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 Track has now been closed - for now this is a temporary measure only.  Consultation with local DoC and Iwi is underway to understand whether we can look to have the forest reopened in time for the new summer walking season. The area in question refers to Maps 6 and 7 of our trail maps. 

Alternative

 At this stage there is no alternative route that is off road.  We recommend that you take the road from Ahipara to Kaitaia (18km). From Kaitaia walkers will need to catch a lift (the road walk is very dangerous) to Takahue Road (20km).  You can then walk up that road to Takahue and rejoin the trail.  We apologise for the extra road walking/catching a lift.  A further update will be posted by 1st August 2018. 

Effective

Immediately

Until

Further Notice

Details

 The Okura Bush Track is currently closed as Kauri Dieback mitigation work is done.  We are hopeful that the track will be reopened in time for the new Summer walking season.  A futher update will be provided by 1st August 2018

Effective

Immediately

Until

1 August 2018

Details

Mangaone Road South to Otaki Forks road end will be closed for logging operations from 23 May until 1 August 2018.   This notice will be updated should the status change

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.

Effective

01/10/17

Until

Further notice

Details

The underpass below SH1 (Auckland's Southern Motorway) will be closed for two months for upgrade work.
A diversion via the Orams Rd bridge will be well marked.

Alternative

Follow marked route over Orams Rd bridge and into Botanic Gardens.