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Mangawhai to Pakiri

Route

From Mangawhai Heads carpark, follow the road to the walkway by 44 Wintle Street which leads down to the estuary. Follow the estuary past a camping ground, a boat ramp & holiday baches until wooden steps lead up to the Findlay Street walkway. From Findlay Street, head left into Molesworth Drive until reaching Mangawhai Village. Then a right into Moir Street, left into Insley Street and across the estuary then left into Black Swamp Road. Follow this road until reaching Pacific Road which leads you through a forestry block to the beach and the next stage of Te Araroa.

Bypass Note: You could obtain a boat ride across the estuary to the Mangawhai Spit to avoid the road walking section. Care of sand-nesting birds is required on this Scientific Wildlife Reserve - please stick to the shoreline.

Just 1km south, a stream cuts across the beach and it can go over thigh height, as can other water crossings on this track. Follow the coast southwards for another 2km, then take the track over Te Ārai Point. Once back on the beach, continue south for 12km (fording Poutawa Stream on the way) until you cross the Pākiri River then head inland to reach the end of Pākiri River Road.

Conditions

No dogs allowed

Lower tide best: check best times for walking on www.niwa.co.nz/our-services/online-services/tides

Warning; when heavy rain & high tide coincide these rivers can be deep; never cross flooded rivers; Environment Wildlife Sanctuary - avoid dune nesting sites; no dogs allowed.

*Please take care all the way down the beach and avoid entering taped/marked nesting sites, particularly if needing to venture upstream to cross. Where possible, avoid the sand-dune area completely.

Mangawhai Heads

Getting to/from the start

Te Araroa's Auckland region begins at Mangawhai Heads, a popular holiday and surf destination which is accessible by road. Unfortunately, long haul bus services pass by 19kms away at Kaiwaka so getting to Mangawhai would necessitate a pre-arranged pick up by a willing accommodation provider - see local transport below.

Local transport 

Leabourn Shuttles P: 09 423 7416 - E: info@leabourn.co.nz 

General information

Carter’s Mangawhai Information Centre - Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads (entrance Mangawhai Golf Club) - P: 09 431 5090 - E: mangawhaiinfo@xtra.co.nz 

Accommodation 

  • Mangawhai Heads Motel or Camping Ground - 2 Mangawhai Heads Rd, Mangawhai Heads - P: 09 431 4675 
  • Fairways B&B - 240 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads - P: 09-431 4042 or 021 619 311 - E: cleaver@fairways.co.nz 
  • Mangawhai Lodge - 4 Heather St, Mangawhai Heads - P: 09 431 5311 - info@seaviewlodge.co.nz 
  • Debbie's Flax Studio - Mangawhai Heads Rd - P: 021 519480 - E: debbiesflaxstudio@gmail.com - Double bed studio, hot alfresco shower, kitchenette, tea/coffee provided - $50pp
  • Mangawhai  Camping  -  We have a  basic cottage and tenting with toilet in our orchard at 11  Longview street,  just off  Molesworth Drive.  Close to  Shops and food at the  Mangawhai village.  Koha  of  $10pp  appreciated.  Call  on  021796496,  or  just  show up  and  help  yourself.   We  live  at  9 Longview Street.  Your  hosts  -  Mark  and  Kerry   

Resupply

Mangawhai Deli - Wood Street Shops - P: 09 431 5887

Mangawhai Village

Accommodation

Resupply

Mangawhai Village Four Square - Moir Street, Mangawhai Village - P: 09 431 4585 

Te Arai Point

Car parking, toilets and picnic areas

No tenting allowed. There is a small SCC campground (up to 10 SCC campervans) for SCC campervans only, pre-booking through the Auckland Council is required. 

Pakiri

Accommodation

  • Pakiri Beach Holiday Park - 261 Pakiri River Rd, Pakiri (just as you come off Pakiri Beach) - P: 09 422 6199 - E: pakiri@khh.co.nz - Camping, cabins and motel units. Camp store stocks a variety of food, drinks, toiletries, fresh milk and bread. Special rates for TA walkers. 30th April – 30th November $15.00 per person, 1 Dec to 22 Dec $20 per person, 22 Dec to 31 Jan $25 per person,1 Feb to 31 March $20 per person Bunk bed in a shared bunk room. 30 April to 30 November $30.00 per person, 1 Dec to 22 Dec $35 per person, 22 Dec to 31 Jan $40 per person, 1 Feb to 31 March $35 per person. Sheet and pillow included in the bunk room. Use of kitchen and bathroom facilities, showers are 50c for 4 minutes. Laundry facilities $3 per load. On-site convenience shop open 8:30am - 5:30pm winter, 8:30am - 7pm summer. Bookings not essential but if you are arriving outside of business hours please phone ahead.
  • Pakiri Paradise on the Ridge - 505 Rodney Road, Pakiri, phone 021 10662108, rosiewilk@xtra.co.nz - AIRBNB - Guest Room

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Mt Tamahunga (Te Hikoi o te Kiri) Track

Route

From the Pākiri Beach access (adjacent to the Camp Ground), follow Pākiri River Road for 3km to the intersection with Pākiri Road. Cross over and continue south on Bathgate Road, past the school and several houses.

Beyond the southern end of Bathgate Road, go down what looks like a driveway to the Te Araroa sign. Follow the orange track markers leading up a ridgeline through steep farm pasture for 2.5km to a farm track near the end of Rodney Road. This climb offers fantastic views up the coast.

The track turns west through more farmland and down/up a steep and muddy saddle (do take care when wet) before climbing through pine plantation into DOC native bush. At the summit, there is a helicopter platform which makes a good spot for resting.

Continuing on, this rough & occasionally slippery track soon descends steeply down before climbing again and walking beneath a weather satellite station. From there another rocky and slippery descent before the track levels out through regenerating bush.

A grassy hill affords some views (between the gorse) of the coast before continuing west on a well-formed track. The track leaves the ridge, crosses a stile and descends 200m to another stile before a narrow and slippery track takes walkers down, across a footbridge and to a short boardwalk across a swamp before another narrow, steep and slippery climb to Matakana Valley Road.

Head south on Matakana Valley Road for 450m to the junction with Govan Wilson Road. If in need of re-supply, Matakana is 6km south down Matakana Valley Road.

Conditions

Be considerate of animals & keep to the track; leave gates as you find them; no dogs, horses, guns, bikes or vehicles.

If walking this track in isolation/day-walking, please note that at the eastern end of the track parking is in short supply - the only places to park are in a small lay-by at the Govan Wilson Road intersection and a small bus-stop lay-by further south. 

Please do not park in any driveways.

Matakana

General information

Matakana Information Centre, Matakana Cinemas Foyer, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana P: 09 422 7433 E: Matakanainfo@xtra.co.nz

Getting there/away

Long haul bus services to stop 9km away at Warkworth, the nearest town on SH1.

Local transport/transport to the trailhead

Accommodation

Resupply

  • Matakana Four Square - 21 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana - P: 09 422 7213 
  • Matakana Store and Post Centre - 21 Matakana Valley Rd, Matakana - P: 09 422 7213

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Govan Wilson to Puhoi Valley

Route

Govan Wilson to Dome - 15km / 6-7 hours

  • Warning: this track crosses private forestry land in the Waiwhiu Valley. Open daylight hours only - no camping, fires, dogs. horses, vehicles.

Walk 3km to the end of Govan Wilson Road to the marked steps up onto the track.

Once up the steps from Govan Wilson Road, follow the clay four wheel drive (4WD) track (it passes a private home so please keep to the track). Enjoy the views & the rusty old bus while following along the ridge to the junction with Conical Peak Road. Take the right fork and continue on this 4WD track until reaching a turnoff on the left onto a narrow bush track in DOC’s Tōtara Scenic Reserve.

