To view cookie details and how to opt-out, please see our Cookie Policy. Beyond the high point there are far fewer rakes of stairs and although the climb is greater, I suspect north to south is an easier way to go. ( Log Out /  For further details visit the Te Araroa website. By road it is 2085 km. The trail is essentially 30 or so smaller trails connected together and is still going through some growing pains as it matures into a more formal trail. Te Araroa. It’s the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand or, more appropriately, just Te Araroa, meaning “the Long Pathway in the native Maori language. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. What is the Te Araroa Trail? On our South Island journey, this famous trail brings us from the coastal forests of Queen Charlotte Sound to Fiordland National Park, where the Te Araroa … Kapiti Is from Waikanae Beach, North Island. If you have only limited time, the South Island is the more spectacular, more back country part of the total Te Araroa Trail. Those familiar with the Guthook App used on most major US trails and some internationally, it is from the same creators. We also use cookies to show you the best of New Zealand on other platforms. Top Things to Do in Te Araroa. Also, wearing toesocks means you can protect your feet from sandflies in the evenings and plod around camp with your flipflops. If you travel SOBO you start in the north and head south, if you go NOBO you start in the south and travel north. I have been reluctant to add in accommodation prices and transport timetables because these will always change, but some are included as indicative. These are good opportunities to swap info about what is coming up on the trail but you won’t see these people again. Tramping the full length of the trail generally takes three to six months. I will be posting my full food and resupply strategy on Te Araroa once I’ve completed the South Island section in the 2020/21 season. Detailed information. Finally, I came back to hike the Richmond Ranges in December 2018. The Te Araroa (TA) trail is relatively new, having been completed in 2011. If you look at a map of NZ you will see that the country curves to the right. Most people walking the Te Araroa (TA) go from north-to-south. He recently got his Kiwi by descent citizenship, and is walking the S.I. Even the 1309 km of the South Island part that this website concentrates on. The Northland section of the Te Araroa Trail (TAT) in New Zealand. Popular with visitors to Aotearoa, walking the length of New Zealand is a burgeoning rite of passage for Kiwis. The North Island route is just over 1,600 km long, and the South Island just under 1,400 km. Developing the North Island section of Te Araroa has proved slower and more complex than expected. At 2996 km, stretching from Cape Reinga, the tip of the North Island to Bluff, the southern end of Highway 1, it rates in length. Read about my North Island experience, including my favourite sections and getting lost in the Tararua Ranges/ Members of Hutt Valley Tramping Club on Tarn Ridge, Tararua Range, 1942, by Ian Powell, National Library of NZ (PA1-o-651-08). And others again, particularly the majority who are visiting from overseas, might want to see a bit more of New Zealand than simply the TA, and head off on diversions here and there. Feilding to Bulls: 5.5 hrs, 20 km (maps 65, 64) Keep going along South St until it meets West St. This preserves the formatting, skips the images at top, and the links still work. Many people pick and choose sections, and no doubt by leaving out the boring bits that gives them a more enjoyable experience. Beginning in Cape Reinga and finishing in Bluff. It connects the dots between the northern tip of New Zealand (Camp Reinga) and the southern apex (Invercargill). This is the story of my Te Araroa journey. Te Amiki Health & Wellbeing. Mine was a gloriously leisurely thru hike and below is my Te Araroa Trail itinerary. When you go NoBo there will be a much smaller group of you, which might create a closer sort of connection. The Queen Charlotte Track or the Tongariro Crossing are amongst the better-known walks integrated into the route, allowing walkers there the added thrill of the distinctive Te Araroa ti kouka or cabbage tree logo en route. Te Araroa Holiday Park, Te Araroa: See 87 traveller reviews, 40 candid photos, and great deals for Te Araroa Holiday Park, ranked #1 of 3 Speciality lodging in Te Araroa and rated 3 of 5 at Tripadvisor. The southbound guides have a good amount of information but because they are oriented towards the greatest number of users (section hikers) a lot is repeated and bits between sections are left out. And there is of course the official website, which you should visit if you are going to take up the Te Araroa challenge. The North Island route is just over 1,600 km long, and the South Island just under 1,400 km. Please check them if you are going to rely on them. It passes through mesmerizing vistas, from oceanside to alpine… They include short rest stops every hour or hour and a half, but exclude lunch breaks. