Te Araroa Trail Planning - Tinytramper - March 2018.xlsx
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WkNoDayDateStarting DestinationEnd DestinationAccomodationDaily kmsTA kmAccom typeCommentwet feet?rain?Eating out / non-trail food
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W1Day 1Sat14/10/17Cape ReingaTwilight Beach campsite (lunch)km 21.6 (grassy bit on beach by stream)21.621.6tent - wildBefore you leave:
- Buy your DOC hut pass
- Make donation to TA
- Load Guthook TA app - Cape Reinga. Be sure you download offline topo maps.


High tide 5am / Low tide 11.15am.
Walk at low tide otherwise sea comes up to dunes
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W1Day 2Sun15/10/17km 21.6km 21.6 (grassy bit on beach)km 46.7 (in dunes by stream)25.146.7tent - wildHigh tide 6am / Low tide 12.30pm
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W1Day 3Mon16/10/17km 46.7 (in dunes by stream)Utea Park or Hukatere lodgeUtea Park22.369cabin - soloHigh tide 7am / Low tide 1.30pm
$20 cabin
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W1Day 4Tue17/10/17Utea ParkAhiparaAhipara Holiday Park / YHA31101tent - campgroundAwesome place!
Ahipara has a small suprette for resupply if required or can hitch to Kaitaia.
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W1Day 5Wed18/10/17AhiparaAhipara101tent - wildZero day - Go into town for a great coffee & burger in the North Drift cafey
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W1Day 6Thu19/10/17Ahipara - Herekino lift by car 8k > Herekino forestkm 128.5Free camp - 5k past tramp inn before ford km 128.5 animal pen20128.5tent - wildHitch or get a lift 8km to trail head to avoid 8k uphill road walk y
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W1Day 7Fri20/10/17Diggers valley rd > Takahue 9k > Ratea ForestPast Ratea Forest km 156Free camp - 156km27.5156tent - wildTry to get up & over Ratea in a day. Camp is just after farmer's place (the one with the horrendous barking dogs.)y
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W2Day 8Sat21/10/17km 156 > Mangamamuka dairy > Apple dam > Mangapukahukahu river walkWaipapa river crossing, Junction with Mangapukahukahu km 183.1junction 183.1 km27183.1tent - wildYou MUST stop at Mangamuka dairy! Epic food & hospitality. Also has a few beds.
RIVER ROUTE - Fine weather only. If water is over top of ford at km 177, don't go.
Beautiful free camp at junction
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W2Day 9Sun22/10/17Waipapa river crossing, Junction with Mangapukahukahu km 183.1Puketi Forest - Recreation area km 198.9Puketi Forest - Recreation area km 198.915.8198.9tent - campgroundBuilt a campfire, heard Kiwis in bush at nighty
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W2Day 10Mon23/10/2017 pPuketi Forest - Recreation area km 198.9KerikeriKerikeri Holiday park & Motels (Aranga rd)23.2222.1solo room (cabin) friendsyyy
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W2Day 11Tue24/10/17KerikeriKerikeriKerikeri Holiday park & Motels (Aranga rd)0solo room (cabin) friendsZero day.
Can resupply in Kerikeri.
Israeli restaurant Jerusalem does great food!
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W2Day 12Wed25/10/17Kerikeri - Waitangi forest PaihiaYHA paihia25.5247.6shared room (backpacker dorm)y
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W2Day 13Thu26/10/17Paihia - Opua wharf - Waikare forestWaikare forest - Russell Walkway JunctionRussell Walkway Junction - camp spot26273.6tent - wildCan resupply in Paihiay
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W2Day 14Fri27/10/17Waikare > Russell ForestWhaikahoa Bay (in Mimiwhangata coastal park)Whaikahoa Bay campsite (off route)tent - campgroundoff traily
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W3Day 15Sat28/10/17Whaikahoa Bay campsite > Moureeses Bay > WhananakiWhananaki Holiday Park 09 433 88967314.4solo room (cabin)PHONE JAMES - Ngunguru estuary crossing tomorrow 021 02421632
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W3Day 16Sun29/10/17Whananaki Holiday Park > Whananaki Coastal Track > Matapouri Bush TrackNgunguruNikau Eco Camp 021 0242 163227.2341.6solo room (cabin)Can do basic resupply in Nguru.
Nikau camp is awesome place with amazing outdoor showers.
CHECK STATUS UPDATES: Matapouri Track betw Matapouri & Ngunguru closed winter for logging. Road walk alternative not great TA don't recommend it. However from Matapouri follow Matapouri Rd S to Ngunguru.
