From here it follows an undulating ridge, finally climbing to the top of Nichols (unmarked) from where the track descends through tussock to the hut, east of the saddle. Follow main track downstream for 4.5 km. It is another hour of ups and downs to Richard’s Knob (985m) where the track meets Dora Ridge. This route to Dracophyllum Hut (1100m, 2 bunks) climbs Pukematawai (1432m), along the main range, over Butchers Knob (1158m) then through bush to Dracophyllum Hut. Turn right and walk along the coast (1km) to Island Bay. To the left, there is access out to Dunrobin Road (2 hours). The wet weather track then climbs and crosses a number of gullies and streams before the climb to the Plateau. Before I get into the breakdown of my total expenses for Te Araroa, I want to note that my thru-hike of the Te Araroa took less than the average of 4-5 months. From the highway, the route follows Princhester Road to DOC’s Lower Princhester Hut (6 bunks). When this road veers inland Te Araroa remains on the coast (unless you’re here during the lambing closure). From here the track is marked and sign-posted. From here no water is available until Te Matawai Hut – the water tanks are small so in the busy summer period and in hot weather ensure you carry plenty of water. Note: In strong winds and rain it may be necessary to stop at Nichols Hut until weather clears. The carpark and road are across another swing bridge beside the Waiotauru River. This section begins at the top of the Botanic Garden. Cross the Aparima River on the swingbridge near the hut. Continue along the walkway through to Raiha Street. ... across to the SW end of the cliffs," the trail notes read. From Levin, take transport for 7 km to the car park at end of Poads Road. This 3000.0 km route stretches from Cape Reinga in the North Island to Bluff, located on the tip of the South Island. The track heads steeply up a bushed spur, which eases off slightly after roughly 20 minutes. For the sake of completeness, turn left onto Trig Road then right onto Twinlaw Road. 380m ascent, 1240m descent. It traverses the entire country; beaches, forests, mountains, volcanoes and cities and should likely take me four to five months to finish. Beyond the eucalyptus section the track crosses a stock lane and continues up a fenceline to the base of the Twinlaw Range. Cross over the pedestrian crossing to the right-hand side of the road and head past the shops toward the railway lines. Please register your trail usage before embarking on your journey. Children should be supervised. Follow path then under railway, exit walkway across the car park, and cross the Mana/Pāremata Bridge over the Pāuatahanui Estuary mouth. Te Araroa leaves Twinlaw Road on a 4WD track on the right-hand side of the road. Beni Paroli (AT hiker) P: 06 368 4570, 027 9304151 E: Standard DOC camping ground 2km up road at School house Flat (near start of Pukeatua Track), $6.00. Te Araroa Downloads for entire trail. Follow Ottawa Road to the roundabout and continue straight into Waikowhai Road. It ranges over mountains and farmland, through forest, along beaches, on back roads, and in a few parts, through towns and suburbs. (Optional exit into Johnsonville at Truscott Avenue.) At the eastern end of the bridge on SH99, turn into Jetty Street and onto Leader Street. Follow Ames Street to park/reserve near end. The section ends over the road bridge where the Rotary Club’s Stead Street Wharf Walkway begins on the right-hand side. To reach Riverton during the lambing closure, continue on Tīhaka Beach Road to Orepuki Riverton Highway (SH99). A link to my day-by-day Te Araroa itinerary is here – note that my times varied a lot depending on whether I was with company or alone. Walk down Richard Street towards Riverton. There is a loop track available for day-walkers which takes 2 hours 15 minutes. Conditions of the resource consent and the agreement with Kiwirail giving public access to the land are that no horses, dogs, bikes or motorised vehicles are permitted. Turn right here and walk the road shoulder into Riverton. The descent on the marked track is fairly steep and through the forest to historic Martins Hut, built 1905 and the last (or first if northbound!) Princhester Road is a gravelled public road, but also a working farm access way. Keep left at the Feldwick Road junction and continue along Twinlaw Road. Carry enough water for your first day. Cross the second footbridge towards the Otaihanga Domain. There is also a local shuttle company; the return trip to town will cost about $20 pp if there are 6-8 of you, One night stay only (One variation to the length of stay: 2-3 days is ok for rest and recreation at: Christmas Eve, Christmas night, and/or Boxing Day.). Pass the Six Discs track (which also goes to Waiopehu), then cross Blackwater Stream on a suspension bridge. The Lord of the Rings actor Bruce Hopkins is walking the Te Araroa