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Rakaia River Hazard Zone - OPEN

Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Do not attempt to cross the Rakaia on foot
Description
(North to South)

The Rakaia is a large braided river with an unsettled shingle bed. Even in low flows it is not possible to safely ford this river on foot anywhere near Te Araroa's trailhead on the north bank.   As a result, Te Araroa Trust has declared the Rakaia a hazard zone which does not form part of the trail. Instead it marks a natural break in the continuum, just like Cook Strait.

The trailheads on either side of the Rakaia make natural beginning or end points for Te Araroa section trampers and it is really only through-trampers that have to deal with the issue of getting from one trail head to the other. Don't risk a foot crossing. Instead go around the road in a vehicle. Doing so will not compromising the integrity of a through-tramp.
 
Click HERE for an information poster about the Lake Coleridge area.
 
On the north bank of the Rakaia, Lake Coleridge Lodge is on Hummocks Rd, which is within Lake Coleridge Village. With a spa and sauna the Lodge offers some luxury for walkers with good quality dinner, bed, and breakfast packages or alternatively a guest kitchen. Free wifi internet, supply package storage and laundry are offered to Te Araroa guests. Transport between the Lodge, Methven and the Clent Hills Track on the south side of the Rakaia River can be booked for an additional charge. For more information visit their website -www.lakecoleridgelodge.co.nz/activities/te-araroa-national-walkway

Note: There is no camping near Lake Coleridge Village. The only official campgrounds in the Lake Coleridge area are at Harper Village (free) and Rakaia Gorge (small charge). There are no areas where Freedom Camping is legally permitted between these two campgrounds and with increasing numbers of walkers enjoying Te Araroa, landowners are becoming more likely to move people on who are camping illegally. If you are solely camping you need to plan your journey to use the official campgrounds.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Methven / Coleridge Village - Click HERE for an information poster about the Lake Coleridge area.

 
General information
Methven I-SITE Visitors Centre - 160 Main St, Methven - P: 03 302 8955 - E: methven@i-site.org
 
Getting there/away
Methven Travel - 93 Main St , Methven- P: 0800 684 888 for shuttles to/from Christchurch
 
Accommodation
Lake Coleridge Lodge - 114 Hummocks Road, CMB 18, Lake Coleridge Village - P: 03 318 5002 - E: mail@lakecoleridge.co.nz
 
Rakaia Gorge Society Camping Ground - 6686 Arundel Rakaia Gorge Rd - P: 03 302 9353 - The campground has tent sites, a sheltered cooking area, showers, toilets and water.
 
Mt Hutt Bunkhouse and Cottage BBH - 8 Lambard St, Methven - P: 03 302 9122 or 0273 464 968 
Alpenhorn Chalet, 44 Allen St, Methven - P: 03 3028779 - E: info@alpenhorn.co.nz 
Methven Lodge and B&B, 182 Main St, Methven - P: 03 3029047 - E: info@methvenlodge.co.nz
Snow Denn Lodge, 6 Bank St, Methven - P: 03 3028999 - E: info@snowdenn.co.nz - special Te Araroa rate $20 dorm rooms and 10% off private rooms
                                                     
 
Resupply
Topnotch Four Square Supermarket -  33/37 McMillian St, Methven - P: 03 302 8114
Supervalue Supermarket - The Mall, Methven - P: 03 302 8050
Hammer Hardware (for camping supplies) - 85 Main Street, Methven, P: 03 302 9664 - E: methven@hammerhardware.co.nz
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

The Rakaia is a large braided river with an unsettled shingle bed. Even in low flows it is not possible to safely ford this river on foot anywhere near Te Araroa's trailhead on the north bank.   As a result, Te Araroa Trust has declared the Rakaia a hazard zone which does not form part of the trail. Instead it marks a natural break in the continuum, just like Cook Strait.

The trailheads on either side of the Rakaia make natural beginning or end points for Te Araroa section trampers and it is really only through-trampers that have to deal with the issue of getting from one trail head to the other. Don't risk a foot crossing. Instead go around the road in a vehicle. Doing so will not compromising the integrity of a through-tramp.
 
Click HERE for an information poster about the Lake Coleridge area.
 
