Keep Kauri Standing – KIA TOITU HE KAURI

New Zealand's Kauri tree's are under threat of extinction and without any treatment or control tools, the only way we can save our kauri forests is to contain the disease in its current locations and stop the spread into healthy areas. If you are going to be moving between waterways we ask you to Check, Clean, Dry any equipment - boots, socks, tramping poles etc that has come into contact with any fresh water.

What is Kauri Dieback Disease? 
Kauri dieback is a disease that has the ability to kill kauri trees of all ages and nearly all infected trees die. It can infect single trees or cause dieback of entire stands. There is no known cure, although research is currently being undertaken to develop treatment tools. 
What can I do to save our kauri forests? 

When you are around kauri:

For further information visit the "Keep Kauri Standing" website  - Kauri Dieback 

Pesticide and Pest Control

Possums are a pest in New Zealand and across the country, on all land tenures, there is a possibility that you will encounter pesticide or traps laid for possum control. On Public Conservation Land there will be signage at all public entrances if a pest operation is underway in the adjoining forest block. The Department of Conservation lists its pesticide operations in the Pesticide Summary which can be found on the DOC website HERE.

New Zealand's Freshwater

As you walk the Trail, protect our rivers, lakes, and streams

New Zealand has a large number of pristine rivers and lakes. Unfortunately, some of them are under threat from invasive weeds and algae. Freshwater pests can be spread as single cells or tiny fragments from one river or lake to another by the movement of water, equipment, clothing and any other damp item.

People and their activities are the main cause of spread. Once in a waterway they can disperse rapidly and destroy the environmental, recreational and aesthetic values of our waterways. 

To prevent the spread of these freshwater pests please Check, Clean, Dry your boots and anything else that gets wet when moving between waterways.

CHECK - and remove all plant matter from your gear

CLEAN - spray or soak with 5% detergent and water

DRY - completely dry for 48 hours

Which Steps When?
Several days between waterways à CHECK and DRY
Check your gear for plant matter and make sure it is has been dry to the touch for at least 48 hours before entering the next waterway.
Moving between  waterways à CHECK and CLEAN  
Check and clean every item that has been wet before entering the next waterway.

Leave No Trace

Part of the appeal of walking Te Araroa is getting face-to-face with the New Zealand landscape - famous the world over as being "100% Pure New Zealand".

To ensure this beauty remains for generations, Te Araroa Trust encourages all walkers to adhere to the "Leave No Trace" set of principles.

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimise the Effects of Fire
6. Respect Wildlife and Farm Animals
7. Be Considerate of Others