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W3Day 17Mon30/10/17Nikau Eco Camp Ngunguru > Mackerel Forest TrackPataua SouthTidesong b&b/camping. 29.8371.4solo room (cabin)RIVER CROSSINGS - Mackerel Forest. Stay at Hugh & Ros are amazing. TA alumni (kidney awarenesses)
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W3Day 18Tue31/10/17Pataua > Kauri Mountain Track > Ocean Beach Walk > Bream Head WalkTaurikura BayThe Shores apartment 24.4395.8solo room (apartment)awesome bed!
Can camp behind tennis court - call for permission
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W3Day 19Wed1/11/17Reotahi Bay > boat crossing to Marsden point > Ruskaka > WaipuWaipuMary - Kat's auntie23420.2trail angelCan resupply in Waipu. Stayed with friendy
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W3Day 20Thu2/11/17Waipu > Cullen Brynderwyn Walkway > Bream Tail Mangawhai WalkwayMangawhai Heads Riverside Holiday Park Mangawhai24.4456.3tent - campgroundCan resupply in Mangawhai
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W3Day 21Fri3/11/17Mangawhai Heads Holiday ParkPakiriPakiri Holiday Park 09 422 619920.7477tent - campgroundToo expensive, not great facilities. Try the eco camp a bit further back up the beach (check TA app). Heard it was awesome.y
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W4Day 22Sat4/11/17Pakiri Holiday Park > Mt Tamahunga Track > Govan Wilson TrackGovan Wilson RoadMatt Fox 107 Govan Wilson Road0489shedZero day - Not feeling too great. Paid Matt to give me a lift from Pakiri to Govan Wilson Road. Matt does a beer & coffee in mornings for small $y
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W4Day 23Sun5/11/17Govan Wilson Road111 Edgerley RoadNanekoti Homestay - 111 Edgerley Rd23.4512.4caravanBest home-cooked brekkie of entire trail. Range of accom, tent, caravan, bed. Cool to see the goats!!yy
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W4Day 24Mon6/11/17111 Edgerley RoadPuhoi PubPuhoi Pub 09 422 081218530.4solo room (pub/hotel)Fabulous place. Burger & beer in the suny
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W4Day 25Tue7/11/2017 - LPuhoi Pub > Kayak to Wenderholm (or 8km road) > OrewaOrewaWith friends - John & Di
Orewa Top 10 09 426 5832
0548.5friend -bedGot a lift to Orewa. Kayaks to Wenderholm expensive, tide has to be right, road walk alternative isn't great. Can resupply in Orewa or Silverdaleyy
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W4Day 26Wed8/11/17Orewa > StillwaterOkura Bush WalkwayDacre cottage - just past Stillwater13561shedCheck tide times for tmrw y
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W4Day 27Thu9/11/17Stillwater > Okura Bush Walk (+6k) > TakapunaTakapuna Takapuna Holiday Park24.7565 - to estuary
585.7
tent - campgroundOkura Estuary crossing at very low tide 5am - waist deep at estuary mouth. I crossed approx 1k further into estuary - knee deep. After you've crossed stay on river channel for the walk back up, otherwise muddy mangrove.
Takapuna holl pk is expensive, but nice.
Takapuna beach cafe - awesome takeaway burgers & icecream.
Can resupply in Takapuna.
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W4Day 28Fri10/11/17Takapuna > Devonport > AkldAucklandCaught bus to Waikato for 3 nights off trail9.3595friend -bedWalked Akld coast to coast previously. Hunua ranges track closed. Skipping long road walks.y
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W5Day 29Sat11/11/17Off trailOff trailwith friends0friend -bedZero day - resting knee injuryy
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W5Day 30Sun12/11/17Off trailOff trailwith friends0friend -bedZero day - resting knee injuryy
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W5Day 31Mon13/11/17Off trailOff trailwith friends0friend -bedZero day - resting knee injuryy
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W5Day 32Tue14/11/17MercerRangiririCathy Miller camping 0274 404924 adjacent to Rangiri hotel (8 Talbot st 07 826 3467)26.2720 - 746.2tent - campgroundLift back to Mercer y
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W5Day 33Wed15/11/17RangiririHuntlywith friends20766friend -bedCan resupply at Countdowny
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W5Day 34Thu16/11/17Hakarimata's Parker Road > NgaruawahiaNgaruawahiawith friends11766 - 777friend -bedCan resupply at New Worldyy
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W5Day 35Fri17/11/17Ngaruawahia > (new Perry bridge) Hamilton Citywith friends23777 - 800friend -bedLoad Guthook app - Hamilton
Note - skipped route to Pirongia as have driven it a million times!
