There is an alternative to the Helena Ridge Track that takes you to the Waikahoa Bay DoC camp site in the Mimiwhangata Coastal Park. Water route: Kayak down the inlet with Bay Beach Hire, phone 0800 611 440 or 021 189 4204. There was a brochure produced for the track, which included a sketch of the proposed route for the whole North Island (and which has pretty much been realised as envisaged, except for a bit that detoured to the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland). Alternatively, if you want to avoid the Ngunguru River crossing as well, you can turn left after Mackerel Forest and then right to take the road around to Ngunguru settlement, probably adding about 10km to the route down to Nikau Bay. The Te Araroa is one of the world’s newest long-distance hiking trails, opening on … 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. To plan for the tide check the usual NIWA site, and enter Marsden Point as the location. A short, muddy descent then takes you down to cross the river at the junction with the Lower Waipapa River Track. Go left on Pupuke Mangapa Rd. Some hikers have reported ‘drive-offs’ – people driving away with your gear in the car. 27km. Keep left when it then joins the Walnut Track, and 300m further on stay right when the Takapau Track meets it. If you have any questions about the trail, … Trail Angels expect busy summer on Te Araroa despite lack of overseas tourists. Plan using only these two sites. There is nothing much to mark this turn off. It’s a spiritual place, so very fitting for what lies ahead. Many other types of vegetation are dependent on the kauri, so there is a risk that we won’t just lose the trees but whole forests. Sometimes if the tide is high you’re best to wait for it to drop a little. Ahipara – km 128. Te Araroa trail from Twizel to Lake Ohau and the East Ahuriri Track is now OPEN. Cape Reinga, North Island, New Zealand, Te Araroa Photo by T L. 4.7 ★★★★★ | 14K+ Reviews. Turn right into Cullen Rd, a 4WD track that eventually becomes a sealed road and walk 7.5 km on it to where it meets Cove Rd at WaipÅ« Cove (the settlement, not the actual cove on the coast). Then find some clay steps up to the gravel Kauri Mountain Rd. Air New Zealand Link – from Auckland airport – P: 0800 737 000 or 09 357 3000 –. Header photo: Ngunguru, 2010 (cropped) by Phillip Capper, Wellington, NZ, Wikimedia, 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), Kerikeri Top Ten Holiday Park and Aranga Backpackers. You exit past Pitokuhu Point onto Pukekawa Rd back from the next beach. After 6 km turn off Russell Rd at left into Papakauri Rd at the Punaruku Estuary. A track leads up on the other side. If you get dropped off at McLeods Bay you can walk round to Reotahi Bay by taking Stuart Rd. In an open area the track turns from westerly to north along a ridgeline through regenerating bush. Go round Marsden Point to the wharf area. Your best alternative at present is to walk north on Takehue Rd and just before the 4th bridge turn left into Ruaroa Rd and then hitch or arrange a lift the 6 km on SH1 to Kaitaia (the road is too dangerous for walking). The straight-line distance from Cape Reinga to Bluff is 1,475 km (917 mi) , but the Te Araroa stretches roughly 3,000 km (1,864 mi), varying in distance when sections are upgraded or otherwise changed. The trail continues along a 4WD track up the valley, ending in a zig-zag up to Mt Martha saddle (1680m), and then winds down the other side to Tin Hut, a run-down hut (complete with arm chairs) that would be a welcome port of call in a storm, although the wind blows through its many gaps. The drive exits at a point where Harambee Rd and Te Whara Way meet. At the high points of 297 and 276m there are great views in every direction. Stick to the route down here. 800m or so north-west along the road there is a stile that takes you onto farmland along a small creek. Turn right and pass over Mangamuka Bridge before Mangamuka settlement (where there is a dairy with takeaways: see below). Before you contemplate crossing the Ruakākā River mouth you may wish to contact Blair Jones (listed below) if you are planning to get a ride with him across the Whangārei Heads. You need to cross the harbour entrance to Reotahi Bay. Te Aroroa Trail; Archives. Always check the Trail Status pages of the official Te Araroa website for recent changes or alerts on the trail. Tuatua Rentals – 0274 858 453, info@tuatuarentals.co.nz Offers transfers from Paihia and Kerikeri (both $75) or Kaitaia ($50). 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 track along the river is rough and very slippery after rain, but well marked, and you could instead wade along the river between shoals, but parts are deep. In the South Island, these tiny huts are likely going to be your accommodation for most of the trail and require a backcountry pass. The first section of the Te Araroa trail - The Northland Region had a beauty all on its own. Always check the Trail Status pages of the official Te Araroa website for recent changes or alerts on the trail… You pass a track down to Peach Cove Hut, a DoC hut, but the backcountry pass doesn’t cover it and you need to book in order to get a code for the lock. Go west along this and turn right into Te Puke Rd. Posted by Hello Mountains on October 21, 2016 Day 4. The first section of the Te Araroa trail - The Northland Region had a beauty all on its own. Walk along Waiotoi Rd for about 2.8 km. The Herekino Forest is closed indefinitely due to kauri die-back disease. The mud can be deep in places. The area surrounding the trail has been burnt and will have associated ash and other debris. There is plenty of history at Russell, once known as Kororareka and as the ‘hell-hole of the Pacific’ for its drunken sailors and vice in the early 1800s. It comes out at Clements Rd and you end up at Matapōuri, a very nice place by various accounts (especially Whale Bay). Ferries go every 10 minutes from 6 am to 9.50 pm, and only cost $1 for foot passengers. The paddle from Waikare to Paihia takes 3-4hr depending on weather conditions, tide and fitness levels, and should only be done by persons with some experience and navigation