Abel Tasman National Park is in New Zealand located on the coast. This National Park is located at the northern edge of the South Island between Tasman Bay and the Golden Bay. Abel Tasman was the explorer from Europe who was the first to locate New Zealand in the year 1642, and he had anchored near Golden Bay. The National Park was named after him in his honour.
About the Park
Abel National Park is in Tasman District of New Zealand, spread over an area of 225 square kilometres, the Park was founded in 1942. Ornithologist Perrine Moncrieff was primarily instrumental in the formation, interestingly the park was opened to the public on the 18th of December 1942 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of visit of Abel Tasman.
The idea of the park was conceived in June 1938, and vast stretch of land from the crown land, forest land and other reserve land was marked or this National Park. In 2008 some additional land from private ownership known as Hadfields Clearing was included.
The Abel Tasman National Park is the smallest of the national parks in New Zealand, though it is spread on 225.3 square kilometres. The park consists of forests and hilly county as well as the valleys of Takaka River and the Riwaka River. The National Park has waters of Golden Bay and Tasman Bay towards the north. The Park also includes some of the islands like Tata Islands in Golden Bay and Tonga Island, Adele Island with Fisherman Island from the Tasman Bay. The nearest towns being Motueka,Takaka and Kaiteriteri. The climate here is mild making the park an excellent opportunity for the visitors throughout the year.
The golden sandy beach is quite impressive along with the most fascinating rocky outcrops made of granite and scattered limestone and marble. The park has modified and well maintained lovely landscapes to lure the visitors. There are plenty of birds like tui and bellbirds seen in the park along with pukeko near the wetlands. In 1993 the Tonga Island Marine Reserve was made along one part of the coast. All life in this National Park is protected like in the national parks.
The visitors need to carry with them sleeping bag, cooking utensils along with adequate high energy foods, waterproof raincoat and warm clothing. A portable stove is also recommended for those who intend to cook. The water is known to be infested with protozoa Giardia, and one can take care by boiling water or chemical treatment and filtering.
The visitors can engage themselves in walking along the coast, trekking or indulge in water activities like kayaking and canoeing. One can also go or sailing, boating with rented boats and have access to some of the coves bypassed by the track. For the bikers Gibbs Hill Track offers excellent opportunity for the mountain biking between May and October. There are also other mountain biking tracks like Moa Park track and Rameka Park.
The Park also has hunting options for the enthusiasts. There are Red deer and pigs in the Golden Bay hunting area, Pigs are also found adequately in Takaka Hill Scenic Reserve for those interested in hunting. Hunting is the main focus in Takaka Hill Scenic Reserve with few of the goats and Red deers.
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