Maps and notes download

These maps and notes offer detailed information about accommodation food, transport and resupplying.  You can use them for planning your adventure on Te Araroa.

Te Araroa Trust offers these free of charge. The Trust helps trail walkers because of charitable donations from many walkers like yourself. So you may wish to support our work too.

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  1. Trail notes - southbound
  2. Trail notes - northbound
  3. Trail maps by region
  4. Trail maps for digital or print use
  5. Google Earth file (.kmz)
  6. Te Araroa .gpx files

Trail notes - southbound

Updated 16 December 2020

Trail notes - northbound

Trail maps by region

Updated 25 September 2020

Trail maps for digital or print use


These are single and multi-page PDFs that will be suitable to save on a phone or tablet device and scroll through the series or print efficiently.

North Island maps - 77 pages, 246 MB, 200 DPI. (Updated 25 September 2020)

South Island maps - 68 pages, 232 MB, 200 DPI. (Updated 25 September 2020)

Please note: multiple page PDF files are not georeferenced.

Individual PDF maps have geo-referencing that can be used in Avenza Maps (formerly PDF maps) to mark your position using the phone's GPS location. You can store the series via Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive and just download the current maps into your phone.

Individual maps for the North Island - 77 pages, 263 MB (Updated 25 September 2020)

Individual maps for the South Island - 68 pages, 248 MB (Updated 25 September 2020)


These pages are A3 colour PDF, multi-page files at 300 DPI, made for printing. They are best viewed on A3 printing paper but you can reduce the size to A4 on a good printer. 

North Island maps - 77 pages, 431 MB, 300 DPI. (Updated 25 September 2020)

South Island maps - 68 pages, 413 MB, 300 DPI. (Updated 25 September 2020)

Basemap legend

The Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) Topo 1:50,000 topographic map is now the primary basemap for Te Araroa trail maps. Each of our map series contains a modified legend for the maps but you can also download a standalone PDF copy below. For more information on LINZ Topo basemaps and how to read them, please visit:

LINZ Topo 1:50,000 Legend - 2020 edition, 1 page, 1.5 MB (Updated 25 September 2020

Te Araroa Trail GPS data 

Google Earth file

Te Araroa Trail 2020 Google Earth (Updated 25 September 2020)

This file contains the entire trail route, bypasses, KM marks, hut, campsites and more! Load this file into Google Earth online or desktop to help you plan your journey. Note that you cannot download and use a KML/.kmz file on a phone version.

GPX files

There are three versions of the the trail GPX files, outlined below. 
These files are readable by Garmin GPS units and software. To modify for other devices you may need a product such as GPSBabel, which can translate to different devices and split into smaller parts if the device cannot handle the full file.

You can also view them online via the New Zealand Walking Access Commission's Our Maps system, by uploading them via the "Add Data" tool. 

Te Araroa Trail 2020 Tracks (Updated 25 September 2020)
This file has the route shown as tracks, with no waypoints - the same as the KML. The route has been heavily generalised to keep the file size small.
Te Araroa Trail 2020 KM Points (Updated 25 September 2020)
This does not have a route line, only each km marked as a waypoint with elevation - more suitable for confident navigators that may need occasional reassurance they are heading the right way.
Te Araroa Trail 2020 Section Routes (Updated 25 September 2020)
This contains routes that directly align to the way in which routes are listed on the Te Araroa website, with waypoints at each section end.
Page last updated: Jan 7, 2021, 1:17 PM