A possible camping option might be at the start, at Haketere Potts Rd car park, where there is some degree of shelter. It seems to be a popular spot with campervans but tents may not be permitted. The hut is so named because Prince Charles and Princess Anne visited it as young adults in 1971. It goes through an arboretum planted in 1933 that contains an extensive collection of conifers from around the world. You need to keep to the road over the farmland to Lake Emily. The upper section is effectively a clamber over boulders down the stream bed, making for very slow progress (but at least you aren’t going uphill). After you turn left at the highway and cross the bridge there are rough trails either side of the road that give you a bit of separation from traffic. Te Araroa in Canterbury is about the mighty Southern Alps. Stay safe and don’t risk trying to get water out of the canal. There is no camping permitted in the Lake Coleridge area except at the head of the lake at Harper Village. A track up the valley starts here but it quickly peters out and ends in boggy country, although the TA and NZ Topo maps shows a route up the hard right of the valley as far as a turn-off to Lake Kaurapataka. Te Araroa Trail GPS data Google Earth file. Comyns Hut is a basic tin hut with concrete floor and consequently may be cold at night. It can be rugged weather up here, as suggested by the names of the peaks to your right, Mt Misery and Mt Horrible. Hurunui Hut No. Whether this is legal is unclear (The McKenzine District Council has a, 26. The diversion west is brief as Te Araroa bounces east again over Goat Pass. However, people seem to camp all round the shores of the lake. This tends to be full of campervans. In fine weather you could easily spend another day here. The Sanctuary is fully committed to the Te Araroa Trail community. Annie at Bespoke Cycles can receive bounce boxes. Created with sketchtool. Don’t follow the 4WD track away from the river to left. Not to mention the fact that river drownings were known as the New Zealand death in the early days of European settlement, as it was a common way to die before rivers were bridged. How to deal with a number of animal nuisances on the Te Araroa Trail, from rats, possums, kea and weka through to sandflies. It was the site of Edoras in the Lord of the Rings films. Load this file into Google Earth online or desktop to help you plan your journey. One thing I would add is don’t just take out your own rubbish but pick up other people’s. At the lake spillway you cross the road to Lake Pukaki and a well formed track continues. There is grove of pine trees by the spillway with toilets (13 km north of Twizel). 31. Crooked Spur to Rangitata River: 3 hrs 25, 9 km (+ river crossing of 2.5 hrs) (maps 107, 106), Crossing the Rangitata River if it is low and staying at Potts Lodge or camping on the other side; hitch hiking down the Rangitata Gorge Rd (traffic is very light) either to the Peel Forest DoC camp ground (about 40 km downriver), or to Geraldine, which has more accommodation options and a supermarket and is another 22 km south-east from the camp ground; or staying at Mesopotamia Station, only 30 mins (2.5 km) walk down the road. 4WD tracks appear and then end in river fords up much of the rest of the river. Hope Kiwi Lodge to Boyle Village: 8 hrs, 25 km (maps 93, 92), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), 3D view north-west: Tekapo to Rangitata River, 3D view north-west: Rangitata River to Rakaia River, Lake Coleridge Country Style Accommodation, 3D view north-west: Rakaia River to Bealey, YMCA Arthur’s Pass Outdoor Education Centre, 3D view west: Bealey to Kiwi Hut via Deception-Mingha Track, 3D view north-west: Kiwi Hut to Boyle via Harpers Pass. DoC have a comprehensive brochure on Arthur’s Pass. If no-one is about you can avoid getting wet feet by taking the farm road around at least the first, wetter, one, as the road detour is very minimal. There is also a DoC campsite with a toilet and water in the Boyle Village. You could easily stay at Bealey Hut (6 bunks), but it will only have taken 5 hrs 40 to get here (not the 7-8 hrs in the TA notes, which is partly accounted for by the long slog up to Lagoon Saddle going north to south), so you could push on to Bealey Hotel (50 mins), Greyneys Shelter (2.5 hrs), or Arthur’s Pass. Queenstown to Arrowtown: 7.5 hrs, 28.5 km (maps 125, 124) This section to Arrowtown follows cycle trails, but there are a number of them, and there is no TA signage. Nor are there any shops at either Lake Coleridge Village or Harper Village. Hamilton Hut to Greyneys Shelter campsite: 7.5 hrs, 25.5 km (maps 99, 98), It is a 5 min walk to the Cora Lynn car park, and a bit further down the road to SH73. Or simply camp near the hut. – Oriented to large groups but dorm beds and private rooms available Oct–Feb. It is an ideal way to ease your way into southern trail life. It is about 1.5 hours to Upper Deception Hut, an older style of hut which is hidden in the bush at right, so you need to watch for the sign. Mt Potts Lodge is then a further 3 km up the road to the left. Another 3 hrs eventually brings you to the sign pointing to Kiwi Hut, which is well into the bush at left. The descent down to Comyns Hut follows Round Hill Creek and then the North Branch Ashburton River. It does shorten the overall distance by 13 km, and avoids a long stretch of road walking, but it comes with a problem: it is 55 km from Twizel to Tekapo without a break on a barren landscape. Telegraph Hut is very basic (no toilet) and, as it sleeps just two, you may not find a space. Hamilton Hut is up Hamilton Creek to the right and over a suspension bridge. This is much easier if you took the ridge track on the way up. From here you join an unsealed road and it is a long, mostly flat, slog around the lake with little shelter. 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