There is a water tap outside the changing rooms. A privately owned property situated approx. Do not attempt to cross if it is high, dirty or fast-flowing. ‎Te Araroa - The Trail App provides useful information to guide thru hikers along the Te Araroa trail. From the summit, the track follows the south side of a westerly ridge to a saddle and then northwest down a ridge to a broad ridge and intersection. Continue along the beach then ascend the formed sand track to Tīhaka Beach Road. For the sake of completeness, turn left onto Trig Road then right onto Twinlaw Road. For safety reasons, you'll need to call ahead - same day ok but at least a few hours notice - and be met and taken into the hut. 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. 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. Walk along the road (approx 5kms) to crossroads. Go and see the team at Sold Coffee & Gifts. Water also becomes more readily available on the main track lower down. Please register your trail usage before embarking on your journey. ... across to the SW end of the cliffs," the trail notes read. Route to Pārāwai Lodge (100m altitude, 18 bunks) and Ōtaki Forks car park. Te Araroa – New Zealand’s Trail – is the 3000km walking track stretching from Cape Reinga in the North of New Zealand to Bluff in the South. After 440m the track emerges on the tops, which afford good views south towards the coast. Instead, it marks a natural break in the continuum, just like Cook Strait. Walk through the centre and up onto a large wood decorated pedestrian bridge to the harbour. From the Department of Conservation information sign, follow the Fenceline Loop Track for 700m to a marked junction to Pukeatua Track. Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide. Continue along ridge top then veer right past the new concrete reservoir and head downhill to Mt Albert Road. Every dollar makes a difference. An alternative is to use the road bridge 100m upstream and cross a field on the right to the Surf Life Saving Club. If you are a daredevil, take time out for some heart-pumping action at the amazing Adrenalin Forest confidence course. Follow the true left bank (south side). Ascend to the Plateau (530m) then descend Saddle Creek (200m), and cross Ōtaki River swing bridge to carpark. It is also foot access only and dogs are prohibited. Continue up-hill for about 3 hours with a hard right turn just prior to exiting the bush before Pukeatua (812m) and a good lunch spot. Note: this section is entirely over Mt Linton Station, which is privately owned, and is closed for lambing from 25th September to 5th November inclusive each year. Snow can fall in any season. It is also foot access only and dogs are prohibited.To reach Riverton during the lambing closure, continue on Tihaka Beach Rd to Orepuki Riverton Highway (SH99). Pay by koha (donation). Vehicles on road or track on Merrivale road, Few water sources between Merrivale Road and Martins Hut, Vehicles on road or track. Route continues across Teihana Road West up SH1 (south) via Arā Harakeke (Flax Pathway). We have limited Wifi and no cell coverage on site but there is a landline you can use. Be prepared for extreme conditions at all times. This track crosses private property and ongoing access is dependent upon the goodwill of landowners: Matariki Forests, DT King & Co Limited, Birchwood Station and Stephen Blair-Edie. At the top end of Coromandel Street, follow the paved zig-zag path to another small plantation of pine trees. 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. Note: From September 2018 - the new route to Te Matawai Hut bypassing Waiopehu Hut uses Gable End Ridge. Be prepared to wait out storms or for streams to subside after heavy rain. Follow the ridge up the summit of Mt Crawford for great views of the Tararua Range, Kāpiti Island, the coast and possibly Mt Taranaki. Few water sources No water sources on track - take with you. Mountaineer Chalet - P: 0272 117 170 - E: Note: It is essential to wear high visibility gear or pack cover when walking on the verge of the highway along this stretch as there is a lot of heavy traffic and often unfavourable visibility due to weather conditions. Soon after 'Wrightwicks Field' leave the Northern Walkway and follow Te Araroa signs along the valley floor. The trail is not just a back-country track, it connects town and country and provides those who walk the track with a wide variety of New Zealand experiences. Tel: +64 (0)27 601 5744 Email:lunasealodge@gmail.com, facebook.com@lunasealodge Only minutes from Tīhaka Beach, we have individual rooms for rent with shared facilities in a warm homely environment. The section