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Separation Point Loop, Tasman

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Separation Point LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Mal Law

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Tasman and Nelson


Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

4:00 (Slow)
3:15 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



Parts of the trail are being fixed due to flood damage.

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From the car park take the Inland Track towards Whariwharangi Hut. This takes you pretty much into a well-graded 200m climb over about 2 kms. At the saddle continue straight on and enjoy the beautiful downhill to one of the nicest huts in the country, Whariwharangi (well worth a stop to take a look).

The trail follows the coast for a short way before climbing again to another low saddle. Here you turn left on to Separation Point Track and follow it all the way out to the spectacular headland that overlooks the Tasman Sea.

Back track a short way, then turn left to drop to Mutton Cove, then up and over to glorious Anapai Bay. Take to the beach here and follow it to the far end where you pick up the track towards Totaranui.

You now have another well-graded ascent and descent. At the bottom of the hill, ignore signs to Totaranui (unless you want a side trip) and instead turn right on to Gibbs Track. Over the next 3-4 kms this climbs 400m to just under Gibbs Hill before starting the rolling descent back to the first saddle and the junction with the Inland Track. Turn left and enjoy a final downhill blast to return to your car.

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Features of interest

Separation Point is home to gannets and is a spectacular spot in its own right. The run includes some beautiful sections of bush and golden sand beaches. This is the relatively quiet, less travelled end of the world famous Abel Tasman Coastal Track.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 25%

Easy Single Track: 75%

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Overlapping Runs

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

Totaranui Big Loop

Totaranui Big Loop

Length: 30.00km

Gibbs Hill Loop

Gibbs Hill Loop

Length: 23.00km


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  • Access

    DoC car park at the end of McShane Rd, Wainui Inlet. This is the very northern end of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track.

    Plenty of parking with toilets, information board and a day shelter. Take the usual precautions with valuables.

    25 km

    34 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Well signposted for the most part but worth keeping an eye on the map and signs.

    Very patchy.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

    The hut has drinking water but other than this there is little reliable water along the route. Worth carrying a couple of litres in a bladder or bottles.

    This area of the country has a relatively mild climate and winter is much quieter on the trails than summer. That said it can get pretty muddy after heavy rain.

    Nothing specific.

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