Instead, it was a time of high alert for Hopkins, a New Zealand actor who portrayed Gamling in Lord of the Rings. Created with sketchtool. Carry enough water for your first day. Note: When on farm tracks you may encounter some closed gates, and often, stretchy electrified wires - carefully use the plastic handles to open and leave gates open or closed as you found them. It stands facing the Treaty House, the two buildings together symbolising the partnership agreed between Māori and the British Crown, on which today’s Aotearoa New Zealand is founded. Maunganui Bluff campground - This is a private camp operated by a local Trust. DragonSpell Retreat - Cullen Rd, Waipu (look for the signs at the very end of Cullen Rd, 7.5km up from Cove Rd) - P: 0275077750 - E: cosmickali@gmail.com, Bream Tail Mangawhai Walkway PDF download. However, take care to avoid getting a shock. Your choices might include waiting for low tide, pack floating or appealing to a friendly boatie. South of here, the trail follows the same route as the path that once connected the now-vanished Maori village Okura with Waitangi. We'd love to meet you. 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. Exit the south end of Twilight Beach on the 4WD track next to the orange marker, or use the wooden stairs directly to the campsite. Therefore please plan around using only these two sites. Opposite the rock/concrete wall (on the south side) is the best place to cross. That’s the one to follow. We are right next to the beach and Bream Head. Please ensure at all times that you do not enter private property. The track leaves the road and circles around a paddock fenceline to reach a stop bank on the side of the Whananaki Estuary. Contact - 0278008067 or email on info@kericentral.co.nz, Derek Miller lives in Haruru Falls and is happy to provide assistance to TA walkers - transport etc. From the historic Kemp House and Stone Store on Kerikeri Basin, leave Kerikeri Road and follow the Kororipo Pā Track, which curves around the headland to the southeast. Te Araroa related: Bluff and Ship Cove: images by Peter Peryer, John Webber and Mark Adams My other website is dedicated to muesli and its variants ! Hopewell B&B - 1349 Russell Rd, Helena Bay Hill - P: 09 4339608 - We offer a dinner option on request (booking required 24hrs before arrival) and we also have single room rates. They show off the classic Kiwi lifestyle in which seaside holidays are a birthright. There are many side roads in this forest so take care you are on the correct road. The Morepork Track is well used by the Department of Conservation for predator control. Te Araroa comprises 87 separate trails stretching from Cape Reinga to Bluff. You can then walk up that road to until you come to Takahue Road (6km) and then walk to Takahue (4km) and rejoin the trail. The manicured lawns and the solemn kaitiakitanga that surround the place indicate the importance now placed on the treaty. This is a popular vehicle entrance/exit to the beach so be prepared for cars and tourist buses around there and further south. Tide information for Taiharuru Estuary Route. This 3000.0 km route stretches from Cape Reinga in the North Island to Bluff, located on the tip of the South Island. From then on, the track is a well-developed and marked bush track. If you encounter a road closed sign or banner across the road, it means you have left the designated walkway and are on the wrong route. I could be happy, in blue and fortunate weather, Roaming the country between you and the sun. Turn southeast onto Te Puke Road and continue on 1km to pass Mt Bledisloe (105m) before turning East onto Haruru Falls Rd. Note: Low tide is preferably the best time for the very first part of this track. Detour option available: This is a 25-minute one-way detour (km 374) and a great spot for overnighting or a swim. We look forward to being part of your NZ adventure. The track provides wonderful views of the Veronica Channel. Stay clear of those and follow the orange markers. Follow this, then up to the end of Darch Point Road where a well-defined track follows the headland around to the jetty at McLeod Bay. This is a wildlife sanctuary with many migrant and wading birds, so please do not walk inside the fenced-off nesting areas. Open daylight hours only. P: 09 4097500. Vehicles on road or track on Ninety Mile Beach and Kaka St boat ramp, Tides, waves and rivers - safer at low tide, Steep drop-offs - take care on wet rocks - can be slippery. Skyline Road twists and turns for 8.7km through the forest. Note: Toilets, cafe, phone, accommodation available at the Whāngārei Heads village and at Marsden Cove marina you will find a cafe, toilets and phone facilities. Follow the road (looking out for traffic) to Sandy Bay, enjoying the beautiful beaches as you go. From the junction of Punaruku Road and Russell Road, continue south passing the Ōākura turnoff (2.7km) and the small settlement of Mōkau (4km) until reaching the junction of Russell Road & Webb Road, Helena Bay. They offer camping on their farm with hot shower and toilet facilities and drinking water supply. Derek spikebowler@hotmail.com 0212 544 919 or 09 4027717. Roger Gale - P: 09 409 3807 - E: roger@treeskills.co.nz - is available for guiding through Herekino and Raetea Forests. Created with sketchtool. Then you go over a hill and down a bush line to a marshy area and up a spur onto pasture land. Follow the well-benched track that then zigs northeast down into a bush gully (kauri galore) then zig-zags up the other side to come out at another section of tarmac driveway. If conditions are right though, it’s a beautiful walk. The Skyline Road avoids the areas currently scheduled for logging. This is a really enjoyable section where - if you're lucky - you'll meet some of the finest Trail Angels Te Araroa has to offer! By donation -. From the carpark, follow Urquarts Bay Road north onto Whāngārei Heads Road. Closed 1 August to 30 September for lambing, Mangawhai Volunteer Tourist Information Centre - Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads - P: 09 431 5090 - E: infocentre@mangawhai.co.nz. It is okay to camp by the toilets on the Reotahi reserve for Te Araroa walkers for one night only. Leave the beach at the Kaka Street boat ramp and find your way into Ahipara village, a popular holiday and surfing hotspot at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach and 14km west of Kaitāia. Te Whare Runanga (carved meeting house) was opened on the 6 February 1940, 100 years after the signing. Stretching 3,000 km from Cape Reinga, at the top of the North Island, to Bluff, at the bottom of the South Island, the TA is defined by its challenging terrain, unpredictable weather and navigational obstacles, and just may be the toughest of the world’s major thru-hikes. At the saddle, turn off left/east into the Raetea Forest. Do not try to go further if there is heavy rain in the region. This trail is also known as The Long Pathway. You can also call Peter on 0274 172440. This page contains maps and description for each of those trails. New Northland trust to enhance Te Araroa trail experience. The relaxed seaside towns provide comfort for the weary tramper. Continue on the driveway until reaching the gate at McAuslin Road. Use the stile from the picnic area on SH10 and follow the Te Araroa and orange track markers around a private residence before coming back alongside the Kerikeri River. Detour off the beach to Ruakaka Town Centre, Marsden Point Rd. Camping now available - toilet, river, picnic table and washing line. The Te Araroa adventure continues as we leave Northland behind and new challenges arise that force us to reconsider our hike. Shaped like the orange triangles marking the trail, this Te Araroa sticker are the perfect View product. Tide timetable for Whananaki Coastal Track. Real Far North Tours (Johanna Maaka) - P: 09 409 8152 or 020 4152 8785 - E: realfarnorthtours@gmail.com - website: realfarnorthtours.co.nz pickup from Kaitaia iSite, can include a shopping stop and/or guided tour on way to Cape Reinga. It also has a range of well-setup caravans on the beachfront that many walkers prefer for a break with comfortable beds, great views, and impressive facilities. From the open tops high above the Telford Burn Te Araroa through-trampers get their first glimpse towards the south coast. After coming under the bridge, come up from the riverside into the parking bay/picnic area adjacent to SH10. Down the coastline, through the forest, across farmland, over volcanoes and mountain passes, along river valleys, on … Cottage (10% discount when you mention seeing them on the Te Araroa website), camping also available at $25 with outdoors shower. New Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail is the world’s newest long-distance