Another alternative to avoiding the fords of the Horahora and Ngunguru rivers is the road route and the Mackerel Forest Track (if this is still open). Then it is 5.5 km north along the beach to Ruakākā. Stage two and Three are on the north-west side of Aucks Rd. There are great views from here along the coast. Please camp within the grassed area ONLY, not in the pine trees. Now when Pukenui Rd branches off at left you may have a choice. It is a bit rough to stay in but arguably better than a tent. Stick to the route down here. Turn right onto it. Click 3D map to enlarge; click again to zoom. ), The Northland Forests: 98 km, 4-5 days (maps 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6), Omahuta-PuketÄ« Forest Track: 30 km, 2 days (maps 11, 10, 9), Omahuta-PuketÄ« Forest Track is a challenging, wet route using river canyons that are subject to flash floods. 027 507 7750, cosmickali@gmail.com, Bream Bay Walk: 27 km, 7 hrs (maps 20, 19, 18), You can cross the Ruakākā River mouth at low tide from the rock/concrete wall (at the point at the northernmost end of the Ruakākā Beach Holiday Park ?) 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. Looking at Google Street View, perhaps it has a bit less road margin and is slightly more hilly, but there is not a lot in it. Oct 17. Accommodation in Kerikeri can be tight. Traildino grading: SW, Strenuous walk, mountain trail; Hut tour grading: T2, Mountain walk. A more relaxing route for part of this road walk is to take the. (‘Ngunguru’ may look unpronounceable at first, but break it into Māori syllables – ngu (rhymes with new, but with the ‘n’ combined with a ‘g’, as in sing), followed by another ngu, then -ru (as in roo): ngu-ngu-ru.) 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. DO NOT attempt this route in heavy rain. A rough track through trees and pampas grass leads off at left and uphill, passing two old forestry skid sites. You then join and cross the Waitangi River at a point where it is usually knee/thigh deep before climbing up on Mackerel Rd (a forest road) through pine forest to join Ngunguru Ford Rd. Te Araroa Trail was founded by Geoff Chapple, a journalist and keen tramper who first promoted the idea of a length of New Zealand walkway in a newspaper article in 1994. The dunes are a wildlife sanctuary. After Blackbridge Rd joins it you pass the Apple Dam area and it becomes Kauri Santuary Rd. Note that there are reports of people targeting cars in the carpark for break-ins, so think about where you can stow your gear safely if you are going to do this. To plan for the tide check the usual NIWA site, and enter Marsden Point as the location. At a junction the road becomes Omahuta Forest Rd if you turn right and 700m further on is Omahuta. The rock formations and views all along the ridge are spectacular. Northlanders who open their properties to walkers on the Te Araroa Trail are expecting a busy summer season, despite no new tourism from overseas. Cape Reinga - Bluff. 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. Watch for the road sloping uphill back in the direction you’ve been walking. Just before the road meets Horahora River turn right and cross the river at low tide. Russell Forest Track: 18 km, 8 hrs (maps 15, 14) Two people $100pp, three $90pp, etc to $70/pp for seven. At the end of Ocean Beach Rd is a small carpark and supposedly toilets. This 3000.0 km route stretches from Cape Reinga in the North Island to Bluff, located on the tip of the South Island. Stay on this around the bays. The track mostly follows the fence line at the edge of the forest before turning south-west into the forest for Hansens Hill and turning sharply again there into the previous north-west direction. Avoid entering here. After you have traversed the beach you climb a little to walk along cliff tops of flax and mānuka scrublands. Peter Griffiths of Takahue – Can provide a drop-off and pick up service for a small fee and has some backpacker accommodation is available. So you will need to plan your exit. Note that there can be forestry operations on Cullen Rd, on weekdays and sometimes Saturday. There can be single-wire electric fences along this stretch. A short, muddy descent then takes you down to cross the river at the junction with the Lower Waipapa River Track. It’s 8km on the road till the start of the Herekino forest track. Heed all the signs and do not enter into areas that are marked as closed. You are now on the Pukatea Ridge. Te Whara camp & cottage – 22 Ranui Rd, off Ocean Beach Rd, close to the the beach at the southern end of Ocean Beach. The trail goes to a subdivision driveway and from a few metres along it takes off over pasture to Bream Tail Rd. Includes kayak hire, pack transport, kayak pickup, dry bags, maps, full safety equipment. Omahuta-PuketÄ« Forest Track is a challenging, wet route using river canyons that are subject to flash floods. Then find some clay steps up to the gravel Kauri Mountain Rd. There is a small plaque on a circle of boulders and a cairn now becoming enveloped by bushes made from local volcanic rock by Kerikeri sculptor Chris Booth. The Northland section of the Te Araroa Trail (TAT) in New Zealand. Walk along Waiotoi Rd for about 2.8 