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Abel Tasman Awaroa to Mārahau

Abel Tasman Great Walk

Abel Tasman Great Walk

Awaroa Bay, Tasman

Submitted by Stewie Stuart

Last Updated: 28th Apr 2024

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Grunt Factor: 42 ?

Gnarl Factor: 14 ?

37.4km

1175m

1185m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Beach

Coastal

Run Makeup

10%
90%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.3%

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Estimated Times to Run

7:00

Slow

5:00

Moderate

4

Fast

An alternative, albeit shorter option southwards along the Abel Tasman if the tidal crossing at Awaroa Inlet or water taxi times are not in your favour to be able to complete the Full Abel Tasman or the Totaranui to Mārahau options.

This route can be done in both directions and has little difference in vert between the two. - Awaroa to Mārahau: water taxi to Awaroa then running back to Mārahau - Mārahau to Awaroa: catching the water taxi from Awaroa to Mārahau. This route officially ends at 229 Sandy Bay Road, which is where the water taxi service provides free off-street parking.

As with any great walk, this track will be very busy, expect a lot of day walkers. Ensure you call out to them before passing as some often cannot hear you to make space for you to pass. After being dropped off by the water taxi at North Awaroa, follow the boardwalk inland towards the Awaroa lodge. Navigation for this is relatively simple if following the signage, however there are a lot of side tracks and viewpoints.

After crossing the Tonga saddle you will have views into Tonga Bay. After Climbing out of Tonga Bay you will reach Bark Bay, pop off the track to visit the hut to 'bag it' before continuing onwards towards Torrent Bay. Once on the decent to Torrent Bay, follow the signage towards the DOC campsite where toilets and water are provided. Continue onwards along the high tide mark before turning inland towards Cleopatras Pool, a nice swim spot 2/3 of the way.

Turn back and continue southwards, crossing the Torrent River that will require you to get your feet wet. From here, continue onwards following the signage towards Anchorage Hut. Once down on Anchorage Beach run alongside the waves to reach the hut. Here is a good spot to also fill up water and use the facilities. Double back along the beach 100m or so and follow the sign that says Mārahau. It is a steepish climb out of Anchorage however views here are excellent. Continue southwards again along the track following the signage to Mārahau. It is another 8-10km from here back to the car at Mārahau. You will know you are close when you drop down along the boardwalks at Sandy Bay.

Once running through the wooden pillars at the end of the Great Walk, continue along Sandy Bay road on the gravel pathways towards the car!

Cleopatras Pool, Viewpoints, Hut Bagging Opportunities!

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Both directions require the booking of a water taxi which is done through Mārahau Water Taxis or Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi. They offer free off street parking at their base at 229 Sandy-Bay Mārahau Road. Both providers have peak season and off season timetables for drop off and pickups which can be found on their website.

0 km

3 minutes

No

No

Easy.

Make sure to follow the signage or have the GPX loaded onto your phone or watch.

Very patchy.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries

Water is available at some small creeks along the way but most of these are bridged which means they are difficult to go around to collect water. Water is available at most campsites and huts along the way however they may need to be filtered.

Some streams, huts or campsites may be restricted in water over summer.

Be careful of wasps in the area over summer. Be mindful that the track is very busy so you will likely come across a lot of other walkers.

Awaroa Lodge
Awaroa
https://www.awaroalodge.co.nz/
Great place to have a beer/food if running from South to North and waiting for the Water Taxi

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Stewie Stuart

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