Follow the marked bush track which eventually descends steeply down the ridge into the Waiwhiu Valley. At the bottom of the hill, the track turns right across a small creek and follows the true right of the Waiwhiu Stream for approximately 1.3km. At this point, the track crosses the Stream (take care not to slip) to enter private forestry land.

The track joins the Waiwhiu Valley Road (a private forestry road). Turn right and follow the road for approx 300m. Turn left onto a clay 4WD road (Fisher Road - however, signage may be removed). This track climbs steeply through pines. Just over the highest point of the hill, the track turns off the 4WD road (easy to miss) into the pines for a short climb to the ridgeline and DOC’s Dome Forest. 

This narrow bush track now follows along the ridgeline through attractive podocarp and broadleaf forest with glimpses of the surrounding countryside and coast.

The track climbs to the Dome trig. Then there are a few more ups and downs along the ridge, including a steep scramble around large rocks, on the way to the Lookout platform with views across the Mahurangi Peninsula to the Hauraki Gulf. The track then descends 1km on upgraded walkway & steps to the Dome Cafe carpark and SH1. The Dome Cafe closed permanently from November 2019

Dome to Moirs Hill - 16km / 4-5 hours

  • Warning: Forestry & farming operations

Immediately across SH1 from the Tearooms is Kraack Road. Follow this road up to a forestry gate. Pass the gate, head along a southwest forestry road. Take a left down another track heading southwards then cross westwards through regenerating native bush. This is thinly marked through to Smyth Road.

Follow Smyth Road south, turn right into Kaipara Flats Road, then left into Streamlands/Swamp Roads.

Turn right (west) into Old Kaipara Road and keep an eye out for the entrance to #121 when the route is marked up the driveway. Follow the markers up the driveway and around the edge of a fence (not up driveway to the house) then follow the marked fenceline up to and along the ridge to Edgerley Road, please use the stiles. Give stock a wide berth - they are very friendly!

Follow Edgerly Road 1km before turning right (west) onto Woodcocks Road. A further 500m along take a left into Matthew Road and running off the end of Matthew Road is a forestry road to take you up to the summit of Moirs Hill. As the forestry track runs onto Moirs Hill Road, continue straight ahead past DOC's Waihunga Track and past the radio transmission tower shortly after.

Just east of the transmission tower, there is a Te Araroa-signed 4WD track (Barkers Road) that heads 1.7km south down to Ahuroa Road. 

Note: stay on the clay/grass track. The gravel track you may see occasionally is a neighbouring forestry road. There are very few markers as there is just pine and gorse for much of the way.

Dunns Ridge Track - 2.5km / 1 hour

  • Warning: Farming operations & predator control - please do not freedom camp in this area

From the Ahuroa - J Tolhopf Road intersection, head south 1km down J Tolhopf Road until you pass a rural residential subdivision, then reach a widened area of sealed road with angle parking. Enter through the gate just past the carpark, and follow the fenceline up and over the ridge to the bushline. 

From this bushline, follow orange markers across and through part of Dunn’s Bush (a Queen Elizabeth II National Trust reserve, with loop tracks back to Ahuroa Road) until you pass the “Sugarloaf” rock formation. A stile is in place if you want to climb up to this very peaceful & picturesque spot with beautiful views across the valley and out to the coast.

Otherwise, keep heading southeast on the ridge and follow markers through the farm paddocks. The route briefly joins a farm track then leaves it again to follow the fenceline - please stick strictly to the marked route and follow the fenceline down and over stiles to Remiger Road.

Follow Remiger Road 1km to the intersection with Ahuroa Road - directly opposite you is a swing bridge onto the Puhoi Track.

Potential hazards

  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Poisons & traps
  • Farming operations
  • Forestry operations
  • River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers
  • Small stream crossings
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Few water sources between Dome and Puhoi 
No dogs allowed

For tramping tracks, it’s recommended you carry appropriate safety gear including map, compass, whistle, warm clothing, raincoat, basic medical kit, strong footwear, food and water. Cellphones can work on the ridgelines.

Visitor information

Getting there/away

Long haul bus services to stop 9km away at Warkworth, the nearest town on SH1.

Local transport/transport to the trailhead

Govan Wilson

Accommodation

  • Twin Rimus (Matt and Jas) - 107 Govan Wilson Rd - P: 021 2057404 Matt. Camping (or in the barn if it's raining), hot shower, wifi, a cold beer and coffee in the morning. $20pp/night. Produce, chocolate, chips and extra drinks also available for purchase.
  • Mandy Logan is at 256 Govan Wilson Rd and happy to have walkers camp for the night - please contact in advance mandyf@xtra.co.nz 
  • Roma & Graham at Totara Bend are located on Woodcocks Rd between Edgerley and Mathews Rd directly on the trail. Campsites and shower available please ring or txt before to make sure we have room – mobile 021759991. We also have glamping cabin and self contained unit if you fancy a bit of a treat at reasonable prices. Water available to refill your water bottles

Warkworth

Accommodation

Detour option for accommodation - 2 km south 

Warkworth Sheepworld Caravan Park - Cabins and camping - SH 1, Dome Valley, Warkworth - P: 09 425 9962 

Resupply

New World Supermarket - 6 Percy St, Warkworth - P: 09 425 1040 

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Puhoi Track

Route

  • Please remain on the track at all times - for personal safety and to protect the magnificent trees you pass

From Remiger Road, cross the Puhoi River by swingbridge and climb through pines to an old ridge track. To your right a number of spectacular young kauri tree line the route - please take care to stay on the gravel track here to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease. There are glimpses at times of the Puhoi Valley below - which look particularly splendid in autumn. Curious fantails (otherwise known as pīwakawaka) may take an interest in you as you pass.

Climbing to the highest point on the track, you leave pine forest and move into wonderful NZ native bush, descending through a mix of magnificent mature pūriri, tōtara and rimu and regenerating young growth. When you reach the small footbridge, look up and you may see our resident morepork (or ruru).

Continuing through more pine then up the final climb - there is then another stretch of beautiful native bush and kauri in close proximity before exiting onto the formed track through farmland with great views of the valley below. There's another short bush block then out onto a gravel track for 200m - take care as this track can carry construction traffic for a new motorway being constructed.

Before the final descent, cross a stile onto the Puhoi Lookout Loop Track and here you have a choice - the route is marked to head further east down a gentler grade with steps down through more bush, or in front of you is a more direct route down past the Arthur Dunn memorial lookout, but note that when the ground is wet underfoot this can be steep and slippery.

You exit into the Puhoi Domain - directly opposite is the Puhoi General Store and the historic Puhoi Pub, where well-deserved refreshments may be in order and good chats with the friendly locals are guaranteed.

Potential hazards

  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Poisons & traps
  • Forestry operations
  • Few water sources

Puhoi

There is a small 3-car parking bay at the Remiger Road end of the track and plenty of parking in the Puhoi Domain carpark at the Puhoi end of the track.

General information

Information on Puhoi 

Local supplier

Puhoi River Canoes - Puhoi Village (opposite Historic Church) - Open 1st Sept - 30 June - P: 09 422 0891 or 027 284 1672 - E: puhoicanoes@clear.net.nz 

Accommodation

There is no official camping in the area.

