At the present time, the walking route from Wenderholm Regional Park to Puhoi is incomplete, but you can hire a kayak to paddle to Puhoi, provided the tide is right. 09 421 1460, Seaside_BnB@xtra.co.nz, Wenderholm to Puhoi by kayak, 7 km, 2hrs (map 25). An alternative, which gets you closer to the original trail, and would be a bit longer but may have camping options, is if you head off north-east from White Rd on Falls Rd (taking the left fork onto Cossey Access Rd near the end) to reach the original route north-west along the Wairoa River to McNicol Rd and into Clevedon. ... TE ARAROA TRAIL The Te Araroa Trail stretches 3000km from Cape Reinga to Bluff and takes between 4-6 months to complete. (On the right beyond the café is the Wintergarden (hot-house) itself and Auckland War Memorial Museum dominates the skyline on the rim of the volcano Pukekawa further uphill.) Turn right when the track meets another at a high point to turn north-east past Conical Peak and down to Govan Wilson Rd past a rusty old bus, a private home, and down some steps. The region is also known as Tāmaki Makaurau (‘the spouse desired by a hundred lovers’) for its fertile volcanic slopes, sheltered fishing sites, strategic command of land routes, access to sea routes on either coast as well as to the greatest waterway in New Zealand, the Waikato River. There are no cliff-top tracks. Then it returns back to the coast via suburban footpaths. The wide trail climbs uphill with a few undulations and can be … Begin by crossing the river opposite the general store into the domain. This then joins up with SH1. When it reaches Tom Pearce Dr go north and then east to walk parallel to the airport. Hello Te Araroians – The Auckland Te Araroa Trust is setting up a wo... rking group of people who would like to help out with looking after the trail in the Auckland region (Mangawhai to the Bombays). Te Araroa / The Long Pathway: This tramp is gonna be one of the longest in the world, and certainly by far the longest of New Zealand. There are a couple of takeway shops, a grocery, a fruit and vege co-op, a pub and a petrol station in Clevedon. Walk along this road and continue when it becomes a track. This goes to Waiake Bay, with the suburb of Torbay behind it. Tramping the full length of the trail generally takes three to six months. Tag 27: Auckland Central – Auckland Airport. The route was the first fully marked up urban TA section and there are frequent TA signs. Camping (or in the barn if its raining), hot shower, wifi, a cold beer and coffee in the morning. When the gravelled road meets the main Kimpton’s Rd turn left into it and continue south-west until you turn right into Brookby Rd and then right again at the roundabout with the intersection with West Rd to stay on Brookby Rd. Written by: McKenzie Barney. Then turn into Haigh Access Rd. Te Araroa Trail 7: Von Auckland nach… Auckland. Sat 19 Jan: Started at Totara Park outside of Auckland. Where the track joins the road is the Stillwater Motor Camp. You come out at Churchill Rd. Te Araroa means “The Long Path” and so it is. On the other side turn right into St Andrews Rd. Check the NIWA tide service and also consider the amount of recent rain and wave height from wind or swell. 027 322 1040, johancon@xtra.co.nz. On the left just before the motorway you will see the unusual and massive Californian/Spanish mission style building (complete with Moorish turrets) of Auckland Grammar, the city’s prestigious boys school. The old TA maps I’ve linked to above are for the Hunua Ranges route, but you can use them for this option too. If you don’t wish to go to the top, keep going north on the road when the track first meets it. The huts and campsites along Te Araroa. Starting from the northernmost point of the Long Bay reserve and taking an arc left to Dacre Point should point you up on the river bar, so avoiding a deeper channel further into the inlet. There is no foreshore route between Milford Beach and Castor Bay and Wairau Creek cannot be safely forded at any stage of the tide. This turns into a track and you take the first left onto Te Ara Tāhuna. This route involves quite a lot of road walking but the coastal alternative is hard going over jagged rocks. Browns Bay to Long Bay: Running off Manly Esplanade at the northern end of the beach is the Lotus Walk. Created with sketchtool. Sunday, 20 December 2020 ... SH1 reopens after major crash north of Auckland. Surf forecast for Te Araroa. All the same you obviously need to take a tent. His stage play Hatch was produced by the Auckland Theatre Company and toured New Zealand and Tasmania through 2007–10. The trail knits ma-ny shorter well known tracks together. Follow this 1 km to Longmore Lane on the right. This is the guidebook of Te Araroa Trail: The Long Pathway, a continuous trail running from Cape Reinga to Bluff, 35 years in the making, which officially opened in late 2011. Not too expensive if you are a couple. Other centres are Devonport, Milford, Mairangi Bay and Browns Bay. Please respect the environment and the privacy of local residents, and do not trespass on private property. then turn right into the rural Pinnacle Hill Rd. Stillwater Heights Backpacker Retreat – Duck Creek Rd, Stillwater, 022 121 0120 (Jeff). Pay by koha (donation). After 3.5 km this runs alongside SH1 and then you turn right into Ararimu Rd. Warkworth i-Site Visitor Information centre – 1 Baxter St, Warkworth, 09 425 9081. Trail Angels expect busy summer on Te Araroa despite lack of overseas tourists. The only point where the tide is an issue is near the beginning of the track for a few metres, and for the rest the route is on a well-constructed concrete path above the high tide. No camping or fires in the reserve. A public walkway leads off Oceanview Rd and down steps to Hatfields Beach / Otanerua. Walk east along the park’s margin on Grey St to the stone arch entrance and then diagonally cross the park on the sealed pathway to the other stone arch, built to commemorate the dead of WWI. Pay by koha (donation). The wide trail climbs uphill with a few undulations and can be … It is made up of a mixture of older tracks and walkways, new tracks, and link sections alongside roads. The North Island route is just over 1,600 km long, and the South Island just under 1,400 km. When it enters north Auckland the trail leaves glorious white sandy beaches and ventures inland for a taste of the semi-rural. Select a forecast ... Back to Map; Play help. Usual B&B prices but also has tent space. Auckland trail notes, including information about accommodation, transport and resupplying. It is 5km along this straight stretch until you turn right at its end into Alfriston Rd and after 150m left into Stratford Rd, which is now the original route, which you can pick up below at the end of option 2 in black type. Exit onto Old Lake Rd and turn right into Hamana St. At the very north end of the park go down to the waters edge and walk across the mud to Dacre Point. North Shore Motel & Holiday Park – 52 Northcote Rd, Northcote, 09 418 2578 or 0508 90 90 90 freephone. Te Araroa Holiday Park, Te Araroa: See 87 traveller reviews, 40 candid photos, and great deals for Te Araroa Holiday Park, ranked #1 of 3 Speciality lodging in Te Araroa and rated 3 of 5 at Tripadvisor. Please contact in advance: mandyf@xtra.co.nz, Hesselwood (SC, B&B), 09 422 9344, hesselwood@slingshot.co.nz, Matakana Village Cottages (self-contained and B&B ) – 202 Matakana Valley Rd, 09 422 9337 or 021 189 4242, cottage@xnet.co.nz. cross the estuary on the Insley St Bridge. The Te Araroa Trail was officially opened in 2011, and in trail terms it's still considered new and some sections are still under development. On the other side turn right into St Andrews Rd. Between the beaches the route follows the North Shore City heritage trail Takapuna–Milford Walk and crosses private property thanks to the owners’ goodwill. Te Araroa (The Long Pathway) is New Zealand's long distance tramping route, stretching circa 3,000 kilometres (1,900 mi) along the length of the country's two main islands from Cape Reinga to Bluff.It is made up of a mixture of older tracks and walkways, new tracks, and link sections alongside roads. Sea Dog Alley at right just before the road joins Beach Rd will take you to Whitby Cres. All the way from Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south, the trail will extend for 3000 km. This exits at a major intersection on Wiri Station Rd. Takapuna has the largest range of shops. The Māori garden mounds, the storage pits, and the drystone walls of later Pākehā farmers are still prominent in this area. Behind that is another, much higher volcanic cone, the site of Māngere Domain. Head down this past two or three houses then turn into a path between houses at right. Here is another volcano you may wish to climb,  Maungawhau /Mt Eden, Auckland’s highest at 196m. There is no known cure and it is spreading like wildfire, killing an iconic species of native New Zealand tree. There is an alternative to getting your feet wet or if the tide was high by walking south-west on Beach Rd from the park road entrance (so before you enter the park at all), then turning left into Glenvar Rd. Suffice to say that the ones in the centre of town tend to be party places in multi-story buildings and those further out located in homely surrounds of large old houses. Spacious grounds with private estuary front access. Your only accommodation in this area will be motels (The Rayland Motel or Manukau City Lodge are not far off the trail a little further on) or B&Bs (including ones on Airbnb). Alpaca Farmstay – 109B Main Rd, Bombay, about 600m south of Paparata Rd. Turn left into Epsom Drive. This was the official TA route for a brief moment in 2018 until someone probably decided the chances of getting the boat ride were not so high. If you are sticking to the lower road, keep going to a very large roundabout, passing the information centre and toilets on your way, and exit onto Pōhutukawa Drive going north. Whau trees, whose wood is as light as balsa and was once used by Māori for net floats, still grow on Maungawhau (‘the hill of the whau tree’). It is made up of a mixture of older tracks and walkways, new tracks, and link sections alongside roads. Clevedon Hotel & Wairoa Restaurant – 26 Clevedon Kawakawa Rd, 09 292 8783. The Ministry for Primary Industries says that areas in pine forest on the north-west of the Hunua Ranges are not closed, but I’m not sure if that’s