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Te Araroa update 16: Trail walking at current COVID-19 alert levels - 14 August 2020

 Te Araroa update 16: Trail walking at current COVID-19 alert levels

These restrictions follow additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Auckland region, and two confirmed cases in Tokoroa.

Anybody considering walking Te Araroa trail during this time should do their part to prevent the spread of the virus.


If you are in Auckland, please make sure to follow the Government’s Alert Level 3 advice. Low-risk walks in your local area are ok, but face masks should be worn and you should maintain physical distancing of two metres from others. Overnight tramping is off limits, as is staying at a Department of Conservation hut or campsite within the Auckland region.


If you are located around the rest of New Zealand, please abide by the COVID-19 Alert Level 2 rules. Maintain physical distancing of two metres while walking or staying on the trail, practice good hygiene, and make sure to wash your hands regularly (you may like to carry hand sanitiser with you). Department of Conservation huts and campsites in regions under Level 2 restrictions remain open, with some additional guidelines in place for their use.


Anybody planning to walk the trail – or a section of it – should register on our website to facilitate easier contact tracing if a case of COVID-19 is detected among trail users at any point in future.


Stay safe,


Mark Weatherall
Executive Director, Te Araroa Trust