The Awaroa Inlet

In 2015 one of the most beautiful coastal inlets in New Zealand, the Awaroa Inlet, became available for private purchase. Two ordinary New Zealanders, Duane Major and Adam Gard'ner said 'no way' - they decided that such a beautiful place should not be in private hands, so they hatched a plan!

They launched a crowdfunding campaign to purchase Awaroa, a campaign that galvanized the nation. Over $2 million was raised, the purchase made, and today the Awaroa Inlet was officially passed to the ownership of the people of New Zealand. It is now incorporated into the adjacent Abel Tasman National Park, safe from future private ownership and development.

New Zealander's will have to make quite an effort to enjoy their new property. There's no road access, just water taxis that service the area from Kaiteriteri (nearly 2 hours each way) The truly adventurous can hike in along the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, but that will take about 3 days - and they'll need favorable tide times to complete the final stretch. 

It's this majestic remoteness that makes Awaroa so special. The nearest restaurant is a 40-minute hike to Peppers Awaroa Lodge and the nearest general store can be found in Pohara - a four-hour hike away! 

And that's the way it's going to stay! 

Today, we salute friends Duane Major and Adam Gard'ner, the enthusiastic unpaid team that gathered around them, and the thousands of New Zealanders who all gave a little to protect the Awaroa Inlet for future generations.

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We can arrange a visit to the Awaroa Inlet as this region is included on several of our New Zealand Vacations itineraries, including the 22 day New Zealand In Depth self-drive.

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Lindsay Barron

Lindsay Barron • Jul 09, 2016