We care

We feel both honoured and privileged to be allowed to operate in the unspoiled environment of the Abel Tasman National Park.  The area was settled by three-local iwi; Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Tama and Te Ati Awa. Each day our guides pass by the poupou (carving) of the rangatira (chieftain), Turangāpeke, the ancestor of Ngāti Rārua. The poupou of Turangāpeke has been placed in Anchorage Bay so visitors may gain an understanding of the history the area holds, that extends beyond the arrival of Abel Tasman in 1642. Receiving permission from the local iwi and DOC (The Department of Conservation) were the first steps taken for us to operate in this stunningly beautiful environment.

We consider ourselves very fortunate to be allowed to operate in the national park as a Department of Conservation Concessionaire. With this privilege comes a responsibility to take care of the environment and to minimise our impact, which we monitor in conjunction with DOC. By taking our guests into this profoundly beautiful and unique environment, we are in a position where we can create awareness by sharing our stories and knowledge. We explain how anyone can enjoy the beauty of the environment in a responsible way. We explain how important conservation is and how projects like the Birdsong Trust and Project Janszoon protect and restore the native flora and fauna.

On all our tours we adhere to the 7 ‘Leave no Trace‘ principles. We support the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust in their efforts to protect and enhance the biodiversity and to bring back and enhance the native birdsong.

The Abel Tasman Tree Collective is a collaboration between the commercial operators and accommodation providers of the Abel Tasman region.  We enable visitors to the region to contribute to the restoration of the area and minimize the impacts of their carbon emissions while visiting and enjoying this special place.

More information on the Abel Tasman Tree Collective

The Abel Tasman National Park and environs is a jewel in New Zealand’s tourism crown. It is the main drawcard for visitors to the Tasman Region, sustaining revenue and employment for many tourism operators, accommodations, retail and service providers. In this time of dwindling resources and increasing environmental awareness, visitors to the region who come for our out-standing natural values are rarely offered a chance to mitigate the impact of their activities with tangible solutions in the local environment. The carbon footprint and emissions output of a busy day in tourism in the Tasman region is impossible to calculate, with hundreds of vehicles driving to the park, dozens of motor driven vessels and aircraft servicing the regions visitors. Concessionaire’s using the national park pay a foreshore levy as part of their activities, and 10c per person declared is donated to the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust. Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust is a community group in partnership with the Department of Conservation engaging in predominately pest control, but also weed eradication and tree planting. Until now, there have been few avenues for the park’s visitors to contribute directly to the conservation of this amazing place that they come to enjoy. The Abel Tasman Tree Collective aims to pioneer a culture of philanthropy from the park’s international guests, directly funding the planning, eco-sourcing, propagation, planting and maintenance of native tree restorations in local protected areas. Plantings are identified by the community for the community, and landowners sign an agreement binding them to care for the plants.


“Adventure is what all humans need, some humans have just forgotten or never remembered that adventure can be more than the pursuit of adrenaline.”

Deon J. Breytenbach

Hidden deep in the earth’s crust surrounded by walls covered in moss and ferns, you’ll find mind blowing combinations of showering waterfalls, deeply carved out caves and deep clear pools of greens and blues. All these beautiful sights pull you deeper into the canyon to see what’s around the next corner, all the way down to the valley floor. This remote and spiritual environment combined with the pure adrenaline you get from leaping off cliffs, sliding down water polished chutes and abseiling through thundering waterfalls, drives us to gear up and venture into our canyons.

“Super fun way to see an otherwise inaccessible bit of the park”

Tripadvisor Review

Just the two of us on a last minute booking and the +1 was a little nervous!
The guide (Toine) was great and doubled as a nature and history guide.
We both really enjoyed it. Well paced, individualised, super fun and always felt totally safe whilst at the same time exploring some places that felt a bit wild and unexplored.
Definitely recommend.

LloydMayers, Bristol

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