For any concerns call Karen Murray 021 0754 246. New Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail is the world’s newest long-distance thru-hike. Created with sketchtool. This is a detour - see details in trail notes. Halfway along the ridgeline, there is the track exiting to the north/Ocean Beach Road and another going steeply down to the south & Peach Cove (DOC hut - not included in back-country hut pass). There's an electrified gate to go through, easily done using the plastic insulated handle - leave it as you find it. Note that Sheryl's place is "off the grid" - composting toilet available on request and kauri dieback cleaning facilities available, please make use of these! Challenges include crossing several bodies of water. In October 2019 Mangamuka Bridge Dairy advised that they will be closed on Saturdays until further notice. There's a campsite here. Turn left onto Kaiatea Road for 3.5km. I could be happy, in blue and fortunate weather, Roaming the country between you and the sun. The trail includes everything from cruisey beach walks to rigorous backcountry hikes. Approximately it is $18 pp, this allows use of the showers, laundry, camp kitchen and some utensils, pots and pans available. It passes Mt Bledisloe (105m) and a short diversion to the summit lookout is worthwhile. The Department of Conservation Back Country Hut Pass does not apply and bookings are essential in peak season. Please observe any signage and traffic management instruction, particularly when tree-chopping is taking place near the road. $15 per night per adult. Please call Dave on 0274 339 016 or Alex 0220 454 391, and if you call after three we can even pick you up from the beach. You'll need to text him at least a day in advance to arrange this. The Far North is a remote region with long, lonely stretches of sand, forests of dense bush, steep hills and fast-rising rivers, Northland trail notes, including information about accommodation, transport and resupplying. Te Araroa, 3000 km, 1864 miles, about 300 days. Some supplies at the GAS petrol station. Please treat it with respect. Tea and coffee can be provided at no cost. Discover remote villages, magical kauri forests, breathtaking volcanic scenery and bustling cities on New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail. It is not currently part of Te Araroa. The Treaty Grounds (including the colonial Treaty House) and 1000 acres of land were gifted to the nation in 1932 by the former Governor-General, Lord Charles Bledisloe. From the carpark, follow Urquarts Bay Road north onto Whāngārei Heads Road. Please respect that walkers are allowed to camp here with permission, be sure to camp on the grassed area of the campsite and don't go into the pine forest to camp. They also have a 2 bedroom cottage for hire, fully equipped with own kitchen and bathroom (bed linen not supplied) Please text 0211215362 to book cottage 2 days ahead. Please camp within the grassed area ONLY, not in the pine trees. Tickets are purchased on board. Note: This accessway is public land. Pacific Coast Kayaks - Mark Garry - P: 09 436-1947 or M: 021 1295-921- E: pc.kayaks@gmail.com Offer a shuttle trip from Ngunguru to Pataua or Taiharuru, with a lunch stop at Goat Island (lunch provided). Cottage hire $80 per night (up to 4 people). This 3km marked route crosses rolling pasture to Mangakaretu Road. Keep a close eye on navigation, or use a GPS to connect to Te Puke Rd. Kororipo Pa served as a coastal village, a fortified base for war parties and a trading post, Pagoda Lodge & Camping Ground - 81 Pa Rd, Kerikeri - P: 09 407 8617 or M: 021 071 8688 - E: info@pagoda.co.nz, Derek Miller lives in Haruru Falls and is happy to provide assistance to TA walkers - transport etc anywhere between Puketi and Russell Forests - Derek - spikebowler@hotmail.com 0212 544 919 or 09 402 7717, Te Araroa’s first-ever track-opening plaque 7 February 7 1995. Dave and Alex can offer a place to stay in Helena Bay, we have room for 8-10 tents, shower, fresh water, dinner and refreshments too, for koha. Derek spikebowler@hotmail.com 0212 544 919 or 09 4027717. At the bottom of the hill, a stile leads over the fence into the scrub and a short track winds down to the Maungaparerua Stream. Details for contact are to Bernard, his email address is. Follow Ninety Mile Beach south for approximately an hour until you come to Te Paki Stream mouth. Try