Alerts and trail status

We update information on Te Araroa route throughout the year. This page lists 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

Goat control in Puketi Forest (Northland) - km 174 to km 199 (Warning)
Effective:
May 15, 2024
Until:
Jun 30, 2024

The Bay of Islands District Office is employing contractors to hunt pigs and goats in Puketi Forest (km 174 to km 198) This work will be happening from 16th May through to the end of June 2023. Please be aware of the presence of hunters with dogs and firearms targeting goats near Te Araroa and along the Puketi Forest bypass route. Please keep to the tracks

Applicable:2024-05-16,174~198

Onekainga Track Bypass (Northland) 308km marker (Closure)
Effective:
Apr 27, 2021
Until:
Sep 30, 2024

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 308, turn right into Kaiikanui Road, and travel South 9 km to the junction with Pigs Head Road, 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 320.2. 

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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Applicable:2021-04-21,308~320


Closure of Ngunguru and Horahora river crossings, km 349 to km 355 (Closure)
Effective:
Jan 3, 2024
Until:
Sep 15, 2024

ALERT: The entire 5km section of TA trail between the Ngunguru River (km 348.5) and Horohora River (km 354.7) is NOW CLOSED to ALL Te Araroa walkers until September 2024. 

Your ONLY option is to take the official TA road detour around both rivers as described on the TA website.

This closure happens every year after the main body of southbound hikers have passed through. The Nikau Bay campsite is used for family camping and cannot provide service for Te Araroa hikers

Directions for Te Araroa road detour around Ngunguru and Horahora Rivers if you are southbound:

From the corner of Ngunguru Road and Pāpaka Road, walk west out of the village and continue on the road margin until you reach a junction with Ngunguru Ford Road (10.5km). Ngunguru Road is a very busy road linking Ngunguru to Whāngārei — take a lot of care walking and stay as far off the edge as you can. Wear a hi-viz vest and do not use headphones. Follow Ngunguru Ford Road southeast for 3km to the start of Mackerel Forest Track. This forest track then travels 4.2km south to the junction of Pataua North Rd. Turn left and walk a further 7.7km to join the trail again on the south side of the Horahora Rivera km 354.7

Applicable:2024-01-03,348~355

Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway km 430 - km 445 Closed (Closure)
Effective:
Apr 26, 2024
Until:
Jul 7, 2024

The Walkway along the Mangawhai cliffs will be closed from 29 April 2024 until approximately 7 June 2024 (estimate).  The bypass route uses Cove Road, King Road and Tanekaha Track. It is possible to visit the beach from Mangawhai Heads but steps to rejoin Te Araroa at the northern end are closed for repair.

For northbound walkers at km 445, continue north on Molesworth Road to the roundabout.  Turn left onto Mangawhai Heads Road for 1.2 km, then left again onto Cove Road.  Walk 1.5 km south and turn right onto King Road.  Follow King Road for 3 km to the Tanehaka Track entrance on the right. Walk up Tanehaka Track to the ridge and rejoin Te Araroa at km 430.2

For southbound walkers at km 430.2, take Tanehaka Track down to King Road. Turn left onto King Road for 3 km, then turn left again onto Cove Road.  After 1.5 km turn right onto Mangawhai Heads Road. Turn right at the roundabout onto Molesworth Road. Rejoin Te Araroa at km 444.5

Tangaroa Road and Tuaraki Road are gated private roads and do not provide access.

Information from DoC:

  • In February 2023 the Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway was severely impacted by the force of Cyclone Gabrielle. The track was inundated with unprecedented volumes of rainfall and extreme winds. The saturation of the cliffside caused a landslide at the Northern end, encroaching part of the track.
  • The track was temporarily closed until assessment could be undertaken by engineers, once this was completed the track was reopened with a barrier in place to keep visitors safe.
  • DOC and local Iwi Te Uro O Hau have been working together to determine the work that needs to occur and have engaged Contractor Milton Harward Construction to undertake the repair work. The contract works will include a small re-route of the existing track at the Northern end, remediation to support the staircase down to the beach (Northern end), track improvements and resurfacing to the full length of the track. Works will include Helicopter Operations for the delivery of materials to the designated drop zones.
  • Mangawhai Heads Walkway will be closed from April 29, 2024, for approximately 10 weeks (dependant on weather conditions).

