Te Araroa CEO update 13: Te Araroa trail experience back to normal for Kiwis
09 Jun 2020
As of today, capacity limits have been removed from all Department of Conservation huts and campsites, and many trail support functions – including commercial accommodation, cafes, supermarkets and retailers – can operate without restrictions.
These changes follow the Government’s decision to move to COVID-19 Alert Level 1 – the lowest level on New Zealand’s sliding alert scale to fight the virus. International borders remain closed due to ongoing transmission of the virus overseas, but the shift to Alert Level 1 means New Zealanders can once again enjoy our 3,000 km national trail without limits.
Many businesses will have found life difficult during the lockdown period and will welcome the return of walkers bringing smiles, energy and economic benefits into their communities. However, it’s important to remember that the weather in New Zealand is colder at this time of year and snow may be present on some sections of the trail. Rivers can rise rapidly following period of rain and weather can change without warning.
For these reasons anybody considering walking during the winter months should ensure they have adequate experience and gear – including carrying a personal locator beacon if embarking on an overnight trip. Those walking the full length of the trail typically do so in the October to April period, when the weather is warmer and the full trail walking experience is at its most enjoyable.
Last, but not least, contact tracing remains important at Alert Level 1, so please continue to register on the Te Araroa website, whether you’re embarking on a day walk or longer hike.