Trail Environment

Te Taiao

Te Taiao, our environment is taonga, a treasure, and it is up to all of us to protect and preserve it. 

While you are walking Te Araroa please help us to look after the beautiful environment you will be passing through. Some of our precious wildlife and native species are facing extinction, and our rivers, lakes and streams are under the threat of invasive weeds and algae.

By taking a few simple precautions and some extra care you can do your bit to limit the spread of harmful diseases and pollutants. Here’s what to look out for and how you can help.

Kauri Dieback

New Zealand’s Kauri trees are under threat of extinction from Kauri Dieback disease. The only way we can save them is to contain the disease in its current locations and stop the spread into healthy areas. To help prevent the spread of Kauri Dieback disease you should always:


  1. Use a wash station as instructed if available
  2. Clean your gear. Remove soil before and after forest visits. Clean your shoes and equipment.
  3. Stay on the track, and off kauri roots.
  4. If you think you have seen a sick Kauri tree you should report it.

Pest Control

Pest control traps are a common sight on walking tracks throughout New Zealand. They are used to control pests like possums which threaten the survival of many of our native plants, birds and insects.

Pesticides are also often used on Public Conservation Land. Signs are usually in place to advise if a pest operation is underway and you can also find a list of current pesticide operations on the Department of Conservation website.

Poo in the loo

…and be prepared for when there isn’t one

There aren’t many toilets in our wild places. Never miss an opportunity to use a loo and if you’re heading out for a longer walk, be properly prepared. 

Want to find out about how to properly dispose of menstruation waste when tramping?

Leave no trace

The Leave No Trace Programme is about educating and challenging New Zealanders and visitors on how and why to minimise our environmental impacts while enjoying natural and cultural heritage Leave Noareas. It includes seven simple principles which we encourage you to follow while you’re on your Te Araroa journey.

Leave no trace – Toitū te whenua

  1. Plan ahead and prepare
  2. travel and camp on durable surfaces
  3. dispose of waste properly
  4. leave what you find
  5. minimise the effects of fire
  6. respect wildlife and farm animals be considerate of others