Nelson / Marlborough

Nelson / Marlborough

Waiau Pass Track - OPEN

Northern Start
Start of Black Valley Walk (on SH3), St Arnaud
Southern End
Junction of Magdalen Valley Rd and SH7, Boyle Village
Distance
115.5km
Time
5-8 days
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers Take care with Wairoa, Motueka, Waiau and Ada Rivers, these rivers are unbridged
  • Weather extremes - snow or heavy rain can occur at any time of the year
  • Avalanche zone - Travers Saddle, track to Blue Lake, Waiau Pass
Description
(North to South)

St Arnaud is a pleasant tourist village on the shore of Lake Rotoiti and the gateway to the Nelson Lakes National Park. This popular park is serviced by a network of spacious but heavily used huts.

This long tramp connects Travers/Sabine Circuit with the St James Walkway.  It provides an extraordinary summer tramping experience at the northern end of the Southern Alps. In winter and spring some sections are snowbound and avalanche prone.

At 1870m, Waiau Pass is Te Araroa's second-highest point. It's the most likely portion of the route to be blocked by snow and has some avalanche risk on its southern face. Before embarking, trampers should contact DOC at the Nelson Lakes Visitors Centre in St Arnard (03 5211806) to enquire about the route's current condition.
The track ends at a car park and bus shelter on SH7 next to the Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre.  
 
St Arnaud to Lakehead Hut - 9km / 2-3hr
 
The track starts opposite St Arnaud's alpine store. This is on the Black Valley Walk, which heads through beech forest to DOC's Kerr Bay Campground on the shore of Lake Rotoiti.
Te Araroa then joins with the Travers/Sabine Circuit at the eastern end of Kerr Bay. From here the track follows the shoreline through the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project area to Lakehead Hut, which is about 15min beyond the jetty near the lakehead. 
The recovery project was established in 1997 and is one of 6 maintained by DOC. Its goal is to restore native biodiversity to the beech forest. This is pursued through a trapping and poisoning programme designed to rid a 5000ha block of introduced pests including cats, possums, stoats, wasps, rats and mice. Kaka and reintroduced great spotted kiwi are 2 native species that have benefitted from the project.
 
Lakehead Hut to John Tait Hut - 12km / 5hrs

The well graded track continues from Lakehead Hut up the river flats through open and forested sections to John Tait Hut. Mt Travers comes into view around Hopeless Creek.
John Tait (1901-1982), a former president of the Nelson Tramping Club, led a volunteer effort to raise funds and to construct the original hut, which opened in 1951. This was 5yr before Nelson Lakes National Park was gazetted to become New Zealand’s 8th national park. The original hut survived only 27yr before being decommissioned. A new hut was built on the current site, which is in a clearing with views of Mt Travers and Mt Cupola.
 
John Tait Hut to Upper Travers Hut - 6km / 3hr

Beyond John Tait Hut the track continues up the Travers Valley and has some steeper sections. The track passes marked turn-offs to Cupola Hut and Travers Falls, which is a short and worthwhile side trip.
Upper Travers Hut is situated on the edge of a large flat immediately below Mt Travers.
 
 
Upper Travers Hut to West Sabine Hut - 8km / 6-8hr
 
The track continues as a defined ground trail that follows snow poles up to Travers Saddle (1787m). This is a steady 450m climb.
From the Saddle the snow poles continue down the western face to the tree line. The track then takes walkers down to the East Branch Sabine River in the valley floor below. This is a long and in places steep descent and crosses a substantial avalanche risk zone. The alternative marked track should be taken during times of avalanche risk.
From the East Branch Sabine River the track climbs, sidles and then descends to the West Branch Sabine River. West Sabine Hut is a short distance upstream.

West Sabine Hut to Blue Lake Hut - 7km / 3hr

Te Araroa leaves the Travers/Sabine Circuit from West Sabine Hut and continues up towards Blue Lake and Waiau Pass. Trampers wishing to return to St Arnard can continue on the circuit.
From the hut follow the Blue Lake Track up the West Branch Sabine River to its source. The route is predominately forested and climbs steeply in places, in particularly during the short final climb to the hut and lake. Several short avalanche risk zones are crossed.
Blue Lake Hut is a popular side trip to the Travers/Sabine Circuit but tramper numbers do start to thin by this point.

