Alerts and trail status

We update information on Te Araroa route each September. This page lists all current amendments to the published trail route.

We recommend checking this page regularly before and during your journey as the route may have changed since planning your journey.

These alerts are set out in order from north to south

Mangakaretu - Kerikeri (Northland) km 200 - km 203 (Closure)
Effective:
Oct 1, 2022
Until:
Dec 31, 2023

Details

The previous track across the Landcorp farm between km 200 and km 203 has been permanently closed.  This section of the farm is now used for raising bulls and is dangerous to enter. Follow the road bypass along Waiare Road, Puketotara Road and Mangakaretu Road as described below

The farm track has been removed from current Te Araroa maps but may still be shown in apps or previously downloaded maps.  Signage indicates that the track is closed. Signs place by landowners, or by Te Araroa Trust, take precedence over any other map or guide, as these may be out of date.

Alternative

From the PuketRecreation Centre, walk south down Waiare Road for almost 5km to the crossroads with Puketi Road and Puketotara Road. Turn left (east) and follow Puketotara Road for 2.5 km to the intersection with Mangakaretu Road. The signpost shows Kerikeri ahead, but the trail turns left (north) up Mangakaretu Road. Rejoin the mapped route at km 203.2

The gate at km 200.3 was marked on the original 2022-23 v41 maps as giving access to the farm track, but this track is permanently closed and the gate is now locked. The track has been removed from v41  Map 13 v2. The route now follows a road bypass south, then east and then north to get around the closed section

Older maps from 2021-22 v40, which may be used on apps that have not yet been updated, show the road bypass as being the normal route.

 

Kerikeri - Waitangi (Northland) km 227 to km 238 (Notice)
Effective:
Oct 27, 2022
Until:
Apr 30, 2023

This forest has active logging operations. Be extremely careful of logging trucks and harvesting activities. 

In partnership with Ngati Hapu Ki Waitangi:

  • Wear a high vis vest/jacket at all times through the forest, for personal safety and to increase walker visibility for logging truck drivers.
  • Stay on the track and do not deviate from the track, for your own safety.
  • Trees may be felled within two tree lengths of the track.
  • Heed all signs and do not enter areas marked as closed.
  • Be aware of tree felling within
Onekainga Track Bypass (Northland) 313km marker (Closure)
Effective:
Apr 27, 2021
Until:
Sep 30, 2023

Details

The route using Morepork and Onekainga tracks is no longer available for Te Araroa. These tracks previously connected Kaiikanui road and Whananaki North Road, but a section of the connecting route using private land has been closed to walkers.

Alternative

Bypass directions: At the South End of Helena Ridge track at km 307, turn right into Kaiikanui Road, and travel South 9 km to the junction with Pigs Head rd, turn left 0.5 km to Whananaki North Road. Turn left again and proceed 10.5  km along Whananaki North Rd until you meet the trail at km 319.2. 

The closure dates on the 2021 map below were optimistic. The Morepork Track has now been re-opened for walkers making day trips into the forest and back, but there is no track connection through to Whananaki for Te Araroa.  The road bypass shaded purple below is the only permissible route

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Puhoi Track closed at swing bridge km 519 (Warning)
Effective:
Jan 28, 2023
Until:
Mar 31, 2023

The swingbridge opposite the end of Remiger Road, km 519, has been severely damaged and is not usable.  Detour via Puhoi Road between Puhoi Village and Remiger Road  This alert applies until further notice.  The end date is unknown at this stage

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Drury South Crossing 2022 route change at km 651 (Warning)
Effective:
Oct 5, 2022
Until:
Mar 31, 2023

The 2022 Te Araroa route south from Drury is not the same as the 2021 route.  The correct 2022 maps were published on October 5th 2022

The trail from km 651 to 656 follows a new route for 2022 to get around a very large construction site.  Do not try to get through this work site based on 2021 maps.  If you walk down Fitzgerald Road you will have to backtrack 3.5 km.

The construction company have worked with us to make this safe, but they are reporting walkers attempting to enter the site at great personal risk.  Please respect local signage 

Possible Waikato river flooding near km 693 (Warning)
Effective:
Oct 17, 2022
Until:
Feb 28, 2023

The Waikato River is subject to flooding.  Heavy rain in early October has raised the river level.  It is dropping rapidly but still presents some challenges, starting from the floodgates at km 693.  

The first kilometre of the path was dry when checked on 16th October, but there were signs of recent flooding and the path was only centimetres about the water at some points.  Enthusiastic spring growth may obscure the path but there are many track markers through this section.

The lines below are from the updated Trail Notes. 

Whangamarino Wetlands Track - 5.5km / 2 hours

From the Whangamarino floodgate, follow the markers underneath the railway line and the two highway bridges before coming up onto the banks of the Waikato River and west of SH1.

From the south side of the floodgate the trail goes under three bridges.  If the water level beside the path under the railway bridge is less than one metre below the level of the path the track may be flooded further on beyond the two highway bridges.  If the path you are on is above water continue under the railway bridge and the two highway bridges and look for a place to climb the bank and walk along the road edge OUTSIDE the safety barrier until you reach the clear stop bank at km 693. 

