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COVID-19 update: Walking Te Araroa at Alert Level 4
By now most of you will have heard the New Zealand Government’s announcement that the country has moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 4. This came into effect at 11.59pm last night (17 August) and will remain in place for seven days in Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula, and for three days elsewhere in New Zealand.
The change in alert levels follows identification Covid-19 cases in the community and it’s important that all of us – including trail walkers – follow the rules and do our part.
At Alert Level 4, The only reasons you can leave home are to shop for groceries, access necessary healthcare, get a COVID-19 test, go to work if you are working in an Alert Level 4 service, or exercise.
Short walks on sections of the trail in your local neighbourhood for the purposes of exercise are permitted so long as your local section is uncrowded, face masks are recommended, and physical distancing is maintained from anybody outside your bubble.
Walking into the backcountry and overnight tramping is off limits at Alert Level 4, as is staying at Department of Conservation huts or campsites.
For the latest information on the current outbreak, please visit the Government’s Covid-19 website.
Executive Director, Te Araroa Trust