Camping at Anchorage Bay – Abel Tasman National Park

Editors Note: If your headed for Abel Tasman National Park on New Zealand’s South Island you could do worse than try Anchorage Bay as a place to put down your backpack for a couple of days. Gina has the low down.

Andy Seabrook.

If hiking or kayaking in Abel Tasman, a popular overnight place to camp is Anchorage Bay. Located between Torrent Bay and Te Pukatea Bay, it has a wide light tan colored beach with flicks of white. The bay is large with the open ocean barely visible beyond the invisible line stretching from one edge of the curving bay to the other.


Anchorage Bay is also a popular place for ships to dock for the night….Photo credit: One Day In A City

If arriving to Anchorage Bay by sea, it looks to be just a beach with much trees and vegetation behind it. Any hint of a campground is not visible until you dock your sea vessel and trudge up the sand to the thick tree line. Beyond the bright green of the trees is a clearing with dozens of campsites. You won’t get much privacy for your tent at this campsite, but you’ll find a kitchen with sinks and purified drinking water to replenish your stash, plus clean toilets.



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