Always check the Trail Status pages of the official Te Araroa website for recent changes or alerts on the trail… There is an honesty box near the main road entrance further along for your fee ($8 as of 2020). The land is on Glenthorne Station and you are asked to strictly stick to the trail. These rivers safety zones that do not form part of the trail proper, and should not be crossed on foot. Mānuka Hut to Double Hut 6km; Double Hut to Comyns Hut 17 km. There are two river crossings, over the Doubtful and then the more substantial Boyle River. If no-one is about you can avoid getting wet feet by taking the farm road around at least the first, wetter, one, as the road detour is very minimal. There are also two motels at Arthur’s Pass: Arthurs Chalet Motel (03 318 9236) and. A track up the valley starts here but it quickly peters out and ends in boggy country, although the TA and NZ Topo maps shows a route up the hard right of the valley as far as a turn-off to Lake Kaurapataka. The descent down to Comyns Hut follows Round Hill Creek and then the North Branch Ashburton River. But if you are not going to the lodge take care to turn off the cycleway down to the lake where the track, signposted as Tarnbrae Track, is marked with poles. Since returning to Christchurch, I have been elected to the committee of the North Canterbury branch for F&B, and with a group of equally like-minded and passionate volunteers, we are working hard for nature. There are numerous idyllic camping spots amongst trees on the lake edge all the way up. For more info see Downloads It is not really usefully marked at any point, nor is it evident on the ground, so you have to follow the map as best you can. I will give two options for getting to Tekapo. The route is clearly marked most of the way. It is marked Richmond Trail and this takes you up into the Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park. The track is occasionally marked with orange poles, but it seems to disappear at times, or the bank falls away where the track formerly was. Camping is permitted along here, though there is no shelter on the route. Camping at The Pines at the base of Lake Pukaki would knock 12 km off the 55, but the McKenzie District Council warned the TA Trust in 2019 that camping here was not permitted. Comyns Hut is a basic tin hut with concrete floor and consequently may be cold at night. There is a TA sign here, but there is also a plethora of tracks for day strollers amongst the trees and it is easy to take the wrong one. Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre – 03 315 7082, info@boyle.org.nz. It was the site of Edoras in the Lord of the Rings films. Then on to picturebook views of Mt Cook as you enter Twizel. Then when you come out at the other end of the track cross the Morrison Footbridge and hitchhike back to Arthurs Pass, pick up your gear, and hitch back again (or on to Aickens car park – the road between the footbridge and Aickens is narrow and dangerous to walk alongside). ... Te Araroa Trail by Lake Clearwater, Canterbury, New Zealand 02.jpg 3,648 × 5,472; 13.26 MB. The new route follows instead a canal from just before the Pukaki Power Station all the way to Tekapo. As Arthur’s Pass is on a major tourist route and is a small settlement, accommodation can be very tight. The next section, should you chose to walk it, is the Klondyke Track. It was the, 33. Twizel has a medium sized Four Square supermarket (27 Market Place) and an outdoors shop (Southern Alps Outdoors) in the shopping mall where you can buy gas. But you are sleeping in historical relics. It seems to be a popular spot with campervans but tents may not be permitted. Pay $8 cash at the self-registration stand. Morrison Footbridge to Kiwi Hut: 14 kmWhere the Ōtira River valley meets the Taramakau River there is a hard-to-spot orange marker at the end of a line of trees (2 hrs on the river bed route from the bridge). In the north huts are way more common than found in the North Island section. At the lake spillway you cross the road to Lake Pukaki and a well formed track continues. So maybe I took a wrong turn somewhere. So maybe I took a wrong turn somewhere. Special rates for TA walkers, bookings essential. Our fav view by … Created with sketchtool. From the bridge it is road walking along an unsealed road and then the Clent Hills Track that begins at a gate onto a farm road on the Castle Ridge Station. The flow reading, as with the Rakaia, is not actually at the point where you might want to cross, being well downstream, but the graph gives a relative indication. After you turn left at the highway and cross the bridge there are rough trails either side of the road that give you a bit of separation from traffic. The trail is not marked to begin with and is often indistinct on the ground, but in good visibility the way is obvious, especially as you near the saddle. This was once the major stop on the West Coast Rd that was built to connect Christchurch to the West Coast after gold was discovered there, though the original hotel is long gone. The DoC brochure on the route also instructs you to stay right, keeping on the true left bank of the river as far as Otehake River and crossing the Taramakau above here. Companies are now catering to TA hikers who want a respite from walking and include Alps 2 Ocean (0800 425 772), Cycle Journeys (0800 224 475), Lakeland Explorer (027 778 8993) and the Jollie Biker (03 435 0517). West Harper Hut (1.5 hrs) is a very