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I started the trail on 14th October 2017 and finished on 02nd March 2018. They are transitioning to the new name of Atlas Guides, but it looks identical. This trail runs for a little over 3000km and is known as Te Araroa (TA for short). New Zealand's latest outdoor-adventure book, North to South is the story of Stefan Fairweather's epic 3,000 kilometre walk the length of New Zealand on its long-distance Te Araroa Trail Or simply stay another day or two at a nice spot. The trail is best tackled north to south, beginning from the top of the North Island at Cape Reinga in late spring. Gisborne Region. Discover remote villages, magical kauri forests, breathtaking volcanic scenery and bustling cities on New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail. The traffic was unforgiving, the walking was mostly on rough grass verge. The guide assumes you are using the official TA maps, so for the sake of brevity, not every twist and turn of the trail is covered. ( Log Out /  It is 100 metres from its local beach. The South Island is far more desolate, with stretches ranging from 7-10 days. North To South - Hiking New Zealand's 3,000 Kilometre Te Araroa Trail. ( Log Out /  In the summer of 2017, I took six months off work to walk the length of New Zealand on the 3,000-kilometre Te Araroa trail. It’s a walking track about 3,000 km long from Bluff at the southern tip of the South Island to Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island that was officially opened in 2011. But whether you walk the whole trail or simply set foot on it for a time, Te Araroa is now, since its opening in December 2011, a part of New Zealand’s array of great outdoor opportunities and we invite you to explore and share. From here, walkers take a ferry across the Tasman Strait and continue south across the South Island to the town of Bluff. It was awful. Using the guides in reverse, as I did, is quite tricky. Let us show you the best of New Zealand on other platforms by selecting 'On' and allowing us to share data from your visit(s) with our partners. A through-hike of the Te Araroa trail will take four to six months depending on walking speed, distance covered each day (some walkers clock 50km days – on good tracks – once their trail legs kick in), whether you decide to hitchhike or miss sections, possible injuries and weather conditions. SK Valley Mouse - My North to South Journey Through the Tararua Valleys . The TA Trust issues revisions to the route each year around the end of September and I incorporate these into my pages soon afterwards. Some, particularly Kiwis who can’t get enough days off work, do a section at a time, and by adding them all together eventually get to say they’ve done the TA. This is a guide for people wanting to through-hike the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand going from south to north. Sometimes you’ll only be a day or two between towns, or you can be up to 8 days in wilderness. You can print out from here or save to your mobile phone (in the Documents folder on Android phones). You will meet most of them around the middle of the day, or in the evening in huts and campsites. First Things First You need to understand me and my particular way of hiking and resupplying before we go any further into my resupply strategy on Te Araroa. I have amended these where I can, but always check. Te Araroa is an amazing long distance trail that traverses both the North and South Island. and yours, we are not only following his progress but able to sleep at night! It is a self published project and I'm doing pre-sales on the PledgeMe website. New Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail is the world’s newest long-distance thru-hike. Te Araroa is New Zealand’s longest trail spanning a distance of 3000km taking in spectacular New Zealand landscapes from beaches to volcanoes to forests to cities. See our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy to understand how you can manage cookies. I am just a few weeks away till I start a thruhike on New Zealands TE ARAROA wich runs from Cape Reinga (North Island) to Bluff (South Island) covering a distance of approx. I have walked the full South Island trail in one go, but I have only done sections of the North Island. Or you can save them to your cellphone. In the more populous north there’s usually a campground ahead, and in the more remote south there’s the security of New Zealand’s renowned backcountry huts at the end of any tramping day. Te Araroa (The Long Pathway) is New Zealand's long distance tramping route, stretching circa 3,000 kilometres (1,900 mi) along the length of the country's two main islands from Cape Reinga to Bluff.It is made up of a mixture of older tracks and walkways, new tracks, and link sections alongside roads. UPDATE 8:25AM#SH35 Te Araroa remains CLOSED, due to a serious crash south of Tokata Rd. Te Araroah NoBo solo. Te Araroa is a 3000 km long route