If the water is much higher and you can't get under the bridges go back to Oram Road and carefully walk across the highway. Traffic is fast but there are gaps if you are patient. Walk along the stopbank bank for 3 km to pass the old Power Station building


Possible Waikato river flood near km 697.9 (Warning)
Effective:
Nov 6, 2022
Until:
Feb 28, 2023

At km 697.9 there is sometimes a flood problem. If the river level is high a short section of trail may be underwater. 

At km 697.5 there is a stile (the third or fourth on this section). Looking left you can see some colourful beehives. If the river is high there may be a large pond visible through the trees ahead of you, to the left of the marked route. Te Araroa goes to the right of the pond, but you may encounter deep water when the trail crosses this pond 0.4 km further on. It may be difficult to follow the submerged path, with deeper water either side.  

It's better to turn slightly left immediately after the stile and walk around the left side of the pond on a dry route through the trees to rejoin Te Araroa at km 698 

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Map correction at km 727 to 728.5 (Warning)
Effective:
Nov 18, 2022
Until:
Dec 31, 2023

Map 37 of Te Araroa 2022-23 v41 contains a small but important error that has passed unnoticed for at least a decade.  The track south from km 727, or north from km 729, follows a stop bank.  The map implies a sharp turn to the west to join the road at around km 727.7.  This is not correct.

Stay on the stop bank and keep walking parallel to the pipeline in the grass to the east, crossing several stiles, until rejoining the road verge.  Walkers attempting to follow the little hook shown on the map have been walking through a path next to a house and crossing the resident's front lawn, or making their way through Te Ohaaki Marae.  The locals are friendly, but would like us to stay on the agreed path along the stop bank Te Ohaki

Pehitawa Track map error km 879 (Notice)
Effective:
Dec 23, 2022
Until:
Sep 30, 2023

Map 44 of the 2022-23 v41 maps released in October 2022 contained an error. This was corrected in Map 44 v2 and updated on the web site and download files on 23rd December.  The Trail App and FarOut have not yet been updated to show the corrected version.

The old version directs walkers along Gasby Road from km 879.  This is incorrect.  The revised wording, now available on the website and in the Te Araroa Notes and Maps app, is below:

Cross over the stile on the southern side of Oparure Rd onto Wicklow Farm's landholding.  The trail, mostly on this property,  meanders on both sides of the ridge, between the Mangapu and Mangaokewa valleys and along a smooth limestone rock farm track. 

At km 878.9, exit the farm race and climb to seldom-used air strip (note that if it is in use, wait for instruction to pass safely).  Descend to the south and follow the trail around the flank of Pehitawa Mast Hill (264 metres), then descend through Brooke Park.

Exit Brooke Park onto Colin Brooke Place.  Follow this road to Eketone St and turn right (south), then follow it to take a left (east) at the junction with Hospital Rd.  Follow Hospital Rd to Te Kumi Road (SH3) and go south towards the centre of Te Kuiti township. 

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42 Traverse Track closed (Closure)
Effective:
Nov 28, 2022
Until:
Feb 28, 2023

42 Traverse Track closed

The 42 Traverse is partially closed due to an active slip that has washed out a 150 m section of the track. 

The slip is located between the turn off to Top/Clymo Track and the turnoff to Waione/Cokers Track:  Map of the 42 Traverse Track closure (PDF, 3,119K). Coordinates: E1815764 N5683154 and E1815854 N5683059.

Investigations into track stability are ongoing and we will provide updates as the situation progresses.

The remainder of the 42 Traverse is open. Top/Clymo Track and Ten Man Hut are accessible from Ohinetonga Reserve, and Waione/Cokers Track is accessible from Kapoors Road. Due to the partial closure, the 42 Traverse is not operational as a full end-to-end experience.

First published on 28 November 2022. Last reviewed on 19 December 2022.

This message first received from DOC 28 November. Location estimated to be km 1088.5. That is 19 km from Owhango. End date for this Alert is unknown

Te Araroa does not follow the whole 42 Traverse route, but is does include the location of the slip. Te Araroa branches off 42 Traverse at km 1092.5 to follow the Waione/Cokers track and then branches again onto Access Road No 3

The Te Araroa route from Taumarunui to Owhango is not affected. The closed section after that can be bypassed by walking south on Hwy 4 to National Park or by arranging a shuttle from Owhango to resume Te Araroa at or after km 1105.5 on Hwy 47

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Tongariro Crossing weather forecast online km 1128 (Notice)
Effective:
Nov 21, 2022
Until:
Sep 30, 2023

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Red Crater forecast for today.

Link for web browsers and iOS Notes and Maps app only.  

Internet connection required

 

Otaki Forks Road - (Wellington Region) - 1597km marker (Warning)
Effective:
Oct 20, 2021
Until:
Jun 30, 2023

Details

Walkers are advised that if planning to resupply in Otaki the road out to resupply from Otaki Forks (near Parawai Lodge/Hut and km marker 1597) to Shields Flat is closed to vehicles. This is due to slip damage.