Blue Lake Hut to Upper Waiau Forks - 7km / 6-8hr

The next section, over Waiau Pass, is the most demanding on this track. It is a fair weather route, suitable for experienced individuals or parties with experienced leadership. Good fitness and reasonable agility is a prerequisite for all. These criteria aside, Waiau Pass is a Te Araroa highlight. Allow a full day for the journey.
The track leaves Blue Lake Hut through forest and climbs onto Lake Constance's moraine dam. The lake itself is attractive and set within a dramatic alpine landscape. From the dam a rough and rocky track, marked by snow poles, leads up above bluffs on the west side of the lake and then descends very steeply in places to the lakehead. The track continues across the open upper valley floor and then climbs a steep scree slope in direct fashion to a high terrace. From here it is a 500m sidle and climb up to Waiau Pass.
The route from the pass continues through rocky and exposed country. Care should be taken where turning off the main ridge to follow the poled track route. It then drops steeply in places through bluffs to a terrace and then continues west before descending to the West Branch Waiau River in the valley floor. This area is an avalanche hazard zone when conditions are right. 
From the Valley floor the track follows the river through thick sub-alpine scrub to the Upper Waiau Forks. There is an attractive informal campsite here within a stand of beech trees.

Upper Waiau Forks to Caroline Creek Bivvy - 5km / 3hr

The track follows the Waiau River down and stays mostly on the true right. The valley opens up towards Caroline Creek Bivvy, a basic and cramped 2 bunk shelter.
 
 
Caroline Creek Bivvy to Anne Hut - 25km / 7-9hr

Travel down the valley is easy, through grassy flats, and on the Waiau River’s true right. Two bush-clad terminal moraines add interest and provide good camping opportunities.
In time the Ada homestead comes into view. The homestead area remains in private hands. Trampers should avoid this area and continue to the Ada River. This is a straightforward crossing in low to normal flows. Beyond the river trampers link to the St James Walkway and continue down in a south west direction towards Anne Hut – a new 20 bunk hut.
 
 
Anne Hut to Boyle Flat Hut – 15km / 6hr
 
The track continues up the Anne River through a series of grassy clearings towards Anne Saddle and then descends into the Boyle River Valley.
The small 3 bunk Rokeby Hut is lower down the valley. Built in 1965 it is in fairly original condition. Beyond Rokeby Hut the track continues downstream on the true left to a swingbridge. Boyle Flat Hut is a short distance beyond down the true right side of the river.
 
Boyle Flat Hut to Boyle Village – 14.5km / 4hr

Re-cross the swingbridge and continue southwest on the walkway. The track sidles through a gorge and descends to a junction. Cross the river on a swingbridge here and continue on the track within the forest margin. In time the track crosses the river on another swingbridge and continues down towards Boyle Village. The track emerges at a carpark next to the Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre.
Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info
Te Araroa preferred hostel                                                                                                   
YHA Hanmer Springs - 14 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs P: 03 315 7472 E: hanmersprings@yha.co.nz     
                                       
YHA Hanmer Springs is the perfect place to divert from the trail and soak up the mountain atmosphere and soak in natural hot springs. The hostel is a 3 minute walk from Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa for relaxing tired muscles before hitting the trail again. The hostel offers a range of accommodation options from private ensuite to multi-share. Use the drying room for your gear, relax in the courtyard with a BBQ or spend cold nights in front of the log fire. 
 

St Arnaud

Accommodation
The Alpine Lodge - Alphine Lodge St, Arnaud, Lake Rotoiti - P: 03 5211869) has accommodation a dorm, private room, and hotel rooms available. There is internet, laundry facilities, spa pool for hire, a restaurant/bar/café (with the famous Sunday BBQ $31pp) and they are happy to store food parcels ($5 if staying at the Lodge or $10 if not) - send those to Alpine Lodge, 75 Main Rd, St Arnaud, RD2, Nelson 7072. (Clearly mark the parcel with "<your name>, Te Araroa Walker".

