3 Rankers Reviews
South Island ▷ Nelson Region ▷ Abel Tasman
Nice trail but a bit busy for my liking. Mutton Cove was quiet and beautiful.
This is such a great spot to base yourself for a few days - at the top of the park so less visitors...my favourite! A nice walk in from Totaranui (2 hrs). at Anapai Bay look for the "Navigator" rock which looks like a face looking out to sea and guarding the area. Then another hour on to Mutton Cove. You can do day trips to the separation point seal colony (we saw seals sunbathing on rocks on the way a short distance north of the campsite) as well as at the colony itself which is right on a rocky outcrop which divides Golden and Tasman Bays. Stunning views. From here it's another hour or so to the lovely Whariwharangi beach and the historic hut/old homestead there. Even though we stayed at the campsite in January, at the height of the tourist season...the campsite didn't feel crowded, there was plenty of room and right on the beach.
Walk and Kayak
12 years as a kayak guide in the Abel Tasman and this is my fav campsite of them all. Isolated and stunning. Nearby Seal Colony and Separation Point a very worthy side trip. Kayak access is limited here as hired kayaks generally aren't allowed up this far. But if you have your own kayak or are walking, do pop in here for a looksy :)
Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