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An Introduction to the Te Araroa Trail

A guide to the Te Araroa Trail New Zealand including a Te Araroa map with accommodation along the trail and links to the official Te Araroa website.

Just over 3000km (1864 miles) in length, the Te Araroa trail stretches from Cape Reinga to Bluff and takes in all of New Zealand’s spectacular landscapes including beaches, forests, volcanoes and cities. The longest walking track in New Zealand, it was opened in 2011 after 10 years development.

I’ve started this research into the Te Araroa Trail in November 2017 and will be updating it regularly for my planned thru hike in 2020/21. Contact me for any suggestions or comments.

The trail links about 300 individual sections ranging from 1-2 hour walks suitable for the novice, to a 9-day hike through the South Island that requires experience and full equipment. Most end-to-end through walkers complete the trail in 3-6 months; in 2013 British ultra-marathon runner Jez Bragg completed the journey in 53 days with help from a dedicated support crew. There has been at least one death on the trail.

There is no fee required to walk the Te Araroa New Zealand trail, although a NZD$500 donation is suggested for the full trail and NZD$250 for each island.

More informaton can be found at the official website: Te Araroa New Zealand’s Trail

Te Araroa Trail Map

The Te Araroa Map shown on this page is derived from the v36a KMZ file downloaded from on 5th November 2017. There has been some minor changes to the trail since 2015, most notably between Kerikeri and Paihia, north of Whangarei, through the Pureora Forest Park and around Taumarunui, west of Bulls, north of St. Arnaud, south of Tekapo in Canterbury/Mount Cook and around Mount Linton in Southland.

There might be two blue lines that show the trail, on more detailed than the other. Occasionally the detailed Te Araroa Map doesn’t show, hence the ‘jagged’ version. The latest KML, KMZ and GPX files of the Te Araroa Trail New Zealand can be downloaded from the official trail website and I recommend you do this.

Please also see the following page for all articles related to Te Araroa and a more detailed map.

Te Araroa Accommodation

I have started adding Te Araroa Backpackers including YHA Youth Hostel Association, BBH Hostels, Holiday Parks and other places to stay along the trail. I think there’ll be quite a lot of freedom camping when walking the track, but it’s good to look forward to a hot shower occasionally. I’ll be adding more as time goes on.

DOC Huts and Campsites on Te Araroa

I have also started adding Department of Conservation (DOC) Huts and Campsites, however this will take some time. For now, any with a standard ‘red/pink’ Google Icon means I have found it on the DOC website but not yet checked and added it to Godzone. The ‘blue’ icons mean they’ve been checked and added, a separate page with more details exists for them.

Please note that I have been converting the DOC New Zealand Transverse Mercator Projection (NZTM2000) coordinates to World Geodetic System 1984 (G1762) – standard Latitude, Longitude coordinates – and several times have found the coordinates off by a few to several hundred meters when I look at satellite imagery provided by Google and finding the hut visually. I’ve notified DOC about these, however it means you SHOULD NOT count on the exact coordinates. If you’re in low-visibility situations look for signs and trails. I’ll do my best to get them accurate.

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