17. To avoid the spread of kauri die-back please do not camp around kauri. Translations of the phrase TE ARAROA from german to english and examples of the use of "TE ARAROA" in a sentence with their translations: Hier entlang: te araroa teil 2, die südinsel. There is a hotel at Turakina (no accommodation?) The track goes up and around a pine-covered hill and then steeply down to follow the Tākehe River, crossing it at a shallower ford between deeper pools to take you onto the true left bank. Some recommend wearing tough gardening gloves to protect your hands too. The latter do a mail run up the River Road, so it you need transport it may be worth contacting them. You can try Blair Jones (listed above) or try the marina already mentioned. Ngunguru Note that permission to use this has been specially granted to TA walkers, so please respect the privilege. Now when Pukenui Rd branches off at left you may have a choice. You need to be at Pipiriki by 10am for the jetboat. That honour goes to the Hikura / de Surville Cliffs, about 30 km to the east. Going north around it is a long hike through rugged country to exit near the Rangipo powerhouse, not far south of Tūrangi and it will involve crossing private land (for much of it contact Helisika for permission). It is in fact cheaper than hiring canoes and going downstream, though rather less respectful of the peace and quiet of the river. They are transitioning to the new name of Atlas Guides, but it looks identical. You continue north on tramping tracks, through the Waitotara Forest, and meet up with the ancient Māori Matemateaonga track going east to Ramanui. By the time the jet boat gets to Mangapurua landing it is close to 12 noon. Keep going up hill, crossing a number of streams that can be difficult after rain. No camping of course (through Russell Forest?). Already some parts of the Russell Forest have been affected by kauri die-back disease and a Māori rahui (precautionary closure) has been applied to the original route, at the end of Punaruku Rd. At the high points of 297 and 276m there are great views in every direction. Note that there is no water source or toilets on this section. So use boardwalks where provided and clean your footwear using wash stations (and don’t forget to wash your poles). The Bridge to Nowhere to Hallawells is about 1 hr; to Johnson’s 3 hrs; to Mangapurua Trig 5 hrs; to Mosley’s 6.5 hrs; to Whakahoro 9 hrs (the DoC sign claims 13.5 hrs, and the official TA notes 20 hrs(!) You are requested not to camp in the Aupōuri Forest of pines that runs alongside Ninety Mile beach. covered in sand now. 022 045 4391 (Alex), 0274 339 016 (Dave), lxmartist73@gmail.com. At the top by a carpark, turn right onto the Kauri Mountain Track. But the cliffs are not so easy to get to. Listed on Airbnb. Walk along Waiotoi Rd for about 2.8 km. Then turn left at Makene Rd, 12km from Omahuta. Exit at right off the road onto an old logging track through a gate. Add 40 mins to the Bridge To Nowhere. I would be interested in hearing what NoBos have done in practice about this section. Always check the Trail Status pages of the official Te Araroa website for recent changes or alerts on the trail. New World, Countdown and PaknSave – at the western end of Victoria Ave, about 1.3 km from City Bridge. 09 432 0410. Turn left as you come to the railway line and cross it a short distance on (there is no crossing further south) then go east on Carroll St, then south on Ward to get to the railway station or to Findlay St (which has the YHA at its far end). Otherwise, turn left over a bridge onto McAuslin Rd. You will come ashore at Papaka Rd, which goes up to Ngunguru Rd along the front of the settlement. Whangārei Heads to Russell Forest: 137 km, 6 days (maps 18, 17, 16, 15, 14), Bream Head (Te Whara) Track: 7 km, 5–6 hrs (map 18). Times are 11:00am and 3:00pm (north to south, so presumably similar the other way). This takes you down to a junction with Warner Rd and leads you along the Takahue Saddle Rd, which follows the Takahue River and leads you to the tiny settlement of Takahue. With only ONE walk left in my Northbound Te Araroa tramp, I am prepared to carry ALL the fresh fruit and vegetables! The school drinking fountain and toilets should be available whether anyone is there or not though. Despite all that, Waiau Pass, at 1870m, is described as a highlight of the Te Araroa Trail. Te Araroa Specific Links There is the official site of course, with heaps of information. You can also stay at Waitaki Landing, about 20 km south of Cape Reinga, but check out visitor feedback on Google or Tripadvisor first. Stick to the route down here. The famous Bridge to Nowhere was constructed in the mid-1930s to provide access to the Mangapurua Valley farms from the river, but by the time it was finished the valley was deserted and construction of the road down to the river was abandoned. So, to take this route, turn left into Fusilier Rd from Santoft Rd after a culvert. Matahiwi Gallery and Café is in an old school about 11 km before Jerusalem or 23 km north of Rivertime Lodge. You begin on SH4, which is a fairly busy road, though begins with parkland on the river side of the road. It then becomes Forestry Rd. It crosses open tussock country. Speaking of kauri, this might be a good place to repeat a paragraph from the Auckland pages in case you haven’t read it, as you will be encountering kauri a number of times in this region: Kauri die-back disease has been recently been spreading amongst kauri trees in the Auckland and Northland regions. Most people usually start at Cape Reinga in October or November. Certainly as a tramper coming from the States I notice this lack. There can be single-wire electric fences along this stretch. These are generally easy to get across or under, but take care to avoid getting a shock. The walkway becomes a well-graded farm track/driveway lined with pōhutukawa trees, going over a stile and behind private baches. It is longer than walking Aucks Rd, but more enjoyable. After 3 km this descends steeply to the Waipapa River. It’s an imperfect line in places, and it will change its route over the years. Then it is 5.5 km north along the beach to Ruakākā. Or to skip even more of the official TA route you could go directly to Taumarunui by heading north-east on the Kawautahi Rd before the Upper Retaruke turn-off and take one of the tramping tracks over the