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Te Araroa | New Zealand's Trail

Walk the length of New Zealand on the Te Araroa trail. Te Araroa is a 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 entire trail would be a five-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 can also be completed as day walks, overnight, or week-long tramps.

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

About the Te Araroa Trail

The Te Araroa Trail is a world-renowned long-distance hiking trail that offers a truly epic journey through the diverse and stunning landscapes of Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud.

This trail is a testament to New Zealand's natural beauty and cultural richness. Hikers embarking on the Te Araroa Trail can expect diverse experiences, from traversing dense native forests and remote beaches to crossing volcanic plateaus and ascending snow-capped peaks.

The Te Araroa Trail is a true adventure of a lifetime, catering to both thru-hikers looking for a months-long expedition and day hikers seeking to explore specific sections of this magnificent trail. Whether you're drawn to its natural wonders, cultural significance, or the sheer sense of adventure it offers, the Te Araroa Trail is a remarkable odyssey for those seeking to immerse themselves in the beauty and diversity of New Zealand.

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 in late September-December, and the Northbound walkers would start in November-January. These timings mean that walkers can enjoy generally warmer weather and avoid the seasonal closures of track sections 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.

Tracknet Timetable 2023/2024

To Summer (24th Oct 2023 - 1st May 2024) Winter Cost Travel Time
Te Anau 8:55am 12:25pm 6:40pm 3:00pm $30.00 30mins
Queenstown 7:25am 11:50am 5:25pm 8:40am $55.00 2hrs & 15mins
To Summer (24th Oct 2023 - 1st May 2024) Winter Cost Travel Time
Te Anau 8:55am 12:25pm 6:40pm 3:15pm $30.00 20mins
Queenstown 7:25am 11:50am 5:25pm 8:45am $55.00 2hrs & 20mins
From Summer (24th Oct 2023 - 1st May 2024) Winter Cost Travel Time
Te Anau 7:05am 11:30am 5:00pm 8:30am $30.00 30mins
Queenstown 6:55am 10:30am 4:35pm 1:30pm $53.00 2hrs & 20mins
To All-Year round Cost Travel Time
Te Anau to Mavora Lakes Campsite Charter $360 (1-11 pax) 1hr & 15mins
Mavora Lakes Campsite to Te Anau Charter $360 (1-11 pax) 1hr & 15mins
Mavora Lakes Campsite to Queenstown Various POA 3hrs & 15mins

* Please note that Mavora Lakes services only operate on demand with pre-booked charter. Please contact us for more information. Charters can be arranged for other times and dates.


Bookings are essential to confirm your seat. Check availability, departure times and book online to receive instant email confirmation. Alternatively, if you require further details, call us on freephone: 0800 483 262.
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