Accommodation at end of route
Includes: accommodation, showers, clothes wash, parcel storage, re-supplies, DOC hut ticketsBackpacker accommodation is often available at Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre. Hikers/trampers should enquire well in advance as to availability. The Boyle will also accept food packages to be stored for your arrival. You must contact the Centre before posting anything and they will give instructions for postage.  Label with your name and expected arrival date. Allow plenty of time for the parcel to be delivered as we are rural delivery. Packages should be well sealed against mice. The Boyle is able to re-supply you for your trip with food, gas, batteries etc. Contact the Boyle for a list of items & food for sale and prices. You can also wash your clothes by arrangement.
Charges apply for the above - all payments must be in cash as there are no eftpos or credit card facilities. There is also no cell phone reception.
 
Transport
(From 16 January 2017) the Intercity bus will stop at St Arnaud, outside the Alpine Store - Northbound (to Blenheim/Picton) departs 2.41pm, Southbound (to Murchison/Hamner Springs/Christchurch) departs 9.30am - St Arnaud is an "on request" stop so needs to be pre-booked - www.intercity.co.nz

East West Shuttles - P: 03 789 6251- W: www.eastwestcoaches.co.nz Shuttles run between Westport and Christchurch daily except Saturday - Boyle to Christchurch about 10am, Boyle to Westport about 4pm 

Nelson Lake Shuttles - P: 03 547 6896 or 0275 476896 - Can run a shuttle from Boyle Village to St Arnaud.
 

Hanmer Springs

General Information
Hanmer Springs i-Site Visitor Centre - 40 Amuri Ave - P: 0800 442 663 - W: www.i-site.org


Accommodation
YHA Hanmer Springs - 14 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs P: 03 315 7472 E: hanmersprings@yha.co.nz    
Hanmer Backpackers -  41 Conical Hill Rd, Hamner Springs - P: 03 315 7196 - E: info@hanmerbackpackers.co.nz - (Note: Hanmer Backpackers is closed from 20th of July - 1st of September for a winter break)
Jack in the Green (BBH) - 3 Devon St, Hamner Springs - P: 03 315 5111 - E: stay@jackinthegreen.co.nz 
Other accommodation providers at most levels.

Resupply
Hanmer Springs Four Square Supermarket - Conical Hill Rd, Hamner Springs - P: 03 315 7190 
Hanmer Springs Foodway - 45 Amuri Ave, Hamner Springs - P: 03 315 777 


Reefton

General Information
Reefton i-Site Visitor Centre - 67-69 Broadway, Reefton - P: 03 732 8391 - E: reefton@i-site.org - W: www.i-site.org

Accommodation www.reeftonaccommodation.co.nz
Reefton Old Bread Shop Backpacker  - 157 Buller Rd, Reefton - P: 03 732 8420 - E: breadshopbackpackers@gmail.com
The Old Nurses Home Accommodation - 104 Shiel St, Reefton - P: 03 732 8881 - E: reeftonretreat@hotmail.com
Numerous other options available.

Resupply
SuperValue Supermarket - 65 Broadway, Reefton - P: 03 732 8313 
4 Four Square  Supermarket - 47 Broadway, Reefton - P: 03 732 8888 

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No horses
  • No firearms
  • No bikes
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided at huts
  • Bury toilet waste well away from water
  • Conservation Area - No domestic animals allowed (i.e. includes dogs, cats or birds)
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities (limited) in St Arnaud
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Phone
  • Accommodation
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
  • Accommodation Huts
Amenities
(End)
  • No amenities
  • Carpark
  • Accommodation YHA Hamner Springs - see above
Northern Start
Start of Black Valley Walk (on SH3), St Arnaud
Southern End
Junction of Magdalen Valley Rd and SH7, Boyle Village
Distance
115.5km
Time
5-8 days
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

St Arnaud is a pleasant tourist village on the shore of Lake Rotoiti and the gateway to the Nelson Lakes National Park. This popular park is serviced by a network of spacious but heavily used huts.

This long tramp connects Travers/Sabine Circuit with the St James Walkway.  It provides an extraordinary summer tramping experience at the northern end of the Southern Alps. In winter and spring some sections are snowbound and avalanche prone.

At 1870m, Waiau Pass is Te Araroa's second-highest point. It's the most likely portion of the route to be blocked by snow and has some avalanche risk on its southern face. Before embarking, trampers should contact DOC at the Nelson Lakes Visitors Centre in St Arnard (03 5211806) to enquire about the route's current condition.
The track ends at a car park and bus shelter on SH7 next to the Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre.  
 
