from short to half-day, depending on how much time you spend at places along the way.

Details
Length 5.2 km one way Mārahau to Apple Tree Bay; 3.1 km Mārahau to Coquille Bay
Time Required 1 hr 45 min Mārahau to Apple Tree Bay; 2 hr Apple Tree Bay to Anchorage
Trail Type Walking track
Physical Difficulty Easy   
Uses Walking and trail running
Direction Either
Dog Access Dogs are prohibited in Abel Tasman National Park


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Access

  50 min from Nelson

 

Mārahau is essentially the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park. From Nelson, follow SH60 through Motueka and Riwaka. A few minutes past Riwaka you’ll reach a corner where the road to Kaiteriteri turns right; instead of turning right, follow SH60 left around the corner, then turn right onto Riwaka-Sandy Bay Road, which climbs over a saddle and descends to Otuwhero Inlet and Mārahau. To get to the national park entry, follow the main (and only) road through Mārahau. A kilometre past the beachfront you’ll see plenty of signage indicating the large car park on the right, which is the primary one for Abel Tasman National Park. There are toilets and an information panel with a map that shows times and distances. Though it is large, the car park is often at capacity during the summer months. Abel Tasman Coast Track between Mārahau and Anchorage is one of the busiest stretches of tramping track in the country.

 

Several operators provide water taxi services to Apple Tree Bay, which allows the option to walk just one way and take a water taxi on the other leg.

Description

Coast Track begins by crossing the tidal marsh of Sandy Bay over a series of berms and boardwalks. At the other side the track officially enters Abel Tasman National Park, and heads through regenerating native bush close to the waters edge. There are several access points to Porters Beach along here. After 30 min you’ll reach Tinline Bay campsite, where a short loop walk, Tinline Nature Walk, begins from behind the campsite. The track climbs gently and soon Inland Track branches on the left (Castle Rocks Hut is 4-5 hr away). The surrounding bush transitions to original native and the track sidles the hillside along the coast about 30 m above the water’s edge. About 1 hr from Mārahau you’ll reach the turnoff to Coquille Bay, which has a nice swimming beach and a DOC campsite.

 

Coast Track continues north along the coast, weaving in and out of lush gullies, with occasional gaps in the trees offering views down to the sea below. The track crosses Simonet Creek, and soon after you’ll reach the turnoff to Apple Tree Bay on the right.

 

Apple Tree Bay has a long, sandy beach that is great for swimming and has good views across Astrolabe Roadstead to Adele Island and Fisherman Island. There is a DOC camping area (bookings required), toilet, untreated water tap and a picnic table.

 

To head back to Mārahau return the way you came. You can also continue along Coast Track as it heads north up the coast. Several other bays can be accessed between here and Anchorage (2 hr from Apple Tree Bay); Stillwell Bay, Akersten Bay, Observation Beach and Watering Cove.

Connections

Anchorage Hut (via Coast Track)

Walking and trail running

Castle Rocks Hut (via Inland Track)

Walking and trail running

Updated 26 November 2020