I made a post previously that had the major helpful links and information sources. This page is for other links which are totally nitty gritty but equally helpful….
This information is a work in progress and is the type of information that can change….. let me know if you see something that’s no longer current.
Hope it helps and welcome to ask questions …..
Gabrielle is amazing. Need saving from the longest most boring section of the ninety mile beach?? Stay here! There’s accommodation here from camping to B&B. They also make there own cider and its delicious – check it out 🙂
This is where we stayed in Ahipara. The owners are awesome. They have spa bath units here if you are aching and dying from the epic walk down the beach. They also have a licensed restaurant onsite that does amazing food, and the best affagatto I’ve had in New Zealand 🙂 Even if you don’t stay here its worth visiting the restaurant for a meal – it’s open to anyone and is very relaxed with views all the way back up the beach where you have come from.
If your budget doesn’t allow for a spa bath, we recommend staying here. We stayed a week in our caravan during the winter and its a fantastic campsite. Free wifi even 🙂
After exiting the Russell Forest this campsite is within a couple of kms of the trail. There is a small store on the way where you will be able to buy most things also, including beer 🙂 This will help break up a long day through to Whananaki.
We used Mark to help us across the Ngunguru Estuary area. It will cost you some money but if that’s ok give him a call. Totally recommend him – he made us sandwiches, and brought gingernuts :). It’s also the best option I’m aware of and avoids a very long walk. We had a lot of fun, until this point I had no idea I could kayak that far!
Accomodation at Pataua South. They do B&B but also have an awesome little cabin for Te Araroa hikers (for a donation from memory). When we stayed the owner was away walking the Te Araroa trail to raise awareness for kidney donation.
This link has contact details for man named Dougie. He has a boat named Meg and will get you across Whangarei Harbour for a good price. You can camp here or utilize the cottage accommodation as well for equally good prices. He is a good man and I totally recommend popping by.
You’ll pass this spot a few hours after ‘The Dome’. Accommodation options range from camping to private room in the barn. Meals are also available and are delicious!! There is a fantastic pool you can use also. Awesome spot to stop 🙂
This pub is at Puhoi, just north of Waiwera. You have to stop here, if only for a beer. The character inside this pub is insane! They do accommodation and good food too.
Need some hot pools as you pass Waiwera?? This is where they are. There is a campsite at the Wenderholm Regional Park just prior to getting here (30mins walk). They bottle their water here too, if you are a believer that not all water is created equal – this is pretty good water 🙂
Camping at Orewa Beach?? In my opinion this spot is a brilliant alternative to the top 10 park – cheaper too.
Stillwater boat club. Arrive here after 4pm and you’ll be able to enjoy a great meal and some cold beverages. Great company here too – the locals are amazing people! There also happens to be a campsite a few hundred more metres down the road where you can stay in the hall or put up a tent for free! (In case you need convincing to stay and drink cold beverages)
Great pub!! We tented in the backyard for cheap and they do all you can eat pizza and pasta on a Monday from 6pm!! Totally recommend! 🙂
These are the links for the ferry companys who cross the cook straight. I currently have a preference for Bluebridge as they offer a sleeper service for only an extra $20pp (avoids paying for accommodation in Wellington). They also have free wifi.
This page will give you prices for your Queen Charlotte Track pass and lists the places you can buy it.
These are the water taxi companys for getting between Picton and Ship Cove. The best deal at the moment is through ‘Beachcomber Cruises’ who operate under Cougarline. They do a deal for Te Araroa hikers – $50 Picton – Ship Cove, on a handful of scheduled services. Direct dial for ‘Beachcomber Cruises’ is (03)5736175..
Accommodation, restaurant, and hot pools on the Lewis Pass. Complete with genuine Japanese Bathhouse (segregated bathing – togs optional). This isn’t cheap but I do think its a good price for what it is. They do a package with accommodation, full dinner, cooked breakfast, and use of hot pools and bathhouse for $249. A favourite spot of mine.
Hitch hike here from Twizel. The hot tubs are brilliant – wood fired & private, around a small lake, open till late for star gazing while bathing 🙂 Theres a campsite down the road if you need it before returning to Twizel.
When you pass through Queenstown you have to eat one of these burgers. They are big and delicious!!! Just what you’ll need. Fergburgers reputation preceeded itself more than once when I crossed the Motutapu Trail in my first section hike in 2012. Its a little bit famous. Expect a queue.
Track transport to the start of the track (south end of Lake Wakitipu). If you hitch to Glenorchy and take the shuttle from there it will be cheaper. It’s a long walk otherwise. There are other companys but this is the one I’ve got written down, there is negligible price difference between companys from memory.