Applicable:2024-04-29,430~445

Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway km 430 - km 445 Closed (Closure)
Effective:
Apr 26, 2024
Until:
Jul 7, 2024

The Walkway along the Mangawhai cliffs will be closed from 29 April 2024 until approximately 7 June 2024 (estimate).  The bypass route uses Cove Road, King Road and Tanekaha Track. It is possible to visit the beach from Mangawhai Heads but steps to rejoin Te Araroa at the northern end are closed for repair.

For northbound walkers at km 445, continue north on Molesworth Road to the roundabout.  Turn left onto Mangawhai Heads Road for 1.2 km, then left again onto Cove Road.  Walk 1.5 km south and turn right onto King Road.  Follow King Road for 3 km to the Tanehaka Track entrance on the right. Walk up Tanehaka Track to the ridge and rejoin Te Araroa at km 430.2

For southbound walkers at km 430.2, take Tanehaka Track down to King Road. Turn left onto King Road for 3 km, then turn left again onto Cove Road.  After 1.5 km turn right onto Mangawhai Heads Road. Turn right at the roundabout onto Molesworth Road. Rejoin Te Araroa at km 444.5

Tangaroa Road and Tuaraki Road are gated private roads and do not provide access.

Information from DoC:

  • In February 2023 the Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway was severely impacted by the force of Cyclone Gabrielle. The track was inundated with unprecedented volumes of rainfall and extreme winds. The saturation of the cliffside caused a landslide at the Northern end, encroaching part of the track.
  • The track was temporarily closed until assessment could be undertaken by engineers, once this was completed the track was reopened with a barrier in place to keep visitors safe.
  • DOC and local Iwi Te Uro O Hau have been working together to determine the work that needs to occur and have engaged Contractor Milton Harward Construction to undertake the repair work. The contract works will include a small re-route of the existing track at the Northern end, remediation to support the staircase down to the beach (Northern end), track improvements and resurfacing to the full length of the track. Works will include Helicopter Operations for the delivery of materials to the designated drop zones.
  • Mangawhai Heads Walkway will be closed from April 29, 2024, for approximately 10 weeks (dependant on weather conditions).

Applicable:2024-04-29,430~445

Pakiri Beach Access - km 470.8 (Warning)
Effective:
Oct 27, 2023
Until:
Dec 31, 2024

At the southern end of Pakiri Beach immediately before Pakiri River Te Araroa 2023-24 Map 26 published in August showed a line crossing a corner of private land.  With shifting sandbanks and changing land ownership this is no longer correct. The website maps were updated 22nd November and now show the correct route. The Trail App on iPhone and Android shows the amended route as below. The updated maps are used in the Te Araroa Notes and Maps app.

It is necessary to continue past the river mouth (southbound) before turning inland along the riverbank for 400 metres. After crossing a the small tidal steam follow the short track away from the river and walk beside the holiday park boundary fence for 100 metres to the signpost. Cross the fence into the picnic area on the corner of Pakiri River Road

On Pakiri Beach the boundary between private land and public access is the MHWM (mean high water mark) line, determined and fixed by survey. Put simply, you can walk anywhere below the high tide line. This is easier to do at lower tide levels. 

The correct path is shown in red.  Do not cross the grey shaded area.  This is private land and is particularly reserved as a nest site for tara iti, an endangered bird species that nests on the sand. 

Applicable:2023-10-27,471


Road km 445.5 to km 441.5 bypassed (Warning)
Effective:
Apr 26, 2024
Until:
Jul 7, 2024

The Mangawhai cliffs Walkway will be closed from 29 April 2024 until approximately 7 June 2024 (estimate).  

For northbound walking the alternative route bypasses the last 4 km of the Mangawhai to Pakiri section. At km 444.5 continue north on Molesworth Road until turning left onto Mangawhai Heads Road at the roundabout.  

Bypass route details are in the Trail Status Alert for Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway

Applicable:2024-04-26,444~441

No camping at Dome Café km 497.2 (Notice)
Effective:
Feb 20, 2024
Until:
Sep 30, 2025

The free campsite at Dome Café has now closed. The previous free campsite is now blocked off and demolition work has begun.  

