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.
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.
Follow marked route over Orams Rd bridge and into Botanic Gardens.
The piece of trail that goes over farmland between SH1 and the Fouveaux Walkway is temporarily closed, as there are bulls currently grazing there.
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.
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.
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.
Browning Hut will be closed between 15-17 November for maintenance work.
Plan your journey to avoid Browning Hut - overnight at either Hacket Hut or Roebuck Hut.
13 November 2017
17 November 2017
Please note the West Sabine Hut will be in use 13-17 November by up to 10 DOC staff working in the area that week.
There will be occasional restirctions in and around the hut due to Health and Safety requirements.
Recommended to plan to avoid the hut that week.
The Matapouri Track between Matapouri and Ngunguru is affected by logging.
We have agreed a system with the logging contractors that allows walkers to cross, see below for instructions.
Unfortunately there will be no access NOBO from Ngunguru.
Logging is expected to be completed before Christmas 2017.
Nearing the top end of Clements Rd, you'll see an obvious logging track (muddy, churned up, with some gravel) heading in on your left.
There is plenty of safety signage at the track entrance.
Right next to that, there's a gate (generally open, on rare occasion closed) into the neightbouring property with a prominent sign advising of the Te Araroa route.
Enter here and follow the markers, through another gate, up the ridge to another stile at the top - next to some beehives.
When you arrive here you must STOP, WAIT - and get the attention of the forestry workers who will be within sight if working.
Only proceed when they signal you to do so, and follow any instructions they give you.
You'll walk about 400m across cleared ground to a stile, where you're back into native bush and on your way again.
If you arrive when there is no work taking place - ie no chainsawing, no trucks and no machines operating - take extreme care following the makred route.
Keep well clear of any machines, or log piles.
NOBO walkers coming through Ngunguru before Christmas will need to follow Matapouri Rd around to Matapouri (don't go up Waiotoi Rd). It is 10km from Waiotoi Rd to Clements Rd. Take extreme care walking the road shoulder, it is narrow in parts - wear hi-viz and don't use headphones.
The Te Araroa route along the riverside walkway in Hamilton will be closed between London St and Alma St while construction work takes place.
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.