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Our story

Project Janszoon is a philanthropic trust on a mission to restore and preserve the Abel Tasman’s rich wildlife for all to enjoy.  It is a team effort involving conservationists, iwi, locals, scientists and tourism operators. Together we’re making a difference.

Eyes on THE Abel Tasman

See what’s happening in the the park right now. Check out our live webcams.

our work

We’re working with the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, the Department of Conservation, iwi -Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Rārua and Te Ātiawa – and the community to restore the park’s rich wildlife. Together we’re getting rid of pests and weeds, bringing back native wildlife and bush, and inspiring a culture of care for the Abel Tasman.

Predator Control

Introduced predators kill 68,000 native birds in New Zealand every day.
In the Abel Tasman, we want to give native birds and plants a chance to thrive.

Restoring Wildlife

We’re bringing the birdsong back to the Abel Tasman. Since 2014, kākāriki, kākā, tieke/saddleback, whio and pāteke have all been released into the park.

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Forest Restoration

Since 2014, volunteers have planted over 45,000 native trees in Abel Tasman to help restore the park’s original forest canopy.

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Our hands-on education programme is helping inspire the next generation of scientists and environmentalists.

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Abel Tasman App

This free smartphone app is packed full of up-to-date information on weather, tides, points of interest, history, plants, wildlife and walking times in the Abel Tasman National Park.

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Island Biosecurity

There are three predator free islands in the Abel Tasman – Adele/Motuareronui, Fisherman/Motuarero-iti and Tonga islands.

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The Fire Smart programme was set up to reduce the fire risk in the park by getting rid of gorse and replacing it with less flammable natives.

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Weed Control

There are 113 different weed species in the park – many spread from bach owners’ gardens. The worst of these weeds are known as the ‘Filthy 14’.

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Wasp Control

Wasps are a pain for visitors and bad for biodiversity. They compete with bats, birds, insects and lizards for food and eat huge numbers of native insects.

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Wilding Pines

Pine trees can dominate the ecosystem and compete with native plants for moisture, nutrients and sunlight. We’re supporting efforts to eradicate pesky pines from the park.

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Visiting the Park? Download our Abel Tasman app

The Abel Tasman app is a free smartphone app with up-to-date information on weather, tides, points of interest, history, plants, wildlife and walking times in Abel Tasman National Park. It has a map with geolocation – so you always know where you are!

Education Tool Box

Our Education Toolbox contains lots of useful information for schools visiting the Abel Tasman.

Park Tool Box

Heading into the park? Check out the activities, apps and info in our Park Tool Box to help you make the most of your trip.


Project Janszoon has a wonderful team of volunteers who do everything from dune restoration and tree planting to possum trapping and kākā monitoring. Volunteering is a great way to give back and see a different side to the Abel Tasman. We’re always keen for an extra pair of hands. If you live locally and are keen to be involved get in touch.

latest news

Rare native ducks will see out their twilight years at Tōtaranui

Nelson Mail story about rare native pāteke seeing out their twilight years at Tōtaranui.

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DOC rangers doing hard yards for conservation

World Ranger Day this week acknowledged the critical work of rangers on the front-line of conservation across the globe.

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Abel Tasman cleared of wilding pine pest

Local conservation efforts have achieved what seemed impossible in the picturesque Abel Tasman National Park. As TVNZ reports all mature wilding pines have now been controlled.

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Second kākā nest found

A second nest has now been found where a captive raised female and wild male have hatched two chicks in the Canaan area.

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Kākāriki population being studied

Ask an evolutionary biologist what his idea of the ultimate holiday is, and if it’s Professor Doug Robinson you are talking to, he will probably say; trudging the tracks of the Abel Tasman, listening for the call of the kākāriki.

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Rare ducks now call the Abel Tasman home

The Abel Tasman National Park is now playing a major role in the survival of New Zealand’s rarest duck, the pāteke / brown teal.

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Keeping the heart of the park beating

The A24 trapping networks in the park are proving to be so highly effective the network of self re-setting traps is being doubled in 2019 to create a ‘Heart of the Park’ sanctuary.

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Effects of drought in Abel Tasman National Park

A study on the effects of 2018/19’s substantial drought on the Abel Tasman National Park’s ecosystem, and what it means in terms of ecological restoration such as planting and species reintroduction.

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Discussions begin to bring kiwi back to Abel Tasman

Kiwi could be coming back to the Abel Tasman thanks to successful predator control programmes like an upcoming aerial 1080 drop.

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“If you can see the birdlife that’s come back in five years, can you imagine what it’ll be like in 30 years – you’ll be tripping over them.”

Phil Armit, DOC senior hut warden

“If you had a Project Janszoon for every national park in New Zealand the whole challenge of biodiversity that we have now would be far, far less.”

Martin Rodd, DOC partnerships director

“Project Janszoon are doing an awesome job in our rohe, we are really supportive and hugely grateful for everything they have done, and are continuing to do.”

John Ward-Holmes, Manawhenua Ki Mohua

“My biggest joy is working with volunteers as they recognise the social, physical and emotional rewards of assisting with conservation projects”.

Helen Lindsay, Restoration Supervisor


Project Janszoon is a team effort and we couldn’t do it alone. We’re proud to have the support of the following organisations:

Photos courtesy of Dave Buckton and Ruth Bollongino