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

Immediately

Until

10 June 2020

Details

Those wanting to stretch their legs up the Hakarimata track, in Ngaruawhahia, are going to have to wait a bit longer with the track to remain closed under level 2 restrictions.

 
The Waikato District Council and the Department of Conservation have decided the popular track will  remain closed despite New Zealand moving to level two on Thursday.
 
We will provide a further update on 10 June 2020

Effective

Immediately

Until

Further Notice

Details

 An area of the trail between Matapouri and Ngunguru is closed, this means that we are unable to travel through the area.  We are working on other options, but at this point in time the only way between matapouri and Ngunguru is along the road - as per the map below - this will take you through Tutukaka. The road walking distance between the two is approxmately 10km. Follow the PURPLE Line on the map.

Alternative

 

Effective

Immediately

Until

20 June 2020

Details

A small section of the Ara Harakeke section of the Track at Pukerua Bay will be closed for approximately 4 weeks.

The section is only about 200metres long and runs North from the Shops to a road overbridge. There will be a diversion in place.

The rest of the Ara Harakeke section will be open as usual. See below for a map. 
 

Alternative

 

Effective

Immediately

Until

1 July 2020

Details

We have been advised that PFOlsen will begin logging options in the forest near Kerikeri.  A map is below - the logging will take place to the following KM markers - 228 -231

The trail will remain open, but walkers going through that area will need to adhere to the following 
 
A) Walkers can expect traffic control when trees are being felled within 2 tree lengths of Roads. This means some delays would be expected if walkers are in place at the same time as logging activities.
 
B) There will be a safety issue with traffic in shared road activities (Walkers/logging operations), these ones won’t be with traffic control, both parties must keep an eye on other activities.
 

Alternative

 

Effective

Immediately

Until

30 May 2020

Details

ROAD CLOSURE: In order to maintain the health and safety of all users the road between 584 Turitea Road and 336 Greens

Road will be closed to allow work to be completed on the hill above the road, between the hours of 5.30am to 2pm Monday to
Friday from 11 November - 20 December 2019 and from 6th January - 30 May 2020.  If you want to go in the morning, it is possible to go via Old West Road and Kahuterawa Road
 

Effective

Immediately

Until

1 June 2020

Details

Due to a change in farm operations we need to communcate a bypass through the Pukatotara Landcorp Farm. Please see below for the details and map 

Alternative

 When you get to marker 215 on Mangakaretu Road you need to continue down that road until you come to Puketotara Road, turn left here and walk until you come to State Highway 10 and turn left and walk until you get to marker and you re join the trail from here. The total detour is 7.7km from point 215 until point 222.  See below for the bypass, in yellow.

Effective

Immediately

Until

1 July 2020

Details

Whether you are starting at Bluff or finishing there is a track closure that you need to be aware of, it is due to issues on a private farm with stock (Bulls) for your own safety the track has been closed in conjuction with the Department of Conservation. W

Alternative

You have two options - Option 1 - leave Stirling Point as normal and turn right onto the Millennium Track that goes up over the Bluff Hill, or 2 - you can walk around the roads of bluff. 

Effective

Last weekend in February, 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

1 August

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

Until

31 October (every year)

Details

SEASONAL CLOSURE

The Karamu Walkway closes every year from 1 August to 31 October 2018

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

Until

10 November (Every year)

Details

SEASONAL CLOSURE

The Mahoe Track (Mahoe Rd to Nga Tapuwae Rd, north of Waitomo) is closed 1 August to 10 November 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

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

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.

Effective

25 September

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

9 September

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.