The Te Araroa Trust does an amazing job of offering these on their site to be downloaded FOR FREE! It is 100 metres from its local beach. It’s rough, raw, and undeveloped in a lot of parts. Donate now. Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail - is a continuous 3,000 km walking track from Cape Reinga to Bluff. The Te Araroa Trust offers a free app complete with GPS maps and all of the trail notes. Te Araroa is the birthplace of noted Māori politician Sir Āpirana Ngata.Māori in the area are generally associated with the Ngāti Porou iwi. Trail Guide – Te Araroa Trail App I did not hike with any paper guides. They show off the classic Kiwi lifestyle in … As always, use your best judgment. Like the Appalachian Trail in the U.S., the Camino de Santiago in Spain, or the Great Himalayan Trail in Nepal, New Zealand's Te Araroa is more than just a hike. Load this file into Google Earth online or desktop to help you plan your journey. Donate now. Te Araroa trail from Twizel to Lake Ohau and the East Ahuriri Track is now OPEN. Always check the Trail Status pages of the official Te Araroa website for recent changes or alerts on the trail… Property. As a relatively new trail, the Te Araroa is still in flux. Rain, heat, wind, and possibly snow all threaten a TA hiker’s journey, but it’s up to you how you let it affect your hike. Trail Angels expect busy summer on Te Araroa despite lack of overseas tourists. On these two long distance trails I tried out a lot of different gear and also learned a lot. It is an incredible gesture and quite a lot of work. 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. For each trail section we take the "Trail Notes" and "Additional Information" and join them into one document which you can load onto your e … The information below is best interpreted as how much Te Araroa cost while I was on the trail. Rebecca Goddard, Hannah Morley and Rosie Goble talk about their experience on Te Araroa trail. If you’re itching for a life-changing international experience where locals value giving back to this world and the land we inhabit, then New Zealand is the place for you. Support the trust today so that you can enjoy the trail tomorrow, either one day at a time, or all 3000km! Walking 3,000km 5 women in our 50's and 60's. Car rental company Thrifty has stepped up to support New Zealand’s iconic national walking trail as part of a partnership with Te Araroa Trust. Te Araroa continues through the vast Mackenzie Basin. I had a 75l backpack and carried about 16kg of base weight! It was officially opened on December 3, 2011, and is widely considered the most physically challenging long-distance thru-hike in the world. MSR fuel canister (depending on how long the stretch is we either carry a large or small canister), Bug spray (the sandflies are awful! Te Araroa, which translates to ‘’the long pathway’’, is a 3000km tramp running the length of the North and South islands. Access to Ohau Village and Lake Middleton Campsite remains Closed. On average it takes 7 minutes to complete this trail. It crosses rivers up to three kilometers wide, traces alpine lakes and, if weather is with you, presents you with night skies eliciting the famous Southern lights and landscapes that are far beyond our wildest imagination. It is an incredible gesture and quite a lot of work. Te Araroa Trail Priongia. This app is a life-saver, especially in times when we lose the trail markers. Our group applied for a variety of Visas that can be applied for on New Zealand’s government site – most received a 12 month Working Holiday Visa. Te Araroa Website. Walk it all, walk it in your lifetime, walk New Zealand - walk Te Araroa! Make sure to get the 2 Servings—hiker hunger is a real problem. Food, fuel & resupplies The final leg of Te Araroa Trail, which he had begun from Cape Reinga nearly seven months earlier, was supposed to be a time of reflection and joy. Because when you’re hiking 3,000km from Cape Reinga to Bluff you don’t want to forget anything! Jo and Mike Gallen Homestay at 48 Brandon Hall Rd, 500m off trail. It's further than we thought! Hut that sleeps 3, and room for camping. Every dollar makes a difference. T-12 months: persuade your work to … Toward the bottom of the North Island you begin to hit mountain ranges, where there are backcountry huts that have running water. Created with sketchtool. On the eve of my Te Araroa hike across New Zealand, I take stock of my gear and ponder the journey that is to come.. After hiking the Appalachian Trail last year I feel that I am in a good position for the Te Araroa trail. Every dollar makes a difference. Written by: McKenzie Barney. According to TA legend, if you make it past these forests in once piece, the odds of completing the entire trail are in your favor. Te Araroa is New Zealand’s premier long-distance