that runs the length of both islands of New Zealand.This is a new route that was opened on December 3, 2011. It takes about 4 to 5 months to walk. Mine was a gloriously leisurely thru hike and below is my Te Araroa Trail itinerary. On a beautiful day in late 2011 Fiona and I drove to Feilding and walked back to Palmerston North along Te Araroa’s possibly virginal route. Te Araroa is a town in the Gisborne Region of the North Island of New Zealand. The track begins on the tip of New Zealand’s North Island at Cape Reinga and heads south to the capital city of Wellington. Māori in … This long route goes from North to South and gives you, excited hikers, a ve Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The track begins on the tip of New Zealand’s North Island at Cape Reinga and heads south to the capital city of Wellington. The Te Araroa Trust suggests 50-80 days per island. Well, it’s a matter of personal choice, but it seems to me that if you want to say you have walked the Te Araroa Trail, you need to have walked all of it. In addition to above, we use other cookies and analytics to provide a better site experience. You can check the bottom of each page to see when I’ve last updated it. Or use Print, but instead of printing, change the destination of printing to a pdf file. They also exclude details of accommodation, transport and options for going off-trail, requiring you to go to the southbound guides for that anyway. This 3000.0 km route stretches from Cape Reinga in the North Island to Bluff, located on the tip of the South Island. Read about my North Island experience, including my favourite sections and getting lost in the Tararua Ranges/ Hicks Bay Wharf. It’s the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand or, more appropriately, just Te Araroa, meaning “the Long Pathway in the native Maori language. Keep browsing if you're happy with this. The walking times are, of course, simply those given on the official site. It is an astonishing route of 3,000 km across the country stretching from Cape Reinga to Bluff. September 10, ... muddy, but a victorious valley mouse. So a straight line is shorter on that ground alone. Te Araroa covers roughly equal distance across the North and South Islands. This method will lose some of my formatting but it allows you to make your own edits. To later reload the page offline, select Downloads from the three dots menu. ( Log Out /  There is a trail saying, ‘Hike your own hike’, meaning there is no right or wrong way and you shouldn’t judge people who are doing it differently from yourself. Te Araroa Specific Links. It is an astonishing route of 3,000 km across the country stretching from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Others doing them in sequence regularly go off-trail for supplies and rest. We use cookies to provide you with a better experience on this site. It traverses the entire country; beaches, forests, mountains, volcanoes and cities and should likely take me four to five months to finish. There are a lot of small towns with limited resources where we will need to ship food ahead to ourselves. There are various blogs and sections of personal websites covering the TA but mostly I haven’t found them useful enough to list them here. Something else to consider is people. 3000 km on foot and small parts with a canoe. It is situated 175 km north of Gisborne city, along State Highway 35 between Tokata and Awatere. And why is it mainly Kiwis who are doing it? Most TA hikers going SoBo (southbound) will start around November and end up in Southland in March or April, walking into autumn in the coldest part of the country. There is a little more in the TA guide notes and in the Department of Conservation (DoC) website as well as the DoC brochures that cover some sections. All the way from Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south, the trail will extend for 3000 km. The schedule of days is based upon a strategy of sending food parcels ahead at nearly every opportunity, which meant there were no off-trail trips that added extra time. Here's what you need to know to get started on your own incredible Te Araroa adventure. In this post I’ll cover my particular food and resupply strategy on my 1800km hike of Te Araroa’s North Island and give you some tips on how to resupply for a long distance hike. About the distance sign on top of this guide.. There is the official site of course, with heaps of information. The Te Araroa is Stefan’s first long distance hike (but not his last) and North to South is his first book. The new official northbound guides (at the time of writing, for the South Island only) are better, but their layout is still not space efficient, meaning there is more paper to carry than you need. Te Araroa. And feel free to send through updated information. TE ARAROA The Te Araroa is New Zealand's newest and longest footpath. All the way from Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south, the trail will extend for 3000 km. At an average of 25 kms a day, the trail takes 