This is an entirely flat section that is very exposed to sun, wind, rain, or whatever the weather pleases to bring. 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 app features all of the trail notes, GPS map, and more. 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. It’s road walking all the way on a busy road to the Bealey Hotel. Crooked Spur to Rangitata River: 3 hrs 25, 9 km (+ river crossing of 2.5 hrs) (maps 107, 106), 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. 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. From here you join an unsealed road and it is a long, mostly flat, slog around the lake with little shelter. We have today released the Version 38 of our 2019/2020 Te Araroa Trail Maps and Notes. Te Araroa comprises 87 separate trails stretching from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Some transport is available to Peel Forest or Geraldine (from the other side of the river at least): A mail van runs occasionally from Peel Forest Café & Bar (see link below, 03 696 3567) but can’t take a group. Rakaia Gorge Society Camping Ground – 6686 Arundel Rakaia Gorge Rd, 03 302 9353. There is an honesty box near the main road entrance further along for your fee ($8 as of 2020). BeSpoke Bike Tours, 16 Murray Place, Tekapo, 021 151 3742. There are also two motels at Arthur’s Pass: Arthurs Chalet Motel (03 318 9236) and. As Arthur’s Pass is on a major tourist route and is a small settlement, accommodation can be very tight. – 6 Bank St, Methven, 03 302 8999. The trail is best tackled north to south, beginning from the top of the North Island at Cape Reinga in late spring. The route down the Deception River soon becomes much easier as the valley widens but it still takes 5 hours to reach the Morrison Footbridge over the Ōtira River. Send to YMCA Arthur’s Pass, PO Box 51007, Arthurs Pass 7654 and mark the parcel with your name, ‘Te Araroa Walker’ and an estimated arrival date. See above for The Sanctuary shuttle option. 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). Dormitory and tent sites available. Canterbury trail notes, including information about accommodation, transport and resupplying. It was the site of Edoras in the Lord of the Rings films. At the lake spillway you cross the road to Lake Pukaki and a well formed track continues. There are two river crossings, over the Doubtful and then the more substantial Boyle River. The new route follows instead a canal from just before the Pukaki Power Station all the way to Tekapo. The second is certainly worth taking, even though it makes the route longer. West Harper Hut (1.5 hrs) is a very basic tin hut with earth floor and canvas bunks. This is in no way a recommendation, but if you are going to try it you really should be experienced in such things, be of large build, and have at least one companion. The next section, should you chose to walk it, is the Klondyke Track. Note that the YHA reception closes at 7pm and DoC closes at 5pm. The descent down to Comyns Hut follows Round Hill Creek and then the North Branch Ashburton River. This and three other huts on the track have historic significance. When the diversion ends, marker poles appear up the valley. Note that the trail is marked to the right of the 4WD track and the landowner expects walkers to keep to the trail. 15. It does shorten the overall distance by 13 km, and avoids a long stretch of road walking, but it comes with a problem: it is 55 km from Twizel to Tekapo without a break on a barren landscape. The whole route from Mt Potts to Mānuka Hut is mostly easy walking and clearly marked, but it is very exposed and a long day. Lake Pukaki opposite Morgan’s Island to Telegraph Hut (2 bunks): 7 hrs, 28 km (maps 112, 111), 27. A short way down on the left is a rather grim free camping area with a toilet and a water tap. This guide assumes a good level of familiarity with New Zealand tramping and conditions. Upper Deception Hut to Kiwi Hut (6 bunks): 10 hrs 45, 26 km (maps 97, 96), Upper Deception Hut to Morrison Footbridge: 12 km. It's about time, says one Kiwi who was forced to finish his 3000km hike with a roadside stroll. The point where the route departs from SH73 past Bealey Hotel is not clear, though the official NoBo notes suggest at the hotel itself. His homestead is long gone, but its site is marked at the school house grounds. There is strictly NO camping all the way up to Boundary Stream. 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. Camp Stream Hut to Royal Hut (8 bunks): 5.5 hrs via ridge route, 14 km (via Camp Stream route) (map 108), 30. 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. Another 3 hrs eventually brings you to the sign pointing to Kiwi Hut, which is well into the bush at left. However, people seem to camp all round the shores of the lake. Click 3D map to enlarge, click again to zoom in. Tramping the full length of the trail generally takes three to six months. Te Araroa App. Take care crossing SH8 when the canal intersects with it. It is a 5 min walk to the Cora Lynn car park, and a bit further down the road to SH73. See the Centre’s Tramping and Accommodation pages on its website for more details. Stay safe and don’t risk trying to get water out of the canal. When you get to Tekapo Power Station cross over the footbridge and stay on the road going east. You begin this section by getting your feet wet crossing the Bealey River. Pay $8 cash at the self-registration stand. There is a derelict musterers’ hut on the other side of the Ahuriri River East Branch from the track 9 km up from the pines by the Ahuriri River, which will offer shelter in bad weather. There are some spectacular mountain peaks above the track that seem almost fictional in their steepness. The route is rarely marked, there are numerous stream crossings, and dense matagouri discourages travel on the river banks. There is also the Mt John Observatory, with both daytime tours and night time stargazing (not cheap). 