to time your walking to avoid high tide as in parts the water can come all the way up to the dunes and make for either wet feet or a need to walk in the hilly dunes. From Cape Reinga to Bluff. Near the southern end of the beach, a sand track leads up to a carpark, toilet and Ocean Beach Road. At the bottom of the hill, it crosses the Waitangi River which is usually knee/thigh depth. Your hosts - Mark and Kerry, Mangawhai Deli - Shop 2, 7 Wood Street, Mangawhai Heads - P: 09 431 5887, 4 Four Square - Moir Street, Mangawhai Village - P: 09 431 4585 Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7:00am – 7:00pm. Turn right and follow that road for 10km before turning right onto Waikare Rd. Enjoy Te Araroa’s most popular bits. A full range of amenities is available at Paihia (population 1770), i-SITE Visitor Information Centres - The Wharf, Marsden Rd, Paihia - P: 09 402 7345 or 0800 363 463 - E: paihia@visitnorthland.co.nz -For further information on Paihia and Russell: www.paihianz.co.nz and W: www.russellnz.co.nz, Derek Miller lives in Haruru Falls and is happy to provide assistance to TA walkers - transport etc - anywhere between Puketi and Russell Forests. River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers. Written by: McKenzie Barney. Another 6km brings you to a sign on the sandhills for a track leaving the beach and going over the dunes to Tip Road. Walk 2.5km northeast to the streamside junction with the Pukeatua Ridge Track. Find walking maps and guidebooks, self guided walking holidays and hiking tours. If the tide is in, take the footpath south on Seaview Road to Haumi Bay. Immediately south (right) of the junction between Mangapukahukahu and the Waipapa, a track leads up the bank and descends to a shoal where there's a shallow crossing of the main river. Tide information for Taiharuru Estuary Route. another 6km past an airstrip on your left and occasional beehives tucked into the forest (just button up and walk gently past). The Northland section of the Te Araroa Trail (TAT) in New Zealand. At a T-intersection, turn left, follow the road for about 2 km. The track is well-formed but steep. It’s a spiritual place, so very fitting for what lies ahead. Hours may vary. A Rāhui (traditional Māori precautionary closure) has been applied at the Punaruku Road end of the track and the entry/exit point, for the time being, is via Papakauri Road. The track descends past Mt Bledisoe before turning east (left) onto Haruru Falls Rd then Tau Henare Drive and past the Waitangi Golf Course, to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Hopewell B&B - 1349 Russell Rd, Helena Bay Hill - P: 09 4339608 - We offer a dinner option on request (booking required 24hrs before arrival) and we also have single room rates. From Kaitāia walkers will need to catch a lift (the road walk is very dangerous as it is state highway 1) to Ruaroa Road (5km). P: 09 4097500. I've been journeying for 31 days now. Koha appreciated. Roger Gale - P: 09 409 3807 - E: roger@treeskills.co.nz - is available for guiding through Herekino and Raetea Forests. Keep travelling uphill for approx. Note: a freedom camping bylaw is in place that prohibits camping in this carpark. Adult (18+ years): $8 per night, Child (5-17 years): $3 per night, Infant (0-4 years). At the second/lower one, a track goes through the pampas grass on the right-hand side. This route is a mix of footpaths, grass, easy walking tracks and road berm. Note: 13km by stream & road to Waitiki Landing Park - SH 1 (20 kms south of Cape Reinga). Look for the track sign in the bush on the south side. At the southern end of the property, over the stile, you emerge onto Whananaki North Road. We live at 9 Longview Street. Therefore please plan around using only these two sites. The 1,864-mile trek spans the length of New Zealand's two main islands, starting at the northernmost tip at … When leaving Mimiwhangata, continue uphill on Kaiikanui Rd and rejoin the route at the Morepork Track. - anywhere between Puketi and Russell Forests. Water: It is recommended when crossing the Rangiheke Stream that you refill your water supplies if required. From the open tops high above the Telford Burn Te Araroa through-trampers get their first glimpse towards the south coast. From there, follow the orange-marked bush track down the southern side to Kauri Mountain Road. 150mtrs from restaurants, cafes, bus stop and shopping. Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 7am - 6pm / Sat: 8.30am - 5pm / Sun: 9am - 3pm (these hours may shorten in winter). Follow along to cross a concrete ford over a stream (NB: if water is flowing over the top of it, do not proceed as this means water levels in the Mangapukahukahu gorge will be too dangerous). Look for the prominent bare clay bank, south side, (orange marker), and walk up to cross the stile on top. The internationally renowned Te Araroa trail stretches from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island. This takes you through Mangamuka settlement and then south to Mangamuka Bridge. Then you go over a hill and down a bush line to a marshy area and up a spur onto pasture land. 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. November 10, 2019 May 2, 2020; ... Commemorate your Te Araroa hike with this awesome T-Shirt. Campsite Fees - Bookings are not required for the campground. We have a small camp shop that stocks most basics and necessities. Head south down the beach running parallel with DOC’s Ocean Beach Recreation Reserve. Here you can enjoy glimpses of the magnificent canopy of large native trees below and the coast in the distance. Continue on the driveway until reaching the gate at McAuslin Road. Very close to Ocean Beach and all scenic walking tracks. From the DOC carpark, follow the no-exit Bream Tail Road (like a private driveway) as it climbs uphill through farmland offering spectacular views of the coast. 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. The next major junction is where Kauri Pā Road runs off left. If planning to kayak to Waikare it is easier to launch from the Paihia beach. With more people completing the TA each year, the trail’s constantly being improved, and accommodation is available across the whole route, whether it’s a basic campsite, a hut, or something more glamorous. We'd love to meet you. James Johnston is your host at this beautiful spot on the southern shore of the Ngunguru Estuary. It’s a spiritual place, so very fitting for what lies ahead. The route then traverses some soft ridge paddocks in a southeast direction before turning sharply east and dropping steeply down towards Maungaparerua Stream. Down the coastline, through the forest, across farmland, over volcanoes and mountain passes, along river valleys, on … 9 Aug, 2020 11:00 PM Quick Read. After 5km, turn south on to Bay View Road and walk down to Little Munroe Bay. If you've just come through Russell Forest there's another 8 hours to go till the next campground at Whananaki. Koha of $10pp appreciated. $ 26.00. The Northland section of the Te Araroa Trail (TAT) in New Zealand. The Herekino Forest has now closed due to Kauri Dieback - as a result of this we ask that you follow the following suggestion from the boat ramp on Ninety Mile Beach. Departs on demand every 20 minutes from 8.30am until late. If conditions are right though, it’s a beautiful walk. At the southern end of Paihia Beach (i.e. In the Te Araroa and long-walk world, these beautiful samaritans are called ‘Trail Angels’ who open their family, houses, fridges, vegetable gardens, lawns and lives to weary walkers who need assistance or a resting place for a koha, meger sum of cash or in service only. If you need food supplies, now is a good time to get them as the next shops on the trail are 2-3 days walk away. W: mangawhaibackpackers@gmail.com. Traildino grading: SW, Strenuous walk, mountain trail; Hut tour grading: T2, Mountain walk. Derek spikebowler@hotmail.com 0212 544 919 or 09 4027717. From the stream mouth, it is 1 hour upstream to the road should you wish to exit the beach here. Discount $75.00 to $60.00. Head up the road to a driveway just past #34. 50 odd KM to go and the Northland section of Te Araroa is done and dusted. Waitiki Holiday Park - P: 09 409 7508 - E: manager@waitikiholidaypark.co.nz - Camping, cabins & backpackers, restaurants & takeaways, convenience store & internet café, drop off & pick up service for hikers. Your choices might include waiting for low tide, pack floating or appealing to a friendly boatie. Long drop toilets (there is usually toilet paper available, however it pays to take your own), Fires are currently not allowed due to the increased fire risks during summer, Cold tap water - The water is not treated, you may wish to boil it before drinking, Indoor fireplace (wood is