Related Posts. | The trail exited the forest at a place called Boyle Village, which really wasn’t much more than an outdoor center. Waipu (KM 418.6) | The Four Square is maybe 50m off the trail. In retrospect, I wish I would have bought more drinks and treats for canoeing—they give you two big barrels per person to strap down in your canoe, so there’s plenty of room for popcorn, chips, soda, beer, etc. TA Triangle Marker (Chest Logo) Tee. Happy hikers after surviving the Deception River. FILED UNDER: New Zealand - Te Araroa Trail TAGGED WITH: food, resupply, Te Araroa trail. | I know I said I wouldn’t list dairies, but I’m going to break my rule. Frankston is just outside of Queenstown and is a much better, much cheaper Te Araroa resupply option than anything in Queenstown. The second is larger and where the locals shop. The first is small, expensive, and listed on Guthooks. It’s a bad spot to hitch to and from—the trailhead is a remote forest road and it’s not a straight shot to town. While that worked, some people might benefit from more planning. One nice thing about Methven is that you can pay to take the local school bus to the trailhead on the other side of the Rakaia River in the morning–ask the i-Site for details. | Once past the Tararuas, I hardly carried any food the rest of the way to Wellington. KM 2245 was Lake Coleridge, which is a small settlement without any food options. Hanmer Springs (KM 2060.6) | The trail exited the forest at a place called Boyle Village, which really wasn’t much more than an outdoor center. Later, I heard there was a SuperValue farther into town; it might have been a better option but I didn’t check. Support the trust today so that you can enjoy the trail tomorrow, either one day at a time, or all 3000km! The Trail passes directly through numerous cities and towns, particularly on the more populated North Island. I had also sent my bounce box here in case I wanted to switch out any gear. Related Posts. Whanganui (KM 1376.4) | The distance between Taumarunui and Whanganui wasn’t as long as it seems because of the river portion. Regular resupply stops along the way, plus 3-4 food drops on South Island (north). How long it takes I elected to hitch along Highway 7 to Hanmer Springs. Created with sketchtool. Kerikeri (KM 221.4) | A full-service town, Kerikeri has both a Countdown and New World. You might have better luck the farther out of town you go. Apparently there’s also a Countdown, but I didn’t have time to look. Worried that I wouldn’t make it back before dark, I rushed in and out of the New World (decent sized) before heading back to the trailhead. There’s a tiny Four Square and a large Fresh Choice, which is where I resupplied. Te Araroa (Part 11) : The Final Push to Wellington, day 67-73. Nguruguru (KM 336.6) | Originally, I planned to resupply here, but with all the grills and corner stores since Paihia I didn’t really need much. There is a single, small Four Square that’s your only option. Pureora Forest Park, Ngaherenga campsite 971km – … It’s a fast highway with a small shoulder, but the hitch was only 8-10km. Select options. I’ll narrow it down for you. I waited for hours at the edge of town before someone stopped. This was the first full supermarket since Paihia. KM 2245 was Lake Coleridge, which is a small settlement without any food options. Riverton (KM 2932.3) and Invercargill (KM 2964.0) | I skipped both these popular resupply options because my friends concocted a crazy plan to hike the last 70km in a single day. I resupplied at the Four Square, which was little more than a convenience store so selection was slim. I bought some extra snacks (because you can never have too many snacks). Nearly two decades of living in New Zealand has taught me that if you’re on a specific diet, you’re in even more trouble. I took a reluctant zero to sort out my canoe rental for the Whanganui River. Basically, there are four major supermarket chains in New Zealand: Countdown, PAK’nSAVE, New World, and Four Square. This worked well as there’s nothing whatsoever at Cape Reinga. Methven (KM 2245.0) | Methven is actually quite far off the trail. Waikanae had a full-sized New World and Countdown. There is now a wealth of free mapping resources available on-line for the whole Te Araroa Trail. It’s right on the trail, so you can’t miss it. Otautau was one of those one-main-street kind of small towns. Project 40 – Te Araroa 2015-16 Te Araroa passes it on the way out of Wanaka. Te Kuiti (KM 912.0) | This was a great town for me, with all the desirable takeaways and hot food options as well a New World. Taumarunui (KM 1051.5) | Taumarunui was about the same size as Te Kuiti and had a similar, large New World and a bunch of restaurants. With my pack full, I quickly passed through Queenstown and continued on around Lake Wakatipu. The package pickup was only open for a couple hours a day, so I was lucky to go while it was open. Basic Te Araroa resupply at the Night n Day Food Store. | Otautau (KM 2859.2) | I waited for a couple hours along this rural highway until someone finally stopped to pick me up. Arthur’s Pass (KM 2173) | A tiny tourist stop for campervans heading east or west, this is probably the second most popular place people send food boxes (besides St Arnaud). While not cheap, they’re more affordable than Cliff