Resupply/food

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Puhoi to Wenderholm by kayak

Route

  • At the present time, the walking route to Wenderholm Regional Park is incomplete so, on an outgoing tide, you can hire a kayak for the downstream journey to Wenderholm. The kayaks do need to be pre-booked so contact:

Canoe and Kayak Hire

Opening times - Daily 1st Sept - 30th June (Closed - Christmas Day)

  • Hibiscus Kayak Hire - P: 021 1336938 - E: info@kayakhire.co.nz - $45 for Puhoi River, $50 for half-day (4hr) or $70 for 1-day hire if you want to go further (pickup/delivery fee may apply depending on final destination). All hire includes kayak, paddle, lifejacket and drybag.
  • Auckland Sea Kayaks  - P: 0800 999 0899 (Freephone) - Operating throughout the summer months

Note: Exchange the kayak for your pack at the ramp on the Puhoi River side of Wenderholm Regional Park.

Requires an outgoing tide-check tides at www.niwa.co.nz/our-services/online-services/tides

Potential hazards

  • Poisons & traps at Wenderholm Regional Park
  • Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide - better to paddle (SOBO) on an outgoing tide, or (NOBO) incoming tide
  • Water - wear a lifejacket.

No dogs allowed

General information

For more information on Wenderholm Regional Park or contact the Auckland Council on P: 09 366 2000.

There is camping available at the Schischka Campsite, turn left and walk 1km just after the Wenderholm main gates. 
Please do not freedom camp anywhere else within Wenderholm Regional Park.

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Puhoi to Wenderholm (walk)

Route

Should tides not suit, or you don't wish to pay for kayaking from Puhoi to Wenderholm - it can be walked, however when walking along SH1, please take caution as this road is very busy. We recommend kayaking as it is much safer than walking these busy roads.

Please wear a hi-viz vest and/or pack cover if available

From the Puhoi Domain, turn left/east and walk 1200m to SH1.

Continue 2km and take the "offramp" towards Wenderholm/Waiwera as signposted on the Twin Coast Discovery Highway, then continue east a further 2.75km to the entry to Wenderholm Regional Park (Schischka Road).

It is 1km down the driveway to the start of the next route.

Conditions

Cross SH1 with extreme caution as cars are travelling at 80-100km/h.  Walk as far off the road shoulder as you can, on the far side of the barrier fence where this is possible.

Potential hazards

  • Vehicles on road or track. Walk well off the road, over barrier where possible
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Few water sources

Accommodation

Wenderholm Regional Park - Basic camping, duty ranger - Auckland Council - P: 09 366 2000

There is camping available at the Schischka Campsite, turn left and walk 1km just after the Wenderholm main gates. 
Please do not freedom camp anywhere else within Wenderholm Regional Park.

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Wenderholm to Stillwater

Route

Wenderholm to Orewa Estuary - 11.5km / 3 hours

  • Low Tide Route only

Requires an outgoing tide- check tides at www.niwa.co.nz/our-services/online-services/tides

From the Puhoi River boat ramp at Wenderholm Regional Park, follow the sealed carpark road south-east for 200m to the Park's Information Board. Here, a map of the park is displayed. Walk through the grounds of the historic Couldrey House to join the Perimeter Track (clockwise over the headland is the most picturesque and has great views). Exit the track by the Waiwera Bridge on the Hibiscus Coast Highway. Cross the bridge & head down Waiwera Road to the beach. Time your walk so that you reach here about half an hour before low tide.

At low tide, it is an easy walk and rock hop around rocks to Hatfields Beach.

At the southern end of the beach, take the public walkway steps up to Ocean View Road & follow the walkway signs south via footpaths back out to the Hibiscus Coast Highway. Just over the hill to the south is Lookout Point and the most fantastic view down Orewa Beach – a great sight no matter what the weather.

Note: Optionally, you can avoid Lookout Point by walking along the beach and rocks from Hatfields to Orewa at low tide. This option, however, would bypass the elevated coastal views.

Continue down the hill and walk through Arundel Reserve to Orewa Beach. About 1.5km south is the Orewa Beach Shopping Centre. (Orewa Beach is approx 3km long in total).

Orewa Estuary to Stillwater - 13km / 3 hours

From the southern end of Orewa Beach, follow the path to the bridge over the Orewa River.

At the south end of the bridge, take the path next to the bridge and turn west underneath the bridge onto Te Ara Tahuna (The Orewa Estuary Cycleway and Walkway)

Follow Te Ara Tahuna approx. 2.5km to the intersection of Longmore Lane and Millwater Parkway then turn south for 1km.

Turn right/south at the intersection of Millwater Parkway and Silverdale Street. On your left is the Silverdale Centre with a selection of shops, including a supermarket, outdoors shop and pharmacy. To your right are multiple banks (with ATMs), fast food outlets, butcher and greengrocer.

Continue on Silverdale Street to the intersection with Hibiscus Coast Highway where an underpass takes you safely under the road, and onto Tavern Road (past the historic Wade Tavern), up the hill to Forge Road/East Coast Bays Road.

Turn south onto East Coast Bays Road and walk 2km to the intersection with Spur Road. Turn east onto Spur Road and walk 1.4km to where it leads into Duck Creek Road. Continue a further 5km on Duck Creek Road to the Stillwater Boating Club where the next track commences.

Potential hazards

  • Vehicles on road or track Take extreme care on East Coast, Spur and Duck Creek Roads heading to Stillwater
  • Poisons & traps at Wenderholm Regional Park
  • Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide

No dogs allowed

Wenderholm Regional Park

General information

Wenderholm Regional Park or contact the Auckland Council on P: 09 366 2000.

Waiwera

Accommodation

There is no accommodation in Waiwera - the options you have are Schischka campground in Wenderholm Regional Park (north) or hostel/motel/campground accommodation in Orewa (south).

Resupply

Waiwera minimart - 2 Waiwera Rd. Waiwera - P: 09 426 1470

Orewa Estuary to Stillwater

Accommodation

Pillows Lodge - Dorm (bunks) and rooms - 412 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa - P: 09 426 6338 - E: pillows.lodge@xtra.co.nz

Silverdale

Accommodation

Silverdale Bed and Breakfast - 41 Whangaparaoa Rd, Silverdale (600m off the Te Araroa route) - Apartment - Studio - Caravan - P: 09 4211460 - E: Seaside_BnB@xtra.co.nz

Resupply

Silverdale Centre - 61 Silverdale Street, Silverdale - P: 09 426 4716 - Includes Countdown Supermarket, pharmacy, outdoors store (Macpac), food outlets, The Warehouse, barber etc.

Stillwater

Accommodation

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Okura to Long Bay

Route

Low tide route

Check for the best times for walking at low tide on - www.niwa.co.nz/our-services/online-services/tides

From the jetty or ramp near the Stillwater Boating Club (Tel: 09 428-2185), walk to the eastern end of Duck Creek Road to the start of DOC’s Okura Bush Walkway. Follow this track around the coast, past the historic Dacre Cottage to Dacre Point. At low tide, it is possible to leave the track and walk out right out on the spit. You can wade across the Okura Estuary at low tide (roughly hip-deep at the 4th white marker in from the river mouth) across to the southwest end of the cliffs. Walking along the estuary mouth should enable you to follow the sand bar around and avoid the deeper channel, however use your judgement and common sense on the day.

Once across the estuary, dry off & veer around the southwest end of the cliffs and up into the Long Bay Regional Reserve. Pick up the coastal track that heads southeast to the Long Bay. (Note: This track does pass Pōhutukawa Bay - a male nudist beach).

High tide route

At higher tides or if you don't want to get wet, continue on the Okura Bush Track until you reach a spit with a shallower crossing to the ramp at the end of Okura River Road. Follow this road to the East Coast Bays Road, turn south then northeast onto Glenvar Road. Follow this road all the way down to Long Bay Regional Park.

