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. Resist the temptation to go uphill. There is an honesty box near the main road entrance further along for your fee ($8 as of 2020). 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. Here are my top-tips for planning the hike. 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. At an average of 25 kms a day, the trail takes 120 days to walk – four months. Load this file into Google Earth online or desktop to help you plan your journey. But you are sleeping in historical relics. Hamilton Hut is up Hamilton Creek to the right and over a suspension bridge. Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre – 03 315 7082, firstname.lastname@example.org. 24. Another 3 hrs eventually brings you to the sign pointing to Kiwi Hut, which is well into the bush at left. As part of our commitment to the Trail, the route is maintained from Harper Pass to Morrisons Footbridge. 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. 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. This costs $149 for one or two people, and another $49 for each additional person. Note that the trail is marked to the right of the 4WD track and the landowner expects walkers to keep to the trail. There are some spectacular mountain peaks above the track that seem almost fictional in their steepness. 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. 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. It was the site of Edoras in the Lord of the Rings films. There is no camping permitted in the Lake Coleridge area except at the head of the lake at Harper Village. Whether this is legal is unclear (The McKenzine District Council has a, 26. Nor think that the large valley to your right is your destination. At the bottom of the hill the trail goes through two swamps while the 4WD road skirts them. The second is certainly worth taking, even though it makes the route longer. High river flows would make the route very difficult indeed. It is pleasant, easy walking down the side of the Hope River. Nor are there any shops at either Lake Coleridge Village or Harper Village. 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. 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 two options to the saddle. As of October 2020 the campsite is closed following a major fire in the area. 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). 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. The TA map shows the Flood Track route (i guess to be on the safe side if the river is too high to traverse). Tramping the full length of the trail generally takes three to six months. Support the trust today so that you can enjoy the trail tomorrow, either one day at a time, or all 3000km! A DoC visitor centre sells camping gas and is a good place to get a weather forecast (don’t rely on them having gas in stock on the day you are there, though maybe they will hold one for you if you call in advance: 03 318-9211, firstname.lastname@example.org). (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.). The saddle is 1925m, the highest point on the TA, but you could always hop up Beuzenberg to get even higher (2070m). 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. 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. Horse riding is popular in the area and riders are supposed to take separate trails from trampers, but don’t count on it. 34. You begin this section by getting your feet wet crossing the Bealey River. Below is my Te Araroa trail gear list, which I’ve combined a little with my South West Coast path gear list (slight differences between the two). DoC have a comprehensive brochure on Arthur’s Pass. Te Araroa Trail Gear List. The other is along the ridge, and is indicated on the map with dotted red lines. Telegraph Hut is very basic (no toilet) and, as it sleeps just two, you may not find a space. Rangitata to Rakaia River via Hakatere Conservation Park: 72.5 km, 3 days. On New Zealand’s 3,000 kilometre Te Araroa Trail. It seems to be a popular spot with campervans but tents may not be permitted. The descent down to Comyns Hut follows Round Hill Creek and then the North Branch Ashburton River. And it is very rough, unpleasant going all the way. The route is marked with stone cairns here and there. Then you pass the hydro scheme’s penstocks and end up on a road at the top of the hill. Canterbury. If you follow it all the way it takes you to the Lake Ōhau Lodge, 3 km north, which offers hotel style accommodation, a restaurant and bar (www.ohau.co.nz/ohau). 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. The lakes here are turquoise, the mountain views scintillating. There is a steep descent down to Bush Stream, then an equally steep climb up the other side, followed by a final descent to the stream. 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. Pay $8 cash at the self-registration stand. You may also want to check out my planning page for Te Araroa trail. Our fav view by … It’s road walking all the way on a busy road to the Bealey Hotel. If you have wandered off the track somewhat, the car park is marked by rocks piled on fence posts. It becomes Andrew Don Drive and then Aorangi Crescent as it runs into the village. This affords great views, and is a long, gentle climb up to the pass. Most accommodation, and all the shops and eateries, are right on the lake front. A short way down on the left is a rather grim free, 36. Stay safe and don’t risk trying to get water out of the canal. Accommodation should be reserved ahead, as the Centre is frequently host to large school groups. At the lake front turn right, cross a bridge and a little further along find the track between the road and the lake. You might be able to camp further along the Lake Pukaki edge if you keep a low profile instead. The going is quite difficult up the East Branch valley as there is no defined track and markers are far apart. It’s then another 1 hr 10 minutes to the comfortable Hurunui No. 29. BeSpoke Bike Tours, 16 Murray Place, Tekapo, 021 151 3742. Reservations are strongly recommended for Bealey Hotel or the Youth Hostel. It would be a useful guide for any summer multiday tramping/hiking. The TA map shows the Flood Track route (i guess to be on the safe side if the river is too high to traverse). However, the official notes for 2020-21 imply that camping is possible here, so who knows? Now the Te Araroa Trust has got on board with this and have their ethical Trail Pledge. At the lake outlet this trail is up higher on a flood route. Continue around the southern shore of Lake Pukaki. Detailed information. After a short distance there is a downhill stretch across farmland to the lake. Note that the YHA reception closes at 7pm and DoC closes at 5pm. 