trail for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Turn hard right (south) and follow the wharf past the Te Papa Museum and the boat harbour. Turn right here and walk the road shoulder into Riverton. Cross the stile at the fence-line on the park boundary and enter the bush. To ensure availability it’s best to have made arrangements in advance. Vehicles on road or track on Merrivale road, Few water sources between Merrivale Road and Martins Hut, Vehicles on road or track. Exit the Park's long driveway and turn hard left onto Manchester St and very soon hard right onto Sutherland Crescent. Take extreme care on the road walk to Colac Bay. I did not pay for Guthook and used the official TA app for my hike and it worked … Be sure to fill in intentions book at the start of the track. From Paekākāriki Village walk west towards the beach. The track reaches the forest edge after 2.5km. 1) Poads Road (Levin) to Te Matawai Hut (900m), via Gable End Ridge, 2) Te Matawai Hut to Nichols Hut (1160m) via Dracophyllum Hut, 3) Nichols Hut to Pārāwai Hut (Ōtaki Forks, Road End,100m) via Waitewaewae Hut (310m). Once within the forest, the marked track rolls over foothills to a sign-posted junction with the Wairaki River Track. Possible ride to town for resupply (30km return trip) depending on timings. Continue along Papakowhai Road, then to Aotea Lagoon across the road on right. This is on a tramping track, within the Woodlaw Forest Conservation Area. You’re unlikely to encounter vehicles, unless there is some forestry operation underway. The TA really is a grand mix of urban, rural, and wilderness hiking. There are seats and interesting interpretive signs along the way but no amenities. An alternative is to use the road bridge 100m upstream and cross a field on the right to the Surf Life Saving Club. The area adjacent to the pine forest is private land covenanted with the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust to preserve the native forest. The Te Araroa Trail was officially opened in 2011, and in trail terms it's still considered new and some sections are still under development. Parking is extremely limited and the roadway is narrow. Some of these tracks are shared walking/cycle tracks, and cycle tracks also cross the walking tracks, so be alert. This is on the riverside of the fence all the way down to Wash Creek, some 16km distant. Few water sources No water sources on track - take with you. As the track nears the main ridge it veers south and becomes less distinct on the ground. Suitable footwear should be worn and carry an extra layer in case the weather turns - it can be exposed up there. Descend to Junction Knob, turn right to Shoulder Knob, where the track re-enters the bush, and descends steeply to the Ōtaki River (bridged) and then Waitewaewae Hut. From Mt Kaukau viewing platform head south/west down Skyline Track. Poads Road to Te Matawai Hut via Gable End Ridge - 13.8km / 7-8 hours Please keep to the marked track and do not enter the rail corridor (you risk a $20,000 fine). Te Araroa App. This grassed valley merges into Buckley Road Reserve. Instead, it was a time of high alert for Hopkins, a New Zealand actor who portrayed Gamling in Lord of the Rings. Always check the Trail Status pages of the official Te Araroa website for recent changes or alerts on the trail. 2 Campgrounds at Ōtaki Beach, - approx 6 km west of SH 1. Exit through the gate and turn left into Ōhariu Valley Road. It is then a further 10km walk along the beach to the Dunns Road exit, which becomes visible at a gap in the dunes. Keep to the track; do not walk on to farmland, or the rail tracks. Ascend to the Plateau (530m) then descend Saddle Creek (200m), and cross Ōtaki River swing bridge to carpark. It stays west of but proximate to the Mararoa River and then South Mavora Lake to this lake’s outlet where another swingbridge provides an alternative access point from Mavora Lakes Road. Tui Birdsong Bed and Breakfast - 18 Orari Street, Ngaio. Once on the ridge, the track turns left and follows the ridge. This is off to the left as you are facing downhill. Climb to the Yeates Track junction (810m), at the signpost bear right and ascend the ridge for about 30 minutes to a helipad and Te Matawai Hut (900m, 18 bunks). Turn left into the forest following yellow circles through the forest and down to the valley floor. The best option is to call. Follow Northern Walkway around the side of the hill with city views to St Mary Street. Exit bridge into Otaihanga Domain. On reaching the stream go upstream for just 10m then left, crossing the stream on to a four-wheel-drive track leading to a gate and gravel road. It would provide welcome shelter in poor weather. At the end of the Port’s Water Race the track joins the Long Hilly Track. Left into State Highway 1 walkway, then right on to The Ramp (road bridge to Porirua City). There are a number of forestry