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

23/01/17

Until

31/03/17

Details

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

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, and the Otira Flood Track is badly affected by windfall.

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 Brooky to Clevedon and the Hunua Ranges are CLOSED due to weather/flood damage.

This will create significant disruption however please do not attempt these routes. 

We will update a re-opening date as soon as further information comes in.

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 Brookby Rd intersection (just before 652km mark) turn right onto W Road, follow W Road then Papakura-Clevedon Rd to Clevedon.
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.
In Clevedon, turn left onto Papakura-Clevedon Rd then shortly after, right into W Rd.
Follow W Rd until it meets Brookby Rd (near 652km mark) and turn left to 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

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.