Can
resupply in Hamilton.
If you need new gear, check out Trek n Travel on Victoria St - Colin is amazing. There's also a Bivouac here.
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W6Day 36Sat18/11/17Kaniwhaniwha stream > Nikau track > Tahuanui TrackPahutea HutPahutea Hut DOC11836 - 848DOC hutPirongia very muddy, great hut also has campingy
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W6Day 37Sun19/11/17Pahutea Hut Pirongia > Hihikiwi Track > Pirongia W Rd & beyondKm 871Free camp 24871tent - wildHihikiwi Track very muddy. Hated it!
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W6Day 38Mon20/11/17TA km 871WaitomoWaitomo Top 1o25898tent - campgroundAmazing top 10. Huhu cafe is excellent for posh dinner. Nearest resupply - hitch to te Kuiti or Otorohongay
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W6Day 39Tue21/11/17YHA WaitomoTe KuitiCasara Mesa Backpackers  07 878 6697 - will pick up16912tent - backpackerResupply in New Worldyy
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W6Day 40Wed22/11/17TeKuiti > Mangaokewa Reserve Track > Mangaokewa River Track Ngaherenga campsite23971tent - DOC campgroundAn awful day's hike. Lots sidling next to river on v small track & wet/boggy ground. Careful of the wash-out.
Hitched from camp at end river to Pureora forest (avoiding a huge road walk)
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W6Day 41Thu23/11/17Ngaherenga campsitekm995.2km995.224.2995.2tent - wild
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W6Day 42Fri24/11/17km995.2#10 camp - 1032km#10 camp36.81032tent - wild
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W7Day 43Sat25/11/17#10 camp - 1032kmTaumarunui Taumarunui Holiday pk17 (walk)1075solo room (cabin)Hitched from Bennett rd to Taumarunui.
Resupply in Taumanrunui
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W7Day 44Sun26/11/17Taumarunui Taumarunui - rest dayTaumarunui Holiday pk0shared room (cabin) friendsZero day - organised Whanganui river crossing
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W7Day 45Mon27/11/2017 pTaumarunui Taumarunui - rest dayTaumarunui Holiday pk0shared room (cabin) friendsZero day
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W7Day 46Tue28/11/17Taumarunui km1103.5 Whakapapa river camping, start of 42 Traverse Free camp mid-way. km1103.528.51103.5tent - wildEpic free camp spot on the grass by carpark before the bridgey
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W7Day 47Wed29/11/17km1103.5 - 42 Traverse freecamp at end of track..freecamp at end of track..30.81134.3tent - wildBit slippy clay, but not as bad as everyone makes outyy
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W7Day 48Thu30/11/17freecamp end 42 traverse > Magetepopo road track 10k > whakapapa 17kNational ParkYHA National Park 07 892 287031193shared room (backpacker room)Different to standard route. Walked to highway & hitched out to N.Pk
Resupply in N.Pk. Couple of ok cafes too.
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W7Day 49Fri1/12/17National Park - Tongariro CrossingNational ParkYHA National Park 07 892 287017.71193shared room (backpacker room)Did crossing the conventional way from Mangetepopo road end. Did this due to bad weather coming & hut being fuly booked.y
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W8Day 50Sat2/12/17YHA Tongariro  NPJctn Upper Retaruke rd & Oio RdFree camp - by the memorial & horse statue27.71220.7tent - wildThere's a water tap attached to a fence at the junction of Upper Retaruke Rd and Oio Rd. Great place to camp, with toilet.y
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W8Day 51Sun3/12/17Jctn Upper Retaruke rd & Oio RdWhakahoro DOC whakahoro251245.5tent - DOC campgroundBlue duck cafe - toasties and hot choc. Not a lot apart from that.y
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W8Day 52Mon4/12/17WhakahoroWhakahoroWhakahorotent - DOC campgroundStared Whanganui river kayak (crashed into a rock -got rescued by Blue Duck jetboat)
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W8Day 53Tue5/12/17WhakahoroPipirikiWhanganui River Adventures - Pipiriki1314.2tent - campgroundGot a lift with Taumarunui Canoe hire to Pipiriki
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W8Day 54Wed6/12/17Pipiriki - MatahiwiFlying foxFlying fox29.81344.2tent - campgroundFlying fox is beautiful! They have a little store onsite where you can buy a few essentials, as well as beer, wine, cheese & icecream!!
