Here’s a quick guide on how long it takes to get to Abel Tasman National Park from main visitor centres in New Zealand. Some of these suggestions take the long way, but that’s what you’re here for right?
From Auckland: Domestic flight to Nelson (1hr 25 mins), drive or bus from Nelson to Kaiteriteri (1hr 20 mins)
The scenic route from Wellington: Ferry to Picton (3 hr 30 minutes), drive or bus fro Picton to Kaiteriteri (3 + hours). This is the slower route, but covers some awesome country - the inter islander ferry and the Queen Charlotte Drive, great if you’ve got the time.
The quick route from Wellington: Domestic Flight to Nelson (40 mins), drive or bus from Nelson to Kaiteriteri or Marhau (1hr 20 - 30 mins)
From Picton: The Queen Charlotte Scenic Driver (3 hours) or fly directly from the Picton waterfront into Abel Tasman by floatplane!
From Christchurch: Drive or bus to Kaiteriteri, Marahua or Totaranui via the Lewis Pass (7 hours)
From the Westport, top of the West Coast: Bus or Drive via the Buller Gorge to Kaiteriteri or Marahau (4 hours)
From Queenstown: If you’re going overland, take a few days and travel up the West Coast or via Mt Cook and Christchurch, it’s a long way and there’s a lot to see. If you’re short on time then fly to Nelson (2 hours 25 minutes, via Christchurch) and take a bus or drive from there.