This is where the ferry crosses the harbour to Auckland. Another option is an easy hitch to the town of Nightcaps which has a Four Square for resupply. Just a little bit of rain in the headwaters make this crossing dangerous and impassable. | 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. There’s a tiny Four Square and a large Fresh Choice, which is where I resupplied. 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. The package pickup was only open for a couple hours a day, so I was lucky to go while it was open. The store is not very large and was super crowded, but I thought the prices were normal and it stocked most of the essentials. For a country rich in natural beauty, it is perhaps one of the most thorough ways to see all that New Zealand has to offer. Regardless, Whanganui was a large full-service town. Here are 10 tips for hiking the South Island section of Te Araroa from someone who has been there. Large Countdown Supermarket and choice of restaurants, cafes and take aways etc. An explanation of all this resupply stuff and how to send boxes is on the Te Araroa Wiki page under ‘Resupply. Riverton to Te Anau. Halfway through the Northland Forests, this place was a godsend. Towns are abundant on the north island. Te Ānau (Mountain View) Top 10 Holiday Park - 128 Te Ānau Terrace, Te Ānau - P: 0800 249 746 or 03 249 72 62 - E: stay@teanautop10.co.nz ; Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park - P: 0800 483 262 - (+64) 3 249 7457 - M: res@teanau.info; Many other options at all levels are also available in Te Anau. There are two Four Squares in town; the one on Market Pl seemed to be larger. Grocery Store with small resupply option. It is a hitch south on the main highway to Warkworth which has a New World but most people don’t bother. Many restaurants, cafes and take away food options. I sent six boxes from Wellington, and one from Queenstown to Invercargill with stuff I wanted after the trail. Te Anau (KM 2772.2) | I hitched along Highway 94 about 30km west to the town of Te Anau. Waipu (KM 418.6) | The Four Square is maybe 50m off the trail. I was stuck in a hut when I crossed these mountains but had planned for this by carrying extra food. There is also a Countdown, New World and several fast food options. I bought some extra snacks (because you can never have too many snacks). / R$259,500 p.a. The section from there to Arthur Pass via Goat Pass can trap a hiker in bad weather making it impossible to go forward or backwards. Looking to resupply in order to spend five day canoeing the Whanganui. 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. New online resource matches job-seekers with senior living positions, lets operators post openings – News, Good Company: Firewire’s Ocean-Friendly Surfboards, Chris Hemsworth’s wife Elsa Pataky takes their children surfing in Byron Bay. The following table is modified from the trail notes (source: Te Araroa Wiki, resupply). Te Araroa is the ultimate 5-month New Zealand experience, but also offers section tramps lasting anything from a few days to a week or more, and many attractive day or overnight walks. Hitching out proved to be more difficult. Most people make this an easy half hike from their accomodation in Wellington. Takeaways adjacent to shops. Most people taking the Canoe trip on the Whanganui River will purchase all their food here and leave it with the canoe companies based nearby. Bluff to Invercargill. There might be less traffic along Highway 7 in the future. The road was paved and traffic was frequent, so maybe I just had bad luck. 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. Unfortunately, I arrived on Christmas Eve so the restaurant was closed. 2. Four Square for a full resupply also a choice of restaurants, bars, cafes and take aways. It is easy hiking to Wellington 91km away. Some people prefer to not send boxes, resupplying enroute instead. It was disappointingly small and expensive. There is also a cafe which serves a great breakfast. 2305km Rangitata River – This is another very wide, very silty dangerous river. Snacks at the Mobil Petrol Station. We offer fully-catered and self-catered accommodation. Ahipara (KM 102.4) | I opted to hitch to Kaitaia, where there was a PAK’nSAVE. Has a choice of two grocery stores for resupply and a hardware store for gas canisters. It will cost $10 to pick it up from them. Cape Reinga (KM 0.0) | I bought my first resupply in Auckland then bussed up to the start of the trail. Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail - is a continuous 3,000 km walking track from Cape Reinga to Bluff. It might contain a computer, spare shoes and socks, extra clothes that you will not be wearing on trail such as jeans etc. I figured if I needed to change anything, it would probably be in the first couple hundred kilometers and this was the first major PO along the trail. Also has a couple of cafes in town. Also a very cheap and hiker friendly campsite attached to the tavern. Both are adequate for resupply. This ended up being a great move as it got me out of the city and the Countdown was right along the trail. Send a package to Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre or hitch hike into the town of Hamner Springs. Do these exist in America? there is a great YHA hostel in Hamner Springs and many cafes, restaurants and take away food options. This stretch took longer than expected, so I would have gone very hungry until Kerikeri if it wasn’t for this surprise. Meals, beer and friendly locals. They are transitioning to the new name of Atlas Guides, but it looks identical. Invercargill to Riverton. Basic Te Araroa resupply at the Night n Day Food Store. Riverton to Te Anau. The Te Araroa Trail was officially opened in 2011, and in trail terms it's still considered new and some sections are still under development. I regretted my decision to delay resupplying in Ruakaka—I’m not sure those extra 13km of empty-pack hiking were worth it. This stretch took longer than expected, so I would have gone very hungry until Kerikeri if it wasn’t for this surprise. The grill inside and takeaway next door were both excellent. Resupply Strategy. There are two Four Squares in town; the one on Market Pl seemed to be larger. 