km. From $80pp or $60pp in groups of two or more. Pataua has a camping ground but Taiharuru is closer to the start of the track. Transport/advice also available. Walk 13 km along the Pataua North Rd. 14 bunks and tentsites. You pass a track down to Peach Cove Hut, a DoC hut, but the backcountry pass doesn’t cover it and you need to book in order to get a code for the lock. Going with an outgoing tide is presumably best. It would be worth checking. After 3 km this descends steeply to the Waipapa River. Air New Zealand Link – from Auckland airport – P: 0800 737 000 or 09 357 3000 –. The Treaty Grounds (including the colonial Treaty House) and 1000 acres of land were gifted to the nation in 1932 by the former Governor General, Lord Charles Bledisloe. Kaitaia is the most northern gateway town to Cape Reinga, servicing a population of approximately 5200. And then walk along a ridge to another campsite (Pandora Camp) in Piwhane / Spirits Bay. Helena Ridge Track: 9 km, 4 hrs (map 15) It’s a spiritual place, so very fitting for what lies ahead. After you have passed the high point and turned south-west briefly the track branches. Watch out for vehicles and mountain bikers. As you go uphill from the point where it meets the waters edge a driveway goes off at left. Download our guide to access the TA map, tracks, waypoints, and comments! These are generally easy to get across or under, but take care to avoid getting a shock. The track along the river is rough and very slippery after rain, but well marked, and you could instead wade along the river between shoals, but parts are deep. He can take up to 10 people per trip. Go up the ridge line in native bush for 1.5 km through the privately owned Waetford block (no camping, fires, dogs, etc, and daylight access only), then along a fence line past pine trees. (Who was Maria van Diemen? You will probably want to continue down Kerikeri Rd to the centre of Kerikeri (with a large New World supermarket at 99 Kerikeri Rd as you enter town and Countdown at 1 Fairway Drive at the other end), but the route for the next section is across the large foot bridge near Kemp House and the Stone Store over the Kerikeri River to the reserve on the other side and the Kerikeri Walkway. Day 1 – Ahipara to Hukatere Lodge/Utea Park (31 km) or just to Waipapakauri Holiday Park (14 km) and make a fifth day of it by walking the 17 km to Hukatere the next day. And then you have to be careful you are not just washing the soil to some place where it can infect further trees. Wear a high-visibility jacket or pack cover if you have one and don’t wear headphones. Northland Peninsula via Te Araroa . Your best alternative at present is to walk north on Takehue Rd and just before the 4th bridge turn left into Ruaroa Rd and then hitch or arrange a lift the 6 km on SH1 to Kaitaia (the road is too dangerous for walking). The route should also not be attempted after heavy rain. A short, muddy descent then takes you down to cross the river at the junction with the Lower Waipapa River Track. There isn’t much to Ahipara. Kerikeri is both a beautiful place in the Bay of Islands, and one of New Zealand’s most historic sites. A track leads up on the other side. Contact him in advance on 09 408 3685. And then walk along a ridge to another campsite (Pandora Camp) in Piwhane / Spirits Bay. There is a bylaw prohibiting camping here. An alternative to walking the Taiharuru Estuary is to ask to be ferried by the people at Tidesong B&B. Te Aroroa Trail; Archives. When it ends at Puketōtara turn right and continue to the intesection with Wairere Rd. I’m not sure why the route follows Mangakaretu Rd now when there is no authorised track off this road and why you just can’t follow the much shorter Puketōtara Rd all the way to Wairare Rd. When the track branches the left takes you to the lighthouse (where you can see the tidal turbulence as the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet), the right branch to the top of the hill and the road end car park, your FINAL DESTINATION! Fee is a koha/donation. 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 … We’ve also created a Te Araroa trail map, outing the entire 3000.0 km trail, as well as recommend break point sections. Access to Ohau Village and Lake Middleton Campsite remains Closed. You exit past Pitokuhu Point onto Pukekawa Rd back from the next beach. It is dangerous to do so at other times though. Posted by Hello Mountains on October 21, 2016 Day 4. There is a beach track into Rama Rd just before you get to Marsden Point Beach carpark. If you get dropped off at McLeods Bay you can walk round to Reotahi Bay by taking Stuart Rd. At the end of town turn left into Waiotoi Rd. Open daylight hours only and no camping or fires. When you exit the Morepork-Onekainga Track turn right on to Kaiikanui Rd, then right into Mimiwhangata Rd for 4.5 km and then a further 1 km over the hill to the campground. Find the track that takes you to Ngunguru Ford Rd, turn left into it and then right down to Nikau Bay Camp and Cabins. Bream Head (Te Whara) Track: 7 km, 5–6 hrs (map 18) There are a few takeaways, restaurants, cafés and a Four Square store in WaipÅ«. 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