Canterbury

Canterbury

Rangitata River Hazard Zone - OPEN

Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers Do not attempt to cross the Rangitata without taking a lot of advice and checking river flow levels
Description
(North to South)

The Rangitata is a large braided river with an unsettled shingle bed. It poses a significant danger to trampers on foot and, as a result, Te Araroa Trust has declared it a hazard zone which does not form part of the trail. Instead it marks a natural break in the continuum like Cook Strait does.

The Potts River and Bush Stream trailheads on either side of the Rangitata, make ideal 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 trailhead to the other. Trampers are urged not to risk a foot crossing.  It's best to find an alternative way around and doing this will not compromising the integrity of a through-tramp.
 
While trampers are cautioned not to attempt to cross the Rangitata on foot, fit adults experienced with river crossing techniques have been known to cross safely in low-flow summer conditions. The best crossing point is above the confluence with the Potts River. Conditions suitable for a foot crossing are most likely to occur in the late summer months. Be aware though, even in high summer this river can flood and become impassable at any time. 
  
Alps 2 Ocean offer a number of transport options in this area. Check out their website for information and to book, or phone 0800 425772.

Geraldine is the gateway town to the Two Thumbs Track and offers a range of services. 
Geraldine Community Vehicle Trust offer a service to Peel Forest Store on weekday mornings. Cost $14.00.
P: 03 6931007 - E: geraldine.mini.bus@gmail.com
 
There is an infrequent mail run from Peel Forest Store that passes the trailhead, and can take walkers for a small koha, but should not be relied upon to run every day.
This wont be suitable for groups of walkers.
To arrange, speak to the Peel Forest Store - P: 03 6963567.
Alps 2 Ocean is a more reliable service and recommended.
 
The Bush Stream trailhead is 2.5km beyond Mesopotamia Station, 52km from Peel Forest, 60km from the Rangitata River bridge (near Arundel) and 75km from Geraldine.

 

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Geraldine

General Information
Geraldine Visitor Centre - Kiwi Country Complex, cnr Waihi Tce & Jollie St, Geraldine - P: 03 693 1101 - E: geraldineinfocentre@kiwicountry.co.nz
For general information about the town and surrounds, including accommodation, eateries and local businesses.
www.geraldine.nz 027 555 6524 (Janene)

DOC Raukapuka Area Office - 13-15 North Terrace, Raukapuka - P: 03 693 1010 - E: raukapukaao@doc.govt.nz 

Getting there/away
InterCity - P: 03 365 1113 
Atomic Shuttles - P: 03 349 0697 - Daily buses to Queenstown and Christchurch

Accommodation
Rawhiti House & Backpackers (BBH) - 27 Hewlings St, Geraldine - P: 03 693 8252 M: 027 693 8252 - W: wwwrawhitibackpackers.com
Geraldine Kiwi Holiday Park - 39 Hislop St, Geraldine - P: 03 693 8147 - E: info@geraldineholidaypark.co.nz - 
Several other accommodation options are also available

Accommodation en route
DOC Peel Forest Camp - Peel Forest Rd, Peel Forest Park, RD 22 - P: 03 696 3567 (No email bookings, only phone or walk in booking service at Peel Forest Cafe) - Cabins & Camping. Note: The Peel Forest Cafe is located 4km down the round  
Mesopotamia Station. RD 20, Peel Forest - P: 03 696 3738 - E: enquiries@mesopotamia.co.nz - W: www.mesopotamia.co.nz - provides good basic accommodation.

Resupply
Fresh Choice Supermarket - 7 Peel St, Geraldine - P: 03 693 8529
 
Refreshments
Peel Forest Cafe - 1202 Peel Forest Rd, Peel Forest - P: 03 696 3567 (Also houses the DOC Peel Forest Camp bookings office)  

 

Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

The Rangitata is a large braided river with an unsettled shingle bed. It poses a significant danger to trampers on foot and, as a result, Te Araroa Trust has declared it a hazard zone which does not form part of the trail. Instead it marks a natural break in the continuum like Cook Strait does.

The Potts River and Bush Stream trailheads on either side of the Rangitata, make ideal 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 trailhead to the other. Trampers are urged not to risk a foot crossing.  It's best to find an alternative way around and doing this will not compromising the integrity of a through-tramp.
 
While trampers are cautioned not to attempt to cross the Rangitata on foot, fit adults experienced with river crossing techniques have been known to cross safely in low-flow summer conditions. The best crossing point is above the confluence with the Potts River. Conditions suitable for a foot crossing are most likely to occur in the late summer months. Be aware though, even in high summer this river can flood and become impassable at any time. 
  
