The track is based on the old logging routes, note the hand-formed rock cuttings. Although not the official Te Araroa route, there are multiple activities to choose from in Taumarunui: There are several shuttle companies providing morning pick-ups from nearby towns and delivery to the track start, i.e National Park, Ōhakune, Tūrangi and Taupō. It’s a walking track about 3,000 km long from Bluff at the southern tip of the South Island to Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island that was officially opened in 2011. Te Araroa New Zealand - Day 18: Silverdale Stillwater, Karepiro Bay Crossing, Torabay/ km 559 - Duration: 12:05. Continue south-westward across farmland on a paved city walk-cycleway, turn left (southwest) into Wallace Road, turn right (northwest) into Taitua Road and walk down the road to the Taitua Arboretum. Before the cattle stop, climb the stile on the LHS and follow the track completed in 2020 along a section of  the Waipa Faultline, which runs north south through the district. Well appointed, comfy, warm, retreat from city. Once up and over the ridge, the track then descends steeply through bush - this is very slippery when wet, do take care - and exits onto more farmland where you'll again follow markers SE along the fenceline, climbing again through bush and onto a ridge. At the tee, it's safe to come out. Vehicles on road or track - take care on roads, Forestry operations can mean occasional closures, Camp Epic - located at the 40km marker on the Timber Trail. This is a sometimes steep, rough tramping track with some backcountry road walking. The crossing here is unsafe when in flood, so do not attempt the Māhoe Road to Ngatapuwae Road when there's been persistent rain in the area. The number is 0800 7245 2278 and its website is http://www.forgottenworldmotel.co.nz/. The quiet road shoulder is an option if you don’t like moving past occasional cattle - wear hi-viz and remove headphones. It stays on the road verge for another kilometre before ducking back onto the stopbanks, crossing Māori land between Te Ohaaki Marae and the river, then exits back onto the road. Te Kūiti i-Site Visitor Information Centre - 160 Rōra St, Te Kūiti - P: 07 878 8077, DOC Maniapoto Area Office - 78 Taupiri Street, Te Kūiti - P: 07 878 1050 - E: maniapotoao@doc.govt.nz. It is not obvious but the track goes over a stile here (while the farm road continues on) and into a bush track on an old timber trail. Dogs require a DOC permit. The Pumphouse is accessible by Hall Road if you want to arrange a pickup by car here. Communal kitchen/dining and the best hot showers in NZ. NZ-Waikato-Waitomo-Te Araroa Trail 5 (-38.294, 175.126) Region. Note - this route closes 1 August to 10 November for lambing. Backyard Bar and Eatery at the main Whatawhata SH39/SH23 intersection - P: 07 8298804 or 021 2846237 (Roger) - E: info@thebackyardbar.co.nz Free campsite with showers and toilet or cabin with bunk beds for $15pp. The Scott And Tessie Show Recommended for you Please note - this route closes 1st August to 10th November for lambing, please walk 7km south on Te Pahu Road, then a further 5km west on Limeworks Loop Road to re-connect to the route. On the southern side of the track, cross over another stile to get back onto farmland and head south to trig point 263, then turn sharply E/NE to descend through the  Brook Park Reserve trails. Take care crossing roads. From the Omanawa Stream, follow Pirongia West Road in a southerly direction. Taupiri Mountain, which watches over Ngāruawāhia, is sacred and contains the Waikato’s most significant Māori burial ground. DOC Pureora Base - 198 Barryville Road, Pureora (off State Highway 30. Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail. From the high points, there are great views of the Waikato River and the Whangamarino wetland which is the second-largest bog and swamp complex in the North Island. Te Araroa comprises 87 separate trails stretching from Cape Reinga to Bluff. The Waikato River gave the early Māori inhabitants a source of nourishment and life. 15 tracks or trails inside. This page contains maps and description for each of those trails. These rivers were once important canoe routes; later they served European settlers. Near the southern end of the track is the Whangamarino Redoubt (a historic site from the Māori Wars era). Priced from $20-$600.Small to large group transport. Follow the Te Awa (a combined walk-cycle way) south through Braithwaite Park along the (true left) bank of the Waikato River to just south of (having passed under) the Claudelands