Abel Tasman WanderIntermediate
Submitted by Daniel Cox
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
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FKTs are granted only for the low-tide option that crosses the estuary at Torrent Bay.
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From the Abel Tasman Park cafe follow the causeway across the estuary. This is mostly flat with small undulations. Approximately 2k pass the Tinline campsite and begin a gradual ascent. You will shortly afterwards (300m) find a well marked turnoff to the 'Inland track'. Turn left here.
The track becomes much narrower and steeper as you ascend approx 4.3K. Parts are very steep and un-runnable but mostly ok.
Upon reaching the ridge the track soon divides. Follow the track to the right back down towards Torrent Bay/Anchorage. The top of this track is a bit rough a rooty but soon opens up to some nice flowing single track. At the bottom follow the signs towards Torrent Bay. Once in Torrent Bay, depending on the tides you can cross the estuary following the DOC markers towards Anchorage Bay. This does involve a couple of creek crossings. Or alternatively you can retrace your steps and follow the high tide coastal track back to Anchorage.
After crossing the estuary follow the track over the small ridge and then down to the beach. Halfway along the beach look out for the signs to Marahau. Follow the coastal track back to Marahau. This is well graded and great running.
Features of interest
Sandy beaches, rivers, streams
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 5%
Technical Single Track: 30%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 45%
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
Park in the Abel Tasman Coastal Track carpark
Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Water is available at the Anchorage Bay DOC hut
Likely to be slippery and muddy after rain
Post run indulgence
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