25. 38. Comyns Hut is a basic tin hut with concrete floor and consequently may be cold at night. There is also the Mt John Observatory, with both daytime tours and night time stargazing (not cheap). 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. There is apparently a mini-tower for cellphone reception at the Windy Point car park though. 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 second section of the South Island and the 7th Region of the Te Araroa Trail. Again you follow the A2O cycle trail over exposed flat areas with no water. 4WD tracks appear and then end in river fords up much of the rest of the river. In the weekend a lot of vehicles pulling boats will pass you by. There’s plenty of huts on the South Island section of Te Araroa. DoC have a comprehensive brochure on Arthur’s Pass. After a short distance there is a downhill stretch across farmland to the lake. There are also 4WD tracks up the middle or left of the valley that come and go. See below about the freedom camping brochure (which, to my mind, clarifies nothing). The trail travels from Cape Reinga on the North Island to Bluff on the South Island, passing through 9 distinct regions on its way. 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). 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. Not to mention the fact that river drownings were known as the New Zealand death in the early days of European settlement, as it was a common way to die before rivers were bridged. However, people seem to camp all round the shores of the lake. Companies are now catering to TA hikers who want a respite from walking and include, 25. 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). 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). So maybe I took a wrong turn somewhere. Hamilton Hut is up Hamilton Creek to the right and over a suspension bridge. Look behind you every now and then and if you have passed it you will spot it. 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. Created with sketchtool. See above for The Sanctuary shuttle option. See the Centre’s Tramping and Accommodation pages on its website for more details. 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). The route is rarely marked, there are numerous stream crossings, and dense matagouri discourages travel on the river banks. Includes double and twin rooms plus dorm beds. It seems to be a popular spot for campervans, but campers and campervans can be found all round the shores of the lake. Lake Emily, Hakatere, New Zealand.jpg 1,936 × 1,296; 679 KB. 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. At an average of 25 kms a day, the trail takes 120 days to walk – four months. Mingha Bivvy (3 hrs) has 2 bunks, and is a good spot for camping. The good thing is that there is plenty of transport and traffic. However, Coleridge Village is a pleasant place for a stay, and is. Comyns Hut to Glenrock Stream car park, Rakaia River: 4.5 hrs, 16 km (map 102). High river flows would make the route very difficult indeed. Note that you cannot download and use a KML/.kmz file on a phone version. Dormitory and tent sites available. It involves fording the Waimakariri River. 15. The road is very busy with tourist traffic, and narrow, so road walking would not be very safe. 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. Media in category "Te Araroa Trail" The following 12 files are in this category, out of 12 total. The track later becomes a cycle track. It can take about 2.5 hrs to cross from the car park on one side to the one on the other. There is grove of pine trees by the spillway with toilets (13 km north of Twizel). This place is situated in East Cape, New Zealand, its geographical coordinates are 37° 38' 0" South, 178° 22' 0" East and its original name (with diacritics) is Te Araroa. 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. There is a 4WD track well to the right and above the river that leaves the river bank just below and opposite The Pinnacles. Te Araroa continues through the vast Mackenzie Basin. Nor think that the large valley to your right is your destination. 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. At the lake spillway you cross the road to Lake Pukaki and a well formed track continues. – Oriented to large groups but dorm beds and private rooms available Oct–Feb. 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). Please register your trail usage before embarking on your journey. The route is clearly marked most of the way. At a scree fan near Locke Stream Hut (2.5 hrs) look for an orange triangle to centre right and cross the river to an island of bush. Stock up on water. Where 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). At the bottom of the hill the trail goes through two swamps while the 4WD road skirts them. An alternative is the old route with some lovely camping spots along the lake and the historic Telegraph Hut. 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. You could possibly make quicker progress going down the river bed than along the bush track, but there will be river crossings involved. 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. The cost is about $20. Marlborough trail notes, including information about accommodation, transport and resupplying; Marlborough region trail maps . 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. It's about time, says one Kiwi who was forced to finish his 3000km hike with a roadside stroll. You may wish to duck down to the lake as soon as you can. 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. We have today released the Version 38 of our 2019/2020 Te Araroa Trail Maps and Notes. The YHA is a bit further along the lake front, near the town centre. 55 km with only a few things in your pack, or a day pack, might still be tough, but certainly more do-able. From here you join an unsealed road and it is a long, mostly flat, slog around the lake with little shelter. There are also two motels at Arthur’s Pass: Arthurs Chalet Motel (03 318 9236) and. 