ends over the road bridge where the Rotary Club’s Stead Street Wharf Walkway begins on the right-hand side. Note: You are best to set off at a lowish tide to make the rock scrambling and stream crossing safer & easier. Head up Weld Street, cross Margaret and Wade Streets. After 200m turn left downhill into Sinclair Park. Walk 7.5km up Merrivale Road into the forest, all the way to the road-end. Users will be able to view official trail notes, maps, elevation, campsites, huts, and offline topo maps without cell phone coverage. This is in the vicinity of the gates which cross the road. Gas cooking facilities, microwave, hot shower, fire, toilet. Continue down Upper Scotts Gap Road then turn right and walk up Hewitt Road. Begin the steep ascent via steps and a zig-zag path and continue up to the highest point of the track ("the Lookout"), before starting a descent down many steps. The trail is virtually level walking for the whole 22km, taking in some of the Kāpiti District’s icons – the Waikanae River, an estuary and scientific reserve, Kāpiti Island in full view from the beach, Queen Elizabeth Park, and the distinctive cafes and local art outlets in Paraparaumu, Raumati and Paekākāriki. If section walking, please park thoughtfully - please park at the railway station NOT on Ames St. When near to high-rise apartments, you can divert to cafes at the boat launch area. Turn left here and follow the track down past a number of sign-posted historic gold mining sites to the car park on Round Hill Road. (Optional exit down to Woodmancoate Road, Khandallah). Follow Te Araroa signs through the Gardens uphill to the Cable Car Terminal. Just before the houses, turn right, leaving the verge to enter another section of the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve. There is a riverside track here beside a line of pine trees that takes walkers around to the beach. Ōtaki Township is 10km away down Ōtaki Gorge Road. Recent logging of the pine forest has damaged the track, and the trail marking is unclear. We want you to have a safe hike so it's important for you to un… On occasion, the route will leave farm tracks but it is well marked - just look for the capped posts and/or stiles across each fence. Here is a fast-paced video showcasing the Te Araroa and all its variety: Te Araroa Video Overview This final 7.2km track follows the south coast around the base of Bluff Hill to Te Araroa’s southern terminus at Stirling Point. Be aware that it is steep, narrow and exposed, and crosses private property. Cross Whitford Brown Avenue. There is parking and cell phone reception here and trampers can phone if they need shuttle transport or accommodation. A pedestrian bridge takes walkers across the main city motorway, then leave the City to Sea by turning hard left. Plan your approach accordingly. This section takes approximately 4 days and includes long (30km+) stints along 90 mile beach. If arriving by car it’s best to park near the bottom of the road and walk up. 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. Exit overbridge to right along Pāremata Crescent, becoming Papakowhai Road. There are numerous city walking tracks and mountain bike trails so keep focused on the pink Southern Walkway signs. This is a tough section, expect lots of mud, allow plenty of time, take plenty of water and be aware of the weather. Descend the road from the transmission tower. Please email if at all possible, sign in both the book and on the COVID app. Trampers should camp here if arriving after midday (see Mt Linton Station conditions of access below). Alternatively, descend Alexandra Road to Constable Street, crossing at the traffic lights to Coromandel Street. From Levin, take transport for 7 km to the car park at end of Poads Road. Parking at the railway station is preferred for all track users and provides more direct access to the track. Some of these tracks are shared walking/cycle tracks, and cycle tracks also cross the walking tracks, so be alert. This is towards and through the junction with Chandler Road. Turn right onto Aotea subdivision track to State Highway 1. Te Araroa related: Bluff and Ship Cove: images by Peter Peryer, John Webber and Mark Adams My other website is dedicated to muesli and its variants ! At beach turn left (south) by yellow Marine Reserve triangles. The route is poled through tussock land on the bush fringe and marked through the bush-clad headlands. For each trail section we take the "Trail Notes" and "Additional Information" and join them into one document which you can load onto your e … Several sections of the route intentionally require kayaking and canoeing as well as the aforementioned