basic tin hut with earth floor and canvas bunks. After a short distance there is a downhill stretch across farmland to the lake. It seems to be a popular spot with campervans but tents may not be permitted. Note, however, both for these and the school bus, that there is no cellphone reception either at the car park or above on Turtons Saddle, so you need to organise them well ahead. Hamilton Hut to Greyneys Shelter campsite: 7.5 hrs, 25.5 km (maps 99, 98), It is a 5 min walk to the Cora Lynn car park, and a bit further down the road to SH73. When you get to Frankton things get a bit confusing, but if you approximately follow the map it will be fine. Like other huts on this section, Camp Stream Hut is a former sheep musterer’s hut and is very basic. Reservations are strongly recommended for Bealey Hotel or the Youth Hostel. Tekapo to Rangitata River via Two Thumb Track: 72.5 km, 4 days. There is also a DoC campsite with a toilet and water in the Boyle Village. There is another tiny tin hut that looks like a garden shed nearby, across the creek in the forest, with two bunks but no mattresses. There is a marked camping area in a grassy area to one side of the bush but it is well spread out, so look around before picking a spot. Greyneys Shelter campsite to Upper Deception Hut (6 bunks): 6 hrs, 11.5 km (maps 98, 97), Note that the Deception River is on the annual, 39. Lake Middleton, a small lake inland from Lake Ōhau, has an idyllic basic camp ground with toilets and tap water (requiring treatment before drinking). Walk along the lake front to the corner where the road branches away southeast. Don’t imagine that you might be sleeping in a bed once graced by a royal body, let alone have endured the same hike to the hut though: they were choppered in by air force helicopters, had a look around, a cup of tea, and flew out. It can take about 2.5 hrs to cross from the car park on one side to the one on the other. Your options then are: Crossing the Rangitata River if it is low and staying at Potts Lodge or camping on the other side; hitch hiking down the Rangitata Gorge Rd (traffic is very light) either to the Peel Forest DoC camp ground (about 40 km downriver), or to Geraldine, which has more accommodation options and a supermarket and is another 22 km south-east from the camp ground; or staying at Mesopotamia Station, only 30 mins (2.5 km) walk down the road. If you didn’t send a food parcel ahead and you need supplies then it’s a long ride out to Greymouth on the West Coast, or Christchurch going east. Mesopotomia is redolent of history, as it was originally founded by Samuel Butler who wrote the famous fantastical satire Erewhon (‘Nowhere’ spelt backwards) in 1872. Te Araroa App. Note especially that any payments are cash only, and that the volunteer-staffed office is only open from 9 to 5pm and closes at 3pm on Fridays and Sundays, though you may be able to rouse someone up the road to come and unlock your accommodation for you. The upper section is effectively a clamber over boulders down the stream bed, making for very slow progress (but at least you aren’t going uphill). 38. There is grove of pine trees known as The Pines by the spillway with toilets (12 km north of Twizel). As Arthur’s Pass is on a major tourist route and is a small settlement, accommodation can be very tight. But you are probably best to hitch hike to Arthur’s Pass, 6km away. There is a restaurant across the road with main dishes in the $20 to $30 range, and mediocre takeaway fish and chips. His homestead is long gone, but its site is marked at the school house grounds. Please take some cash for this. This will be an impossible route after heavy rain, so it is a good idea to get a weather forecast at Arthur’s Pass and get an update for travel further down if necessary via the radio in Goat Pass Hut. There are two options to the saddle. 5 but known simply as Hurunui) from Hurunui Hut No. Most accommodation, and all the shops and eateries, are right on the lake front. It is straightforward up the Mingha River valley to Goat Pass, the only issue being a time consuming detour over Dudley Knob to avoid a narrow section. It is a basic campsite with a shelter. Don’t follow the river when it veers to the left as you approach the pass – the track climbs steeply to the right to a plateau. Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps. Stay on the south side of the canal. Support the trust today so that you can enjoy the trail tomorrow, either one day at a time, or all 3000km! Accommodation should be reserved ahead, as the Centre is frequently host to large school groups. See the ‘Alerts and Trail Status’ page on the official TA website. It seems to be a popular spot for campervans, but campers and campervans can be found all round the shores of the lake. 31. Users will be able to view official trail notes, maps, elevation, user comments, campsites, huts, and offline topo maps without cell phone coverage. An alternative is the old route with some lovely camping spots along the lake and the historic Telegraph Hut. Before the final peak on the ridge, Beuzenberg Peak, you turn off to the right to join up with the valley track to Stagg Saddle. Once over the river onto the Hope Kiwi Track you enter bush and wind your way around Lake Sumner without ever really seeing it and then up the Kiwi River valley to large, open grassed flats where the modern, two bunkroom hut is located. And one option could even be to still walk, but to pay one of the