About The Park

The Abel Tasman National Park extends over 22,530 ha of primarily granite derived soils.

The climate is moderate, but the altitude gradient from sea level to Mount Evans, at more than 1100m, still provides a diversity of ecosystems.

Rainfall varies from 4000 mm per year in the west to 1500 mm on the eastern coast. These factors, combined with a diversity of land uses prior to incorporation into the Park, and an extensive history of uncontrolled fire, have given us a Park of surprising diversity and character.

Add to this a stunning coastline, a rich network of landforms and habitats, and a high number of threatened or endangered species and you have an exciting opportunity for ecological restoration and learning.

The Park’s human history dates back perhaps 800 years and many aspects of this land have great significance to the tangata whenua. It is also an area visited by early European explorers and settlers and carries with it many reminders of the settlement years of colonial New Zealand.

The Park also bears tribute to the tenacity of an early Nelson identity Perrine Moncrieff. She managed to persuade a war-time Government to designate this land as a National Park back in 1942 and contributed her own land as a co managed reserve.

Abel Tasman National Park is a truly iconic place, one well-capable of making a mark on the soul of any visitor.


The Park

The Abel Tasman National Park extends over 22,530 ha and includes a rich network of diverse landforms and habitats. It is also home to a large number of threatened or endangered species of both flora and fauna. These characteristics lend themselves to many exciting opportunities for ecological restoration and learning.

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Follow our journey as we discover the secrets of this most iconic of National Parks and help nature restore its diverse ecology. Meet the birds, animals and plants that will benefit from this restoration and those that we hope to return to their former glory.


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