Our adventure begins in the seaside town of Russell among the subtropical splendor of the Bay of Islands. The North Island route is just over 1,600 km long, and the South Island just under 1,400 km. The track begins on the tip of New Zealand’s North Island at Cape Reinga and heads south to the capital city of Wellington. They are transitioning to the new name of Atlas Guides, but it looks identical. Te Araroa Specific Links. Te Amiki Health & Wellbeing. Thank you so much for making this NOBO website. The Northland section of the Te Araroa Trail (TAT) in New Zealand. Te Araroa Hiker App New in 2016 was the Te Araroa Hiker App, which was hugely popular. This is the story of my Te Araroa journey. And there is of course the official website, which you should visit if you are going to take up the Te Araroa challenge. In the North Island the typical stretch in between resupply towns would be 3-5 days. Te Araroa covers roughly equal distance across the North and South Islands. Waihirere Falls. One of the world’s truly great long walks. Hike the length of New Zealand on Te Araroa - The Long Pathway, taking in spectacular landscapes from coastlines, volcanoes and forests to cities. UPDATE 8:25AM#SH35 Te Araroa remains CLOSED, due to a serious crash south of Tokata Rd. Joséphine Anselin offers inspiration, tips and practical recommendations for anyone looking to fastpack New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail – a 3000km route stretching from Cape Reinga in the North Island to Bluff in the South. Read about my South Island experience, including the Richmond Ranges, Nelson Lakes and those finish line feels! SK Valley Mouse - My North to South Journey Through the Tararua Valleys . The trail knits ma-ny shorter well known tracks together. and yours, we are not only following his progress but able to sleep at night! It is an astonishing route of 3,000 km across the country stretching from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Te Araroa continues along the coast to Riverton, then to Invercargill. The Te Araroa Trust suggests 50-80 days per island. Te Araroa Holiday Park, Te Araroa: See 87 traveller reviews, 40 candid photos, and great deals for Te Araroa Holiday Park, ranked #1 of 3 Speciality lodging in Te Araroa and rated 3 of 5 at Tripadvisor. This is a guide for people wanting to through-hike the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand going from south to north. Te Araroa is the birthplace of noted Māori politician Sir Āpirana Ngata.Māori in the area are generally associated with the Ngāti Porou iwi. It is a pathway stretching more than 3,000 kilometers (nearly 2,000 miles) from Cape Reigna at the top of the North Island to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island. This 3000.0 km route stretches from Cape Reinga in the North Island to Bluff, located on the tip of the South Island. He works as a GP and lives in Christchurch with his wife and … Camp Stream Hut, Two Thumb Range, South Island. Cape Reinga 1401km ? The quality of the scenery is generally up there, plenty varied. Or you can save the guides as webpages. If four months is too long out of a busy life, there’s plenty of Te Araroa tracks that you can walk as standalone sections. So the pages here offer the best planning and take-with-you guide. I took rest days for rest, injury, fu… It is 100 metres from its local beach. I have been reluctant to add in accommodation prices and transport timetables because these will always change, but some are included as indicative. Find the best tours in Te Araroa Trail (South Island) to connect and travel together. North To South - Hiking New Zealand's 3,000 Kilometre Te Araroa Trail. The long-distance path "Te Araroa" crosses both of the islands of New Zealand from north to south. As with the maps, once you’ve finished with them they are good for starting fires, or you can leave them in huts for other people. South Pacific. Read about my North Island experience, including my favourite sections and getting lost in the Tararua Ranges/ This method will lose some of my formatting but it allows you to make your own edits. Binn Inn is at 85 Kimbolton St, just north-east of the centre of town formed by Manchester Square. It spans a distance of 3,000 km, or 1,900 miles. The Queen Charlotte Track or the Tongariro Crossing are amongst the better-known walks integrated into the route, allowing walkers there the added thrill of the distinctive Te Araroa ti kouka or cabbage tree logo en route. Hence it covers the whole she-bang, including the sometimes tedious bits of road between back country trails. ( Log Out /  All the way from Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south, the trail will extend for 3000 km. Spas & Wellness 2. The schedule of days is based upon a strategy of sending food parcels ahead at nearly every opportunity, which meant there were no