companies to carry your gear, as they are often doing that with cyclists anyway. Dormitory and tent sites available. This will take you directly to the motor camp. When the diversion ends, marker poles appear up the valley. A possible camping option might be at the start, at Haketere Potts Rd car park, where there is some degree of shelter. In the weekend a lot of vehicles pulling boats will pass you by. Marlborough trail notes, including information about accommodation, transport and resupplying; Marlborough region trail maps . At the bottom of the hill the trail goes through two swamps while the 4WD road skirts them. The point where the route departs from SH73 past Bealey Hotel is not clear, though the official NoBo notes suggest at the hotel itself. High river flows would make the route very difficult indeed. The first hour and a half of this track is easy going, passing Double Hut 1 km off to the left, and then it is a steep climb up to a saddle, followed by a certain amount of up and down through tussock as the track tries to stay clear of the valley floor containing the Swin River North Branch below. A short way down on the left is a rather grim free camping area with a toilet and a water tap. Markers begin to appear also. There is now cellphone reception here. Te Araroa - The Trail App provides useful information to guide thru hikers along the Te Araroa trail. If you cross the Rakaia and then go up or across the Wilberforce River north of Mt Oakden you will end up at the head of Lake Coleridge and have saved yourself a tedious bit of road walking around the lake, but will also have skipped a bit of the TA trail. It is then 1.5 to 2 hrs downhill through lightly poled tussock country to Royal Hut. The Te Araroa Trust was founded in 1994 to revisit the original idea, and it is working with local organisations and land owners to incorporate existing tracks and establish new tracks as needed. The owners of the hut have reported they are only collecting an average of 30 cents per visitor! This was once the major stop on the West Coast Rd that was built to connect Christchurch to the West Coast after gold was discovered there, though the, Arthur’s Pass has a café but they no longer sell groceries, though you could buy a sandwich for lunch the next day. The best source of information about this trail at present is the Te Araroa Trust website , where there are guides and maps, as well as reports from people who have walked the trail. Horse riding is popular in the area and riders are supposed to take separate trails from trampers, but don’t count on it. It’s a great view out over the Rakaia from the saddle, and you may be able to watch south-bound TA hikers puffing their way up. Note that the Deception River is on the annual Coast to Coast Race that’s held in early February and you won’t want to be there when hundreds of trail runners come up it. Remember to get some cash out ($10) to pay for staying at Camp Stream Hut (even if you are camping there you are still using the water and toilet). Tekapo is within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, where light pollution is strictly controlled to enable exceptional views of the heavens at night. Once you start up the eastern side of the lake it is road walking all the way, with tar seal to the power station and then gravel. Or go 32 km as far as the Rakaia Gorge Bridge, where there is a camping ground and cross over there before coming back up the other side to Lake Coleridge Village (46 km from Methven). You could possibly make quicker progress going down the river bed than along the bush track, but there will be river crossings involved. The road is very busy with tourist traffic, and narrow, so road walking would not be very safe. The turn off to the left on the way down takes you to Arthurs Pass Eco Lodge. Then it is a bit of up and down across rolling country along this gravel road to Telegraph Hut (3 hrs, 13 km). Not throwing any shade on Guthook but the Te Araroa Trust has created their own trail guide app. BeSpoke Bike Tours, 16 Murray Place, Tekapo, 021 151 3742. There are rats present, so hang your food out of reach. The 3000km route stretches from Cape Reinga in the north of New Zealand to Bluff in the south. Upper Deception Hut to Kiwi Hut (6 bunks): 10 hrs 45, 26 km (maps 97, 96), Upper Deception Hut to Morrison Footbridge: 12 km. The camp ground has tent sites, a sheltered cooking area, showers, toilets and water. However, Coleridge Village is a pleasant place for a stay, and is. There are a few tiny holes in the roof and bound to be rats, so put your food out of reach. The route takes a bit of a left turn here and an orange triangle marker only comes into view when you have made the turn. It's about time, says one Kiwi who was forced to finish his 3000km hike with a roadside stroll. No camping is permitted along the canal, though there is an Airbnb at Irishman Creek station, about halfway across. Tekapo is on the tourist trail, with many package tours either stopping overnight or for a meal. Then is it a case of following the stream down all the way, crossing it several times, until you reach the car park on the Rangitata Gorge Rd. Or $25 for the above without the accommodation. Welcome to the Te Araroa google satellite map! Accommodation ranges from $35 up to $55 for the TA ‘Boyle Overnighter’ which includes a free pizza, can of soft drink, free wifi, shower and free food parcel storage. Note that you cannot download and use a