Road Bridge. Keep following the markers south for another 3km. Weather conditions can change rapidly, especially at higher altitudes. The nearby Rangiriri Battle Site Heritage Centre displays military relics and an audio-visual of the battle. At the end of this street is Tills Lookout. Down the hill and just before the roundabout intersection, it joins up (to the right) with DOC's Waitomo Walkway which follows beside the Waitomo Stream through a mixture of shady forest and open farmland. You'll see the Ngāruawāhia Golf Course to your right and shortly after a spectacular green bridge will appear. The following section is closed for lambing 1 Aug – 1 Oct each year (it can be avoided by taking a detour part way i.e. Look for a track behind the church, on the river side of the fence, and follow the orange markers. Te Araroa (from the north) enters Waikato region along this mighty river. Once you've crossed the bridge, continue a further 150m around the first corner and there is a stile to take you across the first fence to this riverside track which runs parallel to Te Ōhākī Road. Share this checklist with other participants' eBird accounts. It is the home of the Māori King and the magnificent Tūrangawaewae Marae. Whitinui Joseph, great grandfather of the All Black Jamie Joseph, and a kinsman of Mahuki, celebrated the peace by planting two trees - a British holly and a Māori pōhutukawa - on the spot where this happened. From the southern end of Skeet Road, keep going straight ahead, following the fence-line and orange markers. Continue up (southwards) from the Lower Lookout through stands of large rimu to the Upper Lookout with its spectacular views to the north and west. Hideaway Whatawhata - 47 Bowman Road, Whatawhata - P 027 3491114. email on hideaway.whatawhata@gmail.com. Bartlam's Bush Homestay - four-berth caravan, tent sites, hot showers, homegrown organic meals, laundry, and shuttle options. This website helps visitors connect with providers of great New Zealand tourism experiences. Descending from the summit and rejoining the Timber Trail, the route again follows the cycleway to the turn-off for the Bog Inn Hut. Mangaokewa Reserve is a pleasant place for picnics, overnight camping, bush walks, swimming and other passive recreational activities. The pākehā peered from their prison shed to see Māori writing their names on pigs before slitting the pig throats. Swimming is not recommended. The path will take you to Horotiu Bridge Road, where you'll cross back over the Waikato River, and down onto the Te Awa path along the river, with a small deviation away from the river just past the Fonterra dairy plant. Then it's back onto Te Pahū Road to the junction with Old Mountain Road. P | 078787580 or 0273457664 info@bltourismgroup.com, https://www.facebook.com/1755602934765764/. 1.5km in, past Maurea Marae, there's a monument to the Ngāti Naho chief, Te Wheoro, whose personal history embodies the extraordinary stresses of colonial rule on Waikato Māori as they argued strategies to preserve tribal identity. About 1 km North you will find Eglinton Redoubt and further the Mangatawhiri Wetland (protected as a significant natural area). Numbers of hunters are especially high during the stag roaring months of March and April, and during spring (September, October and November), Bog Inn Hut - 4 bunks, mattresses and heating - Topo50 maps - Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1828988, N5726201. There is space for camping, a picnic table, toilet, water supply and basic shelter. Around then, the door of the cell crashed open and there stood their rescuer, Te Kooti, himself an outlaw. From the Sculpture Park, continue south along footpaths/road margins on Te Ōhākī Road - Harris Road - Riverview Road (500m into Hakarimata Road) turn right (south-west) into Parker Road. Kahikatea, cabbage trees and puketea alongside the trail give a hint of the original riverside vegetation. 6 Marae Street Taumaranui, Forgotten World Adventures Motel- is directly across the road from New World, the BP, McDonalds and Pizza store in Taumarunui. Then it enters the rich pastoral land of the King Country. After finishing chemo in May, the Thames woman is walking the Te Araroa Trail to … Contact 027 3233 787. Farming operations - please give way on all farm races. Te Araroa is NZ's walk of a lifetime. After 1.5km, take the road leading east/northeast for another 2km until reaching DOC's Pureora Forest Park Headquarters. 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 ! 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