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Te Araroa

Walk the length of New Zealand on the Te Araroa trail. Te Araroa is a continuous 3,000 km walking track from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island, to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island. To embark on walking the full trail would be a 5 month adventure that takes you both through the natural landscapes of New Zealand and also through lesser visited towns and settlements to encourage a cultural and historical experience. Smaller sections of the trail are also able to be completed as day walks, overnight or week long tramps as well.

Shores of Lake Mavora with gravelly beach looking over the water to a cloudy sky

The Te Araroa Trail is usually walked during the warmer months of September-April as the New Zealand Winters, particularly in the South Island, can be harsh and unforgiving. Typically the Southbound walkers would begin their tramp from late September-December, and the Northbound walkers would begin November-January. These timings mean that walkers can enjoy generally warmer weather and avoid the seasonal closures of sections of the track for lambing on South Island farmland.

In Southland, the Te Araroa Trail passes near the Mavora lakes & Princhester Road areas. There are options for walkers to join up with Tracknet’s Timetables for onwards travel, or to take a short stop over in Te Anau for a shower and hot meals before commencing your journey. Pre-bookings are essential for these services as Tracknet will not routinely stop at these locations unless passengers are booked on.

See the Te Araroa Trust website to plan your walk on the Te Araroa Trail. There is important information here that is updated regularly about track conditions and seasonal track closures.

Timetable

To Summer Winter Cost Travel Time
Te Anau 8:45am 12:15pm 6:15pm 2:30pm $25.00 30mins
Queenstown 7:35am 11:50am 5:20pm 9:20am $45.00 2hrs & 15mins
Invercargill 7:35am 9:20am $45.00 2hrs & 15mins
To Summer Winter Cost Travel Time
Te Anau 8:50am 12:20pm 6:20pm 2:35pm $25.00 15mins
Queenstown 7:35am 11:50am 5:20pm 9:20am $45.00 2hrs & 20mins
Invercargill 7:35am 9:20am $45.00 2hrs & 20mins
From Summer Winter Cost Travel Time
Te Anau 7:15am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 2:00pm & 5:00pm 9:00am $25.00 30mins
Queenstown 6:55am 10:35am 4:25pm 1:00pm $45.00 2hrs & 20mins
Invercargill 10:45am 1:00pm $45.00 2hrs & 20mins
To Summer Cost Travel Time
Te Anau to Mavora Lakes Campsite 9:00am* $65.00 1hr & 15mins
Mavora Lakes Campsite to Te Anau 2:30pm* $65.00 1hr & 15mins
Mavora Lakes Campsite to Queenstown via the Backroad Bus 10:00am* $122.00 3hrs & 15mins

* Please note that Mavora Lakes services only operate when the Backroad Bus is operating. Please contact us for more information. Charters can be arranged for other times and dates.

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