road junctions but marker poles are in place to show the way through. Turn right at this junction onto the forestry road and soon the road emerges from the forest. Turn left here and then, after 4km, right onto Colac Bay Road. Immediately turn right on to the footpath alongside SH1. Instead, it was a time of high alert for Hopkins, a New Zealand actor who portrayed Gamling in Lord of the Rings. Walk along the road (approx 5kms) to crossroads. It is entirely on private property with access being provided by 2 landowners - Matariki Forests and Mike Whale. Bypass in Trelissick Park through Northern Walkway if Korimako Stream flooded. After about 600m the track crosses a stream, a marker then indicates a right-hand turn and the beginning of the climb towards the Telford Tops. Continue 500m along Ocean Parade to a second lot of toilets and car park (Pukerua Bay Beach). Turn left (southeast) and follow the Dora Ridge Track down to Butchers Saddle (690m). At this junction turn right and follow the water race for 250m before reaching the Round Hill Track and walking for 850m to the carpark. Head along this, down a hill and join a major sealed track. Tel: +64 (0)27 601 5744, Only minutes from Tīhaka Beach, we have individual rooms for rent with shared facilities in a warm homely environment. If continuing on the next section (Kapiti Coast) after crossing the railway line and SH1 turn left and proceed south on the footpath. Exit overbridge to right along Pāremata Crescent, becoming Papakowhai Road. Continue along the old (now closed) Muri Station and go through Muri Park and onto Sea Vista Drive, cutting through the walkway to Pukerua Bay Railway Station. Every dollar makes a difference. At the top end of Coromandel Street, follow the paved zig-zag path to another small plantation of pine trees. After about 50m, take the stairs under the bridge and onto the Escarpment Track – Do not cross State Highway 1. The track up Gable End Ridge is on the right, a short distance from the grassy patch, about 1½ hrs from Poads Road. Marie Bismarck is a "Trail Angel" living near the Trail at Paraparaumu Beach and offers camping, water, shower for Te Araroa walkers. Multiple Road crossings through the city, Vehicles on road or track - Multiple road crossings, Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide. These streams can be difficult and dangerous to cross in heavy rain. The first part of the Pukeatua Section climbs steadily through a mixed forest with grass clearings that provide sweeping views of Ōtaki Forks and the Tararua Range. The ground trail is light, or non-existent, so care and concentration is required to travel from marker to marker. It then continues down a long fenced straight, which leads out through farmland towards Scotts Gap-Feldwick Road. Follow the marked track down the terrace the hut is on. Continue along the marked track towards television mast on Mt Kaukau. The latter part is along the beach at Pukerua Bay, exiting up a bush track to rejoin State Highway 1. Careful walking, Belynda and Adam - 027 2898608. There is a turning bay at the end of this track, right on the Twinlaw/Woodlaw Forest boundary. Waterloo Station is private property but the lessees allow tramper access down their western boundary to Aparima Hut (12 bunks). The track then leaves the ridge to the right and descends through grasslands to the Telford Campsite, which has a toilet and water available from the stream. Because my hike was relatively quick, I had to buy less days of food, and readers should take my numbers as something of a lower limit. Turn left here and it’s a 45-minute walk downstream to the Wairaki River ford. Shortly after, bear right on a small grassy patch above the main South Ōhau River. Supervalue Supermarket - 157 Main St, Otautau - P: 03 225 8029 - W: Tuatapere Hump Ridge track Trust & Tuatapere Visitor Information Centre - P: 0800 486 774 or P: 03 226 6739 - 31 Orawia Rd, Tuatapere - E: - Open hours 7:30am - 6:30pm. Full range of hostel, motel and other accommodation providers including: From a small picnic area about 100m before Carlton Gore Road the route climbs uphill on to the slopes of Mt Victoria, following Wellington’s ‘Southern Walkway’ for its full length right down to the south coast. Turn hard left on to Mt Albert Road then right into Buckley Road. (122 Gore Street, Bluff) They make awesome coffee using the freshest beans that are roasted in Lumsden. Be sure to fill in intentions book at the start of the track. The track within the forest is well marked and easy to follow through an increasingly stunted forest. E: Paekākāriki Village Grocery Store - 11 Beach Rd, Paekākāriki Village - P: 04 292 8020 - open 7 days. Writing the blog post for each day of the walk was one of the highlights of each day. The track climbs gradually for 2.5km to a clearing but soon re-enters the forest. Turn right and walk - carefully - along