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

October 2017

Until

December 2017

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.

Update/more information to follow closer to closure date. 

Alternative

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

Effective

23/01/17

Until

30/06/17

Details

There will be logging activity adjacent to Makene Rd until then end of June.

From time to time, logging contractors will ask walkers to wait if trees are being felled/worked on next to the road. 

Alternative

No diversion, please be prepared to wait 5-10mins on occasion. 

Effective

23/01/17

Until

Further notice

Details

The route between Boyle (Windy Point) and Arthurs Pass has sustained a lot of storm/flood damage.

Worst affected is from Kiwi Hut to Morrison's footbridge - some sections of track have been washed away and/or affected by slips.

Alternative

No diversion necessary - take extreme care if walking across slip faces and/or in the river.
Do not attempt to cross flooded rivers/streams.

Allow extra time on this route.

Effective

22/02/17

Until

Further notice

Details

The piece of trail that goes over farmland between SH1 and the Fouveaux Walkway is temporarily closed, as there are bulls currently grazing there.

Alternative

Two alternatives exist:

- continue south on SH1, taking the walkway from Bluff township up to Bluff Hill summit, then dropping south from there onto the Fouveaux Walkway, to complete the route to Stirling Point

- continue on SH1 by road all the way to Stirling Point

These options would be reversed for northbound walkers - follow the marked route from the Fouveaux Walkway up to the Bluff Hill summit, or walk SH1 from Stirling Point all the way to Kekeno Place where the estuary walkway continues to Invercargill.

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 the 2017-18 season.

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.
 

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

11/04/17

Until

Further notice

Details

The Te Araroa route south of Mt Pureora is very muddy and slow going, recommended to walk the Timber Trail (cycleway) route instead as the surface is in much better condition. 

Alternative

Walk the Timber Trail between Mt Pureora and the Bog Inn Hut turnoff (either direction). 

Effective

09/06/17

Until

Further notice

Details

Due to a change in land status, there is no longer access available from Santoft Rd to Brnadon Hall Rd (between Santoft Forest and Bulls).

Alternative

Heading SOBO - continue south on Santoft rd, turn into Raumai Rd, then into Parewanui Rd to head into Bulls.

Heading NOBO - from Bulls, take Parewanui Rd, then Raumai Rd, then Santoft Rd to the entry point through Santoft forest out to the coast. 

Effective

09/06/17

Until

Further notice

Details

The Matapouri Track between Matapouri and Ngunguru is closed this winter (2017) for logging. 

Alternative

There is only a road walk alternative for this, and it is not very pleasant, so the recommendation from Te Araroa Trust is not to attempt this.

However from Matapouri (SOBO) follow Matapouri Rd south to Ngunguru. 

Effective

09/04/17

Until

Further notice

Details

The Te Araroa route along the riverside walkway in Hamilton will be closed between London St and Alma St while construction work takes place. 

Alternative

Southbound, exit the riverside walkway at London St, walk up to Victoria St and turn left.
Continue along Victoria St until you reach Garden Pl on your right.

Northbound, when exiting Garden Pl turn left onto Victoria St.
Continue on Victoria St until reaching London st - turn right into London St and continue north on the riverside walkway. 

Effective

08/06/17

Until

Further notice

Details

The Morepork Track will be closed for most of winter (2017) to allow upgrade work to protect against kauri dieback disease. 

The temporary closure of these tracks is required for track construction work to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease. It is anticipated that the temporary closure will take effect from 8 June 2017 and re-opening will occur by early-mid September 2017, weather permitting.

The reason for the temporary closure is to ensure the safety of the public and staff while undertaking the track construction work.

Further updates will be provided when specific closure and opening dates are available for each track.

For further information contact:

Richard Greenhill
Works Officer
Kauri Dieback Recreation Project
rgreenhill@doc.govt.nz
Ph: 027 408 3398
 

Alternative

There is no easy alternative other than a long road walk on Kaiikanui and Whananaki North Roads.

These roads are narrow so if walking please take care, wear hi-viz clothing/pack cover and don't use headphones. 

Effective

06/04/17

Until

Further notice

Details

The Hakarimata Walkway is closed due to slip damage. 

Alternative

Between Parker Rd (south of Huntly) and Ngaruawahia, and vice-versa, follow Hakarimata Rd instead.

We recommend you wear hi-viz pack cover and/or vest and do not use headphones - keep an eye out for vehicles as in parts there is not much of a road shoulder. Its not an extremely busy road, however traffic will be travelling fast. 

Effective

03/02/17

Until

Further notice

Details

Burttons Track is part of the Massey to Levin route, east of Palmerston North.

The track has been re-routed between km point 1512 and 1513 to avoid private property.
It is fully marked en route - please follow the new route.

The new route is shown below in WHITE.

Alternative

No alternative required - please follow new route, as marked.