Te Araroa News

Te Araroa: COVID 19 (coronavirus) information update 1 - 16 March 2020

 

 
For international visitors, it’s important to be aware of the most recent travel restrictions and rules regarding self-isolation upon arrival to New Zealand shores. At present the Government has implemented a 14-day self-isolation period for anybody arriving from overseas, excluding Pacific Islands listed under Category 2 on the Ministry of Health website.
 
This self-isolation period will affect any international travellers who are considering walking Te Araroa or portions of it over the coming weeks.
If you are arriving from overseas or have been in contact with anybody who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please ensure you self-isolate for 14 days before embarking on the trail. This is important to ensure you are not carrying the virus, do not spread it, and can embark on the trail safely.
For the removal of doubt, the trail and huts along its route are shared spaces and are not appropriate locations for self isolation.
If you develop symptoms including fever, coughing and difficulty breathing you should call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS), or the nearest medical clinic. These numbers can also provide advice on self isolation.
 
The Ministry of Health website also offers guidance on COVID-19, including general health advice and information for travellers. Please read this and follow the Ministry of Health’s guidance.
 
The Department of Conservation is offering refunds on hut and campsite booking fees for cancellations related to COVID-19.
 
Stay safe out there and look out for each other on the trail. 
All the best,
Mark Weatherall
Chief Executive, Te Araroa Trust