ferry. Every dollar makes a difference. Completed in 2011, it’s a 3000 kilometer trail extending from Cape Reinga in the North to Bluff in the south. In general, the river runs barely above ankle height and will be easily crossed. Meanwhile, Te Araroa follows poles westward (to the right) through marshland on the terrace above the Aparima River’s true right bank. This route begins at the corner of Bowen Street and Lambton Quay. There will still be some cleaning for you to do, prior to your departure, however we will dispose of your rubbish and happy for you to get some washing done. Four 4 Square supermarket - 73 Main St, Tuatapere - P: 03 226 6898 - W: During the deer roar (March/April) we recommend that all walkers wear a high-vis vest while walking through the Longwoods Forest. Once within the forest, the marked track rolls over foothills to a sign-posted junction with the Wairaki River Track. Created with sketchtool. We want you to have a safe hike so it's important for you to understand this app is not a safety tool. Turn left onto this road and walk 2.4km to the edge of the eucalyptus forest fringe. 640 Scotts Gap-Feldwick Rd (4km from Scotts Gap end of Woodlaw) - P: 027 7394924 (Justine) - E: $20pp/night - a hot shower and home-cooked meal available for extra $15pp. At the end of Raumati South Beach, turn inland through piles of driftwood where you see a triangular "Total Fire Ban" sign. There is a program in place to make further progress towards Bluff, however, for now, it’s a 16km walk from Kekeno Place along the Bluff Highway to Ocean Beach where the Foveaux Walkway starts. The alternatives are: At end of Coastal Track cross the small Wainui Stream and continue along the beach until you see a large building, the Surf Life Saving Club, on your left. Having thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, I … The official route now bypasses Waiopehu and goes up Gable End Ridge. A little way past this, head up onto the north end of The Parade. Continue along the marked track towards television mast on Mt Kaukau. The ground trail is light, or non-existent, so care and concentration is required to travel from marker to marker. 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. Exit through the gate and turn left into Ōhariu Valley Road. It then descends to the northern boundary of Waterloo Station, a Crown Pastoral Lease comprising 3500ha. The trail is not just a back-country track, it connects town and country and provides those who walk the track with a wide variety of New Zealand experiences. In open sections, however, the route is lightly marked with poles. Turn right (south) and a short distance along turn right onto a small track signposted "Coastal Track 900 metres". While there are several huts en route, there is no shelter at the Telford Campsite. The track forks here. Page last updated: Dec 16, 2020, 11:47 AM. Continue 500m along Ocean Parade to a second lot of toilets and car park (Pukerua Bay Beach). Cross the second footbridge towards the Otaihanga Domain. Be prepared to let levels fall during wet weather. To ensure availability it’s best to have made arrangements in advance. Te Araroa Day 104 – Goat Pass. This trek is unlike the popular national scenic trails of North America and the gear needed (and available brands) will differ somewhat. Te Araroa – New Zealand’s Trail – is the 3000km walking track stretching from Cape Reinga in the North of New Zealand to Bluff in the South. Allison Brodribb is on Facebook. Outdoor kitchen space and marquee with sink and bench (set up from Christmas). Self-catering cottage on Gorge Rd, Te Horo - P: 06 364 3220. Another water source at Martins Hut is small stream off on an unmarked side track between the toilet and the hut. (It is 13km to the right via Lower Scotts Gap Road and Otautau-Tuatapere Road to Otautau.). Turn left immediately over the bridge into Bullock Lane (beside estuary) and follow a waterside path to Station Road. The Black Hut was built specifically for TA hikers providing hot shower, shampoo, composting toilet. Follow path then under railway, exit walkway across the car park, and cross the Mana/Pāremata Bridge over the Pāuatahanui Estuary mouth. Follow undulating Coastal Track - the one nearest to the sea - for about 1.5km to picnic and toilet area. The Island Bush Track starts up the road at the gate on the exotic forest fringe. What is the Te Araroa Trail? The lodge location is handy to both hotels, all eating places and 2 minutes to ferry to Stewart Island. A washout about 6km up Merrivale Road prevents 2WD vehicles progressing further but there is roadside parking there. It is then a further 10km walk along the beach to the Dunns Road exit, which becomes visible at a gap in the dunes. If continuing on the next section (Kapiti Coast) after crossing the railway line and SH1 turn left and proceed south on the footpath. Follow beach around to footpath/road - Ocean Parade. 