the sort of forest along the river. Then go up what looks like a private driveway (signposted Rahopara Pā) follow the John F Kennedy Memorial Walkway through Kennedy Park to Beach Rd and turn off at Huntly Rd to get to the sands of Campbells Bay. You will need to take careful note of the time of low tide, as there are several points where you can be cut off by the rising water. And again a walkway from the north end of the bay follows the cliffs and comes out at Beechwood Rd. For resupply in the area there are two smallish Four Squares – the one already mentioned and one at the heads (3 Wood St), plus the Mangawhai Deli at 3/7 Wood St (open Wed to Sun 9 to 3). There are over 30 hostels in Auckland, so it is not possible to list them all. Warkworth Mahurangi Backpackers – 11 Wickens Place, Warkworth, 09 425 7513. 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. You do miss out on resupply options in Stillwater, but there are supermarkets (smaller I think) in Orewa. At the bottom cross over onto Grafton Rd, which heads up to Symonds St and its surrounding Auckland University precinct. Trail Maps, Tracks, & Notes are intended to be updated in September each year. There are probably plenty of motels and Airbnb places along the way, but backpacker accommodation is probably non-existent and there seems to be just one motorcamp (see next paragraph) at 28 km from Mercer. Forde Way, opposite the intersection with Kowhai Rd, will take you to Mairangi Bay. Go straight ahead, inland, then turn right into Rothesay Bay Rd to arrive at Rothesay Bay beach. The official route goes north on the road from where the initial track meets it. Sunday, 20 December 2020 ... SH1 reopens after major crash north of Auckland. Tough. Turn right to enter some trees and then cross the railway line. Mine was a gloriously leisurely thru hike and below is my Te Araroa Trail itinerary. This is a busy and dangerous stretch of road. This is the guidebook of Te Araroa Trail: The Long Pathway, a continuous trail running from Cape Reinga to Bluff, 35 years in the making, which officially opened in late 2011. You can quickly tell when the surf is likely to be good. Turn right into Mill Rd when Alfriston intersects with it at a roundabout, then left into Ranfurly Rd. At Takapuna Beach there is a small motorcamp at the north end (8.5 km on your walk from Devonport) and a large shopping area inland. It has views across the Fish and Game swampland, and a relaxing shady section after its start at Kellyville Rd. George Bolt was a pioneering NZ aviator, flying the country’s first airmail in 1919 amongst other achievements.) If want to get to Warkworth, 7km south-east (there is a Binn Inn and Countdown supermarket here), this is probably a good point to catch a lift, though traffic may be going fast past the intersection (and it may be worth noting that this stretch of roads is considered one of the deadliest in the North Island in terms of crashes!). No description for Puhinui - Te Araroa North trail has been added yet! Sleepout with double bed both upstairs and downstairs, use of main house bathroom or compost toilet available. From the Mercer Service Centre walk the marked route 1.5 km that follows the motorway. (If you are a frequent visitor to Auckland Airport and have wondered who Tom Pearce was, he was president of the NZ Rugby Football Union in the 1970s and a strong supporter of racially selected South African teams. The free demo covers a 60-kilometre portion of the Te Araroa in the Auckland area on the North Island of New Zealand. You pass the ‘Sugarloaf’ rock formation. However, in this situation the parents are usually above you, screeching and dive bombing, so pay attention when you experience this. Please visit www.nztramper.com for more details of this hiking track. There is a large supermarket here and many fast food outlets. (Warkworth is about 4km east of this point over a small bridge, and has a supermarket if you wish to resupply.) All the same you obviously need to take a tent. At an average of 25 kms a day, the trail takes 120 days to walk – four months. If you are unsure of the state of the tide, please follow the signed all-tide route. There is a medium size Countdown on this road too. You first see some historic buildings on the corner, including the brick military blockhouse built in 1860. But I’m going to give you an option that goes less directly and also away from built-up areas. Tramping the full length of the trail generally takes three to six months. You can easily walk around the coast to Waiwera Beach at low tide (though the first bit might be the most difficult when the tide is not dead low – maybe you can short cut over the first section of hill). So i asked a close friend if he also fancied an adventure which he… 09 431 5435 or 027 483 9335. Much of this is along operational forestry roads, so watch for trucks and don’t wear headphones. I started the trail on 14th October 2017 and finished on 02nd March 2018. In general it is preferable to avoid sand dune areas altogether for this reason. And, in the unlikely event you have a dog with you, note that they commonly destroy nests and kill chicks, so really need to be under strict control. Then turn right into Moir St, past a Four