hiking trail, stretching 3000 km (1860 mi) across the country’s two main islands. The TA crosses multiple estuaries in the North Island. That’s just the North Island. My total cost was $3,085.98 USD, or $30.55/day. Discover remote villages, magical kauri forests, breathtaking volcanic scenery and bustling cities on New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail. Most of Te Araroa’s through-walkers start their epic journey at Cape Reinga at the northern end of the North Island. But that’s why we’re here. It’s a spiritual place, so very fitting for what lies ahead. Remember, that number doesn’t include original gear purchases or any flights. You’ll find nearly everything you need to know to hike the trail there. You also could choose to not apply for a Visa and come over as a visitor for 90 days, but you have to show proof of an onward flight out of New Zealand. These rivers safety zones that do not form part of the trail proper, and should not be crossed on foot. The trail travels from Cape Reinga to Bluff. It was a brutal way to complete a 3000km hike the length of … Fording rivers is nothing to take lightly, especially since the currents move quickly under your feet. They’re amazingly handy. When starting the trail, most TA hikers hitch-hike from Keri Keri, the closest town to Cape Reinga. The Te Araroa Trust does an amazing job of offering these on their site to be downloaded FOR FREE! In the morning, I begin my first proper day thru-hiking New Zealand’s 3,000-kilometer country-spanning trail, the Te Araroa. Remember, that number doesn’t include original gear purchases or any flights. We all purchased a yearly DOC Hut Pass for around $90 USD that allows us to stay at any DOC hut in New Zealand. Please register your trail usage before embarking on your journey. Every dollar makes a difference. I will return to the South Island next season, armed with the lessons I have learned from the North and empowered by the freedom I have gained. All of the preparation, research, and resupply for each stretch can seem like a lot of work, but the second you hit the trail, the TA makes it all worth it. After all, a thru-hike isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself one step at a time. Cell phone coverage is prevalent on the North Island since you hit a town every 3-4 days, but very limited on the South Island. Pay by koha (donation). If you choose Spark as a provider they also have wifi phone booths that allow you up to 2GB of free daily wifi if you’re nearby. Now, my crew is out here and we’re sending this dispatch from the trail. It starts on a historic crossing of the Main Divide via the Harper Pass Track. 027 322 1040, johancon@xtra.co.nz. The exposed mountain faces, high summits, and quick-moving weather can make a beautiful day dangerous in a matter of minutes. The Te Araroa trail is becoming quite popular and is now considered up there as one of the big three along with the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail and this last season there were around 1,000 people completing it. I had a pretty bad sleep last night the Pahautea hut, mostly due to being allergic to the perfume-drenched shirt the lady in the bunk above hung up on our bed . Support the trust today so that you can enjoy the trail tomorrow, either one day at a time, or all 3000km! A short excursion into the Hakarimata Range brings walkers to Hamilton. No description for Puhinui - Te Araroa North trail has been added yet! For me, that was exactly its allure. Make sure to download all of the TA way points, and download all of the North and South Island maps, otherwise the app won’t be useful. Please stick to the trail and avoid closed areas. Support the trust today so that you can enjoy the trail tomorrow, either one day at a time, or all 3000km! The Te Araroa is unique in its rapidly changing landscapes. A six-month thru-hike is a monumental goal; the key is breaking it up and focusing on each stretch until the next resupply town. The relaxed seaside towns provide comfort for the weary tramper. You must ensure you have every item you’ll need in … Trail Registration. Here are my top-tips for planning the hike. I’ll narrow it down for you. I was surprised that my cost per day was over $30 USD—it didn’t feel like that while hiking. 