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. Mt Potts Lodge is then a further 3 km up the road to the left. You could even travel in luxury on the TranzAlpine train. Lake Coleridge Village Homestay – Hummocks Road / Hart Place, Lake Coleridge Village, 03 357 8140, 03 318 5118 or 027 357 8140. There is apparently a mini-tower for cellphone reception at the Windy Point car park though. 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. It is about 1.5 hours to Upper Deception Hut, an older style of hut which is hidden in the bush at right, so you need to watch for the sign. Take the Zig Zag Rd immediately after the bridge on the north bank to save walking time. Here marker poles lead you down to the left towards the lake a little (not, as shown on the TA and NZ Topo maps, uphill). The climb is steep at first, and then you turn left and walk along the mountainside, eventually intersecting the road to a ski field. 3 to Hope Kiwi Lodge (20 bunks): 9 hrs 15, 19 km (maps 95, 94, 93), 42. Telegraph Hut to Tekapo township: 3 hrs, 13.5 km (maps 111, 110). Created with sketchtool. However, it is easy walking downhill to Bealey Hut (1 hr 50) and on to the main highway connecting the east and west coasts via Arthur’s Pass. There may be tracks through the beech trees, but these are hard to locate. From the A-frame it is a short distance up to Lagoon Saddle, where there is a panoramic view of the Waimakariri River valley below. Hut that sleeps 3, and room for camping. The Flood Track is notorious amongst TA hikers as the worst on the South Island TA, so you have been warned. – Oriented to large groups but dorm beds and private rooms available Oct–Feb. 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. Always check the Trail Status pages of the official Te Araroa website for recent changes or alerts on the trail. Lake Front Backpackers Lodge, same address and contact details. 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 would be a useful guide for any summer multiday tramping/hiking. At the lake spillway you cross the road to Lake Pukaki and a well formed track continues. 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. 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. 4WD tracks appear and then end in river fords up much of the rest of the river. Eventually you reach the Clent Hills Saddle (1480m) opposite Round Hill. Then it is down a steep bank to the hut (3 hrs, 12 km from Buick’s Bridge). Load this file into Google Earth online or desktop to help you plan your journey. 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. 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). Try and stay on the Queenstown Trail. They will also hold bounce boxes for $10, which need to be couriered (not posted) to them. Always check the Trail Status pages of the official Te Araroa website for recent changes or alerts on 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. Twizel to the Pines camp site: 3 hrs, 26. Staying at Mesopotamia Station means a very long 11.5 hr hike the next day to Mānuka Hut, but it was an accommodation highlight for this writer (and Mt Potts was booked out). The Deception–Mingha Track is a tough route, and unsafe after heavy rain, and some people chose to avoid it. There are numerous idyllic camping spots amongst trees on the lake edge all the way up. ... Te Araroa Trail by Lake Clearwater, Canterbury, New Zealand 02.jpg 3,648 × 5,472; 13.26 MB. Twizel to Lake Pukaki camping (near Morgans Island, grid ref 1376 5112): 6 hrs, 26.5 km (maps 114, 113, 112), Again you follow the A2O cycle trail over exposed flat areas with no water. The hut is so named because Prince Charles and Princess Anne visited it as young adults in 1971. The Sanctuary is fully committed to the Te Araroa Trail community. Hope Shelter is a 6 bunk hut 2 hours down the track, and is really a hut rather than just a shelter. Te Araroa continues through the vast Mackenzie Basin. Note that the YHA reception closes at 7pm and DoC closes at 5pm. A detour can be taken into Methven for some grocery shopping for an extra fee. A detailed description of trail notes for the Globally recognized national hiking trail of New Zealand. There is a lovely area through here that is perfect for a rest or camp. The route is rarely marked, there are numerous stream crossings, and dense matagouri discourages travel on the river banks. However, the official notes for 2020-21 imply that camping is possible here, so who knows? The route to Double Hill Run Rd by the Rakaia River is easy and along 4WD tracks that pass the A-Frame hut (3-4 bunks) on the way to Turtons Saddle. 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. Stock up on water. There is no indication of a trail until you come to a new fence and a sign directing TA walkers to divert right around it. 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. 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. Dorms and single rooms. The diversion west is brief as Te Araroa bounces east again over Goat Pass. As of October 2020 the campsite is closed following a major fire in the area. At the bottom of the hill the trail goes through two swamps while the 4WD road skirts them. It involves fording the Waimakariri River. 