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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Contents

  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

Trail notes - southbound

Updated frequently

Trail notes - northbound

Updated 2017

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 5 October 2022

Trail maps for digital or print use

Maps & Data Release Notes - 2022-23 (v41)

Te Araroa maps and GPS data are now available for download and use for the 2022-23 season. 

Changes for 2022-23 Season

  • Several adjustments to the main trail route & bypasses - see the Alerts and Status page.
  • Several accuracy improvements by aligning route to existing GPS traces provided by previous walkers. 
  • Addition of Drinking water locations. Dataset provided by RefillNZ
  • Updated LINZ Topo 1:50,000 basemap 

Updated 4 November 2022

Digital

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, 263 MB (Updated 4 November 2022)

South Island maps - Mobile Resolution- 78 pages, 249 MB (Updated 5 October 2022)

North Island - High Resolution - 86 pages, 434 MB (Updated 4 November 2022)

South Island maps - High Resolution - 78 pages, 416 MB (Updated 5 October 2022)

Print 

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, 408 MB, 300 DPI. (Updated 4 November 2022)

South Island maps - 78 pages, 393 MB, 300 DPI. (Updated 5 October 2022)

Basemap legend

The Toitū te Whenua | Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) Topo 1:50,000 scale 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: www.linz.govt.nz

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

Te Araroa Trail GPS data 

Google Earth file

Te Araroa Trail 2022-23 Google Earth (Updated 4 November 2022)

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. KMZ file does not contain elevation information. 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. These files contain elevation information. Paths have been slightly generalised to keep file size small.
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 Herenga ā Nuku Aotearoa | Outdoor Access Commission using their Maps, by uploading them via the "Add Data" tool. 

Te Araroa Trail 2022-23 Tracks (Updated 4 November 2022)
This file has the route shown as tracks, with no waypoints - the same as the KML. 
 
Te Araroa Trail 2022-23 KM Points (Updated 4 November 2022)
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 2022-23 Section Routes (Updated 4 November 2022)
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 v40 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
Note: Te Araroa v41 Elevation Profile coming soon. 
Page last updated: Nov 29, 2022, 9:50 AM