Trail Status

The Te Araroa route aims to be updated in October 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

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

Over the last couple of days, the ferry service across the Whangarei Harbour has been affected - at this stage the service provided from Blair Jones is on hold as he works to get a survey for a different vessel. We are working with Maritime New Zealand to ensure this is sorted as soon as possible.which include hitching around or trying to flag down a boat to get a ride across. We understand and appreciate this is far from ideal - but hope to have it sorted ASAP. Please forward any questions to me on mark@teararoa.org.nz.

Alternative

The options at this stage are hitching around or trying to flag down a boat to get a ride across. We understand and appreciate this is far from ideal - but hope to have it sorted ASAP. Please forward any questions to me on mark@teararoa.org.nz.

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

1 February 2019

Details

Puketi Forest will be closed from 18 September 2018 as mitigation work is carried out by DoC to help control the spread of Kauri Die Back.  We are working on an alternative route for the trail around the forest. Below is an update on this to date - new maps and trail notes will be ready by 1 October 2018

Alternative

Walkers will come down Omahuta Kauri Sanctuary Road, then turn into Kauri Pa Road (at the blackbridge road turn off). Follow this road until you come to Jacksons Road. From here you will travel along Jacksons road until you come to Mokau Ridge Road.  A full detailed map and notes will be published on 1st October 2018. 

 

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

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.

 

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.