1. Walk the Abel Tasman Coast Track
One of New Zealand’s most popular great walks is the 53km Abel Tasman Coast Track, which starts from the idyllic seaside village of Marahau, taking you on a journey through lush native forest and along golden sandy beaches. Your senses will be awakened to the sweet sound of birdsong, the result of ongoing restoration efforts undertaken by the local business community and iwi. Truly extraordinary all year round, the walk is best experienced on a multi-day adventure that will see you staying overnight at one of the beachfront lodges, camp sites, DOC huts or even the floating backpackers, before continuing on with your scenic walk the next day. For those who are looking for a slice of paradise, but don’t quite have time for a multi-day experience, there are plenty of half and full day walk/kayak or walk/cruise options available. Top tip: If you have time, take a short detour to Cleopatras Pools, where you can slide down a moss-lined chute into the pristine natural rock pools below.