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. The trail begins on the road just above the Lake Coleridge Lodge. Pay by koha (donation). There is grove of pine trees known as The Pines by the spillway with toilets (12 km north of Twizel). You will need to check times with the company, and find out if it is summer school holiday period or not (see Links page for school terms). One is up the Camp Stream via the route marked on the TA map. Support the trust today so that you can enjoy the trail tomorrow, either one day at a time, or all 3000km! The good thing is that there is plenty of transport and traffic. So maybe I took a wrong turn somewhere. 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. Check the DoC site for current opening details. The owners of the hut have reported they are only collecting an average of 30 cents per visitor! Te Araroa Trail 2020 Google Earth (Updated 25 September 2020) This file contains the entire trail route, bypasses, KM marks, hut, campsites and more! The river valley is narrow at times and the going becomes very rough and difficult, as well as slow. Detailed information. But you are probably best to hitch hike to Arthur’s Pass, 6km away. The map is a bit misleading, but try and stay close to the lake. After a short distance there is a downhill stretch across farmland to the lake. From January to March 2017 I walked the South Island part of Te Araroa, New Zealand’s walking trail from Ship Cove to Bluff. Canterbury. 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. The trail begins on the road just above the Lake Coleridge Lodge. There is a detour to the route out of Lake Coleridge Village in place until 1 August 2021, but I leave the following standard route in place in grey text for future. 34. This affords great views, and is a long, gentle climb up to the pass. It is 3 hrs of fairly easy walking to Hurunui Hut (technically Hurunui No. The Flood Track is notorious amongst TA hikers as the worst on the South Island TA, so you have been warned. I may have been a little ambitious when I decided to hike Te Araroa, the world’s newest long distance hiking trail running from one end of New Zealand to the other. If the rivers are going to be high then you could exit at the Windy Point car park and walk along the road. Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps. Companies are now catering to TA hikers who want a respite from walking and include, 25. The Upper Deception Hut will also be unavailable. You may also want to check out my planning page for Te Araroa trail. After 5km turn right onto Tekapo Canal Rd and to the canal end. There’s plenty of huts on the South Island section of Te Araroa. High river flows would make the route very difficult indeed. It certainly does seem like a logical way of dealing with the canal route to Tekapo, provided you are not determined to actually walk the entire TA. There are also 4WD tracks up the middle or left of the valley that come and go. Possibly the easiest alternative might be to cross the Morrison Footbridge and travel down alongside the road (I don’t know how easy this is) to the Windy Point corner and Aickens car park (just north of the horizontal grid line 5264), and cross the Ōtira River on the line marked on the map. Royal Hut to Crooked Spur Hut (8 bunks): 6.5 hrs, 15.5 km (map 107), Royal Hut to Stone Hut (8 bunks, similar to Royal Hut): 1 hr 45, 6 km, Stone Hut to Crooked Spur Hut: 4 hr 45, 9.5km. Maps … Check the present river level on the Environment Canterbury (ECAN) website. It goes through an arboretum planted in 1933 that contains an extensive collection of conifers from around the world. Then continue up the eastern side of the lake on the road. Mesopotomia is redolent of history, as it was originally founded by Samuel Butler who wrote the famous fantastical satire, The Rangitata is classed as a Hazard Zone on the Te Araroa website and not part of the trail, so cross the river with caution, remembering the fate of Dr Andrew Sinclair, New Zealand’s Colonial Secretary, who was drowned in 1861 attempting to reach Butler’s homestead. The going is quite difficult up the East Branch valley as there is no defined track and markers are far apart. No camping is permitted along the canal, though there is an Airbnb at Irishman Creek station, about halfway across. Mānuka Hut to Double Hut 6km; Double Hut to Comyns Hut 17 km. As the valley narrows the options for river bed walking gradually also narrow, making route picking a bit easier and progress a little quicker. The first, which was the official route when I did this bit of the TA, goes well up the Pukaki Lake edge and then over Braemar Rd via the historic Telegraph Hut. There is grove of pine trees by the spillway with toilets (13 km north of Twizel). (The peak’s name was only assigned in 2007, in memory of mountain guide Erica Beuzenberg who died in a 2005 climbing accident near Ball Pass.). This tends to be full of campervans. Notes: I need your Bounce Boxes ( You have 24/7 access ). The lakes here are turquoise, the mountain views scintillating. In the north huts are way more common than found in the North Island section. Telegraph Hut is very basic (no toilet) and, as it sleeps just two, you may not find a space. It can take about 2.5 hrs to cross from the car park on one side to the one on the other. The road is very busy with tourist traffic, and narrow, so road walking would not be very safe. Here are my top-tips for planning the hike. At the lake outlet this trail is up higher on a flood route. 