The Okura Bush Scenic Reserve is currently closed to all walkers because of kauri dieback disease. The closure does not affect the official Te Araroa route which crosses the estuary without entering the affected area. The Okura Bush Scenic Reserve previously offered an alternative route, following the Okura Bush Reserve track all the way to its end at Haigh Access Road, and then heading out on Haigh access Road to East Coast Bays Road and turn left/south to walk to Glenvar Road. Take extreme care walking on East Coast Bays Rd as it is a high-volume road with traffic moving at speed.

Conditions

Low tide estuary crossing - check the best times for walking on - www.niwa.co.nz/our-services/online-services/tides

Please assess water safety before any water activity- based on the amount of recent rain, tides, currents, waves and your own confidence in the water.

NO dogs at Long Bay Regional Park

Dog restrictions apply on the beaches

  • Poisons & traps
  • Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide Take extreme care crossing Okura Estuary - dead low tide only
  • River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold

Long Bay

General information

Please note there is no camping or accommodation at Long Bay Regional Park

For more information on Long Bay Regional Park / DOC Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve, 2000 Beach Road, Long Bay or contact Auckland Council on P: 09 301 0101. Duty ranger 24/7. Pedestrian access - Open 24 hours, summer gate opening times: 6am to 9pm (daylight saving time), winter gate opening times: 6am to 9pm (Non-daylight saving time) 

Local transport

For bus transport to/from Long Bay Regional Park, 
Auckland Transport - P: 0800 103080 or 09 366 6400 

Resupply

Snack kiosk is open only in Summer.

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North Shore Coastal Walk

Route

  • All-tide route follows cliff top tracks, pedestrian shortcuts, steps and footpaths. After heavy weather events, some areas can be affected so follow marked alternatives or self-navigate the streets.
  • You will need to take careful note of the time of low tide, as there are several points where you can be cut off by the rising water. If you want to walk the whole way during one low tide, prepare to do some wading. Alternatively, break the walk partway, and complete it at low tide the following day. At low tide only: check tide times on - www.niwa.co.nz/our-services/online-services/tide

  • It is possible to walk almost all the way on the shoreline, but Auckland Council does not recommend this route. Rocks may be very slippery and unstable underfoot. Because high sandstone cliffs are subject to sudden rockfalls, please keep at least 10m out from the cliffs. 

Long Bay to Torbay

From Long Bay, near Marine Education Recreation Centre at the bottom of Beach Road, head up the Oneroa Track to Cliff Road. Go down Cliff Road to Rewi Street, turn left into Rock Isle Road, right into Waiake Street, left onto Beach Road and head down to Waiake Beach (Torbay).

Torbay to Browns Bay

Walk along the Waiake beachfront at Torbay, go up Beach Road for a short while and turn left into Sharon Road. At the end of Sharon Road, follow the Lotus Walk down to Manly Esplanade and Browns Bay Beach.

Browns Bay to Rothesay Bay

At the southern end of Browns Bay Beach follow the concrete path to the footbridge, which leads round onto the North Shore City Cliff Top Walkway, up the steps to Beechwood Road, past Dan Jones Bluff and down to Rothesay Bay.

Rothesay Bay to Murrays Bay

Coming out of the Cliff Top Walkway at Rothesay Bay, follow the path across the footbridge, through the reserve, and up into Rothesay Bay Road. From there turn left into Churchill Road, and just before the road curves right, head down Gumdiggers Trail and onto the Cliff Top Walkway, to emerge on Murrays Bay Reserve.

Murrays Bay to Mairangi Bay

From the reserve at the northern end of Murrays Bay, walk along the beachfront and then up the steps to the Cliff Top Walkway at the southern end of the beach. This leads up and over, to come out on Mairangi Bay beachfront.

Mairangi Bay to Campbells Bay

From Mairangi Bay Beach head up Forde Way to Whitby Crescent. Turn left into Whitby and a little way along find Te Araroa signs pointing up Sea Dog Alley to View Road. Head left down View Road until you reach the Possum Ladder track on the left. This will take you down to Campbells Bay.

Campbells Bay to Castor Bay

Walk along Campbells Bay Beach, and up Huntly Road to Beach Road. Stay on Beach Road as far as JF Kennedy Memorial Park. Go through the park to the eastern edge and follow the track through to Rahopara Historic Reserve. From here take the path down to Castor Bay Reserve.

Castor Bay to Milford

  • All walkers must come inshore between Castor Bay Esplanade and Milford Beach to cross Wairau Creek. There is no foreshore route between these two beaches. Wairau Creek cannot be safely forded at any stage of the tide.
  • If you are unsure of the state of the tide, please follow the signed all-tide route.

From The Esplanade at Castor Bay there is no access, at any time of the tide, around the beach to Milford. Wairau Creek cannot be safely forded.

At the southern end of Castor Bay Esplanade turn right along the concrete path, and follow it left to climb the steps between the houses, emerging on Beach Road at the top of the hill. From there go down to Inga Road, and across the footbridge over Wairau Creek, through the reserve and onto Milford beach.

Milford to Takapuna 

You can walk all the way along the beach and rocks from the northern end of Milford Beach to the southern end of Takapuna Beach. Between Milford Beach and Takapuna Beach the route follows the North Shore City heritage trail Takapuna – Milford Walk and crosses private property thanks to the owners’ goodwill. Please respect the environment and the privacy of local residents, and do not trespass on private property outside the described route.

Note: The pathway in this area is not properly constructed so please take care. Neither North Shore City Council, Te Araroa Trust, nor the private property owners accept any responsibility for any loss, damage or injury to you or your property arising from your use of this walkway.

Takapuna to Devonport

From the southern end of Takapuna Beach, head up Clifton Road to Lake Road. Walk down past Takapuna Grammar School and Belmont Intermediate School, turn left into Winscombe Road, and then right along Seacliffe Avenue and Hamana Street. At Old Lake Road, turn left to reach Narrow Neck Beach. From the southern end of the beach follow Vauxhall Road up and over, down to Bath Street on your left. At Bath Street turn left to reach Cheltenham Beach and walk along the sand as far as Cheltenham Road.

Here, there are two options:

  • You may leave the beach at Cheltenham Road, and walk straight through to Devonport

Or

  • You may go to the end of the beach and up North Head to come down Takarunga Road. Then head left along King Edward Parade to finish at Devonport Wharf.

From Devonport Wharf, you can catch a Fullers ferry to link with the next stage of Te Araroa, Auckland’s coast to coast walk.

Follow this link for a printable map of the route.

Conditions

Caution: Parts of the signed route are very steep. There are steps and narrow grassy tracks which may become slippery in wet weather.

Potential hazards

  • Vehicles on road or track - take care when walking in urban areas
  • Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold

Dog restrictions apply on the beaches.

North Shore

General information

Te Araroa traverses 10 cities. The North Shore Coastal Walk was Te Araroa’s first fully marked-up urban section.

Te Araroa logos, markers on posts, and small Council-Te Araroa fingerboards on poles mark the all-tide route.

The trail is a mix of suburban footpaths, steep paths and steps, with some slippery and uneven surfaces and unstable rocks.

Wear comfortable clothes and strong walking shoes, carry water, snacks, raincoat, sunscreen and a hat.

General information 

Long Bay Regional Park, 2000 Beach Road, Long Bay. Duty Ranger 24/7. Pedestrian access - Open 24 hours,

Summer gate opening times: 6am to 9pm (Daylight saving time), Winter gate opening times: 6am to 9pm (non-daylight saving time)

For further information contact Auckland Council on P: 09 301 0101

For local assistance (in/around Campbells Bay), please contact Rob Howe 027 6922674.

Rob has walked most of the Trail between Cape Reinga and Hamilton and is happy to advise/assist as he can.

