Te Araroa – How long will it take?

Lastly, I think one of the third most asked questions, is based around how long it will take. The Te Araroa guidebook puts the average time at 120 – 150 days. I believe the fastest known time was by Jez Bragg in 53 days, 9hours, and 1minute! The first person to set a record did so only briefly earlier than Jezz and did it in 65 days (Richard Bowles).

Interested? Check out his blog … http://www.jezbragg.blogspot.co.nz/

And you could of course take as long as you liked.

Given our experience so far, if time, money, and visa’s were no issue I’d highly recommend doing it over a year. It’s an amazing journey with a myriad of side trips you could do. The more time you have, the more you can slow down and really enjoy it (stop to smell the ferns).

Stop at that bay for two nights. Stay to eat more mussels. Spend two nights at a hut with a fantastic view with a chance to really soak up that remoteness. Check out that track that heads up that other valley. Spend some time with a good bunch of people you meet along the way. And so goes the endless list of ways to add to the experience with more time.

Of course, not everyone has that option, and to do what you can with the time and resources you have is the most important thing. It’s an amazing adventure regardless of how long you have.

We spent 3 monthes doing Cape Reinga – Waitomo and had a great time spending days off in some of the places we love. We are setting off to do Palmerston North – Bluff in a weeks time and are giving ourselves 4 monthes before we have to end our year off and go back to work like everyone else (dark dark times).

I thought it could be interesting to show our plan in case it is useful for others in regards to planning purposes. It includes a few side trips, and also a couple of alternative routes where we have already been along the Te Araroa route (namely in the Nelson Lakes area).

Its a flexi-plan as we like to call it, and in many places we could put days together, take an extra side trip, or take days off. We have some contingency routes up our sleeves in case we get to areas we cannot pass (due snow conditions etc). It’s set out resupply – resupply based on what works best for us.

Check it out …. And of course, as usual, if you have any questions fire away 🙂

Palmerston North – Waikenae (10days)

Fitz Bridge – Burtons Track (6)

– End of Burtons Track (6)

– Poads Road (6-7)

– Waiopehu Hut (4-5)

– Te Matawai Hut (4)

– Dracophyllum Hut (4-5)

– Waitewaewae Hut (4-5)

– Parawai Hut (4-6)

– Waikenae (Reikorangi Road) (8)

Waikenae – Wellington (4days)

Waikenae (Reikorangi Road) – Paekakariki (6-7)

– Elsdon Camp (Porirua) (5)

– Wellington Ferry (8) *

– Spare Day

*We are skipping the city to sea section as I have already done it.

Picton – Havelock (5days)

Picton – Schoolhouse Bay (2)

– Camp Bay (7)

– Cowshed Bay (8)

– Davies Bay (7)

– Havelock (5-6)

Havelock – Stoke (7days)

Havelock – Pelorous Bridge (5)

– Captains Creek Hut (8)

– Roebuck Hut (6)

– Middy Creek Hut (4)

– Rocks Hut (3)

– Stoke (5)

– Spare Day

Stoke – St Arnaud (10days)

Stoke – Browning Hut (9)

– Starveall Hut (5.5)

– Old Man Hut (7.5)

– Rintoul Hut (5)

– Tarn Hut (4.5)

– Top Wairoa Hut (8.5)

– Hunters Hut (5)

– Porters Creek Hut (4)

– Red Hills Hut (5)

– St Arnaud (4.5)

St Arnaud – St Arnaud (Sidetrip) (4days)

St Arnaud – Bushline Hut (3)

– Angelus Hut (5)

– Bushline Hut (5)

– St Arnaud / Speargrass Hut (3+3)

St Arnaud – Lewis Pass (10days)

St Arnaud – D’Urville Hut (3+6.5)

– Mt Misery Hut (? – approx. 3-4)

– Morgan Hut (? + 4)

– George Lyon (Ella) Hut (4)

– Blue Lake Hut (7.5)

– Waiau Forks / Caroline Biv (6-8+3)

– Lake Guyon Hut (6)

– Ada Pass Hut (6)

– Lewis Pass (Maruia) (6)

– Spare Day

Lewis Pass – Hanmer Springs (1day)

Hitch to Resupply and rest (?)

Hanmer Springs – Arthurs Pass (10days)

Hanmer Springs – Hope Kiwi Hut (Hitch +6.5-8)

– Hurunui Hut (5-6)

– Hurunui #3 Hut (4-5)

– Locke Stream Hut (7)

– Carroll Hut (8-10)

– Dillons Homestead Hut (2)

– Carroll Hut (2)

– Upper Deception Hut (8)

– Arthurs Pass (7)

– Spare Day

Arthurs Pass – Rakaia Gorge (5days)

Arthurs Pass – Bealey Spur Hut (4)

– Lagoon Saddle Hut (4-5)

– Hamilton Hut (5)

– Harper Road (5-6)

– Rakaia Gorge (5-6+hitch)

Rakaia Gorge – Methven – Rakaia Gorge (1day)

Hitch to Methven for Resupply & rest day at the gorge (?)

Rakaia Gorge – Tekapo (10days)

Rakaia Gorge – A Frame Hut (hitch+2)

– Comyns Hut (3)

– Double Hut (6-8)

– Hukatere Heron Road (3-4)

– Hukatere Potts Bridge (4-6)

– Crooked Spur Hut (4)

– Stone Hut (5)

– Campstream Hut (8)

– Tekapo (8)

– Spare Day

Tekapo – Twizel (4days)

Tekapo – Telegraph Hut (3)

– Pines Camp (8)

– Twizel (3)

– Spare Day

Twizel – Lake Hawea (10days)

Twizel – Greta Lodge Hut (8)

– Lake Middleton (8)

– Shearers Hut (1day)

– Hideaway Hut (1day)

– Top Timaru Hut (7-8)

– Stodys Hut (6.5-8)

– Pakituhi Hut (3-5)

– Moonlight & Roses Hut (8)

– Lake Hawea (6)

– Spare Day

Lake Hawea – Albert Town (1day)

Lake Hawea – Albert Town Camp (4-6)

Albert Town – Arrowtown (8days)

Albert Town – Roys Peak (6)

– Stacks Conservation Land (7)

– Fern Burn Hut (3)

– Highland Creek Hut (4)

– Roses Hut (5-6)

– Macetown (4-5)

– Arrowtown (4-5)

– Spare Day

Arrowtown – SH94 (Te Anau) (9days)

Arrowtown – Sam Summers Hut (5+3)

– Heather Jock Hut (hitch+3-4)

– McIntyre Hut (3)

– Greenstone Hut (3-4+3-5)

– Taipo Hut (4-5)

– Careys Hut (5-6)

– Kiwi Burn Hut (6-7)

– SH 94 (Te Anau) (7+hitch)

– Spare Day

Te Anau – Te Anau (Sidetrip) (5days)

Te Anau – Luxmore Hut (5)

– Iris Burn Campsite (5)

– Shallow Bay Hut (8)

– Te Anau (5)

– Spare Day

SH94 (Te Anau) – Riverton (9days)

SH94 (Te Anau) – Aparima Hut (hitch+6-7)

– Lower Wairekei Hut (6)

– Telford Campsite (4)

– Woodlaw Peak (9)

– Bald Hill (11)

– Martins Hut (7)

– Roundhill CP Area (9)

– Riverton (4-5)

– Spare Day

Riverton – Bluff (3days)

Riverton – Invercargill (1day)

– Bluff (1day)

– Spare Day

Celebrations & return to the real world …. sigh …. 🙂 :/ 😦 (until next adventure! :))

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