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

Details

have just had a message from the McKenzie Country District council to say that the "Pines' freedom camping site on Lake Pukaki (South Island) is only for certified self-contained vehicles and users are permitted to stay over night here. This is the bylaw across the MacKenzie District.Toilets are provided for day users and the closest campsite for walkers to pitch tents is at Lake Poaka, a DOC site 6.4kms from The Pines. Non-compliance can result in a $200 infringement fine.  Please feel for to ask any questions you have by emailing me on mark@teararoa.org.nz

 

Effective

Immediately

Until

TBC

Details

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

Effective

Immediately

Until

30 April 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 April 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 December 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 1 December 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

26 March 2020

Until

further notice

Details

 Te Araroa Trust Chief Executive update 4 – trail walking during COVID-19 lockdown

We have today issued updated guidance for any walkers considering walking tracks that make up New Zealand’s national Te Araroa trail during the four-week COVID-19 self-isolation period.
The lockdown began at midnight last night (25 March), with all New Zealanders required to self-isolate at home for four weeks. 

The intent of this lockdown is to stop COVID-19 in its tracks by severely limiting any social contact that could spread the virus in New Zealand. 

The Government’s guidance states that it ok for people to venture outside to get some fresh air, so long as this is done close to home and people remain two metres away from anybody they are not self isolating with at all times.

With this in mind, Te Araroa Trust is asking people to walk only on sections of the trail in their local area and to avoid walking on any sections that would require a car to access. Some sections of the trail travel through or skirt urban centres such as Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Queenstown and Invercargill, and these remain accessible at this point.

Longer day walks into the backcountry and overnight walks must not be undertaken during the isolation period. DOC has closed all toilets and staying at a DOC hut, lodge of campsite during the isolation period is prohibited. Longer trips, including those that utilise shared accommodation, would increase the amount of contact between walkers and diminish nationwide attempts to prevent the spread of the virus.

This latest advice is based on consultation with Government agencies and other outdoor organisations and we urge everyone to follow it. By supporting the four-week shutdown period, we give the isolation period the best possible chance to make a difference. 

General guidance for Te Araroa walkers during the COVID-19 self-isolation period:

- Stay at home as much as possible during the isolation period.
- Shorter day walks on uncrowded local sections of the trail are possible but these should be limited and done only with people you are isolating with (maintain two metre distance from other walkers at all times).
- Walk only in your immediate local area – no to tracks that would require a vehicle to get to and do not travel to other regions to access tracks.
- Do not walk if you are unwell.
- Do not embark on longer day walks into the backcountry or overnight walks.

Please take care,

Mark Weatherall – Chief Executive Te Araroa Trust
mark@teararoa.org.nz

Effective

23 March 2020

Until

further notice

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 Message from DOC

Tena koe,
This is an important message to advise you that DOC has announced the closure of many of our visitor facilities, including any you may have booked.
The government has announced that New Zealand is now at alert level 2 for COVID-19. This means the disease is contained but the risks of community transmission are growing. The Ministry of Health have provided measures for New Zealand to follow in response to the alert level.
The risk of potential community transmission at any one of these facilities means the department will not allow visitors to be in locations which mean people are in close proximity.
Therefore, the decision has been made to stage the closure of visitor facilities inline with alert levels.
The following DOC visitor facilities will be closed to the public from Monday 23 March 2020:
· All Visitor Centres including those co-located with I-Sites
· All DOC Great Walks
· All DOC bookable huts, lodges and campsites
As of Monday 23 March 2020, you will not be able to begin your Great Walk.

Effective

13 March 2020

Until

15 March 2020

Details

A warning to any hikers planning on going through Wanaka, Motatapu Tack and Arrowtown from km 2,600 to km 2,650 
There are two big events held over
the dates 13th - 15th march 2020
Wanaka A&P show and more importantly 
the motatapu race series 

https://motatapu.com/macpac-motatapu/

https://www.wanakashow.co.nz/

Last year several TA walker got stuck looking for a place to sleep at same time
Also you will be sharing parts of the track between Glenhu bay and Arrowtown with thousands of runner, walkers and mountain bikers

 
 

 

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.