Some people prefer to not send boxes, resupplying enroute instead. 2. All food can be purchased easily along the trail. Many restaurants, cafes and take away food options. The guide includes everything from small take away food stores and large supermarkets to places that sell hiking gear and gas canister. | The trail exited the forest at a place called Boyle Village, which really wasn’t much more than an outdoor center. We offer fully-catered and self-catered accommodation. The system is called Poste Restante, in other countries it is called General Delivery. Here's the resupply plan for the Te Araroa for southbound and northbound. I regretted my decision to delay resupplying in Ruakaka—I’m not sure those extra 13km of empty-pack hiking were worth it. I resupplied from the Countdown before heading out. On the TA I didn’t have a stove, so I can’t speak to the availability of denatured alcohol or gas canisters—though I never heard of hikers having difficulty finding fuel. As  you can tell, a good supply of food and drinks is necessary for the hard days of toiling on the river. Many Outdoor stores for gas canisters and hiking gear. After a quick lunch we set off for Greenstone hut. 15km and 3-5 hours away. 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. Gas Canisters at the Hardware stores. Resupply Strategy. Wanaka (KM 2584.6) | Wanaka is a fairly large tourist town. Nice place for a rest stop on this long road walk section. If your resupply strategy on Te Araroa is to resupply along the trail as you go, there will generally be somewhere to resupply every day, or every 2-3 days. Then walk the few days to the beginning of the Tongariro crossing and do a few days in the national park. The only places on the South Island that you should send packages are St Arnaud and Arthur Pass. how to plan a hike on te araroa From January to March 2017 I walked the South Island part of Te Araroa, New Zealand’s walking trail from Ship Cove to Bluff. 1. There are also Trail Angels that might accept your bounce box for you or store unwanted gear or clothing while you are hiking. 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. 15km and 3-5 hours away. | The hike from Whanganui to Palmerston North was probably my least favorite section of the trail, but at least I didn’t have to carry much food. Thru-hikers typically carry ~2-4 days of food at a time on the north island and ~4-6 days of food on the south island. You will LOVE Kungsleden! Outdoor stores for gas canisters. But there are a couple of places that have very limited or very expensive options. Last updated:October 11, 2020 Sharing is caring! The trail can be very expensive if always eating take away food from Dairies. Palmerston North (KM 1468.6) | There was a Countdown right along the trail on the outskirts of Palmerston North, but I skipped it and decided to walk through the city center. We have been here overnight and it is really quite noisy, although you'd get used to it as part of the background if you lived here. This is where the ferry crosses the harbour to Auckland. It is a hitch south on the main highway to Warkworth which has a New World but most people don’t bother. Both are adequate for resupply. | A tiny, one-main-street kind of town with some charm. 4. Te Araroa (Part 12) : An Easy Start and The First Real Richmond Mountains, day 74-85 For the tough upcoming stretch through the Northland Forests, I wanted a proper supermarket and full selection. Not enough to resupply but enough for lunch or a snack. 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. Outdoor Stores for those wanting to buy new gear or Gas Canisters. The second is larger and where the locals shop. They have meat pies, snacks, drinks, water etc. The Plan! Havelock (KM 1787.1) | A tiny, one-main-street kind of town with some charm. The Lodge offers walkers on Te Araroa National Walkway somewhere to rest and rejuvenate – a little bit of luxury! Four Square grocery store and many fast food, cafes and restaurants. Instead of resupplying in the city, I decided to do a bit of a food tour as I walked, which seemed a lot more appetizing than cold soaked ramen noodles. You might have better luck the farther out of town you go. Four Square, liquor store with champagne, beer, spirits and wine if you are in the mood to celebrate finishing the trail. Full resupply with choice of Pack n Save, Countdown and New World Supermarkets. I also replaced my shell/rain gear. Te Anau is “the gateway to the Fiordlands” and has plenty of restaurants and takeaways. It’s a fast highway with a small shoulder, but the hitch was only 8-10km. Important: Make your Ferry Booking from Wellington to the South Island. Both are on route to the start of the trail and popular places to stop on route to other hikes in the area like the Reese Dart, Routeburn, Greenstone and Capels Track. I would have needed to swim and float my pack across on my air mattress. There’s a large New World located in town, just a couple blocks off the lake front. I shopped at the PAC’nSAVE in town—there was also a Countdown. Invercargill to Riverton. 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. Northbound. A Trail Angle is a term used to describe anyone helping out a hiker. 