sometimes available – check the wood store, otherwise take your own), Steep drop-offs Occasional washouts next to rivers/streams - take care, From the Puketi Recreation Centre, follow Waiare Rd south for 4.5kms. If you want a respite from an easterly wind, there is a 3.5km inland DOC track which starts beyond the oil refinery (end of Mair Road) & follows a pipeline to end behind the Mighty River Power station at Ruakākā (end of Sime Road). Move gently. Detour option available: This is a 25-minute one-way detour (km 374) and a great spot for overnighting or a swim. Follow this gravel road 5km in a northeast direction before re-entering the farm at a marked stile. Very noticeable is the hum coming from the Marsden Point Oil Refinery, just across the 1.5km channel, and the start of the Te Araroa’s next coastal section. Follow the road through the Waitangi Golf Course past the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and continue down to the Waitangi Bridge. Detour off the beach to Ruakaka Town Centre, Marsden Point Rd. Please contact him at least 24 hours prior. After 500m, turn left off the farm track and cross 200m through a small pine plantation (there are no markers allowed on these pines so navigate carefully) to a boundary fence just west of the Onekainga Trig (227m) and more views. There one can view the 27m high Rainbow Falls that tumble over the basalt lava fields which flowed into the river valley after long past volcanic eruptions. It offers both beachfront tent sites and other tent sites with spectacular views overlooking the whole beach, as well as well set up caravans. Your hosts are Gaelyn and Scott Dewhurst. The Broomes' Frenchman – like the vast majority of those doing the northern part of Te Araroa Trail – wanted to get across the Whangārei Harbour to Marsden Point, over a few kilometres of sea. DragonSpell Retreat - Cullen Rd, Waipu (look for the signs at the very end of Cullen Rd, 7.5km up from Cove Rd) - P: 0275077750 - E: cosmickali@gmail.com, Bream Tail Mangawhai Walkway PDF download. Cabins range between $85 to $70 per night. Where the stream finally intersects the Russell Forest Walkway, follow signage left (east) out to Papakauri Road/Russell Road. It’s a walking track about 3,000 km long from Bluff at the southern tip of the South Island to Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island that was officially opened in 2011. Daily guided tours and Maori cultural performances are available. The times he can run you across are 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. You are now on private land belonging to the Waetford whānau (family), so please respect the privilege. Note: When on farm tracks you may encounter some closed gates, and often, stretchy electrified wires - carefully use the plastic handles to open and leave gates open or closed as you found them. Here you have the option of staying the night either tenting or in a cabin. Multiple outdoor entertaining areas, swimming pool, pool table, two kitchens and bbq area all at your convenience. Matakana Outback – 844 Matakana Valley Rd (just beyond where the trail north leaves the road), 09 422 9514 or 021 831 938 (Kurt). If you wish to cross over the estuary, proceed along the water's edge until a pole with an orange triangle becomes visible: the shallowest place. We are right next to the beach and Bream Head. Northland's stretch of the 3000km Te Araroa trail has received a boost with the appointment of a new regional trust to help improve the walking experience in the region. Kaitaia is the most northern gateway town to Cape Reinga, servicing a population of approximately 5200. Accommodation option - It is fortunate to provide accommodation in such an isolated forest area, available is a four sleeping cabin, space for tents, campervans or a short stop over for a break. At the very top there is another cleaning station. Rightio here i am, Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park. Makene Rd - Eastern exit of Raetea Forest. Real Far North Tours (Johanna Maaka) - P: 09 409 8152 or 020 4152 8785 - E: realfarnorthtours@gmail.com - website: realfarnorthtours.co.nz pickup from Kaitaia iSite, can include a shopping stop and/or guided tour on way to Cape Reinga. junction of Marsden & Seaview Roads by toilets/carpark), you have 2 options: From the southern end of Haumi Bay, follow the signed track beside/under the bridge and