Square, then left into Molesworth Drive through Mangawhai village. Probably the best state of tide is mid-tide to just after high tide, so the current is going in your direction and there is enough water to make the trip interesting. It’s the more westerly flat-topped mountain. You can walk all the way along the beach and rocks from Takapuna to Milford Beach in anything but very high tides. (The TA route departs a little from the Coast to Coast route by going straight along Manukau Rd from Quadrant Rd, so ignore the blue sign that suggests you go left on Trafalgar St.). Because high sandstone cliffs are subject to sudden rockfalls, please keep at least 10 metres out from the cliffs. Debbie’s Flax Studio – Mangawhai Heads Rd, 021 519 480, debbiesflaxstudio@gmail.com  Double bed studio, hot alfresco shower, kitchenette, tea/coffee provided. Please remain on the track at all times for personal safety and to protect the kauri trees on the route from kauri die-back disease (spread by walkers’ shoes). Between the beaches the route follows the North Shore City heritage trail Takapuna–Milford Walk and crosses private property thanks to the owners’ goodwill. There are a confusing number of tracks and roads on the mountain and it is easy to get disoriented. Stay on this another 7 km and at its end turn left into Clevedon-Kawakawa Rd to reach Clevedon. Enter Murrays Bay as a representative location in the drop-down list of locations. Sea Dog Alley at right just before the road joins Beach Rd will take you to Whitby Cres. $20pp/night. The mountain was once the site of a pa (fortified village), holding several thousand people. Then you resume beach walking for 3km. The Te Araroa website is a great resource with many links. I started the trail on 14th October 2017 and finished on 02nd March 2018. Header photo: Auckland central city looking north on a rainy day from Mt Eden crater The Manukau Holiday Park would have been right on the trail but is permanently closed as of April 2018. Go down here. Also, after heavy weather events, some parts can be affected so follow marked alternatives or self-navigate the streets. Take the turn left down the ridge through farm pasture to the southern end of Bathgate Rd. You will need to take careful note of the time of low tide, as there are several points where you can be cut off by the rising water. Though Takapuna just after the central city could be another option with a large supermarket. Wikipedia The one via the Arthur Dunn memorial lookout is more direct but steeper and can be slippery when wet. This takes you down to Customs St. At Queen St, turn right and walk to Quay St. Car Park: No car park around Matakana Valley Road entrance! 121 on Old Kaipara Rd. Otherwise it is a case of walking on the Hibiscus Coast Highway. Turn left into Winscombe St, walk past Takapuna Grammar School and Belmont Intermediate School to turn right into the busy Lake Rd. Return to Quadrant Rd, which soon becomes busy Manukau Rd. If you wish, continue on a short distance to the Papakura shops, and the station if you want to take a train into the CBD for better accommodation options – see at the end of this whole section for more details. Campbells Bay to Murrays Bay: Along the beach find the Possum Ladder Track up to View Rd. Continue into the narrow, tree-lined Alfred St through university buildings and turn right into Princess St alongside the popular Albert Park. Premium Auckland Wellington Christchurch. Across the creek turn left onto Cosseys Access Rd and after less than a km turn off right to eventually follow the Wairoa River and join McNicol Rd. Produce, chocolate, chips and drinks also available for purchase. At an average of 25 kms a day, the trail takes 120 days to walk – four months. Turn right into the road and after 300m branch off at left to cross the Waiwhiu Stream and follow it upstream for about 1.3 km before climbing steeply. Long Bay to Stillwater: 8.5km, 3hr (map 26), If the tide will be dead low when you get there you can walk across the Okura River estuary if you are game. We have more than enough people. Keep right when it turns westwards to branch off into Clifton Rd and go to the end to enter Takapuna Beach. Cross the bridge to the west bank and when the path turns west at a house get onto Price Rd beside it. Header photo: Auckland central city looking north on a rainy day from Mt Eden crater, Mercer to SH2 at Mangatawhiri Rd: 11 km (map 32), SH2 at Mangatawhiri Rd to Totara Park, Manurewa: 36 km (maps 31, 30), – 180A Mill Rd, Bombay, about 1.2 km from the trail intersection of Paparata and Barber roads. On the other side of the bridge stay on the coast at left, past Airport Harbour View Motel on Onehunga Harbour Rd, then Orpheus Drive to cross a footbridge just past the Manukau Cruising Club over the four-lane motorway to Onehunga Bay Reserve and the start of the Coast to Coast route. The disease has been recently been spreading amongst kauri trees in the Auckland and Northland regions. Follow the path here to the bridge over the Orewa River. The trail knits ma-ny shorter well known tracks together. 11 Longview street, just off Molesworth Drive, near shops, food and toilet at Mangawhai village. 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