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. This worked well. There are two potentially dangerous rivers which will require a shuttle or long hitch hike around. If the weather is forecast to be bad in the Tararuas, which is very often, consider waiting for better weather. 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. Te Araroa (The Long Pathway) is New Zealand's long distance tramping route, stretching circa 3,000 kilometres (1,900 mi) along the length of the country's two main islands from Cape Reinga to Bluff.It is made up of a mixture of older tracks and walkways, new tracks, and link sections alongside roads. An explanation of all this resupply stuff and how to send boxes is on the Te Araroa Wiki page under ‘Resupply. Monday, 6 November 2017. I found prices to be reasonable, and this probably would have been one of my favorite resupplies if the store wasn’t so crowded. I took a reluctant zero to sort out my canoe rental for the Whanganui River. Home Treks Travels Thoughts > About Te Araroa Alternatives Routes “Often what may appear as a detour in life is actually the most direct and empowering path to your destination.” -James Arthur Ray. Please check all the latest information at New Zealand post website – https://www.nzpost.co.nz/personal/receiving-mail/poste-restante. Some considerations: I like to carry as little food as possible and don’t mind hitchhiking as long as it doesn’t take too long. While that worked, some people might benefit from more planning. Te Araroa resupply point Hanmer Springs. Mangawhai (KM 453.2) | Again, I strolled in mid-morning with an empty pack and went straight to the bakery for breakfast. I elected to hitch along Highway 7 to Hanmer Springs. … The 3000km route stretches from Cape Reinga in the north of New Zealand to Bluff in the south. Riverton to Te Anau. Full Te Araroa Trail resupply at New World Supermarket. 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. Many restaurants, take aways and cafes. 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. Te Araroa Hiker App New in 2016 was the Te Araroa Hiker App, which was hugely popular. Some people prefer to not send boxes, resupplying enroute instead. 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. The dangerous, silty and very wide crossings of Rakaia River is rarely possible to be crossed by hikers and with just a very small amount of rain in the headwaters it can be life threatening. 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. You might have better luck the farther out of town you go. 2. This trek is unlike the popular national scenic trails of North America and the gear needed (and available brands) will differ somewhat. The Te Araroa starts on the other side of lake Wakatipu. I had also sent my bounce box here in case I wanted to switch out any gear. Required fields are marked *. 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. Has a choice of 2 large grocery stores, New World and Countdown. Your NamePoste Restante104 Commence StreetKaitaia 0410New Zealand. Hanmer Springs is a small tourism and farming support township, it has around 200-300 permanent residents and its chief draw card are the famous thermal hot pools. All Poste Restante Packages should be labeled with your name, Poste Restante, Name of the Town or City and the Postcode. I would avoid doing a full resupply here if possible. It does have lots of snacks, fish and chips, burgers, beer and gas canisters. DAYS. Resupply Options between Arthur Pass and Lake Tekapo – It is 216km between Arthur Pass and Lake Tekapo. I bought some extra snacks (because you can never have too many snacks). New World can vary in size and is typically more expensive. The section from there to Arthur Pass via Goat Pass can trap a hiker in bad weather making it impossible to go forward or backwards. Then walk the few days to the beginning of the Tongariro crossing and do a few days in the national park. Buy and ship food for South Island from here unless you have done it earlier. A decent sized town with multiple pubs and restaurants, there were two good-sized supermarkets: a New World and a SuperValue. Large Supermarkets but a bit far from the trail. Many choices of cafes, restaurants, and take aways. There are 2 cafe/restaurant options and it is possible to resupply at the general store, although it is very expensive and not recommended. 2657km Frankston. Invercargill to Riverton. You NamePoste Restante51 Don StreetInvercargill 9810New Zealand. Hanmer Springs was a decent-sized town with plenty of restaurants and takeaways but only one supermarket: a Four Square. Full Te Araroa resupply at the Four Square which is a little expensive but not too bad. Full Te Araroa resupply at Pan n Save, Countdown or New World Supermarkets. I grabbed some snacks from the Countdown on my way out of town. The best option is not to resupply in Auckland but wait until the outer suburbs near the Airport. It takes four to six months to complete an entire thru-hike (called a thru-tramp locally). The free demo covers a 60-kilometre portion of the Te Araroa in the Auckland area on the North Island of New Zealand. There are two Four Squares in town; the one on Market Pl seemed to be larger. The main street of Havelock in Marlborough Province... Havelock is half way … Twizel (KM 2443.1) | The town square of Twizel is half a kilometer west of the trail, but it’s well worth the walk. Small general store with not much for resupply but there are cafes and places for a meal. Palmerston North is a complete Te Araroa Trail resupply town with choice of Pack n Save, Countdown and New World Supermarkets. My Resupply Strategy on Te Araroa North Island. 