Keep Kauri Standing – KIA TOITU HE KAURI
New Zealand's Kauri tree's are under threat of extinction and without any treatment or control tools, the only way we can save our kauri forests is to contain the disease in its current locations and stop the spread into healthy areas. If you are going to be moving between waterways we ask you to Check, Clean, Dry any equipment - boots, socks, tramping poles etc that has come into contact with any fresh water.
When you are around kauri:
- Make sure shoes, tyres and equipment are cleaned to remove all visible soil and plant material before AND after visiting kauri forest
- Please use cleaning stations installed on major tracks: scrub to remove all soil and spray with disinfectant.
- Stay on the track and off kauri roots
- Keep your dog on a leash at all times.
- We all can help - tourists, hunters, trappers, trampers, runners, bikers, walkers. We all need to make it happen, rather than hope 'someone else' will do it.
For further information visit the "Keep Kauri Standing" website - Kauri Dieback
Pesticide and Pest Control
Possums are a pest in New Zealand and across the country, on all land tenures, there is a possibility that you will encounter pesticide or traps laid for possum control. On Public Conservation Land there will be signage at all public entrances if a pest operation is underway in the adjoining forest block. The Department of Conservation lists its pesticide operations in the Pesticide Summary which can be found on the DOC website HERE.
New Zealand's Freshwater
As you walk the Trail, protect our rivers, lakes, and streams
People and their activities are the main cause of spread. Once in a waterway they can disperse rapidly and destroy the environmental, recreational and aesthetic values of our waterways.
To prevent the spread of these freshwater pests please Check, Clean, Dry your boots and anything else that gets wet when moving between waterways.
CHECK - and remove all plant matter from your gear
CLEAN - spray or soak with 5% detergent and water
DRY - completely dry for 48 hours
Check your gear for plant matter and make sure it is has been dry to the touch for at least 48 hours before entering the next waterway.
Check and clean every item that has been wet before entering the next waterway.
Leave No Trace
Part of the appeal of walking Te Araroa is getting face-to-face with the New Zealand landscape - famous the world over as being "100% Pure New Zealand".
To ensure this beauty remains for generations, Te Araroa Trust encourages all walkers to adhere to the "Leave No Trace" set of principles.