Trail Status

The Te Araroa route aims to be updated in September each year.

This page will list all current amendments to the published trail route.

We recommend checking this page regularly before and during your journey as route alterations may have arisen since planning your journey.

Effective

Last weekend in February (Every year), then from 29 April (Every year)

Until

14 September (Every year)

Details

SEASONAL CLOSURE

The route between Puketi Forest and SH10 west of Kerikeri closes every year on the last weekend of February, then from 29 April to 14 September.

Alternative

Navigate safely around a road alternative.

Please do not attempt to walk this route when it is closed. 

Effective

Immediately

Until

Further Notice

Details

The Herekino Forest is closed, and will be for at least the next few months, an alternative route is outlined below which will take you through Kaitaia – full detailed trail notes will circulated on 1st October 2018. 

Alternative

Unfortuntley we havent been able to find an alternative route that is off road.  Therefore we recommend that you walk the road from Ahipara to Kaitaia (18km) along Ahipara Road. From Kaitaia walkers will need to catch a lift (the road walk is very dangerous as it is state highway 1) to Takahue Road (11km).  You can then walk up that road to Takahue  (8km) and rejoin the trail.  New maps and trail notes will be released on 1 October 2018.

Effective

Immediately

Until

Further Notice

Details

The Department of Conservation has informed us that they plan to reduce possum, stoat and rat numbers in the Russell State Forest. In order to do this they will be conducting an aerial drop of cereal baits which contain the pesticide 1080.  The operation is scheduled to begin from 10 September 2018 – exact dates have not been confirmed as yet and are related to suitable weather.  The Trail will be closed through the forest while the operation is underway – signs will be erected immediately prior to the operation starting. The Trail will be opened once it has been checked by DoC Staff. We will post a closure notice when we are informed and ensure updates are provided around reopening dates. 

Effective

Immediately

Until

January 2019

Details

Puketi Forest will be closed from 18 September 2018 as mitigation work is carried out by DoC to help control the spread of Kauri Die Back.  We are working on an alternative route for the trail around the forest. Below is an update on this to date - new maps and trail notes will be ready by 1 October 2018

Alternative

Walkers will come down Omahuta Kauri Sanctuary Road and turn into Black Bridge Road, which then goes on to Kauri Pa Road. Follow this road until you come to Jacksons Road. From here you will travel along Jacksons road until you come to Mokau Ridge Road.  A full detailed map and notes will be published on 1st October 2018. 

 

Effective

Immediately

Until

Friday 18 September 2018

Details

We have been advised that the KeriKeri River Track will be closed from Tuesday 18 September until Friday 28 September for Kauri Dieback mitagtion work.  We will advise when the track has reopened. 

Effective

9 September (Every year)

Until

9 November (Every year)

Details

SEASONAL CLOSURE

The route from Birchwood (south of Mt Linton Station) to Merrivale (north of Longwood Range) is closed every year from 9 September to 9 November for lambing. 

Alternative

There is no easy alternative so we recommend not attempting to walk this route until it opens on 9 November.

Please do not attempt to walk this route when it is closed. 

Effective

25 September (Every year)

Until

5 November (Every year)

Details

SEASONAL CLOSURE

Mt Linton Station (south of Takitimu Mountains) is closed every year from 25 September to 5 November for lambing.

Alternative

There is no easy walking alternative so we recommend not attempting this section until it is open from 5 November.

Please do not attempt to walk this route when closed. 

Effective

20/02/18

Until

Further notice

Details

The Tekapo Canal route will be affected by canal maintenace works for approx. 14 weeks, commencing 20 February 2018.

A through route will remain open, with SOBO walkers diverted across the canal (to the north side) west of SH* to then continue through to the western end of the canal and on to Hayman Rd/Lake Pukaki. 

NOBO walkers will be directed to the northern side of the canal when reaching the top of the hill on Tekapo Canal Rd. 

