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

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


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


Whangarei - Little Munroe Bay - km 392 (Partial closure)
Effective:
Feb 20, 2024
Until:
Feb 29, 2024
The section of coastal trail between Little Munroe Bay (km 391.7) and Reotahi (km 393) is closed for resurfacing. A helicopter may be working.
For southbound, instead of going down Bay View Road at km 391 continue to Reotahi Road and go down the road to catch a boat from Reotahi or continue down Whangārei Heads Road to Stuart Road if your boat trip is from McLeod Bay.
Alert will be updated update when they reopen the track.
Applicable:2024-02-20
Pakiri Beach Access - km 470.8 (Warning)
Effective:
Oct 27, 2023
Until:
Sep 30, 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. [UPDATE 24th November] The website maps were updated 22nd November and now show the correct route. The Trail App on iPhone shows the amended route as below. The update maps are used in the Te Araroa Notes and Maps app.  At the time of writing the Trail App on Android has not been updated.  FarOut on iPhone and Android is using the old map. An update is expected

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

Totara Peak (Dome Forest) track blocked km 488.6 (Warning)
Effective:
Aug 26, 2023
Until:
Sep 30, 2024

A large tree has blocked the original Te Araroa route through Dome Forest at km 488.6. The fallen trunk and epiphytes together form a 2-metre barrier across a steep section of track. It is extremely difficult to climb, and dangerous as there is a 4-metre undercut drop on the other side. A potential route passing above the broken stump leads to a steep descent that may not be possible wearing a pack.  Because of the large size and difficult access here is no immediate likelihood of the obstacle being removed. The bypass route marked on Te Araroa map 27, from km 487 to km 490.7 offers a safer alternative

Applicable:2023-08-25

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

Mangatawhiri River crossing point changed km 680 (Warning)
Effective:
Oct 9, 2023
Until:
Dec 31, 2024

Te Araroa Map 34, from the 2023-24 v42 series, shows an incorrect crossing point. Previous Trail Notes are also incorrect. The correct crossing point for southbound walkers is 330 metres further downstream, as highlighted below.  Apps that have not been updated may continue to show the incorrect crossing point as they rely on previous gps data.

  • SOBO: turn right from State Highway 2 onto Serpel Road, and in 350 m enter through a farm gate on the left and follow the line of trees to the farm track. Walk along the farm track and in 620 m turn left at the track junction, then right in 140 m and follow the track for another 450 m to its junction with Dobson Road. Turn right onto Dobson Road and follow the orange TA markers 1.8 km to the Mangatawhiri River stopbank. Turn right and follow the stopbank 330 metres downstream to the crossing point, a concrete power pole across the riverbed. It’s marked on both ends by a steel post carrying a large orange track marker, and at this point the river has a gravel bed. If you’re unable to cross the river due to high water levels, follow the stopbank 2.8 km upstream to State Highway 2. Carefully cross then walk under the road bridge to join the other stopbank, and follow that back downstream to the crossing point.

Applicable:2023-10-09

Tongariro Crossing weather forecast online km 1127 (Notice)
Effective:
Nov 21, 2022
Until:
Sep 30, 2024

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Red Crater forecast for today.

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

Internet connection required

Applicable:2022-11-21


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.  This is not compulsory for individuals, but if you are following Te Araroa southbound you may meet people, including rangers, who tell you that you are going the wrong way. Please explain that this is allowed, although not widely advertised.

Applicable:2023-10-02

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

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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

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 1673 (Closure)
Effective:
Feb 26, 2024
Until:
May 1, 2024

Colonial Knob Walkway is temporarily closed for maintenance works 26 Feb 2024 to 1 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.

Queen Charlotte Track – limited water (Warning)
Effective:
Feb 20, 2024
Until:
Mar 31, 2024

The creek supplying Camp Bay campsite is very low. Campers must minimise their water usage. Only use water for essential services such as toilet flushing, hand, teeth and dishwashing and drinking (after boiling). No solar showers and please don't leave taps running.


