The Te Araroa Trail is New Zealand’s premier long distance hiking trail. And currently hiking the trail. This will be my complete Te Araroa Trail Blog for 2018 – 2019 that will include a daily hiking blog of my time on the trail. When I’m finished I’ll be updating this page with information that might help future hikers.

The Te Araroa Trail was opened in 2011 and at this stage is still a work in progress. The trail is popular with New Zealand and Australian hikers but is becoming more popular with hikers from Europe and North America. I’ll be hiking the Te Araroa trail during the 2018-2019 hiking season, starting 24th October.

Having completed the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail I was keen to hike another long distance trail. Enter the Te Araroa Trail.

Te Araroa Trail Blog

Te Araroa Trail Guide

As yet there are no Te Araroa Trail guides suitable for hikers. Stick with this blog and by the time I am finished the trail I will have a complete guide for all future hikers on the trail.

When to hike the Te Araroa Trail

New Zealand is called the land of the long white cloud. The trail should only be hiked in the southern hemisphere summer. October would be considered the earliest that a hiker should start the trail if heading southbound. And the southbound hiker should be finished the trail before April. Snow and cold weather blowing in from Antarctica can close the trail.

Northbound hikers should start the trail in the south island around December or January in the hope of reaching the tip of the north island before winter and closures of the trail to allow access for sheep on certain sections of trail.

Te Araroa Trail Maps

I will use the Guthook App on my smartphone as my primary map, gps and guide for the trail. I have previously used these guide on other trails and like the layout and simplicity of using a smartphone to navigate. Using a GPS is not not necessary.

Paper maps can be dowloaded for free from the Te Araroa website. Be sure to leave a generous donation in return for this free service.

Trail Notes

A complete list of trail notes are regularly updated by the Te Araroa Trail Trust.

Bounce Box on the Te Araroa Trail

As with every other long distance hiking trail that I have hiked, I will be using a bounce box. I will post this box to myself as I hike along the trail. The box will contain my computer, cables, extra pairs of hiking shoes and some spare clothes that I will not need when hiking and I’ll have a couple of items of food. I will be sending the bounce box to selected places along the trail where I plan to take a rest day to get some blog updates completed and

I will not be sending food to myself as I will choose to support the local shops and buy local. I’ll update the places I send my bounce box as it happens.

Charging Electrical Equipment in New Zealand

New Zealand uses the same 220-240 volt three plug electrical outlets as Australia and China. Europeans, North Americans and hikers from most places in Asia will need to bring an outlet adaptor from home or purchase one locally. They are available at the airport duty free in Auckland. Or this one at Amazon.


Travel insurance will be necessary for most hikers as they may not be covered for accident, illness or injury when in New Zealand. On all my travels I use World Nomads which cover thru hiking. Get a quote either below (if using a mobile) or in the sidebar, and read the conditions prior to purchasing.

Stove Fuel on the Te Araroa Trail

In New Zealand the alcohol used in stoves is known as Metho or Methylated Spirits. As I hike the trail I will update the availability of Metho and Cartridge Gas Canisters. I’ll be using a gas stove on this hike.

Getting to the start of the trail

Getting to the start of the trail at Cape Reinga can be a mission in itself.

I was lucky to get a lift to the start of the trail with Ross, a long time reader of this blog and all around good guy. Thank you Ross.

Others will need to either hitch or use a combination of buses and shuttles from Auckland. I’m compiling a list which I’ll publish after the hike. Until then refer to the TA website.

Complete Te Araroa Trail Blog

Te Araroa Trail Gear list

TA Day 1
TA Day 2 – The Beach Walk
TA Day 3 – Man Lipstick and Rogue Waves
TA Day 4 – Then it Rained
TA Day 5 – Kaitaia Resupply
TA Day 6 – Roadwalking through Farmland
TA Day 7 – The Muddy Death Forest
TA Day 8 – Illness and Stupidity
TA Day 9 – Man Flu
TA Day 10-12 Resting in Kerikeri
TA Day 13 – Back on Trail
TA Day 14 – River Walking Paradise
TA Day 15 – Forest Hiking
TA Day 16 – More Hikers
TA Day 17 – I hiked too far
TA Day 18 – The Brewery
TA Day 19 – Solo Again
TA Day 20 – Farmland Trails
TA Day 21 – 500km
TA Day 22 – Stillwater Paradise
TA Day 23-24 – To Auckland
TA Day 25 – Urban Hiking in Auckland
TA Day 26 – Hiking more than 50 kilometers
TA Day 27 – Attack Dogs
TA Day 28 – Hakarimata Forest
TA Day 29 – To Hamilton 25% done
TA Day 30 – Friendly Locals
TA Day 31 – Mt Pirongia best day yet
TA Day 32 – You can’t always get what you want
TA Day 33 – Heavy rain brings out the birds
TA Day 34 – Rest in Te Quiti
TA Day 35 – A bit of trail maintenance needed
TA Day 36 – All day roadwalk
TA Day 37 – The Timber Trail
TA Day 38 – 1000km one third done
TA Day 39-40 Tamaranui decision time
TA Day 41 – Hiking solo
TA Day 42 – River Crossings
TA Day 43-44 – Alpine Crossing retreat
TA Day 45 – Hiking backwards
TA Day 46-47 – Tongariro Crossing
TA Day 48 – The Fisher Trail to Whakahoro
Ta Day 49-52 Canoeing the Whanganui River


If You liked following my hike on the Te Araroa Trail, then maybe you might like to read about my other long distance thru hikes, or my lightweight hiking gear list.

Pacific Crest Trail
Continental Divide Trail
Appalachian Trail
Lightweight hiking gear list


8 Responses

  1. Lee

    Look forward to following along on your journey Shepard, and hopefully seeing you in the not too distant future


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