Applicable:2024-02-20,497


Totara Peak (Dome Forest) track closed from 17 May 2024 (Closure)
Effective:
May 16, 2024
Until:
Jul 21, 2024

Totara Peak (Dome Forest) track will be closed between km 487 and km 490.7 for forestry work along Waiwhiu Road.

At km 487 there is a trail junction.  The original Te Araroa route branches off to the left. From 27 May 2024 until mid-July this track will be closed due to forestry work near Waiwhiu Road.  An alternative route continuing the 4WD track to the right, labeled Govan Wilson Rd - Dome Track on Map 27 (v42), provides a safe bypass. This bypass is now signposted from km 487. The bypass descends for 4 km to meet a grassy forestry road. Turn left and walk 0.5 km, passing under a fallen pine tree and over a concrete ford to a forestry road junction.  Turn left again and walk another 0.75 km to rejoin Te Araroa at km 490.7. Turn right onto a clay 4WD road (Fisher Road)

There will be further forestry work along Waiwhiu Road in September and October 2024. This will not impact Te Araroa directly, but there will be some logging trucks using the road between km 490  and 491

Applicable:2024-05-27,487~490

Puhoi Track closed at swing bridge km 519.7 (Closure)
Effective:
Jan 28, 2023
Until:
Dec 31, 2024

The swingbridge opposite the end of Remiger Road, km 519.7, was been severely damaged by floods in early 2023 and has now been removed.  Detour via Puhoi Road (3.6km)between Remiger Road and Puhoi Village.  This alert applies until further notice.  The end date is unknown at this stage

Please do not attempt to walk this track by fording the river.  Loggers are working with heavy machinery on a section of forest very near to the closed track.  They have limited visibility and the risk of injury or death for anyone attempting to get past is very real.  They report walkers and runners are putting their lives at risk, despite clear signage

Update 2nd February:  Track inspection has found that the Puhoi track is also blocked by a big slip across the track at 1.7 km east of the swing bridge (km 521)

An alternative crossing point (ford) above the bridge site may be developed when logging work has finished and the slip is cleared 

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Applicable:2023-01-28,520

Stillwater Motor Camp permanently closed km 557 (Warning)
Effective:
Apr 22, 2024
Until:
Dec 31, 2024

Stillwater Motor Camp has closed. There is no longer a campsite in Stillwater.  The next public campsite northbound is at Orewa. It is possible to camp at Dacre Cottage km 560.2.  This site is close to the Okura crossing of the Weiti River.  

Dacre Cottage is a historic site maintained by volunteers.  The limited bunk room accommodation is occasionally booked by school groups but is not otherwise available. Camping is free for walkers, with water and toilet. Please respect the Dacre Cottage Committee's generosity in allowing Te Araroa Walkers to use this convenient location

Applicable:2024-04-22,557

Tongariro booking system (Warning)
Effective:
Oct 2, 2023
Until:
Jun 30, 2024

A free booking system will start 2 October 2023 for bookings 14 October onwards. Visitors using any part of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track should book in advance. As explained by DOC's message below, this should not be a problem for Te Araroa walkers this year.

  • Visitors who turn up to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing without a booking will not be penalised and DOC will not be implementing a cap in 2023/2024. They intend to have the new Manaaki Rangers onsite by 1st November and they will be able to help visitors complete a booking via their phone if they have not already done so – year 1 is about education and behaviour change!
  • Visitors who have a Tongariro Northern Circuit hut or campsite booking are exempt from a booking through the new system.

It is now official policy that the shuttle companies (concessionaires) should only support walkers starting from Mangatepopo and walking northbound

Applicable:2023-10-02

Gasworks Drain Walkway Closure, Palmerston North: 1476km - 1483km (Closure)
Effective:
Jan 9, 2024
Until:
Jun 30, 2024

The shared path along the edge of Gasworks Drain will be closed to all pedestrian and cycle access for the duration of the stormwater upgrade work along Gasworks Drain.  This closure only affects the trail between 1476km-1478km, but the following bypass (shown in purple) is recommended:

  • After leaving cemetery at 1476km, head west (turn right) and follow Napier Rd / Main St for 3km into Te Marae o Hine/The Square in the city centre.
  • From the south side of Te Marae o Hine/The Square, head South on Fitzherbert Avenue for 2.1km to rejoin the trail beside the Manawatū River at 1483km.