thru-hike. The complete trail is 3000km from one end of New Zealand to the other and can be walked in either direction but South bound tends to be more popular. You are now on private land belonging to the Waetford whānau (family), so please respect the privilege. Here you have the option of staying the night either tenting or in a cabin. No camping on Warner Road beside the river. Beachcomber Lodge & Backpacker - P: 09 408 1275 - E: mainstreet@xtra.co.nz - 235 Commerce St, Kaitaia. Support the trust today so that you can enjoy the trail tomorrow, either one day at a time, or all 3000km! Te Araroa 2: Northland Forests. This is a conservation area - no domestic animals are allowed (including birds, cats and dogs) and a freedom camping bylaw means Peach Cove is the only option in the Bream Head Scenic Reserve. Take care on Pirau Ridge Road as vehicles and cyclists also use this road. Open daily from 9am -6pm (January and February) and 9am - 5pm during the rest of the year. The bush track follows the ridgeline on a largely west-east basis past: The track then descends through bush and private farmland to Mākene Rd, Mangamuka. Extensive amenities - shop, phone, toilets & accommodation in the surrounding Mangawhai area - Wood St shops, Moir St village and various. If you are not heading to Tidesong and are ready to cross, stay well out beyond the mangroves and head for the furthest white pole ahead (orange marker) marking the shallowest crossing place. The first section of the Te Araroa trail - The Northland Region had a beauty all on its own. Please use this to again carefully remove mud from your footwear. The track is well-formed but steep. Look to the stream on the right of the campground (when looking inland from the beach), there is a bathtub there for water resupply - while the water is fresh from a nearby spring, we'd still recommend treating. Email instead, on ngunguru@live.com. Russell Forest to Whangarei Heads PDF download, Ngunguru to Mackeral Forest (Bypass) PDF download. It leads to a rough track (with orange markers) down through trees to the Mangapukahukahu Stream. This marks the opening of this route; the very first Te Araroa track. With more people completing the TA each year, the trail’s constantly being improved, and accommodation is available across the whole route, whether it’s a basic campsite, a hut, or something more glamorous. Created with sketchtool. Use stiles where provided. Whangaruru Beachfront Camp - Ohawini Rd, Oakura Nth - P: 09 4336806 - It has cabins, caravans, motel and campsites. James will do his best to pick you up at a time that suits you - text ahead to ask. From the junction of Pukatea Ridge and Takapau Tracks, head northeast for 300m to the junction with Walnut Track and Pirau Ridge Road (a well-formed 4WD road). It passes through stands of young kauri & tōtara. Walk steadily down the driveway and you'll be fine. Two river crossings - never cross flooded rivers. Beachside Holiday Park - 1290 SH 11, Paihia - P: 09 402 7678 Freecall 0800 55 6660 - E: Vehicles on road or track. In the Te Araroa and long-walk world, these beautiful samaritans are called ‘Trail Angels’ who open their family, houses, fridges, vegetable gardens, lawns and lives to weary walkers who need assistance or a resting place for a koha, meger sum of cash or in service only. Created with sketchtool. P: 432 8668 or 021 233 6748). Ask when you book. DOC Puketi Recreation Area - is located in Puketi Forest, near the Puketi Forest Hut. AirBnB - Matapouri Road, Sandy Bay - P - 094344066 E - chris@oceanswatch.org Established Airbnb and will offer summer camping from November 2020. The guides and other pages are based on a through-hike I did in February and March 2016 from Bluff to Ship Cove, plus some ongoing walking in the North Island since then. Please note: this is a low-tide or near to low-tide trail option. It's a good opportunity to wash your boots and equipment on your way in and out of the forest - Russell Forest has confirmed cases of kauri dieback. Sheryl's place is 1km from the Russell Forest at 228D Waikare Valley Rd, just phone or text to arrange. Goat control operations using contract hunters also occur within this forest. At a T-intersection, turn left, follow the road for about 2 km. The rock formations & coastal views are spectacular. another 6km past an airstrip on your left and occasional beehives tucked into the forest (just button up and walk gently past). Has an ATM machine, gives cash out to walkers using cards to purchase, but if it's a Credit Card they charge an extra 3% to recover the commission charge. Most of Te Araroa’s through-walkers start their epic journey at Cape Reinga at the northern end of the North Island. Campsite is $22.00 per head, winter: $17.00. 