Abel Tasman National Park

The Coast Track

WHARIWHARANGI BEACH
It was most likely off this beach on 18th December 1642 that the Ngati Tumatakokiri people first met Abel Tasman.

It is believed that Tasman may have unwittingly answered their war challenge by having one of his men "play them a little tune" in response to the sound of a Maori Putatara or shell trumpet.

Next day Ngati Tumatakokiri attacked, killing four of his crew. Tasman named this place "Murderers Bay".

These were productive fishing grounds for early Maori. Large sheds were used for drying fish. Some say Abel Tasman violated the tapu (sacredness) of the fishing grounds by anchoring here. The warriors' shouts didn't drive Tasman away so violence was seemingly inevitable.

  • Marahau - Anchorage
  • Anchorage - Falls River
  • Mosquito Bay - Waiharakeke
  • Waiharakeke - Wainui
Marahau Shelter Marahau Stu's Lookout Tinline Camp
Coquille bay Appletree Bay It's The New Seventy... Stilwell Bay
Yellow Point Lookout Akersten Bay Akersten Bay Camp Astrolabe Roadstead
Watering Cove View over Torrent Bay Anchorage Beach Anchorage Hut
Anchorage Camp Te Pukatea Bay View over Te Pukatea Bay Anchorage Beach
Anchorage Beach View over The Anchorage Torrent Bay High Tide Routey Cleopatra's Pool
Track to Cleopatra's Pool Torrent Bay Camp Torrent Bay Low Tide Crossing Torrent Bay Low Tide Crossing (at low tide)
Torrent Bay Low Tide Crossing (at high tide) Ducks at Torrent Bay View from Falls River Swingbridge Falls River Swingbridge
Looking into Mosquito Bay Medlands Beach Bark Bay Beach Bark Bay Camp
Bark Bay Hut Mossy Waterfall, Bark Bay Bridge, Bark Bay Hill between Tonga Quarry and Bark Bay
Marble blocks Tonga Quarry Camp Onetahuti Camp Onetahuti Beach
Awaroa Beach Awaroa Hut Crossing Awaroa Inlet Harakeke Stream
View from Skinner Point
Totaranui Anapai Bay The Navigator Rock Beach at north end of Anapai Bay
View of Mutton Cove Mutton Cove Camp Mutton Cove Separation Point
Whariwharangi Beach Whariwharangi Hut Track to Whariwharangi Hut Wainui Bay Entrance to Abel Tasman Coast Track