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

October 2017

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. 

Effective

8/2/18

Until

11/2/18

Details

The annual Coast-to-Coast adventure race will take place in February 2018.

Be aware of a large number of competitors on the track on Friday 9 February and Saturday 10 February.

Goat Pass Hut will be unavailable for the nights of Thursday 8, Friday 9 and Saturday 10 February 2018.

Walkers are advised to plan to avoid this section on 9-10 February 2018, given the high volume of event participants and unavailability of Goat Pass Hut.

Alternative

Walkers are advised to plan to avoid this section on 9-10 February 2018, given the high volume of event participants and unavailability of Goat Pass Hut. 

Effective

27 November 2017

Until

Further notice

Details

DOC have issued a Notice advising deterioration in track conditions between Mid Wairoa and Top Wairoa Hut. 

- There are five areas of concern, all based around erosion and very little remaining foothold space between big rocks and narrow ledges

- The degradation of the track is increasing to the point there is very little space to put a foothold

- It has become significantly more challenging over the last 18 months

- Growth of Ongaonga (native stinging nettle) in typical handhold areas makes it more difficult

Alternative

If walkers do not feel confident about continuing thrugh this section there is an alternative exit from Mid Wairoa Hut to walk out down the Left Branch of the Wairoa River.

And/or call the DOC Nelson Visitor Centre for more details 03 5469339. 

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 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.
 

Effective

09/06/17

Until

Further notice

Details

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.

Alternative

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.

Effective

09/04/17

Until

Further notice

Details

The Te Araroa route along the riverside walkway in Hamilton will be closed between London St and Alma St while construction work takes place. 

Alternative

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. 

Effective

04/01/18

Until

19/01/18

Details

The Timber Trail will have a diversion in place due to logging on the following dates:

4-5 January
8-12 January
15-19 January 

The diversion will only add minimal (~750m) extra distance, however will require a roadwalk to the campground at Bennett Rd Ongarue instead of the final few km of the Timber Trail.

There will be signage in place, please observe this.

Alternative

The diversion will take walkers out onto Ngakonui-Ongarue Rd - turn right/W here and walk 5km along this road to the campground at Bennet Rd, or onwards to Taumarunui.