3000 km (1860 mi) Te Araroa (from the north) enters Waikato region along this mighty river. After these beginning stages of the Northland, the TA travels through turbulent farmland, rugged mountains, and lush rainforests; sometimes crossing all of these landscapes in one day. The trail travels from Cape Reinga on the North Island to Bluff on the South Island, passing through 9 distinct regions on its way. Te Araroa is a town in the Gisborne Region of the North Island of New Zealand. The 1,864-mile trek spans the length of New Zealand's two main islands, starting at the northernmost tip … Hitch-hiking in New Zealand, for the most part, is widely accepted. Te Araroa Trail. Te Araroa Website. Like the Appalachian Trail in the U.S., the Camino de Santiago in Spain, or the Great Himalayan Trail in Nepal, New Zealand's Te Araroa is more than just a hike. I relied completely on my phone for navigation. New Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail is the world’s newest long-distance thru-hike. Her packed weight (weight minus water, food and fuel which is called variable weight) for five months on the Te Araroa is under 15 pounds and she’s still taking professional audio gear.Praise the ultralight gods, and all my engineering pals at Minnesota Public Radio. Though the jury is still out as to which thru-hike is the toughest, according to these vets, New Zealand takes the cake. This 3000.0 km route stretches from Cape Reinga in the North Island to Bluff, located on the tip of the South Island. The Te Araroa trail is diverse and potential walkers should expect beach walking, road walking, exceptionally muddy native forests, traversing bustling cities, climbing active volcanoes, crossing farms with paddocks of bulls, six days canoeing down a river, majestic mountain trails, and crossing tidal estuaries and more than 200 rivers. This guide assumes a good level of familiarity with New Zealand tramping and conditions. Sunday, 20 December 2020. A newcomer on the though-hike circuit the trail features a wide variety of experiences. Opinion Sport Business Lifestyle Rural. The AT, PCT, CDT, and Camino are all world-renown, but, here in NZ, the extremely unpredictable weather and variety of challenging terrain made the TA the perfect storm of a trail for my crew. Written by: McKenzie Barney. 171 likes. The Te Araroa trail (‘The TA’) starts at Cape Reinga, the nothwesternmost tip of mainland New Zealand. New Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail is the world’s newest long-distance thru-hike. Te Araroa Downloads for entire trail To get the track notes and Google Earth (KML) file we scan the trail index for each region on the Te Araroawebsite. LOGISTICS: The Te Araroa is New Zealand’s 3,000-kilometer hiking route stretching from Cape Reinga on New Zealand’s North Island to Bluff on New Zealand’s South Island. In the North Island water is, for the most part, plentiful—you pass a lot of Dairies (combination of market/gas station) where you can buy water along the way; each day you pass streams and rivers; and if all else fails you could knock on a local’s door and ask them to fill up your water (most of the time this leads to an invitation to pitch your tent on their lawn too!). I hiked the Te Araroa NOBO in the season of ’15/’16 and in 2017 I also hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Partner with Te Araroa Trail; Register as an accommodation provider; Close . I was surprised that my cost per day was over $30 USD—it didn’t feel like that while hiking. The trail in the South Island runs down the spine of the Southern Alps, sending hikers along rugged, high-elevation ridgeline trails and scrambles. The Te Araroa (TA) trail is relatively new, having been completed in 2011. The extent of my backpacking before the TA was short multi-day trips. The Te Araroa website is a great resource with many links. The area surrounding the trail has been burnt and will have associated ash and other debris. Submit one here. Here’s a breakdown of everything I packed for my thru-hike of New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail! Now, planning a thru-hike is no easy task, whether or not you’ve completed one. Stretching 3,000 km from Cape Reinga, at the top of the North Island, to Bluff, at the bottom of the South Island, the TA is defined by its challenging terrain, unpredictable weather and navigational obstacles, and just may be the toughest of the world’s major thru-hikes. Food dry bag: our favorite food items are tortillas, nutella/pb, Bumper Bars, and freeze dried coffee—preferably Jed’s that is ranked in boldness. If the Trail Notes say to not cross when the river is high, it’s best to respect the advice and walk around. The lakes here are … For freeze dried food, Backcountry Cuisine is local to NZ- you just add boiling water and they make tasty and caloric breakfasts and dinners. It’s advised to still filter this water. Te Araroa is New Zealand’s premier long-distance hiking trail, stretching 3000 km (1860 mi) across the country’s two main islands. Most TA hikers choose to go SOBO, or South Bound, based on the weather. Next, are the large and braided Rakaia and Rangitata rivers - a natural barrier to Te Araroa's trampers. The Te … The diversion west is brief as Te Araroa bounces east again over Goat Pass. My total cost was $3,085.98 USD, or $30.55/day. For