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. Walk through the reserve, and head southeast to the rocky point ahead. Whare Waka Café is located within the Treaty Grounds. The taxi dropped us off on a back road and we had an easy walk along dirt roads through more perfect farmland to Takahue. Uretiti Beach DOC Campsite - located between the beach and SH 1, 5km north of Waipu - P: 09 432 1051 - Campsites, toilets, water, cold showers. Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail - Northland,Most of Te Araroa’s through-walkers will start their epic journey at Cape Reinga at the northern end of the North Island. From the Waikare landing, walk Waikare Valley Road past the Waikare School, urupā (cemetery) and farms 3km to a road bridge across the Waikare River. Note: For hikers heading north from Marsden Point to Reotahi, the marina at Marsden Cove is a good point to organise a trip across the harbour. From $80pp or $60pp in groups of two or more. Electric fences. Far North i-SITE Visitor Information Centre - Te Ahu, Corner Matthews Avenue and South Road, Kaitaia - P: 09 408 9450 - E: kaitaia@visitnorthland.co.nz. Includes kayak hire, pack transport to Waikare, kayak pickup, dry bags, maps, full safety equipment. While passing over Scott Point, you will need to watch carefully for a quad motorbike track which veers right off the main 4WD track. Please note that once you near the coast, it is private land between the road and the beach so, unfortunately, walking the beach is not an option here - please stick to the road. $ 26.00. Only go in dry weather. A mix of old and new bush … Return back to the wet weather bypass around the North of the forest. Follow this track all the way to the picnic area/carpark area on Landing Road, then cross the footbridge over the river to New Zealand's oldest house, Kemp House (1821-22) and the world-renowned Stone Store (1832-36) on the Kerikeri Basin. Cross the stile, into Landcorp’s Puketōtara Farm. Keep travelling uphill for approx. Bulls to Whanganui: 60.5 km. Turn southwest down Taiharuru Road for 500m to Harambee Road. Turn north on SH 10 for 600m. Stay on this road. They are supportive of Te Araroa and happy for walkers to stay here however please be sure to pay a $10/night fee (carry some cash) into the secure honesty box so the reputation of Te Araroa is maintained, or this privilege will be at risk. From Webb Road, climb the stile under the "High Chapparal" sign and make use of the cleaning station to ensure no dirt/mud remains on your footwear. Alternatively - to enjoy some Northland hospitality - just after the point, a wide gap in the mangroves leads past electric fencing to an unfenced grass area. From there, follow Aucks Rd for 4.5km to its junction with the Russell-Whakapara Rd. For forest hygiene and visitor safety reasons it is requested that in Omahuta and Puketī Forests camping is restricted to the sites recommended by DOC - those being Apple Dam and Puketī Forest HQ (eastern edge of Puketī Forest). Passenger Ferry: For Paihia - Russell. On February 6th 1840, New Zealand’s founding document was signed here between Lieutenant-Governor Hobson, representing the British Crown and Māori chiefs. The Marsden Point Oil Refinery Visitors Centre, Marsden Pt, Ruakaka - P: 09 432 8194. The spectacular Mavora lakes, the eerie Takitimu Forest and the windswept coast. The track continues on the true right river bank until meeting an old logging track that climbs steeply up and around a pine-covered hill before dropping down to a logging gate on Pātaua North Road. LXM Artist Studio - 1807 Russel Road, Helena Bay. (This connection 13km / 3hr). Pacific Coast Kayaks will carry hikers' packs to the take-out point where hikers can resume their journey. Details for contact are to Bernard, his email address is. The coastal views north are spectacular. Location - NZTM2000 coordinates: E1672203, N6103217 / Latitude: -35.25809716, Longitude: 173.75371779. Tide information: Check the best times for walking. 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