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Project Janszoon

Location of Project Janszoon Project Janszoon is a privately funded trust working with the Department of Conservation, the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, the community and local iwi to restore the ecology of the Abel Tasman National Park.


Located at the top of the South Island; the nearest towns are Motueka, Takaka and Kaiteriteri. The Park was formed in 1942 from a mix of Crown land, reserves and former private holdings where timber harvesting and farming had been the main land uses.


Abel Tasman is New Zealand's smallest national park at 22,530 hectares.

Organisations involved

Project Janszoon Trust, Department of Conservation, Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, iwi, landowners and concessionares.


The Abel Tasman Coast Track is accessible by road at four points: Marahau (67 km from Nelson), Wainui (21 km from Takaka), Totaranui (32 km from Takaka), and Awaroa estuary (31 km from Takaka). Water taxis operate to a timetable from Marahau and Kaiteriteri, providing transport to the main beaches of Anchorage, Torrent Bay, Bark Bay, Onetahuti, Awaroa
and Totaranui.