off-trail trips that added extra time. At 2996 km, stretching from Cape Reinga, the tip of the North Island to Bluff, the southern end of Highway 1, it rates in length. The Te Araroa is Stefan’s first long distance hike (but not his last) and North to South is his first book. Are there any good reasons for going north to south, besides the fact that the main guides are written that way? Te Araroa. But I’m sure it will also be useful for people who want to do sections only as well. It takes about 4 to 5 months to walk. At 2996 km, stretching from Cape Reinga, the tip of the North Island to Bluff, the southern end of Highway 1, it rates in length. Te Araroa / The Long Pathway: This tramp is gonna be one of the longest in the world, and certainly by far the longest of New Zealand. In particular, I see that bus and train services are often running on reduced hours or days. So the huts and campsites can be empty at the beginning and end but fill up around the middle. Te Araroa – New Zealand’s Trail – is the 3000km walking track stretching from Cape Reinga in the North of New Zealand to Bluff in the South. We use cookies to provide you with a better experience on this site. The core component of this site are the day-by-day walking guides. I have amended these where I can, but always check. See the Links page for these and other sources of information. Change ), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window). To later reload the page offline, select Downloads from the three dots menu. From here, walkers take a ferry across the Tasman Strait and continue south across the South Island to the town of Bluff. 12. The traffic was unforgiving, the walking was mostly on rough grass verge. There is now a south to north guide to the South Island on it, but the accommodation and transport info is on the south-bound pages. Well, it’s because they know the weather is warmer the further north you go. And why is it mainly Kiwis who are doing it? You can print out the guides. ( Log Out /  Since the default direction is south-bound then if you are doing the same you will find yourself with a cohort of others also going south. Sights & Landmarks 1. I have written it because the official guides are not so well suited for through-walkers going north. But it did mean a lot of work organising before departure. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Well, maybe they have been written in that direction because the Whanganui River section in the North Island consists of canoeing downstream. If you travel SOBO you start in the north and head south, if you go NOBO you start in the south and travel north. On our South Island journey, this famous trail brings us from the coastal forests of Queen Charlotte Sound to Fiordland National Park, where the Te Araroa … By road it is 2085 km. You can check the bottom of each page to see when I’ve last updated it. A through-hike of the Te Araroa trail will take four to six months depending on walking speed, distance covered each day (some walkers clock 50km days – on good tracks – once their trail legs kick in), whether you decide to hitchhike or miss sections, possible injuries and weather conditions. If you have an e-book reader there is software online to convert pages to the file format required. The trail is best tackled north to south, beginning from the top of the North Island at Cape Reinga in late spring. It winds 3000 km along coastal sand or the ridgelines of forested ranges, across farmland and volcanoes in the North Island and across the beautiful national parks, high country stations and mountain passes in the South Island. Mine was a gloriously leisurely thru hike and below is my Te Araroa Trail itinerary. In the summer of 2017, I took six months off work to walk the length of New Zealand on the 3,000-kilometre Te Araroa trail. The southbound guides have a good amount of information but because they are oriented towards the greatest number of users (section hikers) a lot is repeated and bits between sections are left out. He recently got his Kiwi by descent citizenship, and is walking the S.I. The trail knits ma-ny shorter well known tracks together. The South Island is far more desolate, with stretches ranging from 7-10 days. Te Araroa is the birthplace of noted Māori politician Sir Āpirana Ngata. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Also, wearing toesocks means you can protect your feet from sandflies in the evenings and plod around camp with your flipflops. They are transitioning to the new name of Atlas Guides, but it looks identical. Even the 1309 km of the South Island part that this website concentrates on. The Te Araroa (TA) trail is relatively new, having been completed in 2011. So a straight line is shorter on that ground alone. Having thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, I figured Te Araroa would be no problem. North Island. Along with wilderness, the trail takes its walkers through New Zealand towns and settlements and past Maori marae. Te Araroa (The Long Pathway) is New Zealand's long distance tramping route, stretching circa 3,000 kilometres (1,900 mi) along the length of the country's two main islands from Cape Reinga to Bluff.It is made up of a mixture of older tracks and walkways, new tracks, and link sections alongside roads. 