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. This grassed valley merges into Buckley Road Reserve. Continue to the railway underpass on to Steyne Avenue. When this road veers inland Te Araroa remains on the coast (unless you’re here during the lambing closure). We don’t pre-book the cabins, whoever arrives first for the day has first option. Continue along Rāwhiti Road turning left into Teihana Road West for 100m - shops (and toilets). As a result, Te Araroa Trust has declared the Rākaia a hazard zone which does not form part of the trail. Department of Conservation Visitor Centre - 18 Manners St - P: 04 384 7770 - E: Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers - 1 Bunny St, Wellington - P: 0800 225 725 - W: www.hotelwaterloo.co.nz. The Lower Princhester Hut is 6km up Princhester Road. Keep to the track, which follows marker poles along the beaches and across the headlands. Proceed to second pink pedestrian rail overbridge via the Pāremata station platform. Follow the signed route through the trees until it comes back out onto the footpath. There are a number of forestry road junctions but marker poles are in place to show the way through. Take care as trains run regularly along this line. The Te Araroa website is a great resource with many links. You end up walking through Bledisloe Park to exit on Tennent Drive, just east of the main entrance to Massey University. About 14% of the trail is road walking with around 40% going over private land, which requires negotiations for through-access with landowners, councils and local indigenous Maori tribes. Cross stile turn right and follow fenceline on edge of the forest. Turn left here and it’s a 45-minute walk downstream to the Wairaki River ford. Please stick only to the marked track and use stiles where provided. (Optional exit into Johnsonville at Truscott Avenue.) 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). After crossing Arapito Stream the track climbs up the valley crossing a number of gullies before reaching the Plateau. The carpark and road are across another swing bridge beside the Waiotauru River. A well-graded track leads from here to a swing bridge over the Ōtaki River. DOC’s Mavora Lakes Park pamphlet, available through the link on this page, includes additional information on some of this trail section and the surrounding area. The first orange track markers are encountered a little further along. Waterloo Station is private property but the lessees allow tramper access down their western boundary to Aparima Hut (12 bunks). Note: The next section to Lower Wairaki Hut is predominantly within the forest. This section traverses the Botanic Garden, the City and around to Oriental Bay. NZTopo 50 series Levin (BN33), Shannon (BN34 briefly), Featherston(BP33), Ōtaki Forks Transport Options: Bookings Essential. Take care on the south coast during storm conditions. Please respect that this is our home, not a government owned site, we don’t have cleaners to pick up after you, so please, be respectful. Exit the Park's long driveway and turn hard left onto Manchester St and very soon hard right onto Sutherland Crescent. 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. Take extreme care on the road walk to Colac Bay. This section takes approximately 4 days and includes long (30km+) stints along 90 mile beach. I say "Congratulations and Welcome" to you all. hut on Te Araroa. Support the trust today so that you can enjoy the trail tomorrow, either one day at a time, or all 3000km! The latter part is along the beach at Pukerua Bay, exiting up a bush track to rejoin State Highway 1. Exit the park at Ngaio Library, turning right down Ottawa Road (joins Northern Walkway). Through the gate the track crosses a bridge and then heads diagonally to the right towards a gap in another shelter-belt. Tides, waves and rivers. Below here the river bends around to flow east. About 75m along this track passes the former Te Araroa route branching uphill to Waiopehu and continues along the well-defined benched track. Last updated 29 October 2020 Turn left, and just before Steyne Avenue crosses the Main Trunk Line turn right to the coastal pathway (still Arā Harakeke). This section begins at the top of the Botanic Garden. The track is across farmland and through exotic forest, save for a small indigenous forest section within the Woodlaw Forest Conservation Area. It’s the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand or, more appropriately, just Te Araroa, meaning “the Long Pathway in the native Maori language. 