On the north bank of the Rakaia, Lake Coleridge Lodge is on Hummocks Rd, which is within Lake Coleridge Village. With a spa and sauna the Lodge offers some luxury for walkers with good quality dinner, bed, and breakfast packages or alternatively a guest kitchen. Free wifi internet, supply package storage and laundry are offered to Te Araroa guests. Transport between the Lodge, Methven and the Clent Hills Track on the south side of the Rakaia River can be booked for an additional charge. For more information visit their website -www.lakecoleridgelodge.co.nz/activities/te-araroa-national-walkway

Note: There is no camping near Lake Coleridge Village. The only official campgrounds in the Lake Coleridge area are at Harper Village (free) and Rakaia Gorge (small charge). There are no areas where Freedom Camping is legally permitted between these two campgrounds and with increasing numbers of walkers enjoying Te Araroa, landowners are becoming more likely to move people on who are camping illegally. If you are solely camping you need to plan your journey to use the official campgrounds.

Potential Hazards
  • Do not attempt to cross the Rakaia on foot
Description
(North to South)

The Rakaia is a large braided river with an unsettled shingle bed. Even in low flows it is not possible to safely ford this river on foot anywhere near Te Araroa's trailhead on the north bank.   As a result, Te Araroa Trust has declared the Rakaia a hazard zone which does not form part of the trail. Instead it marks a natural break in the continuum, just like Cook Strait.

The trailheads on either side of the Rakaia make natural beginning or end points for Te Araroa section trampers and it is really only through-trampers that have to deal with the issue of getting from one trail head to the other. Don't risk a foot crossing. Instead go around the road in a vehicle. Doing so will not compromising the integrity of a through-tramp.
 
Click HERE for an information poster about the Lake Coleridge area.
 
On the north bank of the Rakaia, Lake Coleridge Lodge is on Hummocks Rd, which is within Lake Coleridge Village. With a spa and sauna the Lodge offers some luxury for walkers with good quality dinner, bed, and breakfast packages or alternatively a guest kitchen. Free wifi internet, supply package storage and laundry are offered to Te Araroa guests. Transport between the Lodge, Methven and the Clent Hills Track on the south side of the Rakaia River can be booked for an additional charge. For more information visit their website -www.lakecoleridgelodge.co.nz/activities/te-araroa-national-walkway

Note: There is no camping near Lake Coleridge Village. The only official campgrounds in the Lake Coleridge area are at Harper Village (free) and Rakaia Gorge (small charge). There are no areas where Freedom Camping is legally permitted between these two campgrounds and with increasing numbers of walkers enjoying Te Araroa, landowners are becoming more likely to move people on who are camping illegally. If you are solely camping you need to plan your journey to use the official campgrounds.

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Methven / Coleridge Village - Click HERE for an information poster about the Lake Coleridge area.

 
General information
Methven I-SITE Visitors Centre - 160 Main St, Methven - P: 03 302 8955 - E: methven@i-site.org
 
Getting there/away
Methven Travel - 93 Main St , Methven- P: 0800 684 888 for shuttles to/from Christchurch
 
Accommodation
Lake Coleridge Lodge - 114 Hummocks Road, CMB 18, Lake Coleridge Village - P: 03 318 5002 - E: mail@lakecoleridge.co.nz
 
Rakaia Gorge Society Camping Ground - 6686 Arundel Rakaia Gorge Rd - P: 03 302 9353 - The campground has tent sites, a sheltered cooking area, showers, toilets and water.
 
Mt Hutt Bunkhouse and Cottage BBH - 8 Lambard St, Methven - P: 03 302 9122 or 0273 464 968 
Alpenhorn Chalet, 44 Allen St, Methven - P: 03 3028779 - E: info@alpenhorn.co.nz 
Methven Lodge and B&B, 182 Main St, Methven - P: 03 3029047 - E: info@methvenlodge.co.nz
Snow Denn Lodge, 6 Bank St, Methven - P: 03 3028999 - E: info@snowdenn.co.nz - special Te Araroa rate $20 dorm rooms and 10% off private rooms
                                                     
 
Resupply
Topnotch Four Square Supermarket -  33/37 McMillian St, Methven - P: 03 302 8114
Supervalue Supermarket - The Mall, Methven - P: 03 302 8050
Hammer Hardware (for camping supplies) - 85 Main Street, Methven, P: 03 302 9664 - E: methven@hammerhardware.co.nz