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

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

25/01/18

Until

Further notice

Details

"Victoria on the River" - a large public space with terraces down to river level, is now open in the centre of Hamilton.

Walkers can now walk all the way along the river from Ngaruawahia, and use "Victoria on the River" to connect to Garden Place and south through Hamilton. 

Alternative

Southbound, exit the riverside walkway at "Victoria on the River", walk up to Victoria St and turn right.
Continue 100m along Victoria St until you reach Garden Pl on your left.

Northbound, when exiting Garden Pl turn right onto Victoria St.
Continue 100m on Victoria St until reaching "Victoria on the River" on your left.
Walk down the terraces, turn left onto the river path and continue your journey north.

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

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

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. 

  A section of the Te Araroa Track will be closed for logging activities from tomorrow (23rd May 2018) for approximately 6 weeks. The section of track is from the Mangaone Road South to Otaki Forks road ends. Signs will be installed at each roadend.