Te Araroa (TA), or “The Long Pathway,” is a hiking trail across the North and South Islands of New Zealand. It’s not a proper supermarket and has maybe 3-4 small rows of groceries. They should. The trail goes straight through towns or next to supermarkets frequently, and hitching in New Zealand is quite safe and easy. Hanmer Springs was a decent-sized town with plenty of restaurants and takeaways but only one supermarket: a Four Square. I snacked or lunched in each of them, but chose to do my next full resupply in Hamilton. Note that Highway 7 was busier than usual this year because Highway 1 (the coastal route from Christchurch to Picton) was closed due to landslides. In the North Island the typical stretch in between resupply towns would be 3-5 days. Te Araroa resupply point Hanmer Springs. The 3000km route stretches from Cape Reinga in the north of New Zealand to Bluff in the south. | A tiny, one-main-street kind of town with some charm. As  you can tell, a good supply of food and drinks is necessary for the hard days of toiling on the river. There’s a tiny Four Square and a large Fresh Choice, which is where I resupplied. Some of the best maps and resources I have found so far and that have helped me greatly in planning my trip for 2015/16 are as follows: The official Te Araroa website is the obvious place to start. Kein Resup­ply ver­füg­bar. Some considerations: I like to carry as little food as possible and don’t mind hitchhiking as long as it doesn’t take too long. It’s probably a 5km detour to get to the town square, but I exited town to the south and picked back up the trail at Fitzherbert Bridge (KM 1476.7), so it hardly added any distance. Stretching 3,000 km from Cape Reinga, at the top of the North Island, to Bluff, at the bottom of the South Island, the TA is defined by its challenging terrain, unpredictable weather and navigational obstacles, and just may be the toughest of the world’s major thru-hikes. Pureora Forest Park, Ngaherenga campsite 971km – … | Later, I heard there was a SuperValue farther into town; it might have been a better option but I didn’t check. It was a long ~60km hitch and took a couple hours. The best time to walk Te Araroa | Choosing a direction | How long it takes | Fitness and experience | Permits and fees | Accomodation | Clothing and equipment | Cost | Visas | Safety precautions | Fishing | Resupplying and food parcels | Getting to and from Cape Reinga | Getting to and from Bluff | Stewart Island Rakiura | Taking my dog, bike, horse | Navigating Otautau was one of those one-main-street kind of small towns. Overall, Te Araroa (TA) has a plethora of resupply options. Resupplying and food parcels It was also the much better place to resupply (the Four Square in Queenstown is small and quite expensive). The store is not very large and was super crowded, but I thought the prices were normal and it stocked most of the essentials. Lake Coleridge and the Rakaia are in the middle of nowhere.The hitch into Methven from the gravel road leading to Lake Coleridge is notoriously difficult, but still preferable to staying at the lodge. Along its meandering route, the TA crosses through native bush forests, rural farmland, stunning alpine vistas, and even Auckland’s city center. | Once past the Tararuas, I hardly carried any food the rest of the way to Wellington. It had good selection and prices. At KM 594 I took the Devonport Ferry across the bay to Auckland City, where the food options were overwhelming. Navigating. Thru-hikers typically carry ~2-4 days of food at a time on the north island and ~4-6 days of food on the south island. Te Araroa - The Long Pathway Monday, July 22, 2013. Anywhere nearby? An alternative would have been to hitch all the way to Greymouth or Christchurch, but that seemed like a lot of time and energy for two days of food. | A large town with all the fast food chains, I passed within view of the PAC’nSAVE and stopped in at the Countdown about a block off trail to grab a couple more snacks. I knew that I had to mail a food box for the upcoming sections and figured it would be cheaper to mail my box intra-south island as opposed to from Wellington. Warkworth (KM 501.8) | The Dome Cafe sits right along the trail where it crosses the road. In retrospect, I wish I would have bought more drinks and treats for canoeing—they give you two big barrels per person to strap down in your canoe, so there’s plenty of room for popcorn, chips, soda, beer, etc. Resupply is very easy on the TA. I also think some people hitched all the way to Nelson, which in retrospect might have been a smarter (albeit time-consuming) move. My typical Te Araroa diet 60g porridge 5g milk powder 5g instant coffee 125g mixed fruit and nuts (25g of which goes in the porridge for a sugar hit to help me get on my way) 80g OSM bar 25g bagel chips / pretzels* 150g wraps (2) 70g cheese 30g peanut butter 40g liquorice-chocolate / sweets* 25g cereal bar (ideally highish protein one) PAK’nSAVE is also large and has more of a “warehouse” vibe. I found a big indoor mall along the southern edge of the town square with a large Countdown where I resupplied. Right along the main highway, the trail passes a PAC’nSAVE and then a Countdown. ... Te Araroa. The longest food carry is usually the Richmond Ranges of the south island (Havelock/Pelorus Bridge to St Arnaud), where some people carry 10 or more days of food. It’s beautiful and located right on the water, but was buzzing with backpackers and tourists when I got there. Hamilton (KM 800ish) | There are a number of small towns between Auckland and Hamilton (e.g., Rangiri, Huntly, Mercer). They do make great lunch stops. Towns are abundant on the north island. Like the other “big” New Zealand cities, Whanganui had both a PAC’nSAVE and a Countdown. I will visit any town within a couple kilometers of a trail. Te Kuiti (KM 912.0) | This was a great town for me, with all the desirable takeaways and hot food options as well a New World. Using this guide t- his guide contains useful information to assist trampers getting on and off Te Araroa in the South Island. Instead, I stopped in at fast food chains like Subway and Pizza Hut as I walked. Te Araroa (TA) means “the long pathway” in Maori. The rewards of thru-hiking are many, but the trail presents equal parts challenge. The most photographed tree in New Zealand. The notes are full with helpful tips, telephone numbers and contact details of companies to get across rivers, rent kayaks, and even private landowners you should call before accessing their farmland. Accomodation I understood why upon arrival. Wanaka (KM 2584.6) | Wanaka is a fairly large tourist town. Both would have had adequate supermarkets. You could resupply here if you don’t want to hitch, but you’ll have to be flexible and pay a markup. You’re probably going to struggle to find diet-specific food on the trail. Pictured above are hiker-paddlers and the water-tight barrels used to store food on the Whanganui River. There was no traffic when I arrived around 6:30pm, so I had to walk 3-4 kilometers before a farmer finally came along and gave me a lift. Havelock is the only place close to the trail you can resupply before starting the next two sections of the trail as both Anakiwa and Pelorous Bridge are small settlements. New World can vary in size and is typically more expensive. There are also a number of bakeries and restaurants in town. I bought all my food for the current stretch then sent an additional box of food ahead to St Arnaud, which ended up costing something like $8 NZD to mail. Unless you have a packraft, the only options are to hitch or walk around, so I hitched to the closest town: Methven. There was all sorts of activity and a number of eateries to pick from. Everything was marked up considerably, so for the long stretch through the Richmond Ranges I think I spent something ridiculous like $150. Unfortunately, I arrived on Christmas Eve so the restaurant was closed. I did have to stop in town to pick up my bounce box, which was a bit difficult because there are multiple post offices in the city. The trail discontinues here due to the Rakaia River, which the TA Trust has declared a hazard zone. With my pack full, I quickly passed through Queenstown and continued on around Lake Wakatipu. Fishing I arrived by lunch to find a working grill and enough snacks to get me to Kerikeri. By Unknown. One nice thing about Methven is that you can pay to take the local school bus to the trailhead on the other side of the Rakaia River in the morning–ask the i-Site for details. Apparently there’s also a Countdown, but I didn’t have time to look. In the North Island the typical stretch in between resupply towns would be 3-5 days. Resupply locations. This worked well as there’s nothing whatsoever at Cape Reinga. Cape Reinga (KM 0.0) | I bought my first resupply in Auckland then bussed up to the start of the trail. There’s a tiny Four Square and a large Fresh Choice, which is where I resupplied. Te Araroa Trail Day 41. Mangamuka Dairy (KM 161.2) | I know I said I wouldn’t list dairies, but I’m going to break my rule. It’s a bad spot to hitch to and from—the trailhead is a remote forest road and it’s not a straight shot to town. It was disappointingly small and expensive. The lodge waived their holding fee because I stayed for a night. On the TA I didn’t have a stove, so I can’t speak to the availability of denatured alcohol or gas canisters—though I never