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

1 September 2019

Details

The entire trail section that starts by crossing the Horahora River and immediately thru to Nikau Bay Camp is closed. This is all private property and the owners have asked not enter it. There will be no boat service across the Ngunguru River either until the beginning of the new season.

Alternative

In the meantime use the detour option by walking on Pataua North Rd to the Mackerel Forest track. Then turn left  onto Ngunguru Ford Rd for 3km and right onto Ngunguru Rd which takes you all the way to the seaside village of Ngunguru.

Effective

Immediately

Until

Further Notice

Details

The Te Whara track is fully open and walkers are able to do the full track.  The track notes advise that the trail is closed through - but this is not case - we apologise for the misunderstanding 

Effective

Immediately

Until

Further Notice

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. We are hoping to have a resolution in place for the 2019/2020 walking season. 

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

Immediately

Until

Further Notice

Details

Due to a change in farm operations we need to communcate a bypass through the Pukatotara Landcorp Farm.  This detour will be in place for the rest of the 2018/2019 walking season.  We expect to have a new route through the farm for 2019/2020.  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

31 July 2019

Details

 The Pukeatua Track will be closed in June/July 2019 while forest off the end of Mangaone South Road is harvested

Alternative

 There is no alternative at this stage.  With it being winter we see very few walkers in that area.  

Effective

Immediately

Until

Further Notice

Details

Due to the forest closures and on going slip issues in and around the Hunas and Cleverdon area we have had to re route the trail - please see below for the new route and see maps 29-33

Alternative

 Exit the Botanic Gardens into Wairere Rd, and follow it to its end. Turn right/southwest into Hill Rd and follow that down 300m to a three-way roundabout. Turn left/southeast into Stratford Rd, for 600m to a large roundabout intersection.

 
The bypass start here for 36.5 km in a direct line to return to the trail through urban areas as much as possible for footpaths.
Turn right/southeast into Ranfurly Rd. Head along Ranfurly Road for 150 metres and turn left into Porchester Road. Follow Porchester Road for 5 km until it bends left into Ingram Street. Take the first right into Prictor Street, cross the five way junction/roundabout South into Marne Road. Turn right into Settlement Road, cross over the railway then after 650 metres turn left into Great South Road.You will pass historic Kirks Bush Scenic Reserve on the right/west. 
 
Follow Great South Road for 3.7 km to the roundabout in Drury, turn left into Waihoehoe Road and cross over the Main Trunk Railway. This is the end of the footpaths. Turn right into Fitzgerald Road and follow for 3 km. It will merge with Drury Hills Road, rename as Ramarama Road and pass the quarry on the left. 
 
Turn left into Willow Road and right into Davies Road. Cross the intersection into Maxted Road. Turn right into Matthew Whitford Drive across the intersection into Barber Road, right into Paparata Road, veer right into Pinnacle Hill Road after 2.5 km. Follow Pinnacle Hill Road for 6.5 km to meet State Highway 2. 
 
Turn left/east along the State Highway for 2.5 km until you cross a bridge over the Mangatawhiri River. Cross the road on to the stopbank on the southeast side of the river. 
 

Effective

Immediately

Until

Further Notice

Details

 Kimpton's Track at Clevedon has now been closed due to Kauri Dieback Concerns 

Alternative

 Please see maps 29 + 30 + 31 for the new route

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

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

Immediately

Until

Further Notice

Details

The Herekino Forest is closed, and will be for at least the next few months, an alternative route is outlined below which will take you through Kaitaia and down state Highway one until you connect back up with the trail 

Alternative

Unfortuntley we havent been able to find an alternative route that is off road.  Therefore we recommend that you walk the road from Ahipara to Kaitaia (18km) along Ahipara Road. From Kaitaia walkers will need to catch a lift (the road walk is very dangerous as it is state highway 1) to Ruaroa Road 5km).  You can then walk up that road to until you come to Takahue Road  (6km) and then walk to Takahue (4km) and rejoin the trail.  Please see maps 6 + 7 for the details. 

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.