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.