120 days to walk – four months. For the bits I have walked (the whole South Island plus Wellington to Hamilton and a few shorter sections elsewhere in the North Island) my guides are divided up into sections of approximately eight hours walking a day (making up 63 days to cover the length of the South Island), but because towns, huts and campsites are not evenly spaced eight hours apart there are parts where some days are longer and a few are very short, effectively turning these into rest days (‘zero days’ in trail jargon). The complete trail is 3000km from one end of New Zealand to the other and can be walked in either direction but South bound tends to be more popular. The route was officially called Te Araroa Trail and opened in 2011 by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir Jerry Mateparae. Also, to keep the text short, comment on the landscape and its history has unfortunately had to be kept to a bare minimum. So the pages here offer the best planning and take-with-you guide. I have written it because the official guides are not so well suited for through-walkers going north. The traverse of the South Island then falls in mid- to late summer, when the mountain passes are clear of snow, and river levels are low. Te Araroa is a town in the Gisborne Region of the North Island of New Zealand. Te Araroa means “The Long Path” and so it is. Far from 3000km even if measured as a stright line. Even the 1309 km of the South Island part that this website concentrates on. Written by: McKenzie Barney. In particular, I see that bus and train services are often running on reduced hours or days. 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. What is the Te Araroa Trail? It ranges over mountains and farmland, through forest, along beaches, on back roads, and in a few parts, through towns and suburbs. Te Araroa is the birthplace of noted Māori politician Sir Āpirana Ngata.Māori in the area are generally associated with the Ngāti Porou iwi. Or you can copy and paste the pages into your usual wordprocessor and print out the pages, or again save them to your phone. There is now a south to north guide to the South Island on it, but the accommodation and transport info is on the south-bound pages. First Things First. Sights & Landmarks 1. However, with his Spot Me GPS website link (we can enlarge on Satellite view to the point we can actually see the trail and the huts!) Change ), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window). Or you could always walk the South Island NoBo and the North Island SoBo. It was an epic day of adventure which highlighted areas to further develop before Te Araroa, which was the real victory, namely nutrition and mind-set. But it did mean a lot of work organising before departure. Well, it’s because they know the weather is warmer the further north you go. Te Araroa. Hence it covers the whole she-bang, including the sometimes tedious bits of road between back country trails. And over the course of your hike they will bunch, so at the beginning you will only meet the few who started early, and towards the end, those who started late. The Te Araroa (Maori for “long pathway”) is the world’s newest long-distance hiking trail, from the northernmost tip of the North Island to the southern point of the South Island. The quality of the scenery is generally up there, plenty varied. If you have an e-book reader there is software online to convert pages to the file format required. At 2996 km, stretching from Cape Reinga, the tip of the North Island to Bluff, the southern end of Highway 1, it rates in length. Sort by: Traveller Favourites. Te Araroa is the birthplace of Sir Apirana Ngata, who made it his life’s goal to uplift the Māori race spiritually, culturally and economically. Te Araroa Hiker App New in 2016 was the Te Araroa Hiker App, which was hugely popular. The Te Araroa Trust was founded in 1994 to revisit the original idea, and it is working with local organisations and land owners to incorporate existing tracks and establish new tracks as needed. A 22km, mostly unsealed, no-exit road from Te Araroa takes you to the most Easterly point on mainland New Zealand. Better to walk away from the increasingly cooler, wetter weather. Te Araroa is a continuous 3,000 km walking track from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island, to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island. There are several routes to either printing of cellphone saving: I will make the files downloadable as pdf files (with a link below the images at the top of each guide). Te Araroa South To North - Jan ~ April Moderation notice JenMarsden posted 6 September 2018 6 September 2018 • edited 9 September 2018 9 September 2018 Te Araroa is a 3000 km long route that runs the length of both islands of New Zealand.This is a new route that was opened on December 3, 2011. It has been updated since the photo was taken, but only to 1403. If you were to walk all of it, it would take five months! 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