St Arnaud to Lakehead Hut - 9km / 2-3hr
 
The track starts opposite St Arnaud's alpine store. This is on the Black Valley Walk, which heads through beech forest to DOC's Kerr Bay Campground on the shore of Lake Rotoiti.
Te Araroa then joins with the Travers/Sabine Circuit at the eastern end of Kerr Bay. From here the track follows the shoreline through the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project area to Lakehead Hut, which is about 15min beyond the jetty near the lakehead. 
The recovery project was established in 1997 and is one of 6 maintained by DOC. Its goal is to restore native biodiversity to the beech forest. This is pursued through a trapping and poisoning programme designed to rid a 5000ha block of introduced pests including cats, possums, stoats, wasps, rats and mice. Kaka and reintroduced great spotted kiwi are 2 native species that have benefitted from the project.
 
Lakehead Hut to John Tait Hut - 12km / 5hrs

The well graded track continues from Lakehead Hut up the river flats through open and forested sections to John Tait Hut. Mt Travers comes into view around Hopeless Creek.
John Tait (1901-1982), a former president of the Nelson Tramping Club, led a volunteer effort to raise funds and to construct the original hut, which opened in 1951. This was 5yr before Nelson Lakes National Park was gazetted to become New Zealand’s 8th national park. The original hut survived only 27yr before being decommissioned. A new hut was built on the current site, which is in a clearing with views of Mt Travers and Mt Cupola.
 
John Tait Hut to Upper Travers Hut - 6km / 3hr

Beyond John Tait Hut the track continues up the Travers Valley and has some steeper sections. The track passes marked turn-offs to Cupola Hut and Travers Falls, which is a short and worthwhile side trip.
Upper Travers Hut is situated on the edge of a large flat immediately below Mt Travers.
 
 
Upper Travers Hut to West Sabine Hut - 8km / 6-8hr
 
The track continues as a defined ground trail that follows snow poles up to Travers Saddle (1787m). This is a steady 450m climb.
From the Saddle the snow poles continue down the western face to the tree line. The track then takes walkers down to the East Branch Sabine River in the valley floor below. This is a long and in places steep descent and crosses a substantial avalanche risk zone. The alternative marked track should be taken during times of avalanche risk.
From the East Branch Sabine River the track climbs, sidles and then descends to the West Branch Sabine River. West Sabine Hut is a short distance upstream.

West Sabine Hut to Blue Lake Hut - 7km / 3hr

Te Araroa leaves the Travers/Sabine Circuit from West Sabine Hut and continues up towards Blue Lake and Waiau Pass. Trampers wishing to return to St Arnard can continue on the circuit.
From the hut follow the Blue Lake Track up the West Branch Sabine River to its source. The route is predominately forested and climbs steeply in places, in particularly during the short final climb to the hut and lake. Several short avalanche risk zones are crossed.
Blue Lake Hut is a popular side trip to the Travers/Sabine Circuit but tramper numbers do start to thin by this point.

Blue Lake Hut to Upper Waiau Forks - 7km / 6-8hr

The next section, over Waiau Pass, is the most demanding on this track. It is a fair weather route, suitable for experienced individuals or parties with experienced leadership. Good fitness and reasonable agility is a prerequisite for all. These criteria aside, Waiau Pass is a Te Araroa highlight. Allow a full day for the journey.
The track leaves Blue Lake Hut through forest and climbs onto Lake Constance's moraine dam. The lake itself is attractive and set within a dramatic alpine landscape. From the dam a rough and rocky track, marked by snow poles, leads up above bluffs on the west side of the lake and then descends very steeply in places to the lakehead. The track continues across the open upper valley floor and then climbs a steep scree slope in direct fashion to a high terrace. From here it is a 500m sidle and climb up to Waiau Pass.
The route from the pass continues through rocky and exposed country. Care should be taken where turning off the main ridge to follow the poled track route. It then drops steeply in places through bluffs to a terrace and then continues west before descending to the West Branch Waiau River in the valley floor. This area is an avalanche hazard zone when conditions are right. 
From the Valley floor the track follows the river through thick sub-alpine scrub to the Upper Waiau Forks. There is an attractive informal campsite here within a stand of beech trees.

Upper Waiau Forks to Caroline Creek Bivvy - 5km / 3hr

The track follows the Waiau River down and stays mostly on the true right. The valley opens up towards Caroline Creek Bivvy, a basic and cramped 2 bunk shelter.
 
