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

TBC

Details

 We have been made aware of an aggressive  bull in paddock near the 706 km marker.  Please be aware and procced with caution through this area. 

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

15 November 2019

Details

The Te Whara track at Whangarei Heads (Bream head) is currently closed for kauri maintenance work, it is hoped this track will be reopended on 15 November 2019

Alternative

 When  you come off the beach at you need to take the Ocean Beach Road - for approx 5kms - please see the map below. 

Effective

Immediately

Until

Monday 11 November 2019

Details

The Ruapehu DC will be closing Hikumutu Road from Tuesday 17 September 2019 to Monday 11 November for Forestry Works,the section is Hikumutu Road from Taumarunui 1031 to Owhango 1058.

 
 

Alternative

Walkers will need to be diverted on State Highway No 4 via Manunui, Piriaka to Owhango during this road closure period.  Please see the map below

 

Effective

11 November 2019

Until

30 April 2020

Details

Massey to Levin
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 April 2020. If you want to go in the morning, is is possible to go via Old West Road and Kahuterawa Road.

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 (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

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

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 (Every year)

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 (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

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

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.