SH94 a further 2.5km to where Te Araroa turns into Princhester Road. From the north Te Araroa enters the Wellington region at Poads Road, 7 km from Levin (Taitoko). At Whenua Tapu Cemetery continue on Arā Harakeke past the large Taupō Swamp. An amazing "FEAT" on amazing "FEET". Turn right at the fork (large orange triangles) following the DOC markers and down towards the covenanted land section and pine forest. Call or text Sarah 027 6995234 or Dean 021 655852. Water also becomes more readily available on the main track lower down. Trampers continuing on from the Mavora Walkway can walk south down and around the North Mavora Lake shore to the swingbridge across the Mararoa River at the lake’s outlet. If continuing on to the next section (Pukeatua) turn left at the road and continue for 2km to end of the road: camping area, and the start of Fenceline and Pukeatua Tracks. To get the track notes and Google Earth (KML) file we scan the trail index for each region on the Te Araroa website. The track traverses uneven ground towards Woodlaw Peak then descends towards a narrow strip of exotic forest. Continue to the railway underpass on to Steyne Avenue. The Te Araroa Trust does an amazing job of offering these on their site to be downloaded FOR FREE! Follow Dunns Road for 7km towards Invercargill and another 2km once Dunns Road becomes Stead Street, which crosses the estuary towards Tweed Street, and the start of Invercargill’s CBD where you'll find accommodation, shops etc. This trek is unlike the popular national scenic trails of North America and the gear needed (and available brands) will differ somewhat. The hut can also be accessed along a foul weather route, which departs Te Araroa on the left a little over 1km before it reaches the summit. After 15min join an older section of the Reserve Track that exits on to Manly Street. The Te Araroa website is a great resource with many links. Created with sketchtool. Leaving Martins Hut follow the trail for 100m and turn right at the marked junction. No commercial activity, including guiding or organized events. There are numerous garden paths but Te Araroa follows the ‘City to Sea’ walkway through the garden. The first 9km from Dragway Road to the Te Kauwhata Pumphouse is the most scenic part of the track. Cross back to the west bank on the bend and head to the orange marker by a side stream just below the long slip in the west bank. Below here the river bends around to flow east. Dry weather route - follow the track to Ōtaki Forks for roughly 100m along the terrace then drop down the bank on the unmarked route and cross the Ōtaki River. Ford the river here, as river levels allow, and continue on the farm track down the side of the Wairaki River to a marked sharp turn away from the river. Having thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, I … The track takes a sharp left uphill turn to a south-west ridge. Contact Lloyd Esler (, Vehicles on road or track Take extreme care walking on State Highway 1 roadside - wear hi-viz vest and/or pack cover, Take care crossing the railway line at Kekeno Place, Invercargill - Campbelltown passenger service - 1 Lee St, Bluff - P: 03 212 7404. The trail follows the Lower Turitea Walkway, a well-formed pathway with 3 footbridges over the Turitea Stream. Last updated 29 October 2020 (It is 13km to the right via Lower Scotts Gap Road and Otautau-Tuatapere Road to Otautau.). Only at the start and finish, Ruth Carter offers camping at their house immediately adjacent to the DOC carpark at the end of Mangaone South Rd - contact her in advance on. A washout about 6km up Merrivale Road prevents 2WD vehicles progressing further but there is roadside parking there. Take care as trains run regularly along this line. Beyond Te Werahi Beach, you will experience gorgeous peach-coloured dunes, unusual dune grasses, and views … The track formally begins at the Colac Bay Road/SH99 junction (with the Colac Bay Tavern and campground adjacent). Follow the path to city centre uncovered carpark. Offer an on demand service. Turn left onto this road and walk 2.4km to the edge of the eucalyptus forest fringe. I also read loads of blogs and followed other people who had or were hiking the trail the previous season. Riverton Rock Guesthouse - 136 Palmerston St, Riverton - P: 03 234 8886 - E: Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide. As it leaves Kerikeri Inlet Road the trail ascends gradually through young pines for 2.5 kms … Exit the park at Ngaio Library, turning right down Ottawa Road (joins Northern Walkway). Support the trust today so that you can enjoy the trail tomorrow, either one day at a time, or all 3000km! The track is over steep terrain, and there are no handrails on the steps. A pedestrian bridge takes walkers across the main city motorway, then leave the City to Sea by turning hard left. While there are several huts en route, there is no