ability. Goat control operations using contract hunters also takes place. Use the insulated grips to open and close the gates. Check the, Now that you are here I may as well break the news to you that Cape Reinga is actually 3 km short of the northernmost point in New Zealand. When you get to the Omahuta Rd turn off at right after 22 km you can just keep going on SH1, as the trail comes down Omahuta Rd onto it. At the beginning of Taurikura Bay at 2311 Whangārei Heads Rd is the Taurikura General Store and public toilets. Otherwise, turn left over a bridge onto McAuslin Rd. Traildino grading: SW, Strenuous walk, mountain trail; Hut tour grading: T2, Mountain walk. … From Cape Reinga to Bluff. If the tide is high on the above-mentioned shore you can detour beforehand by taking the road going west from Whananaki South. And then walk along a ridge to another campsite (Pandora Camp) in Piwhane / Spirits Bay. This page contains maps and description for each of those trails. There is a track in the dunes just past the power station if wind on the beach is getting you down, and one further inland as well (Ruakākā Pipeline Rd Track) that starts from Sime Rd. When you exit the Morepork-Onekainga Track turn right on to Kaiikanui Rd, then right into Mimiwhangata Rd for 4.5 km and then a further 1 km over the hill to the campground. 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. Its a little complicated wending your way through this heavy industrial area and you might be better off giving the Marsden Point a miss altogether and cut across it via Rama Rd and then Marsden Bay Rd. There is a beach track into Rama Rd just before you get to Marsden Point Beach carpark. To continue, keep on Kauri Sanctuary Rd headed west then north-west, past occasional beehives tucked into the forest (just button up your clothes and walk gently past) and an airstrip on your right. Go to the end of this road to a playground and onto another track that takes you to Reotahi Beach Rd. Ahipara to Cape Reinga: 100.5 km, 4 days (maps 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1). 09 434 0747 or 021 243 1347. 09 408 8851,  bullandchicken@xtra.co.nz (Alan and Hayley Tubbs). On the other side you walk up the Mangapukahukahu Stream, but don’t cross over exactly where this stream and the Waipapa River meet. Turn left into Harambee, then right into Taiharuru Rd. There is a smallish Countdown and a Four Square supermarket at Paihia and 2 Four Squares in Russell. Enquire about transfers to/from other parts of the Northland trail. The water is knee to waist deep at low tide and on a sandy base. This is useful for resupplying anyway, as you wouldn’t have passed through Kaitaia if you had been walking through the Herekino Forest. To detour to the Apple Dam campsite 1 km from the junction take the next left, down Kauri Sanctuary Rd for 500 m. 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. Overview Map: North Is; Wellington; Manawatū; Whanganui; King Country–Waikato; Auckland; Northland; On the Trail. Paihia is a bit like a very small version of Queenstown or Wanaka and consists mainly of places to stay and eat, but despite all the accommodations it can get booked right out in summer. At a cleared and grassy high point the DoC Kaiikanui Forest is on your left. Use the stiles and leave gates open or closed as you find them. Day 2 – Hukatere Lodge/Utea Park to Maunganui Bluff campsite (30 km), Day 3 – Maunganui Bluff campsite to Twilight Beach campsite (28km), Day 4 – Twilight Beach campsite to Cape Reinga (12km), It is preferable to avoid high tide as the water can come all the way up to the dunes in parts and make for either wet feet or a need to walk in soft sand or the hilly dunes. A Māori road then begins. From the end of the road head west on the Langsview Track (aka Brynderwyn Walkway). Stans Van Passenger Service, Whangārei Heads (09 434 0024), charges about $50 for a ride from Whangārei to Whangārei Heads, though Trail Drop Whangārei seems to be a cheaper option (see below). Stay on this around the bays. 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. After 1.8 km on this you are at its junction with Cove Rd. Blackbridge Rd joins Kauri Pā Rd (keep left at the junction). Also, you need to know that there are no amenities at the cape, just a car park and toilets. You also pass a WWII naval radar station. There are three backpackers and one campground, but seasonal workers can be in the hostel beds. Otherwise, continue on SH11 as it changes from Paihia Rd to Seaview Rd. Check the NIWA site for tides, using Ahipara Beach as your location. There are great views from here along the coast. Find walking maps and guidebooks, self guided walking holidays and hiking tours. Raetea Forest Track: 18 km, 9.5 hrs (maps 9, 8, 7). An alternative to walking the Taiharuru Estuary is to ask to be ferried by the people at Tidesong B&B. Near the end is a stream/occasional estuary that changes shape a lot – check it before attempting to cross. It is not really an option to walk north on the beach from Pataua because it is private land between the beach and the road. You come to a boundary fence just west of Onekainga trig (227m) and then 200m through a small pine plantation with no markers and onto a farm track for 500m. That honour goes to the Hikura / de Surville Cliffs, about 30 km to the east. At a junction the road becomes Omahuta Forest Rd if you turn right and 700m further on is Omahuta. From the bridge continue on the road past the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Stay on this until a ‘T’ intersection, where the Whananaki Walkway departs past a gate in more or less the direction you have been travelling. Campsites $15pp/night. Hosts Rupert and Wendy Newbold. You will see a dotted line on the underlying NZ Topo map marking the old trail across farmland between Mangakaretu Rd and Waiare Rd. And after 4 km or so turn right into Ngunguru Rd and continue to the settlement. As you go uphill from the point where it meets the waters edge a driveway goes off at left. Te Araroa (TA) stretches 3,000km (1,850mi) from north to south across New Zealand (NZ). 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