Aerial view of Abel Tasman National Park, Awaroa © Loic Lagarde

Awaroa Beach: the beach we all own


View the map

TAP FOR MORE INFO:

You may well not be aware of it, but we all own this beach. Well, kinda.

Sounds good though, eh. (Of course, no one really owns any of these fab sites, we are all but caretakers, but that is an environmental debate worthy for around the campfire.)

Awaroa is located in the Abel Tasman National Park, and without getting into words like ‘deeds’ and ‘title’ there was a chance that it may perchance skip into private hands. Horror imaginings began to take place, especially in those whose families had had ties to the region for years. Were barbed wire fences due? Condos? Would the bellbird be driven out by bulldozers?

A couple of enterprising Kiwis organised an online crowdfunding effort and in a matter of months, 40,000 like-minded New Zealanders had pledged $2 million.

The government even chipped in $350,000 and now we, the public, own the 800m of coastline and 7.5ha of property. Forever.

Which is lucky, because it’s beautiful and special and it needs to continue to be shared and enjoyed. And mostly that’s on foot, by kayak or if you get flown in. The tides run very deep in the park, and the 40 minutes it takes to cross Awaroa estuary can only be attempted two hours either side of low tide. That’s a small window.

The estuary, the beautiful beach, the walks into surrounding bush are a delight. There’s a lodge to rest your weary head of an evening, homestays and spots for both ‘glamping’ and camping.

And the beach is open for all eternity. Result.

Explore more...


Be the first to comment on this page. You cannot post comments until you have logged in. Please log in or register if you don't have an account.

More stories like this

Find out more

Things to do

Must-Do's Dunedin: history, wildlife and New Zealand's only castle

Traverse beautiful coastline, riverbeds, rolling pastures and native bush before taking in panoramic views and experiencing the exhilarating sight and sound of 20,000 gannets. Read the story . . . 

Find out more

Things to do

Farewell Spit: the longest natural sandbar in the world

Experience the striking landforms of Wharakiki Beach before travelling out along the longest natural sandbar in the world and sanctuary to over 90 bird species, including bar-tailed godwits, knots, curlews, whimbrels and turnstones. Read the story . . . 

Find out more

Things to do

The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival: sample the local sauvignon blanc on its home turf

Fail to sample the local sauvignon blanc on its home turf and miss out on sipping the exuberant and intense varietal in the sacred space that first introduced New Zealand wine to the world. Read the story . . . 

Find out more

Things to do

Larnach Castle: a vision of past and present

If you missed Larnach Castle on your trip out to wing it with the albatrosses, you must have been on Facebook. It stands proud and bold on the highest point of the entire Otago Peninsula. Read the story . . . 

Where to stay in Tasman District

From $95
Penman Motel

SEPARATE UNITS WITH FULL KITCHENS. That's right! Not often you find your 'home away from home' when staying in motels, but that is just what . . . More . . . 

From $95
4.8 /5
From $120
4.8 /5
Equestrian Lodge Motel

Set in 2.5 acres of peaceful landscaped gardens away from traffic noise, yet only a 5-minute stroll to shops, restaurants, 18-hole golf course and i-SITE. . . . More . . . 

From $120

Book now

Book now

4.5 /5
From $125
4.5 /5
Best Price Around
Golden Bay Motel

Peaceful garden setting with children's play area. Gary and Karen welcome you to Golden Bay Motel. Set in the township of Takaka right in the . . . More . . . 

From $125

Book now

Book now

5.0 /5
From $180
5.0 /5
Twin Waters Lodge

Peace, tranquility, native birdlife, a sandy beach, native forest and affordable luxury. These are the hallmarks of a stay at Twin Waters Lodge. We are . . . More . . . 

From $180

Book now

Book now