maps, we use iHike GPS app that works offline. I had high expectations going in, … Please register your trail usage before embarking on your journey. Te Araroa is the ultimate 5-month New Zealand experience, but also offers section tramps lasting anything from a few days to a week or more, and many attractive day or overnight walks. The trail is essentially 30 or so smaller trails connected together and is still going through some growing pains as it matures into a more formal trail. It’s important to not cross those at high tide, or you can easily be swept out to sea. 90 mile beach is a huge stretch of sandy beach, which actually extends closer to 90 kilometres than 90 miles. Six months of hiking seemed absolutely intimidating, which is why it felt right. I had a 75l backpack and carried about 16kg of base weight! Trail Maps, Tracks, & Notes are intended to be updated in September each year. The Blissful Hiker does it: packed weight under 15 pounds! The South Island’s hut system is even more plentiful and developed, but there are less towns and longer stretches in between resupply towns. Keep an eye out for the TA maps prepared by Kirstine Collins (more below) that have the trail notes integrated into them. The trail The trail. Te Araroa Official Site – This site is maintained by the Te Araroa Trust, the organization that built and manages the trail. This can be a 5-6 hour ride, so be prepared to find multiple hitches. You’ll find yourself knee-deep fording rivers, hiking alongside sailboats in a bright blue bay, climbing volcanoes made famous by Lord of the Rings, and who can forget the occasional, and much-dreaded, road walking. From January to March 2017 I walked the South Island part of Te Araroa, New Zealand’s walking trail from Ship Cove to Bluff. Created with sketchtool. Te Araroa in Canterbury is about the mighty Southern Alps. We are some of the first thousand people to complete this trail. Te Araroa is a 3 000 km trail spanning the entire amazing country of New Zealand, from Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south. Electronics dry bag: Canon 6D camera, one lens (we like the 24-105mm) and 2-3 batteries per stretch, Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, contacts and solution, Dr. Bronners soap, Lifeproof FRE power cases (I will carry 2-3 of these packs at a time and switch them out. The 1,864-mile trek spans the length of New Zealand's two main islands, starting at the northernmost tip … Some refer to this feeling as post-trail blues: the black dog of the long-distance hiking community, a very real sense of hopelessness after returning from a life-changing adventure like Te Araroa. New Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail is the world’s newest long-distance thru-hike. Description NZTopo50 NZTM2000 NZGD2000 NZGD2000 WGS 84 WGS84 NZMS260 NZMG NZGD49 NZGD49; End: CH10 446274 E1244552, N4827373 46°36′46.5″ S, 168°21′27.9″ E It’s always safe to bring an extra day of food on each stretch, and in the mountains we sometimes bring 2-3 extra days of food incase we have to wait out a storm in a hut. The trail travels from Cape Reinga on the North Island to Bluff on the South Island, passing through 9 distinct regions on its way. On these two long distance trails I tried out a lot of different gear and also learned a lot. Depending on how fast you want to hike the trail—it can be completed in as short as 4 months or as long as 6 months—most start in the beginning of November and arrive in down in Bluff around the end of April. We have had some of our favorite conversations and met some of the most inspiring people in hitches, so we highly recommend choosing to experience the Kiwi people as opposed to spending money on buses or taxis. Contrary to the cliché “a walk on the beach,” the first stretch is no easy task—the sand packs like concrete, and limited coverage from the blazing New Zealand sun provides a harsh welcome to all TA hikers. Then it enters the rich pastoral land of the King Country. I decided to use much of the same gear for this hike. Te Araroa Trail 2020 Google Earth (Updated 25 September 2020) This file contains the entire trail route, bypasses, KM marks, hut, campsites and more! This mountain bike primary trail can be used downhill primary. I used to get a Deet spray but recently a local told me to combine Detol and Baby Oil—that’s been working well and much cheaper), Clothing: hat (the sun is brutal), 2 merino wool t-shirts, 1 pair shorts, 1 pair leggings, 1 puffy down jacket, 1 rain jacket, 3 pairs merino wool socks, 3 pairs merino wool underwear, hiking shoes/boots, sandals, beanie. Starting in the North Island, the trail begins where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet. The best way to keep in touch with people back home is to hop on wifi in each resupply town at a