Bars. Class of 2014, Northbound, Thru-hiker. Pureora Forest Park, Ngaherenga campsite 971km – … 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. October 4, 2017 tinytramper 0 Comments. A decent sized town with multiple pubs and restaurants, there were two good-sized supermarkets: a New World and a SuperValue. I did have to stop in town to pick up my bounce box, which was a bit difficult because there are multiple post offices in the city. There is a single, small Four Square that’s your only option. St Arnaud (KM 1945.1) | Like I said, I mailed myself a package from Picton to the Travers Sabine Lodge. Te Araroa resupply. “One Square Meal” bars are healthy, energy packed (~400 cal) bars found throughout NZ supermarkets. | The Dome Cafe sits right along the trail where it crosses the road. I found prices to be reasonable, and this probably would have been one of my favorite resupplies if the store wasn’t so crowded. Getting to and from Bluff It’s beautiful and located right on the water, but was buzzing with backpackers and tourists when I got there. This was much more adequate and actually convenient because the post office is right inside. I hiked the Te Araroa NOBO in the season of ’15/’16 and in 2017 I also hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. I bought all my food for the current stretch then sent an additional box of food ahead to St Arnaud, which ended up costing something like $8 NZD to mail. It still took me a couple rides and some time to make it to Methven. | The Four Square is maybe 50m off the trail. The Four Square was the only grocery as far as I could tell (it’s a two-block town), so I bought a couple more days of food and repackaged it while doing some people watching. Accomodation Anyway, knowing there was a Countdown near the airport, I waited to shop until I got there. I arrived by lunch to find a working grill and enough snacks to get me to Kerikeri. This was much more adequate and actually convenient because the post office is right inside. Unfortunately, I arrived on Christmas Eve so the restaurant was closed. I also think some people hitched all the way to Nelson, which in retrospect might have been a smarter (albeit time-consuming) move. | Taumarunui was about the same size as Te Kuiti and had a similar, large New World and a bunch of restaurants. | Warkworth (KM 501.8) | The Dome Cafe sits right along the trail where it crosses the road. It’s a bad spot to hitch to and from—the trailhead is a remote forest road and it’s not a straight shot to town. Right along the main highway, the trail passes a PAC’nSAVE and then a Countdown. Section 35: Reserva Nacional Lago Jeinimeni. Waikanae had a full-sized New World and Countdown. The road was paved and traffic was frequent, so maybe I just had bad luck. Kein Resup­ply ver­füg­bar. | The longest food carry is usually the Richmond Ranges of the south island (Havelock/Pelorus Bridge to St Arnaud), where some people carry 10 or more days of food. My previous post summarized places to find information on hiking Te Araroa (“TA”), New Zealand’s Long Pathway. This would have been a great place to resupply, but I was basically living dairy to dairy and had hardly touched my food bag, so I decided to wait to get food in Waipu. I have not included dairies in this plan because there are too many of them to count and they don’t make for a good resupply. Auckland Airport (KM 625.9) | There are all sorts of restaurants and takeaways between Warkworth and Auckland. It’s not a proper supermarket and has maybe 3-4 small rows of groceries. While those resources are incredibly helpful, there are a few things I learned during my time hiking across the South Island that aren’t necessarily covered there. thanks in advance. This worked well as there’s nothing whatsoever at Cape Reinga. Havelock (KM 1787.1) | A tiny, one-main-street kind of town with some charm. Paihia (KM 246.7) | I stayed down at Beachside (KM 249.9) but had to take a zero (a day off from hiking during which you log zero miles/kilometers) to organize my kayak for the Waikare Inlet, so I hitched back to Paihia to resupply. I knew that I had to mail a food box for the upcoming sections and figured it would be cheaper to mail my box intra-south island as opposed to from Wellington. There’s a large New World located in town, just a couple blocks off the lake front. In general, you can resupply at least every 3 days on the North Island and once a week on the South Island. It was disappointingly small and expensive. Using Havelock as a resupply point on the Te Araroa Trail. The address is 9 Black Bridge Rd—turn inland and walk about two blocks right before Paihia’s shopping district. Lake Tekapo (KM 2389.0) | Lake Tekapo is sort of a psychological milestone, as it marks the end of the “where will my next resupply come” uncertainty that is the first half of the south island. Lake Tekapo is a little tourist town located right on the lake, complete with one Four Square. My typical Te Araroa diet 60g porridge 5g milk powder 5g instant coffee 125g mixed fruit and nuts (25g of which goes in the porridge for a sugar hit to help me get on my way) 80g OSM bar 25g bagel chips / pretzels* 150g wraps (2) 70g cheese 30g peanut butter 40g liquorice-chocolate / sweets* 25g cereal bar (ideally highish protein one) This was the name of the local