Maps and notes download

These maps and notes offer detailed information about accommodation food, transport and resupplying.  You can use them for planning your adventure on Te Araroa.

Te Araroa Trust offers these notes and maps free of charge. The Trust helps trail walkers because of charitable donations from many walkers like yourself. So you may wish to support our work too.

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  1. Trail notes - southbound
  2. Trail notes - northbound
  3. Trail maps by region
  4. Trail maps for digital or print use
  5. Google Earth file (.kmz)
  6. Te Araroa .gpx files
  7. Summary of Trail Updates 2021/2022

Trail notes - southbound

Updated 25 September 2022

Trail notes - northbound

Trail maps by region

These are high resolution multi-page PDF map series of each region of the trail. Can be used on mobile device or printed at A3. 

Updated 6 October 2021

Trail maps for digital or print use

Maps & Data Release Notes - 2021-2022 (v40)

Te Araroa maps and GPS data are now avaliable for download and use for the upcoming season. 

Changes for 2021-2022

  • Several adjustments to the main trail route & bypasses - see the Alerts and Status page.
  • Total of 160 maps to increase overlap and make maps easier to follow
  • Improved symbols for trail route to show underlying trail surface.
  • Addition of "seasonally affected" trail sections - these refer to parts of the trail that are sometimes closed for agricultural or seasonal activities such as lambing. Please see the Alerts and Status page for these. 
  • Addition of kilometre marks on bypasses 
  • Updated LINZ Topo 1:50,000 basemap 

Updated 6 October 2021


These are single page PDFs that will be suitable to save on a phone or tablet device and scroll through the series.

Individual PDF maps have geo-referencing that can be used in Avenza Maps (formerly PDF maps) to mark your position using the phone's GPS location. You can store the series via Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive and just download the current maps into your phone.

North Island maps - Mobile Resolution - 86 pages, 282 MB (Updated 6 October 2021)

South Island maps - Mobile Resolution- 78 pages, 263 MB (Updated 6 October 2021)

North Island - High Resolution - 86 pages, 438 MB (Updated 6 October 2021)

South Island maps - High Resolution - 78 pages, 416 MB (Updated 6 October 2021)


These pages are A3 colour PDF, multi-page files at 300 DPI, made for printing. They are best viewed on A3 printing paper but you can reduce the size to A4 on a good printer. 

Please note: multiple page PDF files are not georeferenced.

North Island maps - 86 pages, 441 MB, 300 DPI. (Updated 6 October 2021)

South Island maps - 77 pages, 419 MB, 300 DPI. (Updated 6 October 2021)

Basemap legend

The Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) Topo 1:50,000 topographic map is now the primary basemap for Te Araroa trail maps. Each of our map series contains a modified legend for the maps but you can also download a standalone PDF copy below. For more information on LINZ Topo basemaps and how to read them, please visit:

LINZ Topo 1:50,000 Legend - 2020 edition, 1 page, 1.5 MB (Updated 25 September 2020

Te Araroa Trail GPS data 

Google Earth file

Te Araroa Trail 2021-2022 Google Earth (Updated 6 October 2021)

This file contains the entire trail route, bypasses, KM marks, hut, campsites and more! Load this file into Google Earth online or desktop to help you plan your journey. Note that you cannot download and use a KML/.kmz file on a phone version.

GPX files

There are three versions of the the trail GPX files, outlined below. 
These files are readable by Garmin GPS units and software. To modify for other devices you may need a product such as GPSBabel, which can translate to different devices and split into smaller parts if the device cannot handle the full file.

You can also view them online via the New Zealand Walking Access Commission's Our Maps system, by uploading them via the "Add Data" tool. 

Te Araroa Trail 2021-2022 Tracks (Updated 6 October 2021)
This file has the route shown as tracks, with no waypoints - the same as the KML. The route has been heavily generalised to keep the file size small.
Te Araroa Trail 2021-2022 KM Points (Updated 6 October 2021)
This does not have a route line, only each km marked as a waypoint with elevation - more suitable for confident navigators that may need occasional reassurance they are heading the right way.
Te Araroa Trail 2021-2022 Section Routes (Updated 6 October 2021)
This contains routes that directly align to the way in which routes are listed on the Te Araroa website, with waypoints at each section end.

Elevation Profile 

Te Araroa Elevation profile 
This is a spreadsheet for the elevation profile per KM, including change in elevation, slope% and angle.
The lat/long per KM were sourced from the GPX file for the KM Points, and then run through the Google Maps elevations API. No graphs or maps here; just the raw data for you to play with in the spreadsheet software of your choosing. Enjoy! - supplied by Adam JC
Page last updated: Sep 27, 2022, 1:11 PM