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W8Day 55Thu7/12/2017 - LFlying foxWhanganuiYHA Wanganui 6 348 2301151402backpacker room - dormWalked part, hitched the rest. Great arty scene in Whanganui - loved it. Take a day to investigate - def go to the glass blowing place & tower over the river.
Can resupply in Whanganui
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W8Day 56Fri8/12/17WhanganuiWhanganuiYHA Wanganui 01402backpacker room - dormZero day
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W9Day 57Sat9/12/17Whanganui > Turakina  BullsBridge Motor Lodge & Caravan Park 06 322 0894. mount Lee's reserve 8k on on no 1473.301434 - 1465.8tent - campgroundHitched out of Whanganui to Koitiata beach avoiding long road walk
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W9Day 58Sun10/12/17Bulls FieldingTrail angel Glen211485.4tent - trail angelok road walk. Go to Picolos cafe for epic cakes & sweet treats
Can resupply in Feilding
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W9Day 59Mon11/12/17Fielding > Bunnythorpe > Riverside DrivePalmerston NorthPalmerston Nth Holiday Park 06 358 0349191509 camp. 1507 trailtent - campgroundHitched from Bulls to PN. Hol Pk is too expensive & too far out. Try to get the "hut" instead as detailed in the app/trail notes.
Can resupply in P Nth
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W9Day 60Tue12/12/17Palmerston North > Back Track > Burttons Track (DOC)Km 1541.4Free camp Burttons Track 1541.434.41541.4tent - wildNote - you'll hit the half way point today!
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W9Day 61Wed13/12/17Km 1541.4 Burtons Track Outdoor Pursuits centreMakahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre: 865 Gladstone Rd. Sally & John 06 368 9347 or 021 725 593 or makahika@xtra.co.nz271568.8tent - trail angel700ms onto the loose metal part of Gladstone Rd - long day lots elevation y
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W9Day 62Thu14/12/17Outdoor Pursuits centreTe Matawaite matawai - via Gables ridge track not regular track191587DOC hutUsed the Gable End Ridge track (beautiful) instead of standard TA route. Sally does resupply runs into Levin sometimes if enough people need it & they're available, otherwise hitch. Ask Sally about track conditions in Tararuas.
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W9Day 63Fri15/12/17Te Matawai HutNichols HutNichols Hut131600DOC hutDo not attempt this day in bad weather. Lots ridge walking & there are some really gnarly sections of scrambling/climbing & washouts. Most demanding section yet. Nichols is a 6 bed hut. I tented on helipad as we had 11 ppl in hut!
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W10Day 64Sat16/12/17Nicols HutWaitewaewae HutWaitewaewae Hut81608DOC hutDo not attempt Mt Crawford in bad weather. Descending the summit is awful on the knees. Waitewaewae hut is a palace - be sure to go swimming!y
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W10Day 65Sun17/12/17Waitewaewae HutOtaki Forks campground Otaki Forks campground8k1619 - camptent - campgroundI made a huge mistaker here & took the gully track. Do NOT do this!yy
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W10Day 66Mon18/12/17Otaki ForksParaparaumuKapiti Holiday Resort campsite24/261650tent - campgroundy
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W10Day 67Tue19/12/17ParaparaumuPaekakarikiPaekakariki Holiday Park 04 292 8292121662tent - campgroundCan resupply in Waikanae & Paraparaumu
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W10Day 68Wed20/12/17Paekakariki (10k) > Ara Harakeke (13.5k)PoriruaCamp Elsdon 04 237 8987281690solo room (cabin)Nice cafes in Poriruay
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W10Day 69Thu21/12/17Porirua > Elsdon > Colonial Knob > Mt Kaukau Welly - Ngaio Airbnb211711AirbnbThis section was super-windy! Almost got blown off the top! Excellent Airbnb - Host: Toryy
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W10Day 70Fri22/12/17Wellington Wellington - 1YHA Wakefield St (opp New World) 04 801 7280101721shared room (backpacker dorm)Souless backpackers.
Plenty of resupply options
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W11Day 71Sat23/12/17WellingtonWellington - 2YHA01721shared room (backpacker dorm)yy
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W11Day 72Sun24/12/17WellingtonWellington - 3YHA01721solo room (backpackers)yy
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W11Day 73Mon25/12/2017 p WellingtonWellington- island bay - 4YHA01721solo room (backpackers)
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W11Day 74Tue26/12/17WellingtonPicton The villa backpackers 34 Akld st, Picton (booked)01721shared room (backpacker dorm)Late ferry. Backpackers hadn't communicated where after hrs key would be - make sure to find outy
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