Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman National Park is named for the Dutch Explorer and Navigator who visited in 1642. Covering 22,000 hectares along the shores of Tasman Bay, the national park is one of the most scenic in the country with its golden sand beaches, river estuaries and offshore islands. A mild climate and the most sunshine hours in the country make this an ideal summer holiday destination.
It was officially designated as a National Park in 1942.
Awaroa (long valley) was first inhabitated by the Maori around 1000 years ago. Remnants of their occupation of this land has been found in the discovery of food storage pits,middens (collection of shells from feasting), eel traps and signs of gathering kiekie berries and Pingao
The history of Peppers Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park
The original Lodge was built in 1991 by a group of local people from the Golden Bay area. They were enthusiastic to offer something special and unique to visitors coming to the region to explore the National Park. At that time, it was largely undiscovered as a tourist region.
From its humble beginnings, Peppers Awaroa Lodge has always been unique. The first building opened was a simple shed from which tea and fresh scones were served to hungry trampers walking the track.
The area was farmland with a few sheep and cows when the original lodge buildings were erected in 1991.