 
Caroline Creek Bivvy to Anne Hut - 25km / 7-9hr

Travel down the valley is easy, through grassy flats, and on the Waiau River’s true right. Two bush-clad terminal moraines add interest and provide good camping opportunities.
In time the Ada homestead comes into view. The homestead area remains in private hands. Trampers should avoid this area and continue to the Ada River. This is a straightforward crossing in low to normal flows. Beyond the river trampers link to the St James Walkway and continue down in a south west direction towards Anne Hut – a new 20 bunk hut.
 
 
Anne Hut to Boyle Flat Hut – 15km / 6hr
 
The track continues up the Anne River through a series of grassy clearings towards Anne Saddle and then descends into the Boyle River Valley.
The small 3 bunk Rokeby Hut is lower down the valley. Built in 1965 it is in fairly original condition. Beyond Rokeby Hut the track continues downstream on the true left to a swingbridge. Boyle Flat Hut is a short distance beyond down the true right side of the river.
 
Boyle Flat Hut to Boyle Village – 14.5km / 4hr

Re-cross the swingbridge and continue southwest on the walkway. The track sidles through a gorge and descends to a junction. Cross the river on a swingbridge here and continue on the track within the forest margin. In time the track crosses the river on another swingbridge and continues down towards Boyle Village. The track emerges at a carpark next to the Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre.
Potential Hazards
  • River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers Take care with Wairoa, Motueka, Waiau and Ada Rivers, these rivers are unbridged
  • Weather extremes - snow or heavy rain can occur at any time of the year
  • Avalanche zone - Travers Saddle, track to Blue Lake, Waiau Pass
Description
(North to South)

St Arnaud is a pleasant tourist village on the shore of Lake Rotoiti and the gateway to the Nelson Lakes National Park. This popular park is serviced by a network of spacious but heavily used huts.

This long tramp connects Travers/Sabine Circuit with the St James Walkway.  It provides an extraordinary summer tramping experience at the northern end of the Southern Alps. In winter and spring some sections are snowbound and avalanche prone.

At 1870m, Waiau Pass is Te Araroa's second-highest point. It's the most likely portion of the route to be blocked by snow and has some avalanche risk on its southern face. Before embarking, trampers should contact DOC at the Nelson Lakes Visitors Centre in St Arnard (03 5211806) to enquire about the route's current condition.
The track ends at a car park and bus shelter on SH7 next to the Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre.  
 
St Arnaud to Lakehead Hut - 9km / 2-3hr
 
The track starts opposite St Arnaud's alpine store. This is on the Black Valley Walk, which heads through beech forest to DOC's Kerr Bay Campground on the shore of Lake Rotoiti.
Te Araroa then joins with the Travers/Sabine Circuit at the eastern end of Kerr Bay. From here the track follows the shoreline through the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project area to Lakehead Hut, which is about 15min beyond the jetty near the lakehead. 
The recovery project was established in 1997 and is one of 6 maintained by DOC. Its goal is to restore native biodiversity to the beech forest. This is pursued through a trapping and poisoning programme designed to rid a 5000ha block of introduced pests including cats, possums, stoats, wasps, rats and mice. Kaka and reintroduced great spotted kiwi are 2 native species that have benefitted from the project.
 
Lakehead Hut to John Tait Hut - 12km / 5hrs

The well graded track continues from Lakehead Hut up the river flats through open and forested sections to John Tait Hut. Mt Travers comes into view around Hopeless Creek.
John Tait (1901-1982), a former president of the Nelson Tramping Club, led a volunteer effort to raise funds and to construct the original hut, which opened in 1951. This was 5yr before Nelson Lakes National Park was gazetted to become New Zealand’s 8th national park. The original hut survived only 27yr before being decommissioned. A new hut was built on the current site, which is in a clearing with views of Mt Travers and Mt Cupola.
 
John Tait Hut to Upper Travers Hut - 6km / 3hr

Beyond John Tait Hut the track continues up the Travers Valley and has some steeper sections. The track passes marked turn-offs to Cupola Hut and Travers Falls, which is a short and worthwhile side trip.
Upper Travers Hut is situated on the edge of a large flat immediately below Mt Travers.
 