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. 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 road is very busy with tourist traffic, and narrow, so road walking would not be very safe. There is grove of pine trees known as The Pines by the spillway with toilets (12 km north of Twizel). 5 but known simply as Hurunui) from Hurunui Hut No. There is a lovely area through here that is perfect for a rest or camp. Like other huts on this section, Camp Stream Hut is a former sheep musterer’s hut and is very basic. In the north huts are way more common than found in the North Island section. This guide assumes a good level of familiarity with New Zealand tramping and conditions. It goes through an arboretum planted in 1933 that contains an extensive collection of conifers from around the world. Click 3D map to enlarge, click again to zoom in, Ahuriri River to Lake Middleton via East Ahuriri Track. Try and stay on the Queenstown Trail. 55 km with only a few things in your pack, or a day pack, might still be tough, but certainly more do-able. In the weekend a lot of vehicles pulling boats will pass you by. 3 to Hope Kiwi Lodge (20 bunks): 9 hrs 15, 19 km (maps 95, 94, 93), 42. When you skirt Lake Ruataniwha there are a couple of diversions marked with poles that get you closer to the turquoise waters of the lake. Take care crossing SH8 when the canal intersects with it. 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. The trail begins on the road just above the Lake Coleridge Lodge. The river valley is narrow at times and the going becomes very rough and difficult, as well as slow. 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. Nor are there any shops at either Lake Coleridge Village or Harper Village. Please take some cash for this. The cost is about $20. Annie at Bespoke Cycles can receive bounce boxes. There may be tracks through the beech trees, but these are hard to locate. Take the Zig Zag Rd immediately after the bridge on the north bank to save walking time. Please register your trail usage before embarking on your journey. 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. If the rivers are going to be high then you could exit at the Windy Point car park and walk along the road. 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. It is 3 hrs of fairly easy walking to Hurunui Hut (technically Hurunui No. 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). 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 Boyle Village is simply a group of houses off the road up from the Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre and there are no shops. Every dollar makes a difference. Walk along the lake front to the corner where the road branches away southeast. Telegraph Hut to Tekapo township: 3 hrs, 13.5 km (maps 111, 110). A short way down on the left is a rather grim free camping area with a toilet and a water tap. ... Te Araroa Trail by Lake Clearwater, Canterbury, New Zealand 02.jpg 3,648 × 5,472; 13.26 MB. We recommend checking this page regularly before and during your journey as route alterations may have arisen since planning your journey. There is grove of pine trees known as The Pines by the spillway with toilets (12 km north of Twizel). 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. Te Araroa Trail GPS data Google Earth file. Check the present river level on the Environment Canterbury (ECAN) website. When you have descended the last stretch, turn left into the village and then left over a wooden bridge and follow the sign that says 2 km to the lake. In fine weather you could easily spend another day here. The turn off to the left on the way down takes you to Arthurs Pass Eco Lodge. Hut that sleeps 3, and room for camping. Next, are the large and braided Rakaia and Rangitata rivers - a natural barrier to Te Araroa's trampers. 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. When you have descended the last stretch, turn left into the village and then left over a wooden bridge and follow the sign that says 2 km to the lake. The track later becomes a cycle track. You pass from grassy cattle flats and beech forest on the east to rugged rivers on the west. Mānuka Hut to Double Hut 6km; Double Hut to Comyns Hut 17 km. As Arthur’s Pass is on a major tourist route and is a small settlement, accommodation can be very tight. 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. 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. The good thing is that there is plenty of transport and traffic. 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. 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 Pines camp site to Tekapo: 42 km (maps 113, 112, 111, 110). At the lake spillway you cross the road to Lake Pukaki and a well formed track continues. 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. See the Centre’s Tramping and Accommodation pages on its website for more details. The route is clearly marked most of the way. It is an ideal way to ease your way into southern trail life. I did not pay for Guthook and used the official TA app for my hike and it worked out just fine. Then you join the road and it is more road walking like Lake Pukaki, though with less traffic. His homestead is long gone, but its site is marked at the school house grounds. There is grove of pine trees by the spillway with toilets (13 km north of Twizel). Look behind you every now and then and if you have passed it you will spot it. From here you join an unsealed road and it is a long, mostly flat, slog around the lake with little shelter. 