hills at left. Roger Gale is available for guiding through Herekino and Raetea Forests, 09 409 3807, roger@treeskills.co.nz. Then there is a footwear cleaning station just as you enter bush on the Harman farm. The route up the Mangapukahukahu Stream is through a gorge and is subject to flash floods after heavy rain. The Herekino Forest is closed indefinitely due to kauri die-back disease. If you want to depart from the TA trail and do some hikes you could consider the two round-the-mountain routes (one around Mt Ngāuruhoe – the Tongariro Northern Circuit (3 days) – the other around Mt Ruapehu (5 days) or the Tama Lakes (5-6 hrs return). Use the insulated grips to open and close the gates. There is a smallish Countdown and a Four Square supermarket at Paihia and 2 Four Squares in Russell. There appear to be tracks and gravel roads running beside the rail line from Tangiwai to Ohakune, but I don’t know if they have public access. Then find some clay steps up to the gravel Kauri Mountain Rd. Last updated 25 October 2020 Header photo: Duane Wilkins, Creative Commons. Turn right off this on Matuku St and from here a track goes to a driveway on Norfolk Rd. Having two of you makes this easier to achieve. 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 Waipū Cove (the settlement, not the actual cove on the coast). Fee is a koha/donation. From Kaitaia it is 18 km road walking or hitch hiking to Ahipara. Pipiriki is where you need to catch your jetboat to Mangapurua Landing (the Bridge to Nowhere is a short walk from here and is what most jetboat tours advertise). There is a whole host of accommodation in National Park village and not much else besides the petrol station/4 Square store. I suspect another reason why Mangakaretu Rd is used is that the trail previously went across SH 10, following the Kerikeri River and over farmland past Mt Maungaparerua to join the top end of Mangakaretu Rd. You also pass a WWII naval radar station. Going north around it is a long hike through rugged country to exit near the Rangipo powerhouse, not far south of Tūrangi and it will involve crossing private land (for much of it contact, 13. Note that the TA maps have km by road from Pipiriki marked in red in addition to the main sequence of km from Cape Reinga on the river. This becomes a track which goes to the end of Darch Point Rd. You will see riverside parking and picnicking areas where Ramshaw meets Buckingham. Sam’s Bush Retreat – Waipoka Rd, off Ngunguru Rd, Kiripaka. TA hikers have camped at this spot without any complaints, though it would be respectful not to put up your tent right next to or in front of the memorial. (This is what the  Mangakaretu–Kerikeri detour in the Trail Alerts page as of Oct 2020 is all about, although there is no point to it when the detour IS the current route.). DoC supports this request. Walk 1 km west from the end of the Morepork-Onekainga Track on Kaiikanui Rd to the start of the Helena Ridge Track. Kerikeri River Track: 7 km, 2 hrs Hop on the road (Pataua South Rd) and head north to cross the footbridge over the next estuary (Pataua River). The fare is about $90 for this. Ashhurst has a Four Square grocery store, but little in the way of accommodation except a campground at the Domain (showers and toilets), and a couple of cheapish Airbnbs. For sights along the way see The Curious Kiwi site. Closed due to kauri die-back disease. You can divert to the Capitaine Bougainville Memorial on the north point of Oruaea Bay. 09 402 8338; 0800 472 582. 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. It means a lot of road walking, with the only accommodation camping on farmland (permission required), but would be over country few see. Te Araroa joins the Harper Pass Track proper here. From the bridge continue on the road past the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. At the end of town turn left into Waiotoi Rd. Helena Ridge Track: 9 km, 4 hrs (map 15) At the beginning of Taurikura Bay at 2311 Whangārei Heads Rd is the Taurikura General Store and public toilets. Taiharuru Estuary Route: 7 km, 2 hr (map 18) Backcountry passes can’t be used. They do not hire kayaks out to solo paddlers. Going with an outgoing tide is presumably best. The holiday parks and hostels offer discounts and people on the street ask if you’re nearly there (southbound) or just started (northbound). Department of Conservation (DoC) – Bay of Islands area office, 34 Landing Rd, Kerikeri, across the reserve where the Kerikeri Walkway starts, 09 407 0300, bayofislandsbooking@doc.govt.nz. Ngunguru to Sandy Bay: 16.5 km (map 17) Watch especially for cars that approach from behind at the same time as ones come towards you: their noise will be covered by the car you can see ahead. Make sure you are also in the car any time the driver is at the wheel and your possessions are in the vehicle; not just when you first get in but also at petrol or toilet stops. Then you are on south crater. Turn right and the track climbs through mānuka scrub and farmland to the beech forest’s edge. As you go uphill from the point where it meets the waters edge a driveway goes off at left. Always check the Trail Status pages of the official Te Araroa website for recent changes or alerts on the trail. 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. As noted above, if you kayaked from Waikare Inlet then you are probably coming ashore at Paihia and can thus ignore the last two sentences. Daily guided tours, hangi and Māori cultural performances are available. Go downstream a little where it is much shallower. Note that there is a wildlife sanctuary opposite, with many migrant and wading birds, so please do not walk inside the fenced-off nesting areas. The above section between Pataua North Rd and Ngunguru Ford Rd passes through private forest and may be subject to occasional closures due to forestry operations. The water is knee to waist deep at low tide and on a sandy base. A track leads up on the other side. Turn right and pass over Mangamuka Bridge before Mangamuka settlement (where there is a dairy with takeaways: see below). 2 Line (now Portal St) turns right near its end, turn left into Maxwell Ave, then right into Blyth St. At the bottom of the elevator cross the Whanganui City Bridge into Victoria St, the main street in the town. The drive becomes the gravelled Haruru Falls Rd. 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