12 reviews. ( Log Out /  There is a little more in the TA guide notes and in the Department of Conservation (DoC) website as well as the DoC brochures that cover some sections. Te Araroa. For those who aren't aware (and especially those friends and family outside New Zealand) we are privileged to have an established trail from Cape Reinga in the north through to Bluff at the south of the South Island. What the Kiwis call tramping is a traditional and respected skill and New Zealanders are inclined to celebrate the long walkers with invitations into homes en route to share a meal and a story. Something else to consider is people. On a beautiful day in late 2011 Fiona and I drove to Feilding and walked back to Palmerston North along Te Araroa’s possibly virginal route. It was an epic day of adventure which highlighted areas to further develop before Te Araroa, which was the real victory, namely nutrition and mind-set. Doing this also gives you a larger window of start dates if you are walking the entire country, because you end up in the so-called ‘winterless north’ (17 degrees average in April vs 10.5 in Invercargill in the same month). On a length of 3500 km we enjoy the wild countryside between Cape Reinga and Bluff. These are good opportunities to swap info about what is coming up on the trail but you won’t see these people again. To view cookie details and how to opt-out, please see our Cookie Policy. Te Araroa is a 3000 km long route that runs the length of both islands of New Zealand.This is a new route that was opened on December 3, 2011. This trek is unlike the popular national scenic trails of North America and the gear needed (and available brands) will differ somewhat. And finally to its southern terminus at Stirling Point, Bluff. There are a lot of small towns with limited resources where we will need to ship food ahead to ourselves. This long route goes from North to South and gives you, excited hikers, a ve You need to understand me and my particular way of hiking and resupplying before we go any further into my resupply strategy on Te Araroa. My full Te Araroa Trail experience on and off trail totalled 146 amazing days. On our South Island journey, this famous trail brings us from the coastal forests of Queen Charlotte Sound to Fiordland National Park, where the Te Araroa … The trail is not just a back-country track, it connects town and country and provides those who walk the track with a wide variety of New Zealand experiences. Many people pick and choose sections, and no doubt by leaving out the boring bits that gives them a more enjoyable experience. In the summer of 2017, I took six months off work to walk the length of New Zealand on the 3,000-kilometre Te Araroa trail. Hicks Bay Wharf. And feel free to send through updated information. On the Te Araroa trekkers travel from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island. 1 review. The track begins on the tip of New Zealand’s North Island at Cape Reinga and heads south to the capital city of Wellington. The route was officially called Te Araroa Trail and opened in 2011 by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir Jerry Mateparae. I started the trail on 14th October 2017 and finished on 02nd March 2018. In Nov 2019, I ran the Te Araroa Trail, from Cape Reinga to Bluff in New Zealand. Te Araroah NoBo solo. This is the story of my Te Araroa journey. In addition to above, we use other cookies and analytics to provide a better site experience. The TA Trust issues revisions to the route each year around the end of September and I incorporate these into my pages soon afterwards. If you were to walk all of it, it would take five months! The trail has also opened up many new tracks, like the 3-day Motatapu Alpine Track, which even regular visitors to New Zealand’s track system are unlikely to have yet tackled. The trail is best tackled north to south, beginning from the top of the North Island at Cape Reinga in late spring. Gisborne Region. The North Island sections of the trail run for about 990 miles, and the South Island trails are 870 miles. New Zealand’s landscape is famously various, and the trail is a natural showcase of that diversity. I’ve deliberately not included pretty pictures in the guide pages so you don’t have images taking up space. If you want to do the North Island NoBo, then working round that is tricky but do-able. Or simply stay another day or two at a nice spot. The walking times are, of