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. The YHA is a bit further along the lake front, near the town centre. A koha is suggested. The saddle is 1925m, the highest point on the TA, but you could always hop up Beuzenberg to get even higher (2070m). At the lake spillway you cross the road to Lake Pukaki and a well formed track continues. At the bottom of the hill the trail goes through two swamps while the 4WD road skirts them. It starts on a historic crossing of the Main Divide via the Harper Pass Track. 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). 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. Hope Kiwi Lodge to Boyle Village: 8 hrs, 25 km (maps 93, 92), 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), 3D view north-west: Tekapo to Rangitata River, 3D view north-west: Rangitata River to Rakaia River, Lake Coleridge Country Style Accommodation, 3D view north-west: Rakaia River to Bealey, YMCA Arthur’s Pass Outdoor Education Centre, 3D view west: Bealey to Kiwi Hut via Deception-Mingha Track, 3D view north-west: Kiwi Hut to Boyle via Harpers Pass. Possibly the easiest alternative might be to cross the Morrison Footbridge and travel down alongside the road (I don’t know how easy this is) to the Windy Point corner and Aickens car park (just north of the horizontal grid line 5264), and cross the Ōtira River on the line marked on the map. Please take some cash for this. There are numerous river crossings up the valley, so you need to be confident that the flow levels will make them passable (another reason to get a weather forecast at Arthur’s Pass or Goat Pass Hut). 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. If this is too high, then you may as well just walk along the road and across the bridge. There are also restaurants and cafés in the mall. Don’t follow the 4WD track away from the river to left. Admittedly it is along a dusty road, but traffic is very light. Alps2Ocean (0800 425 772) also offer a shuttle service on demand from the trail end on the south side of the Rangitata River to Geraldine. Advance arrangements should also be made regarding parcels, as the mailing address is a Christchurch one. The trail travels from Cape Reinga on the North Island to Bluff on the South Island, passing through 9 distinct regions on its way. In the weekend a lot of vehicles pulling boats will pass you by. 24. The tussock is especially thick in places. The 3000km route stretches from Cape Reinga in the north of New Zealand to Bluff in the south. There is very little traffic on the road. You eventually reach a car park on the left after about 4 hours (16 km from Tekapo), and the track up the hill is 1-200m further on. Te Araroa Hiking Trail Notes for Canterbury Published on Mar 22, 2013 A detailed description of trail notes for the Globally recognized national hiking trail of New Zealand. Te Araroa Trail Gear List. There are a few tiny holes in the roof and bound to be rats, so put your food out of reach. 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. Or simply camp near the hut. Note that you cannot download and use a KML/.kmz file on a phone version. The route is marked with stone cairns here and there. 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. There is a steep climb in scree to the 1500m saddle before the hut and then a reasonably easy descent down through tussock to the hut, which is positioned on a spur to give a great view down Bush Stream to the Rangitata River. 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. Header photo: Braemar Rd, between Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo. See below about the freedom camping brochure (which, to my mind, clarifies nothing). An alternative is catching a ride on the school bus with Methven Travel in the late afternoon Monday to Friday after the children have been dropped off home. It becomes Andrew Don Drive and then Aorangi Crescent as it runs into the village. 3D view north: Ahuriri River to Tekapo 23. Includes double and twin rooms plus dorm beds. And a service to Peel Forest from Geraldine is operated by the Geraldine Community Trust on weekday mornings, 03 693 1007, email@example.com, $14. Note that the trail is marked to the right of the 4WD track and the landowner expects walkers to keep to the trail. Lake Emily, Hakatere, New Zealand.jpg 1,936 × 1,296; 679 KB. So maybe I took a wrong turn somewhere. 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. Reservations are strongly recommended for Bealey Hotel or the Youth Hostel. Queenstown to Arrowtown: 7.5 hrs, 28.5 km (maps 125, 124) This section to Arrowtown follows cycle trails, but there are a number of them, and there is no TA signage. For more info see Downloads 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. However, Coleridge Village is a pleasant place for a stay, and is. Lake Middleton to Tekapo: 98 km, 3–4 days. It is an ideal way to ease your way into southern trail life. The Tūī Track (3 hrs 15) is easy walking through mānuka scrub and long grass. As Arthur’s Pass is on a major tourist route and is a small settlement, accommodation can be very tight. 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. 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. Nor are there any shops at either Lake Coleridge Village or Harper Village. It is pleasant, easy walking down the side of the Hope River. 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. It seems to be a popular spot with campervans but tents may not be permitted. An introduction to the Canterbury region of Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail.Visit www.teararoa.org.nz to learn more about Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail. 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