Guys, I don’t want to exaggerate, but Abel Tasman trail is one of my favorite trails ever.
I can’t barely describe with words how beautiful it is, the quality of the ground for enjoying an absolutely great running practice and the number of views that you’ll meet during the session.
The trail is easily accessible, and you can either park by the entrance or run from the base camp, in case you are overnight. In our case, we arrived the night before, to take a walk along the beach and have a drink with the ocean as a witness. Amazing!
I’m waking up early and preparing my coffee (grind, heating water, french press, pour over, wait, enjoy). With the first sip, I like to wake Nicki up. She slowly opens her eyes and I know she wants to sleep a bit more, so I give to her two more sips, while I’m staring at the first lights of the day and enjoying my favorite time of the day. After the grace period, I open the doors and Nicki jump out.
We normally don’t like to have breakfast before the 1st practice of the day, so it’s quite straightforward for us: Clothes and runners on, water intake and we’re ready to go.
Disclaimer: I’m aware that taking long training sessions in fasting could not be good. We do because we are used to, but we do know it’s may not the best approach. Find your way.
Starting out from the base camp and hitting the trail after 1,5km. From there, prepare yourself to enjoy a trail I bet you’ll not be disappointed. The conditions of the ground are simply perfect, with a wide path that allows you to run fast and with a great grip. The panorama is unbelievable, with the sea all the way up on your right and a forest that plays drawing a zig-zag across bridges and falls. Open your eyes, because you’ll find several spots to go down to beaches that are not accessible by car, and the water is crystal clear. In our way back, we can’t resist anymore temptation, so we turn the engines off and we are in our way down to the beach. And it’s pay off! A rock access to a white sand beach, with an incredible turquoise water that is calling us to try it out.
After spending some minutes there, we start again to run back, and this time the traffic is terrific. The people have started to do the trail and the solitude is gone. Rather, the run itself is a challenge to avoid crashes, since the people (and I don’t blame them for that) is enjoying an amazing walk with family and friends.
To wrap up and give some facts, we did around 22k in two ways, but you can easily extend to something around 26 to 30k. The trail is allowing you to push as much as you want, and the only negative point can be the traffic, so I recommend to start early to have a fresh track.
Beautiful trail, amazing training and unforgettable views, I hope to hit it again!