course, simply those given on the official site. The trail encompasses the country’s two main islands. ( Log Out /  Te Araroa Hiker App New in 2016 was the Te Araroa Hiker App, which was hugely popular. When you go NoBo there will be a much smaller group of you, which might create a closer sort of connection. Most TA hikers going SoBo (southbound) will start around November and end up in Southland in March or April, walking into autumn in the coldest part of the country. Even the 1309 km of the South Island part that this website concentrates on. Turn right into that, then left after 300m onto Ranfurly Rd through some leafy residential housing and onto the top of the hill. Support the trust today so that you can enjoy the trail tomorrow, either one day at a time, or all 3000km! North To South - Hiking New Zealand's 3,000 Kilometre Te Araroa Trail. Check out what other travelers say about New Zealand on TripAdvisor. Detailed information. It is a self published project and I'm doing pre-sales on the PledgeMe website. But whether you walk the whole trail or simply set foot on it for a time, Te Araroa is now, since its opening in December 2011, a part of New Zealand’s array of great outdoor opportunities and we invite you to explore and share. Te Araroa is the birthplace of Sir Apirana Ngata, who made it his life’s goal to uplift the Māori race spiritually, culturally and economically. If you were to walk all of it, it would take five months! Members of Hutt Valley Tramping Club on Tarn Ridge, Tararua Range, 1942, by Ian Powell, National Library of NZ (PA1-o-651-08). Te Araroa Holiday Park, Te Araroa: See 87 traveller reviews, 40 candid photos, and great deals for Te Araroa Holiday Park, ranked #1 of 3 Speciality lodging in Te Araroa and rated 3 of 5 at Tripadvisor. This is a guide for people wanting to through-hike the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand going from south to north. There is the official site of course, with heaps of information. Te Araroa is an amazing long distance trail that traverses both the North and South Island. I will be posting my full food and resupply strategy on Te Araroa once I’ve completed the South Island section in the 2020/21 season. I have walked the full South Island trail in one go, but I have only done sections of the North Island. It’s a walking track about 3,000 km long from Bluff at the southern tip of the South Island to Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island that was officially opened in 2011. Te Araroa / The Long Pathway: This tramp is gonna be one of the longest in the world, and certainly by far the longest of New Zealand. Mine was a gloriously leisurely thru hike and below is my Te Araroa Trail itinerary. Developing the North Island section of Te Araroa has proved slower and more complex than expected. Most people walking the Te Araroa (TA) go from north-to-south. The complete trail is 3000km from one end of New Zealand to the other and can be walked in either direction but South bound tends to be more popular. Nature & Parks 3. Or use Print, but instead of printing, change the destination of printing to a pdf file. There were plenty of rest days – 29 to be exact, with 12 on the North island and 17 on the South island. Here's what you need to know to get started on your own incredible Te Araroa adventure. In the Chrome browser on your phone, click the three dots at top right, then select ‘More tools’ and ‘Save page as’. Popular with visitors to Aotearoa, walking the length of New Zealand is a burgeoning rite of passage for Kiwis. Also, to keep the text short, comment on the landscape and its history has unfortunately had to be kept to a bare minimum. The route was officially called Te Araroa Trail and opened in 2011 by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir Jerry Mateparae. Those familiar with the Guthook App used on most major US trails and some internationally, it is from the same creators. It has been updated since the photo was taken, but only to 1403. Top Things to Do in Te Araroa. Te Araroa is a town in the Gisborne Region of the North Island of New Zealand. Feilding to Bulls: 5.5 hrs, 20 km (maps 65, 64) Keep going along South St until it meets West St. Tramping the full length of the trail generally takes three to six months. New Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail is the world’s newest long-distance thru-hike. Over 3000km from where it started at Cape Reinga in the north. So why go the other way? Te Araroa is a continuous 3,000 km walking track from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island, to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island. Things to Do in Te Araroa Top Attractions in Te Araroa. September 10, ... muddy, but a victorious valley mouse. I would say I was walking at a fairly average speed. My full Te Araroa Trailexperience on and off