Alps 2 Ocean offer a number of transport options in this area. Check out their website for information and to book, or phone 0800 425772.

Geraldine is the gateway town to the Two Thumbs Track and offers a range of services. 
Geraldine Community Vehicle Trust offer a service to Peel Forest Store on weekday mornings. Cost $14.00.
P: 03 6931007 - E: geraldine.mini.bus@gmail.com
 
There is an infrequent mail run from Peel Forest Store that passes the trailhead, and can take walkers for a small koha, but should not be relied upon to run every day.
This wont be suitable for groups of walkers.
To arrange, speak to the Peel Forest Store - P: 03 6963567.
Alps 2 Ocean is a more reliable service and recommended.
 
The Bush Stream trailhead is 2.5km beyond Mesopotamia Station, 52km from Peel Forest, 60km from the Rangitata River bridge (near Arundel) and 75km from Geraldine.

 

Potential Hazards
  • River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers Do not attempt to cross the Rangitata without taking a lot of advice and checking river flow levels
Description
(North to South)

The Rangitata is a large braided river with an unsettled shingle bed. It poses a significant danger to trampers on foot and, as a result, Te Araroa Trust has declared it a hazard zone which does not form part of the trail. Instead it marks a natural break in the continuum like Cook Strait does.

The Potts River and Bush Stream trailheads on either side of the Rangitata, make ideal 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 trailhead to the other. Trampers are urged not to risk a foot crossing.  It's best to find an alternative way around and doing this will not compromising the integrity of a through-tramp.
 
While trampers are cautioned not to attempt to cross the Rangitata on foot, fit adults experienced with river crossing techniques have been known to cross safely in low-flow summer conditions. The best crossing point is above the confluence with the Potts River. Conditions suitable for a foot crossing are most likely to occur in the late summer months. Be aware though, even in high summer this river can flood and become impassable at any time. 
  
Alps 2 Ocean offer a number of transport options in this area. Check out their website for information and to book, or phone 0800 425772.

Geraldine is the gateway town to the Two Thumbs Track and offers a range of services. 
Geraldine Community Vehicle Trust offer a service to Peel Forest Store on weekday mornings. Cost $14.00.
P: 03 6931007 - E: geraldine.mini.bus@gmail.com
 
There is an infrequent mail run from Peel Forest Store that passes the trailhead, and can take walkers for a small koha, but should not be relied upon to run every day.
This wont be suitable for groups of walkers.
To arrange, speak to the Peel Forest Store - P: 03 6963567.
Alps 2 Ocean is a more reliable service and recommended.
 
The Bush Stream trailhead is 2.5km beyond Mesopotamia Station, 52km from Peel Forest, 60km from the Rangitata River bridge (near Arundel) and 75km from Geraldine.

 

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Geraldine

General Information
Geraldine Visitor Centre - Kiwi Country Complex, cnr Waihi Tce & Jollie St, Geraldine - P: 03 693 1101 - E: geraldineinfocentre@kiwicountry.co.nz
For general information about the town and surrounds, including accommodation, eateries and local businesses.
www.geraldine.nz 027 555 6524 (Janene)

DOC Raukapuka Area Office - 13-15 North Terrace, Raukapuka - P: 03 693 1010 - E: raukapukaao@doc.govt.nz 

Getting there/away
InterCity - P: 03 365 1113 
Atomic Shuttles - P: 03 349 0697 - Daily buses to Queenstown and Christchurch

Accommodation
Rawhiti House & Backpackers (BBH) - 27 Hewlings St, Geraldine - P: 03 693 8252 M: 027 693 8252 - W: wwwrawhitibackpackers.com
Geraldine Kiwi Holiday Park - 39 Hislop St, Geraldine - P: 03 693 8147 - E: info@geraldineholidaypark.co.nz - 
Several other accommodation options are also available

Accommodation en route
DOC Peel Forest Camp - Peel Forest Rd, Peel Forest Park, RD 22 - P: 03 696 3567 (No email bookings, only phone or walk in booking service at Peel Forest Cafe) - Cabins & Camping. Note: The Peel Forest Cafe is located 4km down the round  
Mesopotamia Station. RD 20, Peel Forest - P: 03 696 3738 - E: enquiries@mesopotamia.co.nz - W: www.mesopotamia.co.nz - provides good basic accommodation.

Resupply
Fresh Choice Supermarket - 7 Peel St, Geraldine - P: 03 693 8529
 
Refreshments
Peel Forest Cafe - 1202 Peel Forest Rd, Peel Forest - P: 03 696 3567 (Also houses the DOC Peel Forest Camp bookings office)