One of the first virgin beaches that are at the entrance to start the Coast Track.
Visited Abel Tasman both in Winter and in Summer and I recommend you do it when the summer warmth arrives. The days are very long and you can make the most of them to walk or enjoy the wonderful views while you take a bath (although the water here is always always cold). The issue of the ozone layer shortage in this part of the World is solved with a good protector and temperatures do not usually exceed 25 degrees.
The park was initially created to be a protected territory for the large number of birds in the area
On my return to the World of 2011 we arrived in winter and do not enjoy the same with 10 or 12 degrees and the scarf around the neck.
In both 2004 and 2011 we reached Motueka -the nearest city, 20 Kms to the south- and follow the directions to the entrance to the park. We parked and headed for the booth that is right at the entrance. There was only a map and some illustrative drawings about some of the bird species that we could find.
Right there begins the Abel Tasman Coast Track.
It is perfectly signposted and runs part of the Golden bay, passing through forests, cliffs and going down, sometimes, to the sand of virgin beaches. It's one of the things I like the most about the place: in spite of the people who walk it every year, manages to maintain a natural authenticity worthy of admiration. On its beaches at most you will find a cubicle that serves as a bathroom and only if it is designated for night camping.
The coastal vegetation of the natural park includes the magnificent arborescent ferns.