Local transport

For bus transport to/from Long Bay Regional Park 

  • Auckland Transport for bus or train information - P: 0800 103080 freephone or 09 366 6400 
  • North Shore Taxis - P: 09 488 8000
  • Fullers Ferries - passenger ferry runs between Devonport Wharf and Auckland CBD. The trip takes 12 mins and generally departs every half hour - check the timetable. P: 09 367 9111 

Accommodation

Also, throughout this section, there is a wide range of a variety of accommodation available.

Karin's Villa - 27 Clarence St, Devonport - P: 09 4458689 - E: stay@karinsvilla.com

B&B accommodation with free internet and laundry.

Short detour to Browns Bay Village

A range of shops including supermarket, cafes, banks and a pharmacy

Short detour to Mairangi Bay Village

A range of shops including supermarket, cafes, banks and a pharmacy

Short detour to Milford township

A range of shops including supermarket, cafes, banks and a pharmacy

Short detour to Takapuna township

A range of shops including supermarkets, cafes, banks and pharmacies.

Short detour to Devonport township

A range of shops including supermarkets, cafes, banks and pharmacies. Includes Devonport i-SITE Visitor Information Centre - Devonport Wharf, Devonport P: 09 3659906

Resupply

Auckland

Background information

Auckland, with its 65 islands in the Hauraki Gulf, is governed by Auckland City Council. It has within its jurisdiction the largest population of any local authority in the country. Auckland is ethnically diverse, containing some 181 ethnic groups, in contrast to other parts of New Zealand.

Auckland boasts landscapes shaped by a volcanic field, its two harbours, 600 years of Maori occupation, and some farsighted colonists.

The Auckland isthmus is New Zealand's narrowest neck of land, never more than nine kilometres from north to south and less than 2 kilometres east to west. Given the distance, Maori used these as canoe portages, from the Waitemata Harbour and the Pacific Ocean on one side to the Manukau Harbour and the Tasman Sea on the other.

in 1840, New Zealand's first governor, Captain William Hobson, acquired some 3000 acres of Isthmus land from the Ngāti Whatua chiefs, a triangle whose base stretched some 12 kilometres along the Waitemata southern shore and whose apex was the summit of Maungawhau (Mt Eden).

Aside from the colonial governors, the best known early Aucklander was the Scot, John Logan Campbell. An adventurer and one of the first Auckland settlers, he became the city's most prominent businessman and mayor. He gifted Cornwall Park to the people of Auckland, with the park still run by a trust he helped to establish. Te Araroa passes by a statue of Campbell in that park. His grave, with the Latin inscription - si monumentum requires circumspice - "if you want a memorial, look about you" - is on the summit of Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill.

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Coast to Coast Walkway

Route

Follow this link to a printable route map

Please follow the map and signage in exploring the Auckland Isthmus. Proceed roughly as follows: 

  • Cross Quay St onto Queen St
  • Customs St East
  • Emily Place
  • Princes St
  • Auckland University - www.auckland.ac.nz
  • Alfred St
  • Grafton Rd
  • Auckland Domain
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum (adjacent to the route)
  • Park Rd
  • Mountain Rd
  • Clive Rd
  • Mt Eden Domain
  • Owens Rd
  • Cecil Rd
  • Epsom Ave
  • Through the Auckland College of Education
  • St Andrews Rd/Melville Park
  • Cross Gillies Ave to Kimberley Rd
  • Cross Manukau Rd and park to Pūriri Drive
  • Cross Greenlane West Rd to Cornwall Park
  • Pōhutukawa Drive and Olive Grove and up to One Tree Hill summit
  • Exit onto Haydn Ave then onto Manukau Rd and south through the Royal Oak roundabout
  • Continue on Manukau Rd (this leaves the Coast to Coast Walkway temporarily) and through Jellicoe Park
  • Grey St
  • Quadrant Rd
  • Arthurs St, and down a green corridor
  • Onehunga Bay Reserve, across the bridge to Orpheus Drive

The Isthmus

Auckland has long been known as Tāmaki Makaurau - "the spouse desired by a hundred lovers." All who saw it for its fertile volcanic slopes sheltered fishing sites and access to the greatest waterway in New Zealand, the Waikato River, desired it.

The Coast to Coast walk takes you through landscapes shaped by 600 years of Māori occupation, and through some of our finest natural and built heritage areas - woodland settings, windswept hills, charming parks and gardens, captivating architectural treasures, and fascinating geological landforms- all offering glimpses of times gone by.

You will also experience panoramic views stretching across Auckland city and the region. Most impressive is the vista of Auckland's waterfront playground, the Hauraki Gulf, including the distinctive cone shape of Rangitoto Island.

The Auckland isthmus is New Zealand's narrowest neck of land, never more than 9km from north to south and less than 2km east to west. Given the distance, Māori used these as canoe portages, from the Waitematā Harbour and the Pacific Ocean on one side, to the Manukau Harbour and the Tasman Sea on the other.

Trail viewpoints also show:

  • To the North - the waters of the Waitematā Harbour, the islands of the Hauraki Gulf and the 600-year-old symmetrically-shaped shield volcano, Rangitoto.
  • To the Northeast - an old volcanic chain, the Coromandel Range.
  • To the East - the uplifted greywacke bulk of the Hunua Ranges.
  • To the South - the more gentle rise of the Bombay Hills, another old volcanic field.
  • To the West - the remnants of a once-mighty volcanic chain, the Waitakere Range.
  • To the Southwest - the vast Manukau Harbour.

The volcanoes

Regarded as still active, Auckland's volcanic field is geologically young, having produced mainly small-sized cones. Its pocket-sized volcanoes first erupted through the underlying isthmus rock over 50,000 years ago.

The Coast to Coast walkway passes five volcanic sites and passes over the 183m high summit.

Albert Park, now a green shoulder of the Central Business District, is a small, now barely-recognisable volcano. The Domain volcano retains its central scoria cone, called Pukekaroa, and the smooth encircling mound from its initial eruption - the tuff ring. The walkway crosses the scoria cone and exits over the tuff ring to sidle past an adjacent scoria cone at Outhwaite Park.

Many rock walls made from the extracts of the old lava flows shape the trail’s approach to Maungawhau (Mt Eden). To see a remnant of the old field and its original forest cover, follow the detour marked on the map. The trail crosses Maungawhau summit, at 196m the highest summit in the isthmus. The summit crater is virtually untouched.

Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) has three craters, two breached and one intact.

The people

Auckland is one of New Zealand's most religiously and ethnically diverse regions, with the largest Polynesian population in the world.

Fertile volcanic slopes, access to sheltered fishing sites, strategic command of land routes, access to sea routes on either coast, and to the greatest inland waterway in New Zealand (Aotearoa), the Waikato River is a significant Māori landmark. The Māori name, Tāmaki Makaurau translates to 'the spouse desired by a hundred lovers'. As they contended for control of the Isthmus, Māori tribes reshaped the volcanic cones into formidable pā sites.

In 1840, New Zealand's first Governor, Captain William Hobson, obtained 3000 acres of the Isthmus land from the Ngāti Whātua chiefs, a triangle whose base stretched some 12km along the Waitematā southern shore and whose apex was the summit of Maungawhau (Mt Eden).

Aside from the colonial governors, the best-known early Aucklander was the Scot, John Logan Campbell. An adventurer and one of the first Auckland settlers, he became the city's most prominent businessman and mayor. He gifted Cornwall Park to the people of Auckland, with the park still run by a trust he helped to establish. As the walkway enters the park, it passes a statue of Campbell. His grave, with the Latin inscription 'si monumentum requiris circumspice' - "If you want a memorial, look around you" - is on the summit of Maungakiekie.

Auckland city, including 65 islands in the Hauraki Gulf, covers the largest land area (63,174 hectares) of the region's four cities. It is governed by Auckland City Council, which has within its jurisdiction the largest population of any local authority in the country.