 
Upper Travers Hut to West Sabine Hut - 8km / 6-8hr
 
The track continues as a defined ground trail that follows snow poles up to Travers Saddle (1787m). This is a steady 450m climb.
From the Saddle the snow poles continue down the western face to the tree line. The track then takes walkers down to the East Branch Sabine River in the valley floor below. This is a long and in places steep descent and crosses a substantial avalanche risk zone. The alternative marked track should be taken during times of avalanche risk.
From the East Branch Sabine River the track climbs, sidles and then descends to the West Branch Sabine River. West Sabine Hut is a short distance upstream.

West Sabine Hut to Blue Lake Hut - 7km / 3hr

Te Araroa leaves the Travers/Sabine Circuit from West Sabine Hut and continues up towards Blue Lake and Waiau Pass. Trampers wishing to return to St Arnard can continue on the circuit.
From the hut follow the Blue Lake Track up the West Branch Sabine River to its source. The route is predominately forested and climbs steeply in places, in particularly during the short final climb to the hut and lake. Several short avalanche risk zones are crossed.
Blue Lake Hut is a popular side trip to the Travers/Sabine Circuit but tramper numbers do start to thin by this point.

Blue Lake Hut to Upper Waiau Forks - 7km / 6-8hr

The next section, over Waiau Pass, is the most demanding on this track. It is a fair weather route, suitable for experienced individuals or parties with experienced leadership. Good fitness and reasonable agility is a prerequisite for all. These criteria aside, Waiau Pass is a Te Araroa highlight. Allow a full day for the journey.
The track leaves Blue Lake Hut through forest and climbs onto Lake Constance's moraine dam. The lake itself is attractive and set within a dramatic alpine landscape. From the dam a rough and rocky track, marked by snow poles, leads up above bluffs on the west side of the lake and then descends very steeply in places to the lakehead. The track continues across the open upper valley floor and then climbs a steep scree slope in direct fashion to a high terrace. From here it is a 500m sidle and climb up to Waiau Pass.
The route from the pass continues through rocky and exposed country. Care should be taken where turning off the main ridge to follow the poled track route. It then drops steeply in places through bluffs to a terrace and then continues west before descending to the West Branch Waiau River in the valley floor. This area is an avalanche hazard zone when conditions are right. 
From the Valley floor the track follows the river through thick sub-alpine scrub to the Upper Waiau Forks. There is an attractive informal campsite here within a stand of beech trees.

Upper Waiau Forks to Caroline Creek Bivvy - 5km / 3hr

The track follows the Waiau River down and stays mostly on the true right. The valley opens up towards Caroline Creek Bivvy, a basic and cramped 2 bunk shelter.
 
 
Caroline Creek Bivvy to Anne Hut - 25km / 7-9hr

Travel down the valley is easy, through grassy flats, and on the Waiau River’s true right. Two bush-clad terminal moraines add interest and provide good camping opportunities.
In time the Ada homestead comes into view. The homestead area remains in private hands. Trampers should avoid this area and continue to the Ada River. This is a straightforward crossing in low to normal flows. Beyond the river trampers link to the St James Walkway and continue down in a south west direction towards Anne Hut – a new 20 bunk hut.
 
 
Anne Hut to Boyle Flat Hut – 15km / 6hr
 
The track continues up the Anne River through a series of grassy clearings towards Anne Saddle and then descends into the Boyle River Valley.
The small 3 bunk Rokeby Hut is lower down the valley. Built in 1965 it is in fairly original condition. Beyond Rokeby Hut the track continues downstream on the true left to a swingbridge. Boyle Flat Hut is a short distance beyond down the true right side of the river.
 
Boyle Flat Hut to Boyle Village – 14.5km / 4hr

Re-cross the swingbridge and continue southwest on the walkway. The track sidles through a gorge and descends to a junction. Cross the river on a swingbridge here and continue on the track within the forest margin. In time the track crosses the river on another swingbridge and continues down towards Boyle Village. The track emerges at a carpark next to the Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre.
Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info
Te Araroa preferred hostel                                                                                                   
YHA Hanmer Springs - 14 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs P: 03 315 7472 E: hanmersprings@yha.co.nz     
                                       
YHA Hanmer Springs is the perfect place to divert from the trail and soak up the mountain atmosphere and soak in natural hot springs. The hostel is a 3 minute walk from Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa for relaxing tired muscles before hitting the trail again. The hostel offers a range of accommodation options from private ensuite to multi-share. Use the drying room for your gear, relax in the courtyard with a BBQ or spend cold nights in front of the log fire. 
 

