The Trail Pledge
To take the pledge, we ask you to make the following commitments:
I pledge to respect the environment
The impact of wayward walkers on wildlife and natural features can take many years to heal. Please care for and protect New Zealand’s beautiful outdoors.
- use marked tracks
- camp in designated areas
- only light small, controlled fires and only if you have a permit
- always take rubbish away with you
- use designated toilets.
I pledge to respect local culture and customs
Māori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. Always respect sites that are culturally significant to Māori and learn local tikanga (customary values).
- never sit on a table or surface where food is prepared
- check which sites are wahi tapu (sacred)
- respect customary practice.
I pledge to respect private property
Without the generosity of farmers and other private landholders, Te Araroa wouldn’t exist. Be respectful of landholders on sections of the trail crossing private land.
- stick to marked routes
- don’t disturb stock
- leave gates as you find them - whether open or closed.
I pledge to respect other people
People walk Te Araroa for all kinds of reasons. Be considerate of others while on the trail and keep huts and campsites tidy.
- keep the noise down at night
- remove muddy boots before entering huts
- restock huts with firewood
- help other trail walkers if they are in need.
And remember to stay safe. Tell someone where you are going and take a personal locator beacon (PLB), be prepared for all weather and have a backup plan if conditions change.