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 in Canterbury is about the mighty Southern Alps. Stay safe and don’t risk trying to get water out of the canal. Rangitata to Rakaia River via Hakatere Conservation Park: 72.5 km, 3 days. There is strictly NO camping all the way up to Boundary Stream. This is cycling country and you could arrange to pick up a bike at the lodge from an operator further north (see under section 25 for some names). You pass from grassy cattle flats and beech forest on the east to rugged rivers on the west. There is relatively little traffic down the south bank for hitch hiking, but more going up to Lake Coleridge. 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. Alps 2 Ocean can also do a transfer. There are rats present, so hang your food out of reach. The map is a bit misleading, but try and stay close to the lake. With sheet iron cladding, deteriorated lining, and the high altitude, these huts can also be cold and draughty at night. DoC have a comprehensive. 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. 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). Te Araroa in Canterbury is about the mighty Southern Alps. One is up the Camp Stream via the route marked on the TA map. However, Coleridge Village is a pleasant place for a stay, and is full of history concerning the hydroelectric dam, which was completed in 1914, the first government hydro scheme in NZ. Walk along the lake front to the corner where the road branches away southeast. Then on to picturebook views of Mt Cook as you enter Twizel. At the lake outlet this trail is up higher on a flood route. About 30 mins after Hurunui Hut there is a suspension bridge that is easy to miss over the Hurunui River. Arthur’s Pass has a café but they no longer sell groceries, though you could buy a sandwich for lunch the next day. Upper Deception Hut to Morrison Footbridge: 12 kmThe 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. Eventually you reach the Clent Hills Saddle (1480m) opposite Round Hill. The lakes here are turquoise, the mountain views scintillating. There is no camping permitted in the Lake Coleridge area except at the head of the lake at Harper Village. It can be rugged weather up here, as suggested by the names of the peaks to your right, Mt Misery and Mt Horrible. It becomes Andrew Don Drive and then Aorangi Crescent as it runs into the village. It is not a DoC hut and there is an honesty box for your $10 contribution to keep the hut being made available to TA walkers. You begin this section by getting your feet wet crossing the Bealey River. 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. The guides and other pages are based on a through-hike I did in February and March 2016 from Bluff to Ship Cove, plus some ongoing walking in the North Island since then. 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. 027 322 1040, johancon@xtra.co.nz. 3. 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. The point where the route departs from SH73 past Bealey Hotel is not clear, though the official NoBo notes suggest at the hotel itself. Every dollar makes a difference. 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 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. They were constructed as part of a government scheme in the 1930s to make the Harpers Pass Track an affordable alternative to the Milford Track, but it never worked out. The Sanctuary is fully committed to the Te Araroa Trail community. The trail begins on the road just above the Lake Coleridge Lodge. The track along the southern shore is occasionally marked with orange poles, but it seems to disappear at times, or the bank falls away where the track formerly was. His homestead is long gone, but its site is marked at the school house grounds. The new route follows instead a canal from just before the Pukaki Power Station all the way to Tekapo. Then you join the road and it is more road walking like Lake Pukaki, though with less traffic. 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. The shelter itself is more enclosed than Klondyke, and you could sleep on the benches within the shelter at a pinch in bad weather. It goes through an arboretum planted in 1933 that contains an extensive collection of conifers from around the world. There is a restaurant across the road with main dishes in the $20 to $30 range, and mediocre takeaway fish and chips. Then it is a bit of up and down across rolling country along this gravel road to Telegraph Hut (3 hrs, 13 km). Canterbury. Notes: I need your Bounce Boxes ( You have 24/7 access ). A short way down on the left is a rather grim free camping area with a toilet and a water tap. 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. 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. Tekapo to Rangitata River via Two Thumb Track: 72.5 km, 4 days. Users will be able to view official trail notes, maps, elevation, user comments, campsites, huts, and offline topo maps without cell phone coverage. 24. Check the DoC site for current opening details. You will go over a concrete bridge and then you will need to climb over the gate where the road turns off to the left. 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. 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. 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. 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. 29. Click 3D map to enlarge, click again to zoom in. The descent down to Comyns Hut follows Round Hill Creek and then the North Branch Ashburton River. 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. Goat Pass Hut (20 bunks) is a modern hut with a short-wave radio a further 1.5 hrs over the pass. All the same you obviously need to take a tent. According to the official NoBo notes there is a track through the beech forest which then crosses a railway line and continues as an unsealed road parallel to the main road to Greyneys Shelter. This is an entirely flat section that is very exposed to sun, wind, rain, or whatever the weather pleases to bring. There is very little traffic on the road. 