St Arnaud

Accommodation
The Alpine Lodge - Alphine Lodge St, Arnaud, Lake Rotoiti - P: 03 5211869) has accommodation a dorm, private room, and hotel rooms available. There is internet, laundry facilities, spa pool for hire, a restaurant/bar/café (with the famous Sunday BBQ $31pp) and they are happy to store food parcels ($5 if staying at the Lodge or $10 if not) - send those to Alpine Lodge, 75 Main Rd, St Arnaud, RD2, Nelson 7072. (Clearly mark the parcel with "<your name>, Te Araroa Walker".

Accommodation at end of route
Includes: accommodation, showers, clothes wash, parcel storage, re-supplies, DOC hut ticketsBackpacker accommodation is often available at Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre. Hikers/trampers should enquire well in advance as to availability. The Boyle will also accept food packages to be stored for your arrival. You must contact the Centre before posting anything and they will give instructions for postage.  Label with your name and expected arrival date. Allow plenty of time for the parcel to be delivered as we are rural delivery. Packages should be well sealed against mice. The Boyle is able to re-supply you for your trip with food, gas, batteries etc. Contact the Boyle for a list of items & food for sale and prices. You can also wash your clothes by arrangement.
Charges apply for the above - all payments must be in cash as there are no eftpos or credit card facilities. There is also no cell phone reception.
 
Transport
(From 16 January 2017) the Intercity bus will stop at St Arnaud, outside the Alpine Store - Northbound (to Blenheim/Picton) departs 2.41pm, Southbound (to Murchison/Hamner Springs/Christchurch) departs 9.30am - St Arnaud is an "on request" stop so needs to be pre-booked - www.intercity.co.nz

East West Shuttles - P: 03 789 6251- W: www.eastwestcoaches.co.nz Shuttles run between Westport and Christchurch daily except Saturday - Boyle to Christchurch about 10am, Boyle to Westport about 4pm 

Nelson Lake Shuttles - P: 03 547 6896 or 0275 476896 - Can run a shuttle from Boyle Village to St Arnaud.
 

Hanmer Springs

General Information
Hanmer Springs i-Site Visitor Centre - 40 Amuri Ave - P: 0800 442 663 - W: www.i-site.org


Accommodation
YHA Hanmer Springs - 14 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs P: 03 315 7472 E: hanmersprings@yha.co.nz    
Hanmer Backpackers -  41 Conical Hill Rd, Hamner Springs - P: 03 315 7196 - E: info@hanmerbackpackers.co.nz - (Note: Hanmer Backpackers is closed from 20th of July - 1st of September for a winter break)
Jack in the Green (BBH) - 3 Devon St, Hamner Springs - P: 03 315 5111 - E: stay@jackinthegreen.co.nz 
Other accommodation providers at most levels.

Resupply
Hanmer Springs Four Square Supermarket - Conical Hill Rd, Hamner Springs - P: 03 315 7190 
Hanmer Springs Foodway - 45 Amuri Ave, Hamner Springs - P: 03 315 777 


Reefton

General Information
Reefton i-Site Visitor Centre - 67-69 Broadway, Reefton - P: 03 732 8391 - E: reefton@i-site.org - W: www.i-site.org

Accommodation www.reeftonaccommodation.co.nz
Reefton Old Bread Shop Backpacker  - 157 Buller Rd, Reefton - P: 03 732 8420 - E: breadshopbackpackers@gmail.com
The Old Nurses Home Accommodation - 104 Shiel St, Reefton - P: 03 732 8881 - E: reeftonretreat@hotmail.com
Numerous other options available.

Resupply
SuperValue Supermarket - 65 Broadway, Reefton - P: 03 732 8313 
4 Four Square  Supermarket - 47 Broadway, Reefton - P: 03 732 8888 

 

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No horses
  • No firearms
  • No bikes
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided at huts
  • Bury toilet waste well away from water
  • Conservation Area - No domestic animals allowed (i.e. includes dogs, cats or birds)
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities (limited) in St Arnaud
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Phone
  • Accommodation
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities
  • Accommodation Huts
Amenities
(End)
  • No amenities
  • Carpark
  • Accommodation YHA Hamner Springs - see above