around the coast to the east until you reach Ōpua. A great place to rest up with stunning beaches, mountain views and kiwis calling at night. Mangawhai Backpackers - Coastal Cow, is at 299 Molesworth Dr, Mangawhai Heads - P: 09 431 5246. Te Araroa's southern routes are full of diversity and beauty. The first section of the Te Araroa trail - The Northland Region had a beauty all on its own. What is the Te Araroa Trail? Note: If you come to a farm gate and a paddock, you will need to double back about 10 minutes, as you have gone the wrong way. KeriCentral Hostel - KeriCentral is a vibrant yet homely hostel/guesthouse located right in the centre of town. Fully equipped kitchen for use. No camping on Warner Road beside the river. 1 or 2 bedrooms self-contained and self-catering apartment. The Onekainga section of this track is on private land - bush and farm. Own tent or use our 5m glamping tent. It ranges over mountains and farmland, through forest, along beaches, on back roads, and in a few parts, through towns and suburbs. Has an ATM machine, gives cash out to walkers using cards to purchase, but if it's a Credit Card they charge an extra 3% to recover the commission charge. The Kerikeri Basin is where Maori welcomed missionaries in 1819 to establish a Church Mission Settlement. Nikau Bay Camp and Cabins - 999 Ngunguru Ford Rd, Ngunguru - P: 021 02421632 (texting preferred) - E: ngunguru@live.com. Contact: Maree Thomas bellbirdadventuretours@gmail.com or 0220298540. The first section of the Te Araroa trail - The Northland Region had a beauty all on its own. Back on route, continue along the well-formed Kauri Pā Road a further 1km, then fork right onto Blackbridge Road (more 4WD track). There is no public transport, however the following operators can assist. It is several kilometres longer than walking directly through to the Russell-Whakapara Rd on Aucks Rd, but does take you off-road and is a good coastal meander if you have time. It’s a walking track about 3,000 km long from Bluff at the southern tip of the South Island to Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island that was officially opened in 2011. Please contact Blair Jones - 24 hours before on 0211147466. It climbs the hill to a playground at the end of Norfolk Road. Photographs, records and models show the huge pipeline that stretches from Marsden Point all the way to Wiri in South Auckland. If you are not heading to Tidesong and are ready to cross, stay well out beyond the mangroves and head for the furthest white pole ahead (orange marker) marking the shallowest crossing place. Continue on for 2km to a forest gate and the northern end of Te Wairoa Road, the start of the Waitangi Forest Track. From the junction of Pukatea Ridge and Takapau Tracks, head northeast for 300m to the junction with Walnut Track and Pirau Ridge Road (a well-formed 4WD road). The trail goes to a subdivision driveway and from a few metres along it takes off over pasture to Bream Tail Rd. 3000kms the length of New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail thru-hike over the 2017/18 season. Minimum charge is $20. Then-Prime Minister, Jim Bolger whisked a yellow tarpaulin off a local volcanic stone embedded with lines from A. R.D. Please take care when opening gates that you leave them as you find them. From Opua, take the vehicular ferry over the Veronica Channel to Okiato. It passes through stands of young kauri & tōtara. Contact: www.tidesong.co.nz or ph 09 4361959 . Opposite the rock/concrete wall (on the south side) is the best place to cross. A grassy 4WD track runs downhill on the left to a modest but pretty campsite with water tank/stream/dam and a long drop toilet. Endless Summer Lodge, 245 Foreshore Road, Ahipara, 09-4094181. Turn south onto Uretiti Road, and south again onto Nova Scotia Drive. This is a guided trip as there are a few hazards such as a bar crossing at Pataua. Ngawai and Justin run a fishing charter on the beautiful Oakura Bay beachfront called Oakura Bay Fish Dive and Cruise. Peach Cove (DOC) standard campsite and hut (8 people). Along the way it takes in some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery, more than 20 towns and cities, and many significant cultural sites such as the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Whanganui River. There may be farm animals on this track. 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