shelter at the Telford Campsite. Many other options at all levels are also available in Te Anau. The track skirts the scrubby tops on the eastern side to Pukeatua Summit. Be prepared to let levels fall during wet weather. The track exits onto Kekeno Place, which is a busy industrial area so take enormous care when coming off the end of the track then crossing the railway line back out to SH1. As a result, Te Araroa Trust has declared the Rākaia a hazard zone which does not form part of the trail. From Levin, take transport for 7 km to the car park at end of Poads Road. River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers, Weather extremes - be aware of the weather forecast and be prepared to wait bad weather out if necessary. In order to comply with the daylight hours condition, trampers should start out early in the morning and make steady progress towards their final destination. Created with sketchtool. Ōtaki Township is 10km away down Ōtaki Gorge Road. Te Araroa enters the beech forest from the turning bay. There are spectacular views, and it is one of the highlights of the Te Araroa Trail. From the carpark turn left and follow Round Hill Road for 900m until you join State Highway 99. We have a really comfortable private bedroom set up for our bed & breakfast guests - with private toilet and shower, wifi, a small fridge, washing machine, bbq and we can help answer lots of your questions about the Wellington Region (we have lived here so long)! Vehicles on road or track take plenty of care along Ohariu Valley Road - it is narrow and twisting, Farming operations - Go around cattle and take extra care at calving/lambing, Forestry operations in Spicer Forest (occasional), Track exposed to sun, wind or cold along the tops, Track exposed to sun, wind or cold High winds and rain are common on Skyline Track. There is a small water tank behind the hut - though do treat the water. Please do not jeopardise the future of the track by ignoring these requirements. Every dollar makes a difference. Please take direction from farm staff as necessary. DOC Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, Te Ānau (Mountain View) Top 10 Holiday Park, Tuatapere Motel, Shooters Backpackers & Holiday Park Complex, Te Hīkoi and Riverton Visitor Information Centre, Vehicles on road or track Take extreme care on Mavora Lakes Road and SH94, River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers. The lodge location is handy to both hotels, all eating places and 2 minutes to ferry to Stewart Island. Once on the main ridge travel is along the ridgeline to the left (southeast). A privately owned property situated approx. Support the trust today so that you can enjoy the trail tomorrow, either one day at a time, or all 3000km! Walkers are required to respect the protected area and stay on the marked track. Don’t rely on drinking water being available en route. View the Te Araroa trail conveniently as a simple overlay on a map with your approximate current location marked. There can be gale-force winds and heavy rain. Self-catering, hot shower, indoor mattress. The trailheads on either side of the Rākaia make natural beginning or endpoints for Te Araroa section trampers and it is really only through-trampers that have to deal with the issue of getting from one trailhead to the other. After 500m veer left to boardwalk and track through the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve. This track is through the exotic forest and then across farmland. Guthook is another app that can be purchased but it does not have trail notes and cannot push trail reroutes and updates like the official app can. It follows farm tracks and the stopbank for 3km before ascending hilly terrain to a height of 35m with good river views, before descending again to the flats. I’ll narrow it down for you. Be prepared to wait out storms or for streams to subside after heavy rain. Just before the Bowen Street exit, take a minute to inspect the cutout steel sculptures dedicated to Te Araroa - these were unveiled in 2017 by the Mayor of Wellington. Turn right onto the road and continue for 11km through to SH94. Turn right and follow Lambton Quay (Te Araroa plaques in the pavement) through the main city shopping street (800m) until it merges with Willis Street. From the Woodlaw Track trailhead turn left onto Scotts Gap-Feldwick Road and walk the road shoulder through Scotts Gap junction and onto Upper Scotts Gap Road. After roundabout use pedestrian crossing and keep to the footpath. Descend on the Main Range Track over various bumps to the bushline beyond Butchers Knob. From the ridge, the new track crosses a steep slope before dropping down to the old tram track. Immediately cross Hagley Street again towards the south. Much of track is above the bushline and can be covered in snow in winter (June -September). 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