The Trail Pledge

The Trail Pledge encourages walkers to enjoy our journey. Along the way we should respect the people, communities, landscapes and wildlife we meet.

To take the pledge, we ask you to make the following commitments:

I pledge to respect the environment

The impact of wayward walkers on wildlife and natural features can take many years to heal. Please care for and protect New Zealand’s beautiful outdoors.

  • use marked tracks
  • camp in designated areas
  • only light small, controlled fires and only if you have a permit
  • always take rubbish away with you
  • use designated toilets.

I pledge to respect local culture and customs

Māori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. Always respect sites that are culturally significant to Māori and learn local tikanga (customary values).

  • never sit on a table or surface where food is prepared
  • check which sites are wahi tapu (sacred)
  • respect customary practice.

I pledge to respect private property

Without the generosity of farmers and other private landholders, Te Araroa wouldn’t exist. Be respectful of landholders on sections of the trail crossing private land.

  • stick to marked routes
  • don’t disturb stock
  • leave gates as you find them - whether open or closed.

I pledge to respect other people

People walk Te Araroa for all kinds of reasons. Be considerate of others while on the trail and keep huts and campsites tidy.

  • keep the noise down at night
  • remove muddy boots before entering huts
  • restock huts with firewood
  • help other trail walkers if they are in need.

And remember to stay safe. Tell someone where you are going and take a personal locator beacon (PLB), be prepared for all weather and have a backup plan if conditions change.

Five steps to stay safe

The Trail Pledge