New Zealand’s own little slice of paradise, Awaroa beach, has officially become part of Abel Tasman National Park.
In February nearly 40,000 people pledged a total of $2.28 million through their Givealittle campaign to buy the beach, with the help of the Government and the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust getting it over the line.
Awaroa Inlet is seven hectares of bush and 800m of beach and has been gifted to the Department of Conservation (DOC).
Nicky Wagner, Associate Minister of Conservation, said “It’s a victory for positive people power and for preserving our environment. All those who contributed have given a wonderful gift to our nation. It is now protected forever with public access guaranteed.”
Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest national park which attracts the greatest number of visitors.
“The purchase of the beach property is an outstanding addition to the park that all visitors will now be able to enjoy,” Ms Wagner says.