The Urban Landscape

A warm climate, good rainfall and generous property sizes have encouraged an urban forest of mixed native and exotic trees with gardens at their feet. Street and park plantings date back to the 19th century. The oaks, often grown from acorns from English estates, and the plane trees brought from London reflect the colonial heritage. The distinctive pinnate shape of the Norfolk pines reflects Auckland's sea-route beginnings - brought to early Auckland in tubs and sold by sailors. Many native trees also prevail in the parks.

The city's early merchants built grand verandah villas in Princes Street, establishing what would become, alongside the later bungalows, a prevailing architectural pattern.

Native birds include the iridescent blue kingfishers (kōtare), fantail (pīwakawaka), and tui - distinguished by a white throat tuft and a melodious call, and the large wood pigeon (kererū).

Whau trees, whose wood are as light as balsa and were once used by Māori for net floats, still grow on Maungawhau (the hill of the whau tree). The trail passes a small forest of Tōtara and Rimu on the old volcano's southern slopes and Cornwall Park's many native trees include an avenue of Pūriri, which the trail follows, and a young kauri grove. You will find introduced bird species en route, including the sparrow, blackbird, the thrush and rock pigeons in the parks. Sizeable grassy areas attract the large black and white magpie and the bright green and red rosella, both introduced from Australia.

Potential hazards

  • Vehicles on road or track Take care crossing roads - use crossings where possible
  • Farming operations Take care around livestock in Cornwall Park

Dogs on leash only in Cornwall Park.

Auckland

General information and map

  • Auckland Council walking tracks information
  • DOC Visitor Centre, Shed 19, Princes Wharf - adjacent to "The Crab Shack" and overlooking the ferry terminal. Backcountry Hut passes, booking advice and plenty of information and advice available.

Places of interest

Local transport

Auckland Transport for bus or train information 

Accommodation

There is a wide variety of accommodation available throughout this section including Te Araroa preferred hostels in Auckland CBD:

  • YHA Auckland International, 5 Turner St, Auckland - P: 09 3028200 - E: aucklandinternational@yha.co.nz
  • YHA Auckland City, 18 Liverpool St, Auckland - P: 09 3092802 - E: aucklandcity@yha.co.nz
  • Econo Lodge City Central, 37 Wellesley St - P: 09 307 3388
  • Metro Adventurer Backpackers, 51 Hobson St - P: 800 112 128
  • Base Backpackers Auckland, 229 Queen St (entrance on Darby St) - P: 09 358 4877
  • Brown Kiwi Hostel, 7 Prosford St - P: 09 37 0191
  • Frienz Backpackers, 27/31 Victoria St East - P: 09 307 6437 
  • Nomad Auckland Backpackers, 20 Fort Street - P: 09 300 9999
  • Queen Street Backpackers, 4 Fort Street - P: 09 373 3471

Detour to Newmarket Shopping Centre

Includes a range of shops, supermarket, cafes, banks, pharmacies

Detour to Onehunga Shopping Centre

Includes a range of shops, supermarket, cafes, banks, pharmacies

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Onehunga to Puhinui

Route

From the end of the Coast to Coast Walkway at Onehunga Bay Reserve head southeast through the Reserve. Cross the four-lane Hugh Watt Drive on a footbridge to Orpheus Drive. 

Follow Orpheus Drive east along the Manukau foreshore until opposite the Airport Harbour View Motel. Here you head past the end of old Māngere Bridge, now closed to foot traffic. 

The piles of the old bridge were founded on a lava crust from nearby Māngere Mountain. Over the years, the bridge footings broke through the crust and has sunk slightly.

The bridge is closed to foot traffic. The trail now crosses the harbour on a pedestrian underpass built under the newer motorway bridge a short distance further along the foreshore.

Once you've crossed the Manukau Harbour on the bridge, head west along Kiwi Esplanade.  Follow the coastal margin for 3km to Ambury Regional Park. Follow the marked track around the edge of the paddocks near the shore.

You'll see the Ambury Regional Park headquarters, including a ranger’s house, and a fairly basic campground - fresh water on tap, toilets, and a barbeque. Bookings are essential for this campground. 

Ambury Park Campground

Māngere Foreshore Track - 9km / 2.5 hours

Exit through the kissing gates that mark the Ambury Regional Park’s southwest boundary. Cameron the draught-horse is the main resident on this stretch.

Beyond the kissing gates you’ll see the first signage of the Māngere Foreshore Track, opened in 2005 as part of Watercare’s Manukau foreshore rehabilitation.

2.5km later, you pass the Māngere Lagoon, part of the Auckland volcanic field. In the 1960s, earthworks for the Māngere Sewage Works sludge ponds in the lagoon damaged the scoria cone at the centre of this explosion crater, and the crater itself. 

The sewage works handled Auckland’s waste for 40 years. Its sludge ponds stood on this shore, and its oxidation ponds webbed the sea on the right-hand side of the track all the way out to Puketutu Island.

Walk on 1km and you’ll see version two of the old sewage works; Watercare’s Wastewater Treatment Plant opened in 2003. The new plant can process waste in 13 hours by using clarifiers and ultraviolet radiation. The old plant used sludge settlement and oxidation and took 21 days. These days the sterile solids are trucked away, and the sterile fluids are released on the outgoing tide at the rate of 25 tonnes a second - Auckland's biggest river.

As Watercare decommissions some of the old treatment systems, they have embarked on a project to rejuvenate the area and nurture the abundant birdlife. The Te Araroa track takes you around one of these areas.  Go past the main Watercare works and offices then turn right/west next to the canal.  Then turn again left/south past the bird roost and continue past the restored area.

Across the Oruarangi Creek pedestrian bridge, a galvanised gate lets you onto a nicely gravelled path that leads past a bird hide, and past white-shell beaches. The walk features two bird hides, and you'll pass roost islands that host an array of bird species; godwits, lesser knots, wrybills, spoonbills and the distinctive red at-arms slope of the oyster-catchers' bright bills.

By now the Otuataua Stonefields are in sight. Volcanic vents once effervesced here, and Māori moved in later to trap the sun's warmth, piling up these stones and expanding the kūmara-growing season. The Māori garden mounds, the storage pits, and the drystone walls of later Pākehā farmers are still prominent in this area.

Head through a galvanised gate into the Stonefields, and various paths wind through the old remnants of a previous culture. 

From the Otuataua Stonefields, exit onto Ihumātao Quarry Road and follow southeast, turn right into Oruarangi Road, left/east into Ihumātao Road for 3kms. Turn right/south into George Bolt Memorial Drive for 1km, and past the Airport Shopping Centre (and the Airport to the south). Turn left/east into Tom Pearce Drive, and follow it for 1.5 km as it turns south. Turn left/east onto Puhinui Road and follow it for 3km. Turn right into Price Road. Follow Price Road for 1km down to Puhinui Reserve. 

Conditions

Track standard: Walking track

  • Vehicles on road or track. Take care crossing roads, especially around airport
  • Farming operations
  • Open drains
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold

Onehunga

Accommodation

Mangere Bridge Village

General information

Mangere Bridge information

Local transport

Auckland Transport for bus or train information - P: 0800 103080 freephone or 09 366 6400 

Accommodation

  • Mangere Bridge Homestay - 1 Boyd Ave, Mangere Bridge - P: 09 636 6346 - E: mangerebridgehomestay@xtra.co.nz
    Mountain View B&B - 85a Wallace Rd, Mangere Bridge - P: 09 636 6535
  • Ambury Regional Park Campground - 43 Ambury Road Mangere Bridge - P: 09 366 2000 - E: info@arc.govt.nz - forward bookings essential.
  • Drury Hills Nest – Drury Hills Road P: 022 692 3054 (Hannah) or 021 566 527 (Jono) E: druryhillsnest@gmail.com – Spacious, self-contained detached accommodation, comfy super king bed, heat pump, wifi and a flat-screen TV. Continental breakfast provided. Happy to accommodate up to two kids, too. 