local café. This section takes approximately 4 days and includes long (30km+) stints along 90 mile beach. Immediately after the ocean, the trail enters the thick, steep, and infamously challenging Herekino and Raetaea Forests. This is crucial, especially for the mountain stretches, as we stay in huts as often as possible. We all unlocked our phones in the US so that we could purchase SIM cards here in NZ and communicate with each other on our NZ numbers. Tramping the length of New Zealand is no easy feat. We have forded multiple rivers when the water is at knee-height, but anything above that we would hop off and take the detour. When I started in New Zealand I was completely over-packed! They’re light, have a full phone charge on them and you’re also able to listen to your music or podcasts and check maps on your phone in the rain with a Lifeproof case), printed TA trail notes maps (can be found on. The trail from Havelock follows a dirt road through flat farmer’s fields, and maintaining a 5-kilometers-per-hour pace is no problem. Note that you cannot download and use a KML/.kmz file on a phone version. The unpredictable weather doesn’t help with the trail conditions. Stretching 3,000 km from Cape Reinga, at the top of the North Island, to Bluff, at the bottom of the South Island, the TA is defined by its challenging terrain, unpredictable weather and navigational obstacles, and just may be the toughest of the world’s major thru-hikes. The information below is best interpreted as how much Te Araroa cost while I was on the trail. Puhinui - Te Araroa North is a 1,612 m less popular green gravel path trail located near Auckland. Discover remote villages, magical kauri forests, breathtaking volcanic scenery and bustling cities on New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail. Water crossings and weather are the most dangerous elements to have on your radar while hiking the TA. Leaving Hamilton the trail ascends Mt Pirongia, which dominates the skyline throughout the region. We have hiked alongside trail veterans who recently completed the AT or PCT, and when asked about the level of difficulty relative to what we’re facing out here, they all answer that they’ve never been around so many physical terrain challenges and “sketchy” rock falls or cliff drops on their other hikes. We recommend checking this page regularly before and during your journey as route alterations may have arisen since planning your journey. How much did it cost? When approaching a mountain range stretch, we always check the weather report for any storms that may hit. Trail Maps, Tracks, & Notes are intended to be updated in September each year. This 3000.0km route stretches from Cape Reinga in the North Island to Bluff, located on the tip of the South Island. These Trail Notes will list helpful accommodations and trail angel stops that we would otherwise miss by hiking only with GPS, so we highly recommend checking these out. Instead, it was a time of high alert for Hopkins, a New Zealand actor who portrayed Gamling in Lord of the Rings. Trail Registration. In our next dispatch we’ll take a closer look at how to tackle your food and fuel strategy for months on the trail, as that’s a whole topic in itself. The Te Araroa Trail Notes lists multiple spots to camp every night, so we usually stick to that for planning out each night’s “home.” When camping in the forest, we always look at our GPS for the closest river so that we can filter endless water for dinner, breakfast, coffee, and the next day’s water supply. Tramping the full length of the trail generally takes three to six months. Since the TA is so new, it has attracted a lot of the thru-hiking community. Te Araroa is the ultimate 5-month New Zealand experience, but also offers section tramps lasting anything from a few days to a week or more, and many attractive day or overnight walks. These forests challenge hikers with gnarly roots, up-to-your knees mud and unforgiving trailside cliffs. When I started in New Zealand I was completely over-packed! It is situated 175 km north of Gisborne city, along State Highway 35 between Tokata and Awatere. I hiked the Te Araroa NOBO in the season of ’15/’16 and in 2017 I also hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail - is a continuous 3,000 km walking track from Cape Reinga to Bluff. The Te Araroa website is a great resource with many links. I woke at 5.45am to find numerous people had arrived at the hut in the night and were sleeping on the floor! Stretching 3,000 km from Cape Reinga, at the top of the North Island, to Bluff, at the bottom of the South Island, the TA is defined by its challenging terrain, unpredictable weather and navigational obstacles, and just may be the toughest of the world’s major thru-hikes. 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