Abel Tasman OTB MarahauBeginner
Submitted by Dan Boulton
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
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This is an out and back (OTB) from Marahau to Anchorage. Easy run on well formed path. Not easy to get lost. Just follow the signs to Anchorage. If you are feeling fit you can continue as far north as you want. Note you have to plan tides just north of Anchorage, or take the high tide track.
Features of interest
Amazing Abel Tasman beaches and bush - enough said! I always try and run this at the end of day when the track is not as busy. I often head there after work from Nelson, and can do this run in enough daylight if I am on the track by 6pm in summer. I ran this in mid-March and needed a head torch for the last 20min. This is a run all trail runners must do if you are are in the Nelson/Tasman area. Very accessible. If you prefer to not do the OTB and you have more time, you can get a water taxi to drop you further north and run back to Marahau.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 100%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
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Park at the start of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track in Marahau, big carpark with toilets next to the Park Cafe.
You can take buses from Nelson, not sure the timing.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Nil, take your own
All season track. Take a rain jacket all year around, as when it rains it can come down heavy!
Post run indulgence
Start of track, great for a beer and post run dinner/lunch.
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