03 318 9249. Header photo: Braemar Rd, between Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo. 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. Special rates for TA walkers, bookings essential. 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. Harper River campsite to Hamilton Hut (20 bunks): 6.5 hrs, 19 km (maps 100, 99), 37. It is a basic campsite with a shelter. Te Araroa is NZ's walk of a lifetime. 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. ... Track. As the valley narrows the options for river bed walking gradually also narrow, making route picking a bit easier and progress a little quicker. West Harper Hut (1.5 hrs) is a very basic tin hut with earth floor and canvas bunks. The owners of the hut have reported they are only collecting an average of 30 cents per visitor! 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). Those are the last toilets before Tekapo. To reach this route you take the 4WD track up to the left that is marked Rex Simpson Memorial Hut soon after Camp Stream Hut, and turn off it at right when you are on the ridge. 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. Tailormade Backpackers is 300m back from the shops but has extensive lawn and trees. It is a 5 min walk to the Cora Lynn car park, and a bit further down the road to SH73. You could possibly make quicker progress going down the river bed than along the bush track, but there will be river crossings involved. 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. 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. 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. There is an honesty box near the main road entrance further along for your fee ($8 as of 2020). High river flows would make the route very difficult indeed. 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. The Flood Track is notorious amongst TA hikers as the worst on the South Island TA, so you have been warned. A detour can be taken into Methven for some grocery shopping for an extra fee. This is the Help You / Help Me / Help Others page. A koha is suggested. Check the DoC site for current opening details. Pay by koha (donation). 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. Then continue up the eastern side of the lake on the road. There’s plenty of huts on the South Island section of Te Araroa. 41. 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. However, people seem to camp all round the shores of the lake. Alps 2 Ocean can also do a transfer. We want you to have a safe hike so it's important for you to understand this app is not a safety tool. 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. 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. 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. Note that the trail is marked to the right of the 4WD track and the landowner expects walkers to keep to the trail. Once you do have to walk alongside the main road there is very little road margin and a lot of traffic. Camping is permitted along here, though there is no shelter on the route. Again you follow the A2O cycle trail over exposed flat areas with no water. You are our main market, and Linda and I do our best to cater to your needs. Notes: I need your Bounce Boxes ( You have 24/7 access ). One thing I would add is don’t just take out your own rubbish but pick up other people’s. 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. Companies are now catering to TA hikers who want a respite from walking and include, 25. Tekapo is on the tourist trail, with many package tours either stopping overnight or for a meal. Canterbury is a mix of flat fields and mountains. – Oriented to large groups but dorm beds and private rooms available Oct–Feb. They will also hold bounce boxes for $10, which need to be couriered (not posted) to them. 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 is relatively little traffic down the south bank for hitch hiking, but more going up to Lake Coleridge. There is strictly NO camping all the way up to Boundary Stream. Note that you cannot download and use a KML/.kmz file on a phone version. Lake Emily, Hakatere, New Zealand.jpg 1,936 × 1,296; 679 KB. These rivers safety zones that do not form part of the trail proper, and should not be crossed on foot. The diversion west is brief as Te Araroa bounces east again over Goat Pass. There is apparently a mini-tower for cellphone reception at the Windy Point car park though. This will take you directly to the motor camp. Te Araroa in Canterbury is about the mighty Southern Alps. 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. 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. 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. 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. The tussock is especially thick in places. Make your aim point Klondyke Corner campsite, 8 km south of Arthur’s Pass village, which you may be able to locate in the distance by the white shapes of campervans. 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. 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). It's about time, says one Kiwi who was forced to finish his 3000km hike with a roadside stroll. The Upper Deception Hut will also be unavailable. T-12 months: persuade your work to … Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps. 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 now cellphone reception here. 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. There is a restaurant across the road with main dishes in the $20 to $30 range, and mediocre takeaway fish and chips. The route passes through hundreds of kilometres of merino stations and Crown land. 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