A hike in the Abel Tasman National Park is sure to chase the blues away and the Apple Tree Bay walk is perfect for time-short travellers.

Apple Tree Bay

Grab a backpack with a few supplies and extra clothing and start walking from Marehau. Very soon you’ll cross a bridge from where you’ll see White-faced Herons getting ready for take-off.

Apple Tree Bay bridge

As is often the case on New Zealand bush walks, the scenery constantly changes. One minute you’re looking over the flats…

Apple Tree Bay scenery Pam

..then you’re meandering through dense native foliage, pass beautiful little grottoes like this.

Apple Tree Bay waterfall

The Apple Tree Bay walk is not that strenuous. There are plenty of opportunities to stop for a break and gaze at the views. Remember, there is always the option of returning by water taxi.

Apple Tree walk view

As the trail descends, your expectations will be rewarded with a golden beach and beautiful Adele Island beyond.

Adele Island2

Adele Island is a beautiful predator-free island with many native New Zealand birds. It’s pristine status is a testament to the efforts of a privately funded project incorporating the Department of Conservation and volunteers. These volunteers are taking a well earned break for lunch.

Apple Tree Bay volunteers

Don’t know what this guy’s excuse is:

Apple Tree Bay sleep

The Apple Tree Bay walk is a great ‘taster’. Kayaking is another popular way of getting a close encounter of this beautiful region. Either way, I guarantee you’ll return refreshed. Okay, one last look.

Apple Tree Bay5


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Happy travelling!


2 responses to “Kaiteriteri Apple Tree Bay”

  1. Jan says:

    That is a gorgeous little walk – like you say so diverse. Probably my favourite thing about hiking in NZ – the diversity in such a small space of distance and time. Incidentally that person taking a break that wasn’t on a lunch break from volunteering on the island…… must have over-exerted on the hike……. lol Don’t think so – just soaking up the atmosphere.

    • GuestNZ says:

      Agreed Jan, so much is experienced within a small time span and great birdlife to be seen and heard. On second thoughts, the person on the log (who shall not be named) probably deserved his snooze.

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