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. The Upper Deception Hut will also be unavailable. You could easily stay at Bealey Hut (6 bunks), but it will only have taken 5 hrs 40 to get here (not the 7-8 hrs in the TA notes, which is partly accounted for by the long slog up to Lagoon Saddle going north to south), so you could push on to Bealey Hotel (50 mins), Greyneys Shelter (2.5 hrs), or Arthur’s Pass. Pay by koha (donation). Mānuka Hut to Double Hut 6km; Double Hut to Comyns Hut 17 km. The Flood Track is notorious amongst TA hikers as the worst on the South Island TA, so you have been warned. Note that the YHA reception closes at 7pm and DoC closes at 5pm. How to deal with a number of animal nuisances on the Te Araroa Trail, from rats, possums, kea and weka through to sandflies. Cross the Avoca and then the Harper. Katie Edmead and Nic Durkin started walking Te Araroa trail from Cape Reinga in mid-October, and are excited Baxter can join them for the forest park section, one of the few that allows dogs. Further road walking takes you to the turn-off of Braemar Rd (4 hrs, 15 km). The first half hour is easy walking before you start up the Harper River bed itself. The camp ground has tent sites, a sheltered cooking area, showers, toilets and water. The orange Harpers Pass Bivvy is a little further along, and then Cameron’s Hut, a basic tin hut with concrete floor and four bunks (2.5 hrs). This is straightforward road walking, though you can cut the corner once you see traffic on the main road from Pukaki to Tekapo and head across unfenced land toward the point there the power lines to your left converge with the shelter belt of pine trees in the distance. It is marked Richmond Trail and this takes you up into the Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park. There is no camping permitted in the Lake Coleridge area except at the head of the lake at Harper Village. It is an ideal way to ease your way into southern trail life. Not throwing any shade on Guthook but the Te Araroa Trust has created their own trail guide app. Te Araroa App. Lake Pukaki opposite Morgan’s Island to Telegraph Hut (2 bunks): 7 hrs, 28 km (maps 112, 111), 27. Then continue up the eastern side of the lake on the road. A modern building hasn’t brought cellphone coverage with it though. At the lake front turn right, cross a bridge and a little further along find the track between the road and the lake. Then it is down a steep bank to the hut (3 hrs, 12 km from Buick’s Bridge). This is much easier if you took the ridge track on the way up. The next section, should you chose to walk it, is the Klondyke Track. Mānuka Hut to Double Hut 6km; Double Hut to Comyns Hut 17 km. I will give two options for getting to Tekapo. Rather than risk losing their life, most people opt to travel down river 48 km to stay and resupply at Methven (two supermarkets and a hardware store that sells some camping supplies) and then go back up the other side. Rakaia Gorge Society Camping Ground – 6686 Arundel Rakaia Gorge Rd, 03 302 9353. Please take some cash for this. Jo and Mike Gallen Homestay at 48 Brandon Hall Rd, 500m off trail. 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. 3 to Hope Kiwi Lodge (20 bunks): 9 hrs 15, 19 km (maps 95, 94, 93), 42. But you are probably best to hitch hike to Arthur’s Pass, 6km away. Lake Front Backpackers Lodge, same address and contact details. 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. As Arthur’s Pass is on a major tourist route and is a small settlement, accommodation can be very tight. Canterbury is a mix of flat fields and mountains. 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. Not to mention the fact that river drownings were known as the New Zealand death in the early days of European settlement, as it was a common way to die before rivers were bridged. 34. The North Island route is just over 1,600 km long, and the South Island just under 1,400 km. Closer to Twizel the one on the left becomes more developed and goes behind a row of trees to insulate you from a busy stretch of road. The TA map shows the Flood Track route (i guess to be on the safe side if the river is too high to traverse). An alternative for resupply is to go to Reefton, 82 km to the west or Hanmer Springs, 54 km to the east (including 10 km off the main highway), where there are shops and accommodation. Coleridge to Arthurs Pass: 74.5 km, 3 days. A short way down on the left is a rather grim free, 36. When you get to Frankton things get a bit confusing, but if you approximately follow the map it will be fine. The Pines camp site to Tekapo: 42 km (maps 113, 112, 111, 110). A possible camping option might be at the start, at Haketere Potts Rd car park, where there is some degree of shelter. Alpenhorn Chalet – 44 Allen St, Methven, 03 302 8779; 021 145 5357. Dorms and single rooms. 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. Telegraph Hut to Tekapo township: 3 hrs, 13.5 km (maps 111, 110). Whether this is legal is unclear (The McKenzine District Council has a brochure on freedom camping, but it is not explicit about tent camping, though seems to suggest you can’t camp anywhere on council land without a self-contained campervan). It starts on a historic crossing of the Main Divide via the Harper Pass Track. Hurunui Hut No. Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps. 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. 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. 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. 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. The route is marked with stone cairns here and there. Upper Deception Hut to Kiwi Hut (6 bunks): 10 hrs 45, 26 km (maps 97, 96), Upper Deception Hut to Morrison Footbridge: 12 km. Special rates for TA walkers, bookings essential. 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. There is a lovely area through here that is perfect for a rest or camp. The other is along the ridge, and is indicated on the map with dotted red lines. On New Zealand’s 3,000 kilometre Te Araroa Trail. You pass from grassy cattle flats and beech forest on the east to rugged rivers on the west. The track heads to the Windy Point car park but you need to turn left into the Tūī Track before you descend too far down the hill. 41. ... Track. Pay $8 cash at the self-registration stand. BeSpoke Bike Tours, 16 Murray Place, Tekapo, 021 151 3742. Accommodation should be reserved ahead, as the Centre is frequently host to large school groups. It starts on a historic crossing of the Main Divide via the Harper Pass Track. Rest of the main road entrance further along the road and it is then 1.5 to 2 downhill... 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