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 notes and maps 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

Trail notes - southbound

Updated 18 August 2023 for 2023-24 v42 maps.  Updated throughout the year

Trail notes - northbound

Updated 2017

Trail maps by region

These are high resolution multi-page PDF map series of each region of the trail. Can be used on mobile device or printed at A3. 

Updated 22 November 2023

Trail maps for digital or print use

Map Release Notes - 2023-24 (v42)

Te Araroa maps are now available for download and use for the 2023-24 season. 

Changes for 2023-24 Season

  • Several adjustments to the main trail route & bypasses - see the Alerts and Status page.
  • Updated LINZ Topo 1:50,000 basemap 

Maps Changelog - 2023-24 Season

Seasonal route and small changes are carried out periodically during the walking season. View any route updates or in-season corrections in this changelog [UPDATED 22 November 2023]. Check the update dates of any files to ensure you have the latest information. 


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

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.

North Island maps - Mobile Resolution - 86 pages, 263 MB (Updated 22 November 2023)

South Island maps - Mobile Resolution- 78 pages, 249 MB (Updated 22 November 2023)

North Island - High Resolution - 86 pages, 434 MB (Updated 22 November 2023)

South Island maps - High Resolution - 78 pages, 416 MB (Updated 22 November 2023)


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. 

Please note: multiple page PDF files are not georeferenced.

North Island maps - 86 pages, 408 MB, 300 DPI. (Updated 22 November 2023)

South Island maps - 78 pages, 393 MB, 300 DPI. (Updated 22 November 2023)

Basemap legend

The Toitū te Whenua | Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) Topo 1:50,000 scale 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 - 1 page, 1.5 MB (Updated 18 August 2023)

Te Araroa Trail GPS data  

Google Earth file 

Te Araroa Trail 2023-24 Google Earth (Updated 22 November 2023)

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. KMZ file does not contain elevation information. 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. These files contain elevation information. Paths have been slightly generalised to keep file size small. 
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 Herenga ā Nuku Aotearoa | Outdoor Access Commission using their Maps, by uploading them via the "Add Data" tool.  

Te Araroa Trail 2023-24 Tracks (Updated 18 August 2023)
This file has the route shown as tracks, with no waypoints - the same as the KML.  

Te Araroa Trail 2023-24 KM Points (Updated 18 August 2023)
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 2023-24 Section Routes (Updated 18 August 2023)
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. 


Elevation Profile 

Te Araroa v40 Elevation profile 
This is a spreadsheet for the elevation profile per KM, including change in elevation, slope% and angle.
The lat/long per KM were sourced from the GPX file for the KM Points, and then run through the Google Maps elevations API. No graphs or maps here; just the raw data for you to play with in the spreadsheet software of your choosing. Enjoy! - supplied by Adam JC
Note: Te Araroa v41 Elevation Profile coming soon. 
Page last updated: Dec 13, 2023, 2:50 PM