You've probably heard of Abel Tasman National Park, it's one of the most beautiful spots in New Zealand.   Here are our picks for what to see and to do in and around Abel Tasman.  Perched at the top of the South Island, Abel Tasman National Park is famous for its stunning coastal vistas. Bursting with native fauna, playful wildlife, jagged granite headlands and golden stretches of sand, there are so many ways to fully experience this coastal paradise.

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moatrek

As Kiwis born and bred in New Zealand, the natural wonderland of the South Island is our backyard and favourite playground. Thinking about a trip down-under? We’ve put together what we think is the best New Zealand South Island Itinerary for our tours – and it’s brimming with glaciers, lakes, rainforests and mountains.

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moatrek

Picture this: you are in a pretty seaside town, where down-to-earth kiwis greet you like they’ve known you forever. Next minute you’ve travelled back in time – Maori are cooking a hangi in a traditional earth-oven. Now it’s like you’re in the middle of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, where threatening dark waters mirror snow-tipped mountains. Born & bred in New Zealand, we know that a top-notch New Zealand vacation includes experiencing all of these things, and more. To help you plan your trip ‘down under’, we’ve put together what we think is the Ultimate NZ Itinerary. 

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moatrek

At the very tip of New Zealand’s South Island, Abel Tasman National Park is known for its picturesque coastal beauty. The spaces between trees and tide line are filled with calm, golden beaches; marble headlands jut out into the ocean and clear streams tumble lazily towards the beaches. It’s a coastal paradise where visitors can paddle, hike, swim, snorkel – or simply relax and admire the view.

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moatrek

Linking Mount Aspiring National Park with Fiordland National Park, this famous hike – one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks – offers an epic adventure in the Great Outdoors. At 32km long (19.8mi), hiking the Routeburn Track takes around 3 days. Popular among visitors and locals alike, the track is famous for its crystal-clear rivers, Middle-earth like Beech forests, awesome mountain vistas and impressive waterfalls.

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moatrek

The mountains, glaciers, lakes and rainforests of New Zealand’s South Island are famous the world over. It’s these landscapes that have become the ‘face’ of New Zealand; earning the country a reputation for stunning wilderness and a clean environment. When visiting the South Island, one of the best ways to properly explore is on foot. Below, we’ve listed a few of what we think are the South Island’s best day walks, ranging from a few hours to a full day.

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moatrek

Perched on the shores of an expansive lake and nestled amongst grand mountains, Wanaka is one of New Zealand’s prettiest and most down to earth towns. It’s a great place to spend a little time, and there's ample fun to had - both on the water and in the surrounding landscape. Here are a few MoaTrek suggestions for making your leisure time in Wanaka even more magical.

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moatrek

The West Coast of New Zealand is wild place with a fascinating and colourful heritage. Rugged landscapes and pristine wilderness have been the locations for exciting stories of times gone by, when brave pioneers flocked to the region to make their fortunes and rugged adventurers seized the opportunity to strike it rich. We’ve put together a brief history of some famous West Coast settlements – how they came about and what makes them tick, from gold and coal to glass, greenstone and wild venison recovery.

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moatrek

Time and time again, our visitors rave about those special tour experiences that reveal the quintessential New Zealand, and down in Ashburton in the South Island, there is a little corner of paradise we'd love to introduce. 

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moatrek

The sky scraping peaks, hanging valleys and rainforest-clad slopes of Fiordland’s Milford Sound make it one of New Zealand’s ‘must see’ destinations for visitors. But what’s the best way to truly experience this natural wonderland? With over 30 years’ experience in showing visitors the best New Zealand has to offer on our small group tours, we know a fair few things about Milford Sound, including the best ways to experience this special place.

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moatrek