If you are walking/biking between Camp Bay and Torea Saddle/Portage/Cowshed Bay, you must carry all the water you need. There are no side creeks to fill water bottles on the way. The rainwater tanks at Bay of Many Coves and Black Rock campsites are very low. Please leave this water for overnight campers who must only use water carefully for essential services such as hand, teeth and dish washing and drinking (after boiling).

Applicable:2024-02-20

Mount Richmond Forest Park - Fire Season (Warning)
Effective:
Feb 15, 2024
Until:
Apr 30, 2024

Message from DoC - Mount Richmond Forest Park - Prohibited Fire Season

Due to the recent dry weather and a high risk of fire, a Total Fire Ban is now in place for Mt Richmond Park. All fires are prohibited. This includes cooking and warming fires on the Richmond Range section of Te Araroa trail until further notice.

Update: Clarification from DoC. The Total Fire Ban applies to fires OUTSIDE. In the state of Prohibited Fire Season then, anything inside a hut or lodge is fine. Outside, the ONLY stoves permitted are “Gas-Operated Appliances” and “Pressurised Liquid Appliances”.  No alcohol stoves, twig burners or anything without a shut-0ff valve.

Applicable:2024-02-15

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


Nelson Lakes National Park - Fire Season (Warning)
Effective:
Feb 15, 2024
Until:
Apr 30, 2024

Message from DoC - Nelson Lakes National Park and surrounding Public Conservation Land - Prohibited Fire Season

Due to the recent dry weather and a high risk of fire, a Total Fire Ban is now in place for Mt Richmond Park. All fires are prohibited. This includes cooking and warming fires on the Richmond Range section of Te Araroa trail until further notice.

Update: Clarification from DoC. The Total Fire Ban applies to fires OUTSIDE. In the state of Prohibited Fire Season then, anything inside a hut or lodge is fine. Outside, the ONLY stoves permitted are “Gas-Operated Appliances” and “Pressurised Liquid Appliances”.  No alcohol stoves, twig burners or anything without a shut-0ff valve.

Applicable:2024-02-15

Track washout near Taramakau Swingbridge (Warning)
Effective:
Sep 29, 2023
Until:
Apr 30, 2024

There has been a track washout on the Harper Pass Route, west of the pass near the old slip site by the Taramakau swingbridge. Expect additional river crossings in this area.

This is about two hours before Locke Stream Hut southbound.

Applicable:2023-09-29


The Sanctuary has closed (Notice)
Effective:
Dec 6, 2023
Until:
Jul 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

Tussock fire near km 2394 (Warning)
Effective:
Feb 25, 2024
Until:
Feb 27, 2024

[UPDATE 26 Feb 2024]  Photos posted by Fire and Emergency NZ yesterday suggest the fire has been contained.  There will be fire crew working on checking safety today

There is a grass fire on the hills east of Lake Tekapo between Coal River and Boundary Stream. This is the fire location from gps information from active firecrew. The size of the red dot does NOT represent the size of the fire. It is estimated 700 m west of the trail. This is dangerously close if it spreads. Better for SOBOs to exit on the skifield road. Watch for fire engines in a hurry on that road.

Applicable:2024-02-25

High Fire Danger across the Mackenzie Basin (Warning)
Effective:
Jan 24, 2024
Until:
Feb 29, 2024

The Mackenzie Basin is currently experiencing Extreme Fire Danger and is in a "prohibited" fire season, particularly in areas of grass and scrub, which all of of the vegetation along Te Araroa is for this section.

DO NOT light fires, and please be extra cautious when cooking and follow the guidelines below:

  • Stove must be on a non-combustible area/base.
  • Have a suitable way to extinguish the fire within easy reach - a maximum of 5 metres away.
  • Be mindful of the wind.  try to find a sheltered area to cook.
  • You must not leave your stove unsupervised while cooking

Applicable:2024-01-24