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Abel Tasman National Park is the smallest national park in New Zealand
. It is located on the northern coast of the South Island, between the towns Takaka
and Motueka. Abel Tasman National Park covers an area of about 225 km2
. Walking along the costs, which are one of the finest in New Zealand, is a very popular activity here. Abel Tasman National Park got famous especially thanks to its 51 km long, one-way Coast Track. The trail crosses four estuaries, and it is passable only at low tide. In the past, granite used to be mined in Abel Tasman National Park, therefore we can still find here granite boulders. You can return either by a motor boat or by a water taxi leaving from the towns of Marahau and Totaranui. Along the park's hiking trails we can enjoy a number of beautiful views, and we can find there many huts and camping places, which have to be booked in advance due to the large number of visitors. People visit Abel Tasman National Park mainly to enjoy its beautiful beaches with golden sand and clear azure sea. Among the most beautiful beaches certainly worth visiting we can mention the Totaranui, Awaroa and Anchorage beaches. Apart from these beaches, there are many beautiful bays and sandy estuaries bordered with dense forests. When visiting Abel Tasman National Park, we can also see waterfalls, such as Cascade Falls and Wainui Falls. Another interesting site is the Harwood's Hole, which is a 146 m deep karst chimney. It can be reached after a 45 minutes walk from the parking lot in Canaan. On the territory of Abel Tasman National Park there is also the Tonga Island Marine Reserve, which spreads twelve kilometers along of the coast. Fishing from boats or from the shore is forbidden in the whole reserve. The lovers of water sports will surely enjoy swimming with seals or kayaking, during which they can watch penguins, seals and dolphins.
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