2. The Te Araroa … | This was a great town for me, with all the desirable takeaways and hot food options as well a New World. [Update 10/2018: The Travers Sabine Lodge is no longer accepting packages for hikers]. Resupply It is possible to just turn up and get a seat, which is what I did, but most people make a booking when in Wellington. The South Island … Many restaurants, cafes and take away food options. Each trail guide maps and lists important hiker waypoints such as water sources, tenting sites, junctions, road crossings, resupply information, and many others. There’s very little traffic in Lake Coleridge, but I got extremely lucky to be picked up within minutes. Gas canisters at the Mitre 10 Hardware Store. Te Araroa Walking the South Island. 2. This is the world's newest, must-do, multi day, long distance walk. Here's the resupply plan for the Te Araroa for southbound and northbound. The trail discontinues here due to the Rakaia River, which the TA Trust has declared a hazard zone. This ended up being a great move as it got me out of the city and the Countdown was right along the trail. All Poste Restante Packages should be labeled with your name, Poste Restante, Name of the Town or City and the Postcode. It was a long ~60km hitch and took a couple hours. The lodge waived their holding fee because I stayed for a night. Apparently there’s also a Countdown, but I didn’t have time to look. Full Te Araroa Trail resupply at the New World and Countdown Supermarkets. Also, you could get snacks or a meal (but not resupply) in Owhango, National Park, and Papriki along the way. Many choices of cafes, restaurants, and take aways. 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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. Last stop before taking the canoe trip on the Whanganui River. 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 trek is unlike the popular national scenic trails of North America and the gear needed (and available brands) will differ somewhat. It is cheaper to send a package to The Sanctuary Backpackers. Many restaurant, cafes and take away food options. The Ferry to and from the North Island arrives in this town. Lake Tekapo is a little tourist town located right on the lake, complete with one Four Square. It’s beautiful and located right on the water, but was buzzing with backpackers and tourists when I got there. Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre – Right on the trail at the junction of Highway 7. There is a small grocery store with basic resupply, it is attached to a take away with great burgers etc. Sometimes the good people at the very hiker friendly Makahika Outdoor Pursuits Centre give lifts into Levin. I took a reluctant zero to sort out my canoe rental for the Whanganui River. I resupplied from the Countdown before heading out. May 6, 2020 - A complete guide to resupply in every trail town on the Te Araroa Trail in 2020. Your NamePoste Restante104 Commence StreetKaitaia 0410New Zealand. As a result, Te Araroa Trust has declared the Rakaia a hazard zone which does not form part of the trail. There are a couple others like SuperValue and Fresh Choice, but these four are the most common. Resupply food & gas. Methven (KM 2245.0) | Methven is actually quite far off the trail. If the weather is forecast to be bad in the Tararuas, which is very often, consider waiting for better weather. A nice campground in town too. For your safety pack extra food. 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. Four Square, liquor store with champagne, beer, spirits and wine if you are in the mood to celebrate finishing the trail. The guide includes everything from small take away food stores and large supermarkets to places that sell hiking gear and gas canister. Frankton (KM 2667ish) | Frankton is a suburb of Queenstown (it’s where the airport is). The South Island is far more desolate, with stretches ranging from 7-10 days. From here onward, supermarkets are more frequent and located closer to the trail. The Plan! 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. No resupply options but it is compulsory to stop at the Colac Bay Tavern for a burger or fish and chips with your beer. I bought some extra snacks (because you can never have too many snacks). Costs to pick up a package:0-7 days – Free7-14 days – $1114-21 days – $16.5021-28 days – $22.00, Every effort has been made to ensure this guide is correct at the time of writing. Great resource! Then walk the few days to the beginning of the Tongariro crossing and do a few days in the national park. From here till Auckland Airport 91km away there are so many places to buy food that it is not really necessary to carry much food. A small marina with a Fish and Chips Take away and a very small general store. A blog about tramping, hiking, trip reports, outdoor gear, outdoor books focused on New Zealand | You’ll notice I didn’t list Wellington, because while I did spend a day there, I didn’t