The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is an easy hike following the coast line in the Abel Tasman National Park in the North of the South Island.
This is one of New Zealand great hikes that can be done either going South-North or North South. There are water taxis available, which will take you to your starting point or back from where you finish from or to Marahou.
You can book water taxi rides in the Nelson i-Site (Visitors Information Centre) or on line
The total hike is about 51km (32 miles) long. It would take 3 to 5 days to complete. There are 4 huts and 20 camp sites along the way for resting or overnight stays. Bookings for overnight stays in the huts and camping grounds must be made all year round. This can be done in any DOC (Department of Conservation) office or on line
Along the track you can see lots of beaches with gold colored sand. It goes through coastal forests and crosses lots of streams with proper foot bridges. The hike will take you up and down in a few places, but nothing too strenuous. The mild climate allows you to do this trip all year round.