inn. The Four Square was expensive. Later, I heard there was a SuperValue farther into town; it might have been a better option but I didn’t check. Resupply Strategy. Page last updated: Sep 17, 2020, 10:48 AM, Resupplying and food parcels To complete the information kit Te Araroa trampers should generally also I think there was a SuperValue as well, but the New World was large and reasonably priced, so I shopped there. But it’s a good option for the northern part of the South Island where grocery stores are … The notes are full with helpful tips, telephone numbers and contact details of companies to get across rivers, rent kayaks, and even private landowners you should call before accessing their farmland. Fitness and experience There was also a smaller Four Square but I didn’t go there. | I opted to hitch to Kaitaia, where there was a PAK’nSAVE. We recommend checking this page regularly before and during your journey as route alterations may have arisen since planning your journey. The store is not very large and was super crowded, but I thought the prices were normal and it stocked most of the essentials. Te Araroa Resupply für die Nordinsel 0km Cape Reinga. Havelock is the only place close to the trail you can resupply before starting the next two sections of the trail as both Anakiwa and Pelorous Bridge are small settlements. Hitching was easy on the way there, but it took me a little time to get back. Walking the final kilometers down to Bay of Islands, you can just see Paihia off to the right. Do these exist in America? I found a big indoor mall along the southern edge of the town square with a large Countdown where I resupplied. Te Araroa (TA) means “the long pathway” in Maori. | There was no traffic when I arrived around 6:30pm, so I had to walk 3-4 kilometers before a farmer finally came along and gave me a lift. 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. Unless you have a packraft, the only options are to hitch or walk around, so I hitched to the closest town: Methven. The road is fast, but it’s a straight shot into town so I didn’t have too much trouble getting a ride. You’re probably going to struggle to find diet-specific food on the trail. Hitching was easy on the way there, but it took me a little time to get back. Hanmer Springs was a decent-sized town with plenty of restaurants and takeaways but only one supermarket: a Four Square. resupply here if you don’t want to hitch, but you’ll have to be flexible and pay a markup. Frankton (KM 2667ish) | Frankton is a suburb of Queenstown (it’s where the airport is). The trail discontinues here due to the Rakaia River, which the TA Trust has declared a hazard zone. I would avoid doing a full resupply here if possible. Another option is to hitch to Whangarei. Te Araroa Trail Day 41. The dairy in Ahipara seemed shady and expensive. I bought all my food for the river in Taumarunui, left it at the Taumarunui Holiday Park, and Blazing Paddles picked it up and brought it to the boat launch for me. Twizel (KM 2443.1) | The town square of Twizel is half a kilometer west of the trail, but it’s well worth the walk. Unless you have a packraft, the only options are to hitch or walk around, so I hitched to the closest town: Methven. It’s a fast highway with a small shoulder, but the hitch was only 8-10km. I’m not sure if sending a box from Picton would have arrived here in time, but it would have been cheaper and is something to consider if you don’t mind moving slower. From here onward, supermarkets are more frequent and located closer to the trail. Getting to and from Cape Reinga Using Havelock as a resupply point on the Te Araroa Trail. Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail - is a continuous 3,000 km walking track from Cape Reinga to Bluff. The second is larger and where the locals shop. | Again, I strolled in mid-morning with an empty pack and went straight to the bakery for breakfast. An alternative would have been to hitch all the way to Greymouth or Christchurch, but that seemed like a lot of time and energy for two days of food. Te Araroa (Part 8) : The Battle With The Cold In Tongariro, day 46-53. We hiked the TA southbound, starting in Cape Reinga on October 9, 2017, and finishing in Bluff on January 24, 2018. I had a 75l backpack and carried about 16kg of base weight! I regretted my decision to delay resupplying in Ruakaka—I’m not sure those extra 13km of empty-pack hiking were worth it. Safety precautions |. October 4, 2017 tinytramper 0 Comments. This stretch took longer than expected, so I would have gone very hungry until Kerikeri if it wasn’t for this surprise. I took a reluctant zero to sort out my canoe rental for the Whanganui River. Evaluation. Right along the main highway, the trail passes a PAC’nSAVE and then a Countdown. Using this guide t- his guide contains useful information to assist trampers getting on and off Te Araroa in the South Island. Te Araroa (The Long Pathway) passes through all of New Zealand, in one of the world's most famous long distance trails. Halfway through the Northland Forests, this place was a godsend. I resupplied at the Four Square, which was little more than a convenience store so selection was slim. | I stayed down at Beachside (KM 249.9) but had to take a zero (a day off from hiking during which you log zero miles/kilometers) to organize my kayak for the Waikare Inlet, so I hitched back to Paihia to resupply. Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail - is a continuous 3,000 km walking track from Cape Reinga to Bluff. It is a 3050km thru hike that spans the length of New Zealand. To resupply on the Te Araroa you can buy food in supermarkets when the trail goes through a town or pick up a food box that you have sent in advance. Also, you could get snacks or a meal (but not resupply) in Owhango, National Park, and Papriki along the way. | A full-service town, Kerikeri has both a Countdown and New World. Te Araroa is the ultimate 5-month New Zealand experience, but also offers section tramps lasting anything from a few days to a week or more, and many attractive day or overnight walks. It was a long ~60km hitch and took a couple hours. Along its meandering route, the TA crosses through native bush forests, rural farmland, stunning alpine vistas, and even Auckland’s city center. Everything was marked up considerably, so for the long stretch through the Richmond Ranges I think I spent something ridiculous like $150. It’s probably a 5km detour to get to the town square, but I exited town to the south and picked back up the trail at Fitzherbert Bridge (KM 1476.7), so it hardly added any distance. Resupply and rest before our five day section to KeriKeri. | I waited for a couple hours along this rural highway until someone finally stopped to pick me up. At KM 594 I took the Devonport Ferry across the bay to Auckland City, where the food options were overwhelming. I ended up going with Blazing Paddles, which seemed to be the most popular choice and caters to the large-group-of-thru-hikers niche in the canoe rental market. Hamilton (KM 800ish) | There are a number of small towns between Auckland and Hamilton (e.g., Rangiri, Huntly, Mercer). For the tough upcoming stretch through the Northland Forests, I wanted a proper supermarket and full selection. Te Araroa Trail Day 41. ... Resupply more often. There are also a number of bakeries and restaurants in town. It’s probably a 5km detour to get to the town square, but I exited town to the south and picked back up the trail at Fitzherbert Bridge (KM 1476.7), so it hardly added any distance. An alternative would have been to hitch all the way to Greymouth or Christchurch, but that seemed like a lot of time and energy for two days of food. Both would have had adequate supermarkets. The Te Araroa guide has more than 2,000 waypoints. There are two Four Squares in town; the one on Market Pl seemed to be larger. Resupply One of the common questions we get is about how we'll resupply food and other essentials while we're on the trail. I arrived by lunch to find a working grill and enough snacks to get me to Kerikeri. Resupply Strategy. The extended visa is good for 6 months, so that would be a hard deadline. I bought all my food for the current stretch then sent an additional box of food ahead to St Arnaud, which ended up costing something like $8 NZD to mail. I’m not sure if sending a box from Picton would have arrived here in time, but it would have been cheaper and is something to consider if you don’t mind moving slower. It takes four to six months to complete an entire thru-hike (called a thru-tramp locally). I figured if I needed to change anything, it would probably be in the first couple hundred kilometers and this was the first major PO along the trail. Cost Cape Reinga (KM 0.0) | I bought my first resupply in Auckland then bussed up to the start of the trail. The 3000km route stretches from Cape Reinga in the north of New Zealand to Bluff in the south. | In retrospect, I wish I would have bought more drinks and treats for canoeing—they give you two big barrels per person to strap down in your canoe, so there’s plenty of room for popcorn, chips, soda, beer, etc. PAK’nSAVE is also large and has more of a “warehouse” vibe. I worked on Resupply locations, after i have estimated days of autonomy along the sections thanks to my reading. | There are all sorts of restaurants and takeaways between Warkworth and Auckland. I had also sent my bounce box here in case I wanted to switch out any gear. I understood why upon arrival. At KM 594 I took the Devonport Ferry across the bay to Auckland City, where the food options were overwhelming. When we get to a town the first thing we do is sit down with our Te Araroa trail notes/maps and talk about the length of the next stretch. As  you can tell, a good supply of food and drinks is necessary for the hard days of toiling on the river. The free demo covers a 60-kilometre portion of the Te Araroa in the Auckland area on the North Island of New Zealand. One nice thing about Methven is that you can pay to take the local school bus to the trailhead on the other side of the Rakaia River in the morning–ask the i-Site for details. A decent sized town with multiple pubs and restaurants, there were two good-sized supermarkets: a New World and a SuperValue. I ended up going with Blazing Paddles, which seemed to be the most popular choice and caters to the large-group-of-thru-hikers niche in the canoe rental market. When we get to a town the first thing we do is sit down with our Te Araroa trail notes/maps and talk about the length of the next stretch. 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