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 shopped at the PAC’nSAVE because I didn’t know the Countdown existed, but both are full supermarkets with good selection. The road was paved and traffic was frequent, so maybe I just had bad luck. Picton (KM 1702.0) | You’ll notice I didn’t list Wellington, because while I did spend a day there, I didn’t resupply. There’s a single general store in town which actually had better selection than Havelock’s Four Square (more tailored towards hikers). Right along the main highway, the trail passes a PAC’nSAVE and then a Countdown. https://www.nzpost.co.nz/personal/receiving-mail/poste-restante, https://www.boyle.org.nz/tramping-services, A Complete Guide to Hiking the Te Araroa Trail. Good resupply at Four Square. Here's the (rough) plan: SECTION. There’s a tiny Four Square and a large Fresh Choice, which is where I resupplied. I bought some extra snacks (because you can never have too many snacks). It was disappointingly small and expensive. After a quick lunch we set off for Greenstone hut. A nice campground in town too. In the North Island the typical stretch in between resupply towns would be 3-5 days. The road is fast, but it’s a straight shot into town so I didn’t have too much trouble getting a ride. I shopped at the PAC’nSAVE because I didn’t know the Countdown existed, but both are full supermarkets with good selection. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Richmond Ranges took me only 5 days but most fit hikers that already hiked the North Island will take 6-7 days. Te Araroa - The Long Pathway Monday, July 22, 2013. The grill inside and takeaway next door were both excellent. At KM 594 I took the Devonport Ferry across the bay to Auckland City, where the food options were overwhelming. I found a big indoor mall along the southern edge of the town square with a large Countdown where I resupplied. I don’t like sending food boxes; I prefer to buy-as-you-go. Another option is to hitch to Whangarei. I grabbed some snacks from the Countdown on my way out of town. There is a bus stop right next to the park at the end of the trail which will take you back to Wellington. Whanganui (KM 1376.4) | The distance between Taumarunui and Whanganui wasn’t as long as it seems because of the river portion. Great resource! | I bought my first resupply in Auckland then bussed up to the start of the trail. It’s beautiful and located right on the water, but was buzzing with backpackers and tourists when I got there. Happy hikers after surviving the Deception River. There is a single, small Four Square that’s your only option. 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. I resupplied from the Countdown before heading out. Many take away food options near the trail. The Four Square is not too expensive and has a good selection of food. Most hikers stay in the campground here. There was all sorts of activity and a number of eateries to pick from. Plan on taking extra food and keep an eye on the notoriously bad weather in this section. So plan your food wisely. Most hikers pick up all the food they need to hike from Cape Reinga to Ahipara or Kaitaia. The route is way marked using orange triangles and the Te Araroa logo. The store is not very large and was super crowded, but I thought the prices were normal and it stocked most of the essentials. Often hikers might need to wait out bad weather which can make this section of trail dangerous so take extra food just in case. Basically, there are four major supermarket chains in New Zealand: Countdown, PAK’nSAVE, New World, and Four Square. KM 2245 was Lake Coleridge, which is a small settlement without any food options. I hitched to the other side and was very lucky and had no problem, most hikers find this a difficult place to hitch hike to and from. 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. TA Resupply Guide. Te Araroa is NZ's walk of a lifetime. They should. Many restaurants, cafes and fast food options. I had also sent my bounce box here in case I wanted to switch out any gear. Resupplying can be one of the most daunting logistical aspects of a thru-hike. Before reading, familiarize yourself with my Dictionary of Kiwi English. The second is larger and where the locals shop. As a result, Te Araroa Trust has declared the Rakaia a hazard zone which does not form part of the trail. It was also the much better place to resupply (the Four Square in Queenstown is small and quite expensive). Queenstown resting. Instead of resupplying in the city, I decided to do a bit of a food tour as I walked, which seemed a lot more appetizing than cold soaked ramen noodles. Te Araroa has 9,688 members. 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. Have you noticed anything that needs to be updated or changed? It is a large warehouse style grocery store and cheapest choice for hungry hikers. Four Squares can be anything from a full supermarket to a tiny convenience store–either way prices will usually be inflated. The trail goes straight through Bulls and right along the outskirts of Fielding. 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