380m ascent, 1240m descent. Turn right here and walk the road shoulder into Riverton. You will traverse 2 lovely sections of Kohekohe forest before another steep descent then cross 2 swing-bridges. The wet weather track then climbs and crosses a number of gullies and streams before the climb to the Plateau. Please phone or txt Kay 027 294 5306. (122 Gore Street, Bluff) They make awesome coffee using the freshest beans that are roasted in Lumsden. From the Waikanae Bridge take the track downriver on the true right bank (north). After about 50m, take the stairs under the bridge and onto the Escarpment Track – Do not cross State Highway 1. The track line turns left here and sidles east to join with a grassed farm track. Poads Road to Te Matawai Hut via Gable End Ridge - 13.8km / 7-8 hours Will need to walk along the road in certain conditions, Do not be tempted to take a short cut through the Waikanae Estuary, the sand can be very soft and dangerous at low tide. At Island Bay veer right into Reef Street, cross the street and enter Shorland Park at the far end at ‘The Parade’ corner. There is a huge amount of information available on the trail, provided by the Te Araroa Trust including plenty of Te Araroa maps, trail notes and up to date information on any hazards, diversions and trail conditions. a GPS, maps, compass, usual survival equipment, and to have the skills needed to use everything properly. Be sure to fill in intentions book at the start of the track. Follow Ames Street to park/reserve near end. The best option is to call. There is a loop track available for day-walkers which takes 2 hours 15 minutes. Marker poles continue down on the main ridge for another 2km. It’s from here that you need prior permission to continue. https://www.msrgear.com/blog/guide-thru-hiking-new-zealands- From Ngaio the route follows Wellington City Council's 'Northern Walkway' through Trelissick Park, over Te Ahumairangi Hill (Tinakori) and through Wellington Botanic Gardens, ending at the top Terminus of the Wellington Cable Car. Careful walking, Belynda and Adam - Belyndajack@gmail.com 027 2898608. It traverses the entire country; beaches, forests, mountains, volcanoes and cities and should likely take me four to five months to finish. Note: In strong winds and rain it may be necessary to stop at Nichols Hut until weather clears. From the Island Bush Track trailhead turn right (west) onto Otautau-Tuatapere Road and walk 2.5km, past Gill Road to the Merrivale Road junction. Te Araroa Trust has a downloads page with maps and trail notes for the entire route. It is focused on a reviews of places where you can eat muesli, granola and porridge in Wellington, but also has plenty of … 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. This section of Te Araroa follows the Wellington 'Skyline Track' then Bells Track to Ngaio (suburb). Te Araroa is NZ's walk of a lifetime. We are happy to securely store any packages you may wish to forward for your arrival in Bluff. Stay on the right-hand side of Beach Road, and at the end cross the railway lines. Te Araroa App. Be aware of farm vehicles and/or stock on Mt Linton Station, No camping outside of designated campsites, No fires, vehicles (including bicycles), horses, dogs or firearms. The walk should not be attempted by those without a reasonable level of fitness, or who suffer from vertigo. 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. 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. An easy day’s walking after the rigours of Tararua tramping! It then climbs over a terrace on the south side of the river before dropping to Pārāwai Lodge. If continuing directly to Colonial Knob, take the 1.5km Raiha Walk to Elsdon (campground), Provides a mixture of walkway cycleway, tramping tracks and road walking. The track starts on Struan Flat Road. Sheena their Barista bakes everyday so our food is fresh and very yummy. This track is through the exotic forest and then across farmland. From the Mt Victoria Summit, descend the steps, pass public toilets and onto the grass verge on the right-hand side of Alexandra Road. Towards the end of the route cross Orauea Stream on the footbridge a short distance from the roadside trailhead, and follow the marked route out to Struan Flat Road. I also read loads of blogs and followed other people who had or were hiking the trail the previous season. The track is mainly through bush, climbing into open at Puketoro and Kelleher (unmarked). 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