New Zealand – 3 Weeks on the Te Araroa Trail

Back in 2013, I joined for one month a couple of friends hiking the Te Araroa Trail southbound. We met close to the trail head of the Whanganui River where you basically need to rent canoes in order to go down the river until you reach the ocean close to the town of Whanganui. The river was relatively calm in this section, but should never be underestimated since heavy rain can let grow quickly. (Further upstream, you can obviously find nice spots for packrafting.)

We then headed to the south island in order to continue the trail on the Nelson Marlborough part before heading into the mountains following the Richmond Alpine Track.

There are lots of information on the web about the Te Araroa Trail in general – I can specifically recommend teararoa.org.nz with its very helpful FAQ as well as its comprehensive download section where you can find plenty of PDF maps, KMZ files, gpx files etc.

New Zealand, specifically the south island for me, is definitively a place I need to head back to.

 

3 thoughts on “New Zealand – 3 Weeks on the Te Araroa Trail”

  1. Hi Dominik,
    I´m thinking of hike thru the Te Araroa Trail, though I can ‚only‘ spare one month holidays… Do you think this is reasonable? As far as I can see, people tend to stay over 3/4 months, so I´m wondering if it´s worth doing traveling all the way to NZ for just one month! Could you please advise? 🙂
    Thanks!
    Rodrigo

  2. Hi Dominik,
    I´m thinking of hike thru the Te Araroa Trail, though I can ‚only‘ spare one month holidays… Do you think this is reasonable? As far as I can see, people tend to stay over 3/4 months, so I´m wondering if it´s worth doing traveling all the way to NZ for just one month! Could you please advise? 🙂
    Thanks!
    Rodrigo

    1. hey rodrigo,
      thanks for that. i can surely recommend NZ for one month – we had a great time for 3 weeks on the southern island.
      so while you will not be able to hike the complete trail in 4 weeks, you can do quite a part of the trail on the southern island which i can definitely recommend.
      hope that helps – let me know if you have more questions.
      dom

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