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Te Araroa CEO update 10: Multi-day trail walking possible from Thursday

  • 11 May 2020
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  • COVID-19

At Alert Level 2, New Zealanders and any international walkers who have remained here during the pandemic will be able to head back into the hills to enjoy overnight tramping, including section and thru-hikes on Te Araroa trail.

The Department of Conservation has stated that it is preparing to re-open its huts, campsites and other facilities, but with some conditions in place to mitigate the risk of the virus spreading. Many commercial accommodation providers and supporting services will also be open from Thursday, although these may be more limited in some parts of the country. Te Araroa walkers should make sure to call ahead to confirm the availability of accommodation or other services they may be relying on before setting out.
Please be aware that the weather in New Zealand is becoming cooler and snow will begin to fall in some areas. Anybody considering walking sections of the trail – particularly those in alpine areas or throughout the South Island - will need to ensure they have adequate gear and experience. Prepare well, know your limits and stay safe out there.
It’s also important to register on our website, whether you are doing a day walk, section hike or thru-hike. This allows us to keep you updated and will simplify contact tracing if any cases of COVID-19 are identified among people walking in the New Zealand outdoors. 
Lastly, the Government has stated that New Zealand’s border will remain closed for the time being, so any walkers that are not yet in New Zealand will not be able to embark on their trail journey at this point. We will keep you updated as more information comes to hand and look forward to the day we can once again share our beautiful country with you.
I will continue to post updates as more information comes to hand.
Stay safe,
Mark Weatherall
Chief Executive, Te Araroa Trust
Page last updated: Sep 4, 2020, 10:49 AM