Abel Tasman National Park – A superb national park to visit located at the north end of the South Island of New Zealand. Park was founded in 1942. Having a total area of only 225.3 square Km, it is the smallest of New Zealand’s national parks. Able Tasman Park consists of beautiful forested, hilly country to the north of the Takaka Valleys and Riwaka Rivers. The waters of Golden Bay and Tasman Bay have bounded it from the north. Abel Tasman Park was name given to it because of the man whose name was Abel Tasman, was the first European explorer to sight/discover New Zealand in 1642.
The Abel Tasman Coast Track is the famous tramping track which follows the coastline; while an inland route, the Abel Tasman Inland Track, is less frequented. The other attractions for the tourists are Kayaking, Camping and Sightseeing which are carried out in the park.