heard of hikers having difficulty finding fuel. Bulls (KM 1432.7) and Fielding (KM 1453.5) | The hike from Whanganui to Palmerston North was probably my least favorite section of the trail, but at least I didn’t have to carry much food. Twizel (KM 2443.1) | The town square of Twizel is half a kilometer west of the trail, but it’s well worth the walk. I had also sent my bounce box here in case I wanted to switch out any gear. To complete the information kit Te Araroa trampers should generally also When I started in New Zealand I was completely over-packed! In retrospect, sending it to Hamilton might have been easier. It was also the much better place to resupply (the Four Square in Queenstown is small and quite expensive). I took a reluctant zero to sort out my canoe rental for the Whanganui River. About 14% of the trail is road walking with around 40% going over private land, which requires negotiations for through-access with landowners, councils and local indigenous Maori tribes. Also, you could get snacks or a meal (but not resupply) in Owhango, National Park, and Papriki along the way. Unfortunately, I arrived on Christmas Eve so the restaurant was closed. The Te Araroa guide has more than 2,000 waypoints. Towns are abundant on the north island. The Four Square was expensive. Anyway, knowing there was a Countdown near the airport, I waited to shop until I got there. The trail goes straight through towns or next to supermarkets frequently, and hitching in New Zealand is quite safe and easy. | I hitched along Highway 94 about 30km west to the town of Te Anau. Getting to and from Bluff Mangawhai (KM 453.2) | Again, I strolled in mid-morning with an empty pack and went straight to the bakery for breakfast. Later, I heard there was a SuperValue farther into town; it might have been a better option but I didn’t check. Regardless, Whanganui was a large full-service town. Answer 1 of 4: Hi, Hoping to do part of the Te Araroa including Tongariro. Instead of resupplying in the city, I decided to do a bit of a food tour as I walked, which seemed a lot more appetizing than cold soaked ramen noodles. Using this guide t- his guide contains useful information to assist trampers getting on and off Te Araroa in the South Island. The first is small, expensive, and listed on Guthooks. *Note regarding Lake Coleridge & river hazard zones area: This is a tricky spot for many hikers, as you need to find safe transport around the Rakaia River hazard zone. I snacked or lunched in each of them, but chose to do my next full resupply in Hamilton. At KM 594 I took the Devonport Ferry across the bay to Auckland City, where the food options were overwhelming. It was a long ~60km hitch and took a couple hours. Kerikeri (KM 221.4) | A full-service town, Kerikeri has both a Countdown and New World. I elected to hitch along Highway 7 to Hanmer Springs. 2015-16 Bushwwalking Class of 2015-16 goals Mick Beckers mickbeckers.com New Zealand Project 40 reasons TA Te Araroa Te Araroa Trail the long pathway thru hiking tramping why Blog at WordPress.com. There was all sorts of activity and a number of eateries to pick from. From here onward, supermarkets are more frequent and located closer to the trail. Permits and fees October 4, 2017 tinytramper 0 Comments. It’s right on the trail, so you can’t miss it. Visas Answer 1 of 4: Hi, Hoping to do part of the Te Araroa including Tongariro. Basic Te Araroa resupply at the Night n Day Food Store. There are two Four Squares in town; the one on Market Pl seemed to be larger. The Trail passes directly through numerous cities and towns, particularly on the more populated North Island. The package pickup was only open for a couple hours a day, so I was lucky to go while it was open. Looking at the single shelf of expensively priced car camping food, I thought to myself, “this is going to be interesting.” I made it work, but it helped that I only needed ~2 days of food to get to the next resupply. Resupply: Te Araroa 27.07.2020 Doplňování zásob jídla, tzv. Note that Highway 7 was busier than usual this year because Highway 1 (the coastal route from Christchurch to Picton) was closed due to landslides. I didn’t research trail towns before starting, opting instead to figure it out as I went. Like the other “big” New Zealand cities, Whanganui had both a PAC’nSAVE and a Countdown. Looking at the single shelf of expensively priced car camping food, I thought to myself, “this is going to be interesting.” I made it work, but it helped that I only needed ~2 days of food to get to the next resupply. Support the trust today so that you can enjoy the trail tomorrow, either one day at a time, or all 3000km! Regular resupply stops along the way, plus 3-4 food drops on