Resupply

  • Bridge Mini Mart - 21 Coronation Rd - P: 09 636 9645
  • Mangere Bridge Fruit Supplies - 38 Coronation Rd - P: 09 622 1292
  • Mangere Bridge Super Value - 40 Coronation Rd - P: 09 636 8424

Auckland Airport

Accommodation

Airport Harbour View Motel - 6 Onehunga Harbour Rd, Onehunga - P: 09 634 5300 - E: stay@airportharbourview.co.nz

Resupply 

Countdown Supermarket - P: 09 256 2128 - The Airport Shopping Centre - Cnr Geroge Bolt Memorial Drive ( the main road access to the airport) and John Goulter Drive - 

Getting there/away

Accommodation

Many options are available at a variety of levels including:

Local transport

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Puhinui Stream Track

Route

At the end of Price Road, you’ll see a stile across the fence into the reserve. Head across the reserve to a gate in the northeast corner (the row of trees on your left intersects the reserve at that point). Join the gravel path there and continue north alongside the Puhinui Stream.

Crossing the footbridge, continue upstream, now on the Puhinui’s true left bank. Leave the stream at Aerovista Place. Turn right out of Aerovista into McLaughlins Road, then left into Vogler Drive to the junction with Roscommon Road. Turn right and follow Roscommon Road until the traffic lights.

Turn left off Roscommon Road into Wiri Station Road. Follow this road about 2.5kms to its junction with Lambie Drive and Druces Road. Diagonally across the intersection, the Puhinui Stream track opens up again. Follow it through to meet up with Kerrs Road.

Follow Kerrs Road east up to Great South Road, turn right down Great South Road for 400m to where the Puhinui Stream goes underneath. Take the pedestrian underpass to the true right-hand bank of the Puhinui Stream and follow this very impressive track (opened 2012) right up and underneath the Southern Motorway into the Auckland Botanic Gardens.

Te Araroa is signposted through the Gardens to Wairere Road, though if interested a short deviation will take you to the Visitor Centre and/or Cafe Miko near the Botanic Garden Entrance.

Potential hazards

  • Vehicles on road or track - take care in urban areas
  • Few water sources recommended not to drink from Puhinui Stream

Leave gates as you find them.

General information

1km detour from the main trail is the Miko Café and Visitor Centre at the Auckland Botanic Gardens - 102 Hill Rd, Manurewa - P: 09 269 3407

Local transport

Bus stops on Hill Rd

Auckland Transport - for bus or train information - P: 0800 103080 freephone or 09 366 6400 

Resupply - 11km detour from the main trail

Westfield Mall - Corner Great South and Wiri Station Rds, Manukau. Full range including supermarkets, shops, café, banks and pharmacies available.

Accommodation

Heaven's Rest B&B - 180A Mill Road, Bombay.  0223121462 and email is info@heavensrest.co.nz 

  • One night’s accommodation in one of our rooms or cabins 
  • Pick up and drop off to the Te Araroa Trail 
  • Continental breakfast
  • Free laundry facilities and use of full kitchen
  • $20 discount on any massage treatment*

The price is $119 for 1 person or $129 for 2.

Here is a link to the package: https://www.heavensrest.co.nz/package-deals/te-araroa-package/

Drury Hills Nest – Drury Hills Road P: 022 692 3054 (Hannah) or 021 566 527 (Jono) E: druryhillsnest@gmail.com – Spacious, self-contained detached accommodation, comfy super king bed, heat pump, wifi and a flat-screen TV. Continental breakfast provided. Happy to accommodate up to two kids, too. 

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Totara Park to Mangatawhiri River

Route

Exit the Botanic Gardens into Wairere Road, and follow it to its end. Turn right/southwest into Hill Road and follow that down 300m to a three-way roundabout. Turn left/southeast into Stratford Road, for 600m to a large roundabout intersection.

Previously Te Araroa included part of the Hunua Ranges. The trail was damaged by a storm in 2015-16, and devising a suitable detour without encroaching on private land proved difficult. Later concerns around kauri dieback diseased resulted in a complete closure of Hunua hiking trails for a time. Te Araroa was adapted to follow an alternative route that used minor roads through Clevedon and Hunua village to reach SH2. The long road walk to Clevedon included some sections considered dangerous. A further modification eliminated the walk to Hunua village and moved the trail closer to the main highway using urban roads.

The bypass starts here for 36.5km in a direct line to return to the trail through urban areas as much as possible for footpaths.

Turn right/southeast into Ranfurly Road. Head along Ranfurly Road for 150m and turn left into Porchester Road. Follow Porchester Road for 5km until it bends left into Ingram Street. Take the first right into Prictor Street, cross the five-way junction/roundabout South into Marne Road. Turn right into Settlement Road, cross over the railway then after 650m, turn left into Great South Road. You will pass historic Kirks Bush Scenic Reserve on the right/west. 

Follow Great South Road for 3.7km to the roundabout in Drury, turn left into Waihoehoe Road and cross over the Main Trunk Railway. This is the end of the footpaths. Turn right into Fitzgerald Road and follow for 3km. It will merge with Drury Hills Road, renamed as Ramarama Road and pass the quarry on the left. 

Turn left into Willow Road and right into Davies Road. Cross the intersection into Maxted Road. Turn right into Matthew Whitford Drive across the intersection into Barber Road, right into Paparata Road, veer right into Pinnacle Hill Road after 2.5km. Follow Pinnacle Hill Road for 6.5km to meet State Highway 2 (SH2). 

Turn left/east along the SH2 for 2.5km until you cross a bridge over the Mangatāwhiri River. Cross the road on to the stopbank on the southeast side of the river. 

Potential hazards

  • Vehicles on road or track Take extreme care on Brookby Road, Twilight Road and Kimptons Road
  • Poisons & traps
  • Farming operations
  • Few water sources

Accommodation

  • Applaud Bed and Breakfast - check it out on booking.com - or text Robert on 0274 928 965 - Homestead for a bed and room for tents - plenty of showers and hot water. Free wifi.
  • Ramarama Country Caravan Park - 25 Ararimu Rd - One person is $23 and $8 for an extra person. P: 092948903.
  • Drury Hills Nest – Drury Hills Road P: 022 692 3054 (Hannah) or 021 566 527 (Jono) E: druryhillsnest@gmail.com – Spacious, self-contained detached accommodation, comfy super king bed, heat pump, wifi and a flat-screen TV. Continental breakfast provided. Happy to accommodate up to two kids, too. 
  • Alpaca Farmstay - 109b Main Road, RD1, Bombay, Spacious sleep-out with tranquil views, king bed, bathroom, tea and coffee facilities, microwave, TV and fridge. Midweek special - Monday to Thursday $75. Friday to Sunday $100 Tent sites are also available. Kerryl Wells, 0212536673
  • Heavens Rest B and B - 180a Mill Road, Bombay. We are a small B&B providing rooms and self contained tiny houses in Bombay, just around the corner from the trail. We offer special rates for Te Araroa trampers including pick ups and drop offs. Call or text Robert on 022 23121462 or email on info@heavensrest.co.nz

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Hunua Ranges

Route

Please note: The forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park, and 10 higher-risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park, are now closed to protect trees from kauri dieback disease and prevent its spread.

The closures take effect from Tuesday 1 May 2018.

