COVID-19: Walking Te Araroa at the current Alert Levels

All of New Zealand outside Auckland is currently at COVID-19 Alert Level 2.

Auckland remains at COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

It’s important that people considering walking the Te Araroa trail understand what the alert levels mean for walking in the outdoors and do their part to prevent any potential spread of the virus.

Alert Level 2

DOC huts, campsites, lodges and toilets are open in regions at Alert Level 2 and overnight trips on Te Araroa are permitted.

Walkers should maintain physical distancing of two metres wherever possible – including in huts – and should regularly wash or sanitise hands.

Cleaning supplies should be carried and used to ensure the hygiene of any communal facilities in huts or campgrounds. Walkers should also carry a tent with them, for use if a hut is too crowded to allow for physical distancing to take place.

The NZ COVID Tracer App should be used to scan QR codes where available and Bluetooth should be switched on to make contact tracing easier if it is required in future.

Stay at home if you feel unwell or have been asked to self isolate.

For full details of sport and recreation rules at Alert Level 2, please see here.

Alert Level 4

The only reasons you should leave home in a region at Alert Level 4 are:

  • to shop for groceries
  • access necessary healthcare
  • get a COVID-19 test or vaccine
  • go to work if you are working in an Alert Level 4 service
  • exercise

Short walks on sections of Te Araroa trail in your local neighbourhood for the purposes of exercise are permitted only if your local section is uncrowded and physical distancing is maintained from anybody outside your bubble. It is a good idea to carry masks and hand sanitiser with you.

All DOC huts, campsites and facilities (including toilets) are closed.

Do not do activities that may require search and rescue services, including tramping, mountain biking and overnight activities.

Stay at home if you feel unwell or have been asked to self isolate.

For full details of sport and recreation rules at Alert Level 4, please see here.

Further information

For the latest information on the current outbreak, please visit the Government’s COVID-19 website.

If you are unsure what you can do outdoors at each alert level head to the Outdoor Recreation During COVID-19 website.

Anybody planning to walk the trail – or a section of it – should register on our website. This will help facilitate easier contact tracing if a case of COVID-19 is confirmed among trail users at any point in future.

You may also be interested in our FAQ article looking at common questions being asked by people planning to walk Te Araroa in the 2021-2022 season.

Stay safe,

Mark Weatherall
Executive Director, Te Araroa Trust

Page last updated: Sep 8, 2021, 10:55 AM