trail totalled 146 amazing days. Using the guides in reverse, as I did, is quite tricky. The 3000km route stretching from Cape Reinga in the north of New Zealand to Bluff in the south. Or you could always walk the South Island NoBo and the North Island SoBo. For the parts of the North Island I haven’t walked I have used the official notes as a basis by re-writing them in reverse and using Google Maps, NZ Topo Maps and other sources to clarify the confusing bits. Written by: McKenzie Barney. First Things First. In this post I’ll cover my particular food and resupply strategy on my 1800km hike of Te Araroa’s North Island and give you some tips on how to resupply for a long distance hike. New Zealand’s long walking trail, Te Araroa, is a 3,000-kilometre tramping route running from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island. Let us show you the best of New Zealand on other platforms by selecting 'On' and allowing us to share data from your visit(s) with our partners. Te Araroa hikers often comment that it’s the contact with the friendly Kiwi culture that makes the trail special. The Te Araroa (TA) trail is relatively new, having been completed in 2011. Or you can copy and paste the pages into your usual wordprocessor and print out the pages, or again save them to your phone. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I started the trail on 14th October 2017 and finished on 02nd March 2018. If you look at a map of NZ you will see that the country curves to the right. The Te Araroa, or “the long pathway” in Maori, is a 3000km trail that passes from the northern tip of New Zealand’s North Island to the southern tip of the South Island. In the more populous north there’s usually a campground ahead, and in the more remote south there’s the security of New Zealand’s renowned backcountry huts at the end of any tramping day. In many places you can manage with the maps only. Keep browsing if you're happy with this. Te Araroa is a 3000 km long route that runs the length of both islands of New Zealand.This is a new route that was opened on December 3, 2011. There may be a few errors, as it can be tricky turning directions going one way into something that makes sense the other, but probably no more than if you did it yourself – and I’m saving you the trouble. TE ARAROA The Te Araroa is New Zealand's newest and longest footpath. There are various blogs and sections of personal websites covering the TA but mostly I haven’t found them useful enough to list them here. It passes through mesmerizing vistas, from oceanside to alpine… First Things First You need to understand me and my particular way of hiking and resupplying before we go any further into my resupply strategy on Te Araroa. New Zealand’s long-distance hiking trail, the Te Araroa, connects the North Island and South Island by way of spectacular parks and reserves. Between Camp Stream and Crooked Spur huts, South Island. If you have only limited time, the South Island is the more spectacular, more back country part of the total Te Araroa Trail. It is an astonishing route of 3,000 km across the country stretching from Cape Reinga to Bluff. It ranges over mountains and farmland, through forest, along beaches, on back roads, and in a few parts, through towns and suburbs. Those familiar with the Guthook App used on most major US trails and some internationally, it is from the same creators. We are able to follow along and see where our 25 year old son is hiking. The guide assumes you are using the official TA maps, so for the sake of brevity, not every twist and turn of the trail is covered. It is situated 175 km north of Gisborne city, along State Highway 35 between Tokata and Awatere. I am just a few weeks away till I start a thruhike on New Zealands TE ARAROA wich runs from Cape Reinga (North Island) to Bluff (South Island) covering a distance of approx. A 22km, mostly unsealed, no-exit road from Te Araroa takes you to the most Easterly point on mainland New Zealand. They include short rest stops every hour or hour and a half, but exclude lunch breaks. The North Island route is just over 1,600 km long, and the South Island just under 1,400 km. New Zealand's latest outdoor-adventure book, North to South is the story of Stefan Fairweather's epic 3,000 kilometre walk the length of New Zealand on its long-distance Te Araroa Trail Finally, I came back to hike the Richmond Ranges in December 2018. Project 2018-10-04 22:37:17 +1300. Te Araroa is the birthplace of Sir Apirana Ngata, who made it his life’s goal to uplift the Māori race spiritually, culturally and economically. Te Araroa (New Zealand) thru hike planning and gearlist. Things to do in Te Araroa. Please check them if you are going to rely on them. 146 amazing days and Bluff the evening in huts and campsites at Cape Reinga to Bluff located! 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