The Ministry for Primary Industries has also issued Controlled Area Notices (CANs) that apply across the whole of the native forested area of the Hunua Ranges regional parkland.

Wairoa River Track - 4km / 1.5-2 hours

  • Potential hazards: Forestry operations; small stream crossings

A stile over a fence at the southern end of McNicol Road takes you onto the Wairoa River Track.

The track follows the true right of the Wairoa River, through some pretty stretches of the bush, and is flat through the first 2km, before leaving the river to skirt around a gorge section, then climbing to a track intersection.

At that junction, the track heads steeply downhill and back towards the river. At the bottom of the hill, it splashes across a small stream draining an interior swamp and enters a small pine plantation. The track is not particularly well marked here, but if you trend right, towards the unseen river, you’ll soon break out of the forest.

From there, follow an easy grassed terrace with the Wairoa River in view below.

Continue on through an old farm gate, then a final stretch along what was once a bulldozed access road. The boundary of the Hunua Ranges Regional Park is marked by the track going back into the bush. You need to pay attention to the markers here; there’s also one slippery scramble down to and across a stream before you can ascend on steps up to Cossey Access Road.

Hunua Ranges Track - 30km / 1.5 days

  • Potential hazards: Bikes; Stream crossings; Tracks in the southern part of this track require good tramping/navigation skills; farming operations.

Note: Conservation & farming areas - NO domestic animals allowed (includes dogs, cats or birds)

Enter the Cossey Gorge Track off Cossey Access Road (also called Massey Road) 700m uphill from the Wairoa River Track exit. Walk down steps to join up with Massey Track. 

It is a short detour from here to view the Hunua Falls, however please note camping is not allowed adjacent to the Falls. There are also a few "camps" shown nearby on some maps - note these are private facilities and no accommodation is available for Te Araroa walkers - you'll need to plan to make it through to the small campsite on Repeater Road or the Upper Mangatāwhiri campsite a bit further on.

Follow Massey Track south-east 3.5km to join with the Wairoa-Cosseys Track, a 6.5km tramp with views across the Wairoa Reservoir, around to the dam itself, where there’s a picnic ground. Take the Wairoa Loop Track from here to Repeater Road. About 1km along this road, at the junction with the Challenge MTB Track, there's a campsite with a basic shelter, rainwater, and a composting toilet. If you're not stopping, then stay on Repeater Road just over 1.5km to its junction with Moumoukai Road. There’s a parking area here, and a locked gate – usually left open. This section of the park network is set aside for cycling, but there’s plenty of room.

Turn sharp left (north-east) down Moumoukai Road 2.5km to the junction with Mangatangi Hill Road. 

If you want to camp at this point, then continue straight ahead (north) another 400 metres to the Upper Mangatāwhiri camping area with flush toilets and water (water needs to be boiled for 3 minutes).

To continue the through route, turn right (south-east) at the Moumoukai Rd / Mangatangi Hill Road junction and follow along another 2km to the junction with Manning Road. Follow Manning Road for 1.5km to the turnoff to Moumoukai Valley Road on the right (south). This road has an old ford across the Milne Stream that's been washed out and never replaced, so you have to walk across the stream to find the road again. Follow Moumoukai Valley Road 2.5km to the Lower Mangatāwhiri Campsite. 

From the campsite, the Lower Mangatāwhiri Track crosses the Mangatāwhiri River. The track then heads in the bush up to Peak 445 and continues along the ridge past Peak 234 to a spur above the Mangatāwhiri River. It then descends sharply down to the river.

The largely-bush section from the Lower Mangatāwhiri Campsite is just over 6km in total, and you need good tramping skills to do it. It’s marked but not otherwise formed, and you should be careful to follow the orange triangles as there are other tracks that intersect it en route.

The track descends off the last steep ridge to a new swing bridge crossing the Mangatāwhiri (here the river is further from its headwater so rises swiftly after rain). The route then goes straight ahead, along the inside of the farm fenceline (there's DOC land above the farm) until it crosses Mallingtons Farm, the along the side of a stream out to Lyons Road.

Please make good use of the boot cleaning station as you exit, to help protect against the spread of kauri dieback disease.

Potential hazards

  • Bikes
  • Stream crossings
  • Tracks in the southern part of this track require good tramping/navigation skills
  • Farming/Forestry operations

No domestic animals allowed (includes dogs, cats or birds)

Clevedon

Accommodation

Clevedon Ridge Cottage - P: 021 445548 or 0274 546491 - can provide pickup and dropoff to/from the trail by arrangement

Tourist information is available from local Clevedonians on 021 445548 or 027 2308562 - 9am to 7pm 

Accommodation off trail

Tree Heart Lodge - Head Rd, Hunua - P: 02102313706 (Sally). Bed and Breakfast - private room with own double bathroom, continental breakfast included - $89/night queen bed. Backpackers and bikepackers - dorm with single beds and bathroom, continental self serve breakfast included - $49/night. Tent site - including covered cooking area, use of the pool, washing machine, bathroom and more - $29/night

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Mangatawhiri to Mercer

Route

Follow Lyons Rd some 5.5km to State Highway 2 (SH2), turning right (west) onto Mangatāwhiri Road for the last 500m to SH2. 

Keep well off the road shoulder on Mangatāwhiri Road and SH2 as these are extremely busy roads with a lot of traffic.

Head down the side of SH2 (no need to cross it) and cross a stile to take you under the bridge and onto the stopbank route.

Mangatawhiri River Track - 6.5km / 2 hours

This track opens up a little-seen corner of New Zealand where you'll overlook from the stopbank, Dutch Polder-style agriculture. It follows the Mangatāwhiri River from the SH2 bridge south-west to the exit at McIntyre Road.

  • Caution: SH2 is a fast highway. It is safest to drive across the bridge and pull off the highway onto Mangatāwhiri Road, then make your way back on foot, below the road-bridge. 

Follow the stopbank which is on the true left of the Mangatāwhiri River – i.e. the left bank as you face downstream. There’s one low-lying area about halfway along which may flood, but only after heavy rains. After a 5km walk down the stopbank, you’ll come to a drainage ditch about 10m wide. At this point the stopbank, and the track route, turns a right angle and follows the drainage ditch inland for about 1km before finishing at the McIntyre Road end, and a pump-station there for an Archimedes Screw which is part of the drainage.

If you want to see what this land was like before being modified, look across the drainage ditch and you'll see the natural swamp run by the Auckland/Waikato Chapter of Fish and Game. 

Mercer - 4.5km / 1.5 hours

McIntyre Road is a little-used road serving only a few houses. It has views across the Fish and Game swampland, and a relaxing shady section before it reaches the junction with Kellyville Road. 

  • Note: After heavy rain and when the river is running high, this route may be under water - check conditions carefully and if the water is high, use the Koheroa Bypass as an alternative.

After crossing the railway line follow the markers into the trees opposite and under the Southern Motorway bridge. 

Turn left/south and follow the marked route parallel to the motorway 1.5km to the Mercer Service Centre - where a petrol station, cafe and food court are available for refreshments before you leave the Auckland region and enter Waikato.

Potential hazards

  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Farming operations Occasionally farm animals. Also temporary electric fences (can be stepped over).
  • Open drains
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Few water sources

No dogs allowed

Getting to/from the end

The Auckland region conveniently ends at the Mercer Service Centre, SH 1, Mercer.

It is well serviced by long haul bus companies such as: 

Accommodation

Mercer Motel - 2 Roose Rd, Mercer - P: 09 233 6555 - E: mercermotel70@gmail.com Has motel units. It also offers free campsites and showers/toilets for Te Araroa walkers.

Refreshments 

Adjacent to the Mercer Motel is a tavern called Podge's Place with meals and refreshments. It is currently being refurbished 

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