KML/.kmz file on a phone version. At the bottom of the hill the trail goes through two swamps while the 4WD road skirts them. Most TA walkers go to Hanmer Springs (which does have the attraction of hot pools to rest weary bodies), but you can send a bounce box to the Outdoor Education Centre and stay there. Two and a half hours will get you to the top of Harpers Pass (962m), an early route used by Māori and later Europeans to get to the West Coast before the Arthur’s Pass route came into use. There is an honesty box near the main road entrance further along for your fee ($8 as of 2020). Or simply camp near the hut. Tramping the full length of the trail generally takes three to six months. Note that the trail is marked to the right of the 4WD track and the landowner expects walkers to keep to the trail. We recommend checking this page regularly before and during your journey as route alterations may have arisen since planning your journey. It would be a useful guide for any summer multiday tramping/hiking. There’s plenty of huts on the South Island section of Te Araroa. This guide assumes a good level of familiarity with New Zealand tramping and conditions. The trail is best tackled north to south, beginning from the top of the North Island at Cape Reinga in late spring. Lake Middleton, a small lake inland from Lake Ōhau, has an idyllic basic camp ground with toilets and tap water (requiring treatment before drinking). This tends to be full of campervans. Lake Middleton to Twizel: 7.5 hrs, 30 km (maps 116, 115, 114), Cycling has become big in the Mackenzie High Country in recent years and another option might be to hire a bicycle between Lake Ōhau or Twizel and Tekapo. The second section of the South Island and the 7th Region of the Te Araroa Trail. They will also hold bounce boxes for $10, which need to be couriered (not posted) to them. The other is along the ridge, and is indicated on the map with dotted red lines. Travel is easy once you get down into bush close to the lake on the other side. Then you join the road and it is more road walking like Lake Pukaki, though with less traffic. Stop when you get to a marker and scan the horizon carefully for the next one, as there is no guarantee the trail continues in the same direction. Every dollar makes a difference. The app features all of the trail notes, GPS map, and more. But if you are not going to the lodge take care to turn off the cycleway down to the lake where the track, signposted as Tarnbrae Track, is marked with poles. The YHA is a bit further along the lake front, near the town centre. Cycling has become big in the Mackenzie High Country in recent years and another option might be to hire a bicycle between Lake Ōhau or Twizel and Tekapo. This is the Help You / Help Me / Help Others page. Check the present river level on the, Mt Sunday, a high point on the northern river bed not far up from Mt Potts Station (grid 1429 / 5176) got its name because boundary riders from the various high country sheep stations used to meet here on Sundays. The lakes here are turquoise, the mountain views scintillating. From here you have a choice of clambering up and down bluffs over a muddy and very poorly maintained Flood Track (though it is mostly well marked) or walking over boulders down the Ōtira River, which is equally time consuming. The first section in the Haketere Conservation Park is along the Clearwater Track from the Haketere Potts Rd car park to Buick’s Bridge on the Haketere Heron Rd (5 hrs 15, 20.5 km from the car park). Most people take this warning seriously, for the river has about two to three times as much water flowing down it as the Rangitata, though crossings have been done in low flows. A koha is suggested. You may also want to check out my planning page for Te Araroa trail. The main attractions of Tekapo besides the view up the lake are the lake-front Church of the Good Shepherd and the sheepdog memorial close by. Te Araroa comprises 87 separate trails stretching from Cape Reinga to Bluff. There is a large basic DoC campsite (Avalanche Creek Campsite) with ten tent sites, a large shelter for cooking and toilets on the Bealey River side of the village by the restaurant. With sheet iron cladding, deteriorated lining, and the high altitude, these huts can also be cold and draughty at night. It starts on a historic crossing of the Main Divide via the Harper Pass Track. You might be able to camp further along the Lake Pukaki edge if you keep a low profile instead. Check the present river level on the Environment Canterbury (ECAN) website. The Rakaia is another river stated by the official TA guide to be a Hazard Zone and crossing it is not part of the trail. 3 to Hope Kiwi Lodge (20 bunks): 9 hrs 15, 19 km (maps 95, 94, 93), 42. The further alternative is to arrange a ride to Lake Coleridge Village with the owners of Coleridge Lodge if you are staying there, but see note on sale of the lodge below. Note that the YHA reception closes at 7pm and DoC closes at 5pm. The hut further on is well up a spur between two streams below, but there is a hose delivering water at the edge of the spur. Then you pass the hydro scheme’s penstocks and end up on a road at the top of the hill. The notes are silent on how long it will take you from Twizel to Tekapo, but lets say 15 hours, a duration that I think is beyond the ability of average hikers. T-12 months: persuade your work to … Te Araroa Trail Gear List. 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