If you wish to walk out to resupply in Otaki there is a DOC emergency access track through the forest to the west of Otaki Gorge Road. The track starts along the road north of Otaki Forks and comes out at Shields Flat carpark. This track is marked on the topomap and from Otaki Forks to Shields Flat is approx. 5km one way, expected to take 2-3 hours. Please note this is a challenging walk. More information available on DOC website here - the bypass track is marked on below map.

From Shields Flat it is 11km to SH1 and a further 2km to Otaki township. 

Please note that the previous alternative option with a walkway over the slip on Otaki Gorge Road is closed due to further slip movement.

Alternative

Remain on the trail and be prepared to carry enough supplies and food for the walk between Levin to Waikanae - or vice versa.

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[Last updated: 22 December 2022]
Otaki Forks Road - (Wellington Region) - 1597km marker (Warning)
Effective:
Oct 20, 2021
Until:
Jun 30, 2023

Details

Walkers are advised that if planning to resupply in Otaki the road out to resupply from Otaki Forks (near Parawai Lodge/Hut and km marker 1597) to Shields Flat is closed to vehicles. This is due to slip damage.

If you wish to walk out to resupply in Otaki there is a DOC emergency access track through the forest to the west of Otaki Gorge Road. The track starts along the road north of Otaki Forks and comes out at Shields Flat carpark. This track is marked on the topomap and from Otaki Forks to Shields Flat is approx. 5km one way, expected to take 2-3 hours. Please note this is a challenging walk. More information available on DOC website here - the bypass track is marked on below map.

From Shields Flat it is 11km to SH1 and a further 2km to Otaki township. 

Please note that the previous alternative option with a walkway over the slip on Otaki Gorge Road is closed due to further slip movement.

Alternative

Remain on the trail and be prepared to carry enough supplies and food for the walk between Levin to Waikanae - or vice versa.

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[Last updated: 22 December 2022]
Aerial spraying of wilding conifers near Mt Ellis, km 1923 (Warning)
Effective:
Jan 15, 2023
Until:
Apr 30, 2023

DOC have advised that they will be carrying out aerial spraying of wilding conifers between Mt Ellis (km 1923) and Ben Nevis (northeast from Mt Ellis)

Important notice to visitors

Mt Richmond Forest Park - Ben Nevis to Mt Ellis - Aerial spraying of wilding conifers

There will be a helicopter spraying herbicide onto individual wilding conifers along the alpine tops near the Ben Nevis Track, and between Ben Nevis and Mt Ellis, during the period 17 January to 30 April 2023.

The herbicide ingredients are triclopyr and biodiesel. The target wilding conifer species are individual plants of Contorta pine, Scots pine and Douglas fir.

The work is set-back from tracks and so it is still safe to use marked tracks and routes while a helicopter is working.

Mark Townsend, Operations Manager, Motueka Office

 


Aerial spraying of wilding conifers near Porters Creek Hut, km 1936 (Warning)
Effective:
Jan 15, 2023
Until:
Apr 30, 2023

DOC have advised that they will be carrying out aerial spraying of wilding conifers near Porters Creek Hut (km 1936) 

Mt Richmond Forest Park - Porters Creek Hut

- Aerial spraying of wilding conifers

There will be a helicopter spraying herbicide onto individual wilding conifers growing on the hills around Porters Creek Hut, during the period 17 January to 30 April 2023.

The herbicide ingredients are triclopyr and biodiesel. The target wilding conifer species are individual plants of Contorta pine, Scots pine and Douglas fir.

The work is set-back from tracks and so it is still safe to use marked tracks and routes while a helicopter is working.

Mark Townsend, Operations Manager, Motueka Office

 

Blue Lake and Lake Constance km 2014 (Notice)
Effective:
Dec 1, 2022
Until:
Jul 1, 2023

Help stop the spread of lindavia (lake snow)

Do not swim, wash, take water or put any equipment into these lakes. These lakes hold high cultural significance to Māori, particularly local iwi Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō. They are tapu (sacred) and the restrictions have been placed to uphold their mauri (life force) and purity.

The invasive alga lindavia is present in Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa. It causes lake snow – a sticky mucus that hangs below the surface of the water. Not touching the water in these lakes will also prevent the spread of lindavia.



Island Bush - Southland km 2882 to km 2887 (Closure)
Effective:
Dec 15, 2022
Until:
Mar 31, 2023

Details

Te Araroa route through Island Bush Block is closed to walkers due to forestry operations from Monday 9th January 2023. This closure applies until further notice. Rerouting for southbounders is via road verge from the start of Hewitt Road heading south on Upper Scotts Gap Road, Symon Road, right onto Lower Scotts Gap Road, then right again onto Otautau-Tuatapere road to Merrivale. Northbounders are the reverse of this from the stile on Otautau-Tuatapere road.

Re-opening date has not been determined.  Always check the local signage, which may override any information found on websites or apps

Alternative

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