About Te Araroa

The Trail

From the northern cape of Te Rerenga Wairua, to the southern bluff of Motupōhue, Te Araroa spans the length of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Te Araroa is one of the world’s most diverse long-distance walking trails. The route winds its way over high mountain passes, around volcanoes, across sweeping plains, alongside meandering rivers, and through bustling cities and rural towns. Across its 3,000 kilometres, Te Araroa unveils the unique beauty of Aotearoa New Zealand’s landscapes and communities. 

Each year approximately 2,000 walkers complete the trail in one continuous journey and countless more walk their local sections. Te Araroa doesn’t have to be walked in its entirety or all at once. For many people, walking Te Araroa over the course of several years or even decades becomes a fulfilling lifelong adventure. 

Walk a little, or walk the lot, Te Araroa is your trail to enjoy.

Te Araroa Thin Red Line

The Trust

Te Araroa Trust was established in 1994. Its purpose is to develop, maintain and promote Te Araroa as a regenerative trail. With the support of volunteers and donations, the charitable trust oversees the 3,012 km trail system, its partnerships and technology to ensure an incredible walking experience. It is essential for walkers to register and donate, to ensure the ongoing devlopment of Te Araroa through our network of volunteers and trail partners. 

Geoff Chapple

A Regenerative Trail

Today, Te Araroa is on a journey to become a regenerative trail – a journey of collaboration, of partnership, and of shared stewardship.

Regeneration for Te Araroa means:

  • Supporting the purposes and aspirations of mana whenua
  • Protecting and enhancing biodiversity along the trail corridor
  • Supporting local businesses and fostering economic opportunities
  • Improving the trail and its infrastructure whilst minimising any environmental impacts
  • Providing a walking experience that enhances the wellbeing of walkers and communities.

We are just starting out on this journey, and there is a lot of work to do. Find out more about our current priorities.

    A hiker rebaits a stoat trap

    To make Te Araroa a regenerative trail