Please don't attempt to walk through the construction area on the south side of the canal.

Alternative

Please follow the signage directing walkers to the north side of the canal.

SOBO - west of SH8 you'll be directed across a bridge

NOBO - you'll head to the north side of the canal as you come up Tekapo Canal Rd

See here for a map of the diversion.

Effective

16/03/17

Until

Further notice

Details

The route from Clevedon through the Hunua Ranges is CLOSED due to weather/flood damage.

This will create significant disruption however please do not attempt these routes. 

This route is likely to remain closed until further notice.

Alternative

The walking alternative is a long roadside walk - described below.
Please take extreme care walking on road edge - wear hi-viz vest and/or pack cover and don't use headphones.

Some may prefer to bus from Manukau City to Mercer.

Walking detour SOBO: 
From Clevedon, follow Monument Rd until it becomes Sky High Rd.
Follow Sky High Rd, then turn left into White Rd, follow White Rd then Hunua Rd to Hunua.
From Hunua continue S on Hunua Rd until it becomes Paparimu Rd.
Follow Paparimu Rd to its end, turning right onto Lyons Rd where you rejoin the Te Araroa route near (705km mark)

Walking detour NOBO:
Just past the 705km mark, turn left off Lyons Rd onto Paparimu Rd.
Follow Paparimu Rd until it becomes Hunua Rd, continue straight ahead on Hunua Rd to Hunua.
Just past Hunua Village, turn right onto White Rd.
Follow White Rd to its end, then turn right onto Sky High Rd.
Follow Sky High Rd until it becomes Monument Rd.
Follow Monument Rd all the way to Clevedon and rejoin Te Araroa route.

If accommodation en-route is required:
Tree Heart Lodge - Head Rd, Hunua - P: 02102313706 (Sally)
Bed and Breakfast - private room with own double bathroom, continental breakfast included - $89/night Queen bed
Back packers/Bike packers - dorm with single beds and bathroom, continental self serve breakfast included - $49/night
Tent site - incl covered cooking area,  use of the pool, washing machine, bathroom etc - $29/night

 

Effective

1 August (Every year)

Until

30 September (Every year)

Details

SEASONAL CLOSURE

The connection from Cove Rd to the Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway is closed every year from 1 August to 30 September for lambing.

Alternative

There is no through-route available here between 1 August and 30 September.

Safely walk along Cove Rd to Mangahwai Heads.

The Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway remains accessible along the beach (as a loop) from Mangawhai Heads. 

Please do not attempt to walk this route when it is closed.

Effective

1 August (Every year)

Until

10 November (Every yeare)

Details

SEASONAL CLOSURE

The Karamu Walkway closes every year from 1 August to 10 November for lambing.

Alternative

Safely navigate by road to the start of the Mt Pirongia Track.

Please do not attempt to walk this route when closed. 

Effective

1 August (Every year)

Until

1 October (Every year)

Details

SEASONAL CLOSURE

The Mahoe Track (Mahoe Rd to Nga Tapuwae Rd, north of Waitomo) is closed 1 August to 1 October every year for lambing.

Alternative

Walk safely on Mahoe Rd, Hauturu Rd and Te Anga Rd to Waitomo. 

Please do not attempt to walk this track when it is closed.

Effective

1 August (Every year)

Until

1 October (Every year)

Details

SEASONAL CLOSURE

The Pehitawa Track (Waitomo to Te Kuiti) is closed every year from 1 August to 1 October for lambing/calving. 

Alternative

Navigate safely around road alternative.

Please do not attempt to walk this route when closed.

Effective

1 August (Every year)

Until

31 October (Every year)

Details

SEASONAL CLOSURE

The Mangaokewa River Track is closed every year from 1 August to 31 October for lambing. 

Alternative

Navigate safely around a road alternative - or skip directly ahead to the Timber Trail (Pureora Forest). 

Please do not attempt to walk this route when it is closed.