Set within the Abel Tasman National Park, Rākauroa / Torrent Bay consists of not one, but two sandy beaches. The main beach is a curving spit of sand which goes some way to separating a large lagoon from the sea. However, there is also a beach on the lagoon side of Torrent Bay.
Torrent Bay is a lovely spot, backed by the lush, forested landscape of Abel Tasman. If it were anywhere else it would no doubt be an outstanding beach, but given its location there is some pretty stiff competition from the neighbours.
The small township here was not included in the National Park, so remains as a village of holiday houses on privately owned land. Despite there being no electricity or roads this is still home to a popular spot campsite.
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Torrent Bay tide times
Sat 20th OctoberLow 12:56am (1.50m)
High 07:06am (3.59m)
Low 01:16pm (1.33m)
High 07:40pm (3.75m)
Sun 21st OctoberLow 01:50am (1.28m)
High 08:01am (3.81m)
Low 02:11pm (1.04m)
High 08:27pm (4.05m)
Mon 22nd OctoberLow 02:32am (1.01m)
High 08:49am (4.08m)
Low 02:54pm (0.73m)
High 09:06pm (4.36m)
Tue 23rd OctoberLow 03:08am (0.72m)
High 09:33am (4.36m)
Low 03:31pm (0.45m)
High 09:43pm (4.62m)