PNCC Facebook

Applicable:2024-01-09

Otaki Forks Road - 1597km marker (Warning)
Effective:
Oct 20, 2021
Until:
Jun 30, 2024

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. Please refer to the Kapiti Coast District Council website for the latest information on access via Otaki Gorge Road 

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]

Applicable:2021-10-20

Otaki Forks Road - 1597km marker (Warning)
Effective:
Oct 20, 2021
Until:
Jun 30, 2024

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. Please refer to the Kapiti Coast District Council website for the latest information on access via Otaki Gorge Road 

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]

Applicable:2021-10-20

Queen Elizabeth Park - Coastal Track Closed (Km 1639-1643) (Notice)
Effective:
Jan 1, 2024
Until:
Jun 30, 2025

The northern section of the Coastal Track in Queen Elizabeth Park is closed due to coastal erosion between Raumati South and just before Whareroa Stream.

Please continue to walk along the beach or use Te Ara o Whareroa, further inland.

Queen Elizabeth Park trail map

Applicable:2024-01-01

Papakowhai Road, Porirua - construction works km 1665 (Warning)
Effective:
Nov 20, 2023
Until:
Jun 30, 2024

A shared path is being installed along Papakowhai Road in Porirua, with construction starting at the end of November 2023 and due to finish by June 2024. Pedestrian access will be maintained during construction as much as possible, however please be prepared to follow workers instructions if a delay or detour is required.

Applicable:2023-12-30

Colonial Knob Walkway - km 1671 to km 1673 (Closure)
Effective:
Feb 26, 2024
Until:
Jun 30, 2024

Colonial Knob Walkway is temporarily closed for maintenance works 26 Feb 2024 to 31 May 2024.

Heading SOBO from Camp Elsdon there are two alternatives: 

  1. From Camp Elsdon turn right and follow Te Ara Utiwai track (please note this is a shared uphill mountain biking track) instead of the Colonial Knob Walkway to the lookout.
  2. Continue a further 500m along Raihia Street from Camp Elsdon and follow the Farm Road track to the lookout.

Applicable:2024-02-26

Blue Lake and Lake Constance km 2014 (Notice)
Effective:
Dec 1, 2022
Until:
Sep 30, 2024

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.

Applicable:2022-12-01

The Sanctuary has closed (Notice)
Effective:
Dec 6, 2023
Until:
May 31, 2024

The Sanctuary at Arthur's Pass has closed
  Bill has retired due to old age and has closed The Sanctuary.  
  Bounce boxes held or already in transit can still be collected as expected. 
  Text 0274 662 755 on arrival.  
  No more boxes please.  
  The community of Te Araroa walkers will always be remembered. Thank you all.   
  Enjoy your adventure.  
  Bill Trolove 
  The Sanctuary

Applicable:2023-12-06

Wallaby Control - km 2,444 to km 2,453 (Closure)
Effective:
May 24, 2024
Until:
Jun 21, 2024

As part of the National Wallaby Control programme in the Mary Range, Environment Canterbury will carry out a ground search and destroy operation for wallabies using dog and rifle teams from Monday 27th May to Friday 21st June. The new (2023) Te Araroa track between km 2,444 and km 2,453 will be closed.

Southbound walkers are advised to continue on the canal path after km 2443.5, reaching Hayman Road near the Pukaki Power Station

Northbound walkers should remain on Hayman Road after km 2453.5, turning away from the lake near the Power Station

Advice from Environment Canterbury: "We are planning to carry out wallaby control with gun & dog teams in the Mary Range on both private and public conservation land. We intend for this operation to take place from Monday 27th May to Friday 21st June. The intention is start at the Southern end of the range and work Northward. When working in areas near the new Te Araroa Trail section that runs through the PCL warning signage will be installed at both ends and the track can be checked at the start of each day for any obvious campers"

Applicable:2024-05-27

Island Bush - Southland km 2897 to km 2903 (Closure)
Effective:
May 16, 2024
Until:
Sep 30, 2024

Details

Te Araroa route through Island Bush Block is closed to walkers due to forestry operations from Monday 20th May 2024. This closure should only be in effect until the end of September. 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 is expected to be 30th September.  Always check the local signage, which may override any information found on websites or apps.

Alternative