South Island (north). I resupplied from the Countdown before heading out. Riverton (KM 2932.3) and Invercargill (KM 2964.0) | I skipped both these popular resupply options because my friends concocted a crazy plan to hike the last 70km in a single day. Ich fand die Idee von Brad McCartney gut, der einen Resupply Guide für den Te Araroa Trail erstellt hat. The road is fast, but it’s a straight shot into town so I didn’t have too much trouble getting a ride. A decent sized town with multiple pubs and restaurants, there were two good-sized supermarkets: a New World and a SuperValue. Using Havelock as a resupply point on the Te Araroa Trail. May 6, 2020 - A complete guide to resupply in every trail town on the Te Araroa Trail in 2020. The South Island is far more desolate, with stretches ranging from 7-10 days. It was quite large and had good selection. Countdown is a large, conventional supermarket—my preferred option. My typical Te Araroa diet 60g porridge 5g milk powder 5g instant coffee 125g mixed fruit and nuts (25g of which goes in the porridge for a sugar hit to help me get on my way) 80g OSM bar 25g bagel chips / pretzels* 150g wraps (2) 70g cheese 30g peanut butter 40g liquorice-chocolate / sweets* 25g cereal bar (ideally highish protein one) The road was paved and traffic was frequent, so maybe I just had bad luck. I hiked the Te Araroa NOBO in the season of ’15/’16 and in 2017 I also hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. When we get to a town the first thing we do is sit down with our Te Araroa trail notes/maps and talk about the length of the next stretch. The walk out of Hamilton stretches on through suburbs and industrial districts for quite some time, and I passed a couple additional supermarkets with my pack already full. For the tough upcoming stretch through the Northland Forests, I wanted a proper supermarket and full selection. Four Squares can be anything from a full supermarket to a tiny convenience store–either way prices will usually be inflated. I also think some people hitched all the way to Nelson, which in retrospect might have been a smarter (albeit time-consuming) move. Havelock (KM 1787.1) | A tiny, one-main-street kind of town with some charm. My previous post summarized places to find information on hiking Te Araroa (“TA”), New Zealand’s Long Pathway. Die meis­ten Wan­der­er nehmen alles Essen aus Kaita­ia, wo es einen großen Pak’n’Save gibt, oder Auck­land mit. Resupply. | The Four Square is maybe 50m off the trail. I bought all my food for the river in Taumarunui, left it at the Taumarunui Holiday Park, and Blazing Paddles picked it up and brought it to the boat launch for me. | I grabbed some snacks from the Countdown on my way out of town. The latter requires more planning. ... Resupply more often. | A tiny tourist stop for campervans heading east or west, this is probably the second most popular place people send food boxes (besides St Arnaud). | Wanaka is a fairly large tourist town. This stretch took longer than expected, so I would have gone very hungry until Kerikeri if it wasn’t for this surprise. Waipu (KM 418.6) | The Four Square is maybe 50m off the trail. | Again, I strolled in mid-morning with an empty pack and went straight to the bakery for breakfast. This ended up being a great move as it got me out of the city and the Countdown was right along the trail. | I ended up going with Blazing Paddles, which seemed to be the most popular choice and caters to the large-group-of-thru-hikers niche in the canoe rental market. This was much more adequate and actually convenient because the post office is right inside. You can easily resupply in both. resupply, se na Te Araroa velmi liší podle toho, jestli se právě nacházíte na Severním nebo Jižním ostrově. I think there was a SuperValue as well, but the New World was large and reasonably priced, so I shopped there. I don’t like sending food boxes; I prefer to buy-as-you-go. Related Posts. Levin (KM 1541.3) | Levin was a bit out of the way so a lot of people skip it, but I decided to make a quick trip in. I found prices to be reasonable, and this probably would have been one of my favorite resupplies if the store wasn’t so crowded. Te Araroa (Part 8) : The Battle With The Cold In Tongariro, day 46-53. Havelock is the only place close to the trail you can resupply before starting the next two sections of the trail as both Anakiwa and Pelorous Bridge are small settlements. The Te Araroa trail notes are about 250 pages long. | ... Commemorate your Te Araroa hike with this awesome tee featuring all of the major locations View product. Nero in Kaitaia. There might be less traffic along Highway 7 in the future. 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