Track Descriptions and Maps
Some of the track maps and brochures are taken from Te Araroa Trust. The Trust’s mission is to get a New Zealand-long walking trail in place by the end of the year 2010. Those guys are doing a great job!
A four-hour walk between New Zealand’s most historic Settlements.The 20 kilometer Waitangi-Kerikeri walk begins at the Treaty House, or, from the Kerikeri end, at Cobham Road, and takes 4-5 hours at average walking speed.
The track begins at the Herekino Saddle on the Kaitaia-Awaroa Road and exits on Diggers Valley Road. It is 15 kilometres long, and takes 8 hours to walk.
Length 7.5km; Duration 2.5hours; The track climbs through delightful private pasture lands, pine forest and regenerating bush where significant efforts are being made to preserve kiwis and remove their predators. It then enters Matariki Forest’s pine and eucalyptus plantation and follows a forest road (Seaview Track) past a DOC native bush reserve. (Optional short detour down Oyster Track to view a giant kauri tree). Occasional views of the Coast.
Length Approximately 12.5 km; Duration 7 hours (on steep terrain, allow 2 km per hour). Start/end north: Govan Wilson Rd, Matakana (steps from road just before #285). Start/end south: At the Dome Tearooms’ carpark, 7 km north of Warkworth on State Highway One.
This 23 km urban walk takes you from Long Bay in the north to Devonport in the south, where you can link with Auckland’s Coast to Coast walk via Fullers Auckland ferries.
Length 18km. Here kahikatea, cabbage trees and puketea alongside the trail
give a hint of the original riverside vegetation. Soon after, the trail passes on to another farm frontage, climbing to another river viewpoint before crossing a swamp on a 30 metre boardwalk and exiting just North of the Pumphouse. The Pumphouse is accessible by Hall Road, if you want to arrange a pickup by car here. The trail continues along the stopbank parallel to Churchill East Road for most of the remaining 8.5 kilometres to Rangiriri. The un-busy road is an option if you don’t like
moving past occasional cattle.
Length 14km; Duration 4hr; The track is a stopbank walk, well drained throughout.Have a good sturdy tramping Boots, a daypack, food, water, a good raincoat, a small first aid kit, a whistle and a torch.
Length 15km; Duration approx 5hr. Parts of the track are boggy in wet weather, but in general well drained. The first 2.5 kilometres of bush is groomed and nearly predator free. You’ll pass a huge kahikatea, and through the riverside bush may glimpse stalactites encrusting the far edge of the limestone gorge. The trail then crosses a fence and breaks into farmland. Just beyond here
you’ll see one of the best sights of the walk – primeval forest on the far side of the river – the unfarmed side. The track stays on farmland, passes an abandoned dunny, glissades through totara groves and has some great picnic spots on the way through. It enters the shade of pine and eucalypt forest near the top, then follows a farm track that takes you through to Mangaokewa North Road.
Length 16km; Duration 6hr going south, 7hr going north.The track can be walked from either road end. Walking south from Scotts Road is easiest for the steepest gradient is then downhill.
Length 32km. This section of Te Araroa connects and follows a number of existing trails within the City of Palmerston North. The walk is described by sectors starting from the northern end and can be walked in entirety from either end or in sectors starting at any one of many points along the way. Maps showing the trail are on signs at Riverside Drive and Fitzherbert Bridge. The trail is marked with posts bearing the Te Araroa Logo.
Length: 15Km. Average walking time: 6-7 hours going south, 7-8 hours going north. The track can be walked from either direction but is easiest from the Mangahao Road end as the steepest and longest gradient is then downhill.
This section of Te Araroa crosses east west over Arapaepae and connects the Mangahao Makahika Track leading north toward Shannon with Levin. The track is 7.3 km with an elevation gain of 250metres and can be walked from either direction. Easy walking time considered as 2 hours 30 minutes either way or 5 hours return. Being close to Levin, the area is frequently used by local walkers, joggers and mountain bikers.
The Tekapo-Twizel trail is suitable for both hiking and biking. It’s 58 kilometres long and
can be biked in a day, but allow two days to walk it. The trail is an easy to moderate tramping track, but is exposed throughout. High winds are possible, and the weather, particularly in winter but sometimes in summer too, can be severe. You’ll need windproof and wet-weather garments. The route is also long. Trampers should aim at least to reach Lake Pukaki on the first day where there’s an informal lakeside campsite near the junction of Hayman Road and State Highway 8.