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

28/10/16

Until

Further notice

Details

Please note the jetty at McLeod's Bay is semi-demolished and under repair.

The best place to arrange a ride across Whangarei Harbour is from Urquharts Bay (390km). 

Alternative

No alternative needed, however plan ahead and arrange getting across from Urquharts Bay (390km).

Use the contacts provided in the Trail Notes. 

Effective

14/11/16

Until

Further notice

Details

Following the earthquakes last week, SH63 will become part of the main thoroughfare between Picton and Christchurch.

This will affect walkers coming out of the Richmond Range and walking to St Arnaud. 

Alternative

No alternative required, however please take extreme care when walking - keep well off the road, wear a hi-viz pack cover and/or vest, and dont use headphones. 

 

Effective

12/12/16

Until

Further notice

Details

The DOC Visitor Centre that had been located at 137 Quay St (adjacent to the ferry terminal) has now closed permanently. 

Some alternatives are noted below.

Alternative

Hut Passes can be obtained on limited days from the DOC Parnell office located at 12-16 Nicholls Lane, Parnell.
Please phone (09) 3796476 or email aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz to make sure someone is there to assist you.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays there should be a VC Ranger available.
Please note the Parnell office has no retail stock and no till, so cash payments are required.

The DOC Hamilton office located at Level 4, 73 Rostrevor St can also issue hut passes Monday to Friday.

DOC will be closed for the holidays between 24 December and 2 January.

Click HERE for a list of outlets that sell the Backcountry Hut Pass.

 

Effective

04/02/17

Until

08/02/17

Details

The Waiopehu Hut will be unavailable 4-8 February as it will be undergoing refurbishment. 

Alternative

A flycamp and water supply will be available near Waiopehu Hut, otherwise plan your journey to miss the Waiopehu Hut.

- if heading southbound, Te Matawai Hut (18 bunks) is a further 6km/4hr south

- if heading northbound, Poads Rd (exit to Levin) is a further 9km/3-4hr north or 15km/5hr to the Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre on Gladstone Rd where accommodation is available.

Effective

04/01/17

Until

10/02/17

Details

The pine forest between Diggers Valley Rd and Waiotehue Rd is CLOSED for logging until 10 February 2017. 

Alternative

Southbound - use Diggers Valley Rd, Ruaroa Rd and Takahue Rd alternative.

Northbound - use Takahue Rd, Ruaroa Rd and Diggers Valley Rd alternative.

Take care walking the roads - wear hi-viz vest and/or pack cover, don't use headphones and keep as far off the road as possible.