resupply. Hanmer Springs was a decent-sized town with plenty of restaurants and takeaways but only one supermarket: a Four Square. Outdoor stores with gas canisters and hiking gear. I found prices to be reasonable, and this probably would have been one of my favorite resupplies if the store wasn’t so crowded. Happy hikers after surviving the Deception River. | 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. All food can be purchased easily along the trail. Most hikers stay in the campground here. Mangawhai (KM 453.2) | Again, I strolled in mid-morning with an empty pack and went straight to the bakery for breakfast. One of the reasons I wanted to do the trip was to try to arrive at a more unplanned way of being. Basic Te Araroa resupply at the Night n Day Food Store. Do you have any questions about resupply on the Te Araroa Trail? There are also a number of bakeries and restaurants in town. The system is called Poste Restante, in other countries it is called General Delivery. Even if it is full they always find a place for TA hikers. There are actually two Countdowns in Paihia. Te Araroa (The Long Pathway) is New Zealand's long distance tramping route, stretching circa 3,000 kilometres (1,900 mi) along the length of the country's two main islands from Cape Reinga to Bluff.It is made up of a mixture of older tracks and walkways, new tracks, and link sections alongside roads. I had also sent my bounce box here in case I wanted to switch out any gear. I found Palmerston North to be a great option for me, most people do this in Wellington. Paihia (KM 246.7) | I stayed down at Beachside (KM 249.9) but had to take a zero (a day off from hiking during which you log zero miles/kilometers) to organize my kayak for the Waikare Inlet, so I hitched back to Paihia to resupply. Using this guide t- his guide contains useful information to assist trampers getting on and off Te Araroa in the South Island. Havelock (KM 1787.1) | A tiny, one-main-street kind of town with some charm. Waikanae had a full-sized New World and Countdown. Welcome to the blog of my adventure as I walk the length of the South Island; if nothing breaks, ... Te Anau resting. For the tough upcoming stretch through the Northland Forests, I wanted a proper supermarket and full selection. At KM 594 I took the Devonport Ferry across the bay to Auckland City, where the food options were overwhelming. The Richmond Ranges took me only 5 days but most fit hikers that already hiked the North Island will take 6-7 days. The next good resupply is at Nguruguru 84km away but there are so many options for burgers, snacks and drinks along the way that most hikers only carry enough food until Whananaki 67km away. 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. There are many resources available to help make your Te Araroa journey run smoothly, but they don't quite tell the whole story. 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. Instead, I stopped in at fast food chains like Subway and Pizza Hut as I walked. 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. It’s not a proper supermarket and has maybe 3-4 small rows of groceries. Kaiatia is only 13km away. There are two options here. There is a small General Store that is big enough to resupply but a bit expensive. Some people prefer to not send boxes, resupplying enroute instead. It is a large warehouse style grocery store and cheapest choice for hungry hikers. Full Te Araroa Trail resupply at New World Supermarket. Users will be able to view official trail notes, maps, elevation, user comments, campsites, huts, and offline topo maps without cell phone coverage. Important Information – The next section of trail involves more than 100 river crossings, many of which can be waist deep and fast flowing. This is a complete resupply guide for hiking the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand. Home Treks Travels Thoughts > About Te Araroa Alternatives Routes “Often what may appear as a detour in life is actually the most direct and empowering path to your destination.” -James Arthur Ray. It does have lots of snacks, fish and chips, burgers, beer and gas canisters. Te Araroa is the ultimate 5-month New Zealand experience, but also offers section tramps lasting anything from a few days to a week or more, and many attractive day or overnight walks. I don’t plan to rush through Te Araroa, so I imagine about 150 days or so barring injury or other mishaps. There are many resources available to help make your Te Araroa journey run smoothly, but they don't quite tell the whole story. Te Araroa is the ultimate 5-month New Zealand experience, but also offers section tramps lasting anything from a few days to a week or more, and many attractive day or overnight walks. Hike the World; Pri This is a complete resupply guide for hiking the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand in 2020-2021. Many hikers do the long hike all the way to Twizel in one big long push. Unless you have a packraft, the only options are to hitch or walk around, so I hitched to the closest town: Methven. New World Supermarket with full resupply, also many restaurants, cafes and take aways. ’ Look at all the links there and it will make sense. resupply here if you don’t want to hitch, but you’ll have to be flexible and pay a markup. Gas Canisters at the Hardware Store. Got there one supermarket: a Four Square at the DOC campground as I walked best option not. Soulo I started Kungsleden in the grill inside and takeaway next door were both excellent cold beer well there. 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