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Te Araroa’s Trail Towns – a guide to the logistics of tramping Te Araroa in the
South Island including transport, accommodation and resupply.
Using this guide - this guide contains useful information to assist trampers getting on and off Te
Araroa in the South Island. To complete the information kit Te Araroa trampers should generally also
carry the track notes (see teararoa.org.nz/thetrail) and topographical map relevant to the section they
This guide contains 5 sections, each based on a geographical area, that follow sequentially from north to south. All distances are measured in kilometers from Ship Cove in the Marlborough Sounds, Te Araroa‟s start point in the South Island.
The services available in trail towns are grouped and follow the same pattern: General Information;
Getting There/Away; Post Office; Accommodation; Resupply; Restaurants/Cafes; Transport to Trailheads; Outdoor Gear; Health; and Other. Not all towns offer all services so inevitably there are gaps in the services available at numerous points.
Visitor Information Centre‟s are included under the General Information heading and provide multi- purpose tourist services including accommodation and transport bookings. Department of Conservation (DOC) visitor centres are also included here. They‟re often a good place to seek up to date information on Te Araroa within the local conservancy, to buy maps, hire locator beacons and make other tramping related purchases.
Neither the Trust nor the author endorse or rank businesses by inclusion or omission from this guide, which has been written independently to enable trampers to plan and hike in the manner that suits. No notice has been given or permission sought from any business listed.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided as at the date of publication but, be aware, things may change by the time you encounter them. If you‟re able, please do report changes to the author for inclusion in the next addition.
Where possible, a range of options are included under the Accommodation headings but the lists are in not intended to be all encompassing. If your preferred accommodation provider is full then its staff may be able to assist in finding alternative accommodation. Otherwise, there is the visitor information centre, if you are in a town that has one. Prices fluctuate both between and within the different accommodation categories and are susceptible to change so they aren‟t included. Typically though
Hostels start at $18.00 per night for a dorm room in less-touristy areas and are more expensive in other areas, as are double or sole occupancy rooms. Some hostels have rooms with private bathroom facilities but the norm is shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities. Both YHA and BBHoptions are included where they exist. All YHA hostels are on the association‟s web site and note the process for qualifying for its law carbon traveler discount at yha.co.nz/Membership/Promotions. The individual web sites of the BBH hostels listed are included in the text below.
Motels with self contained facilities range from $90.00 to around $160.00 per night for single/double occupancy.
Camping Grounds are also included and can range in cost from $5.00 per site to $42.00 per site (2 people), so for the cost conscious may or may not compare favourably with hostel accommodation.
Most accommodation providers have laundry facilities available for guests but a moderate fee often applies. The internet too is widely available and, again, a fee will often apply.
sections, however, requires pre-arranged transport or hitch hiking. This is the case for both food and fuel - particularly if using meth‟s (denatured alcohol) stoves, which is readily available in supermarkets, general stores and service stations. Other fuels are less common and may require some searching out. Canisters containing propane mix are reliably available in Picton, Nelson, St Arnaud, Hamner Springs, Arthur‟s Pass, Twizel, Wanaka, Queenstown, Te Anau and Invercargill but don‟t expect to find them elsewhere along the trail unless you‟ve confirmed this in advance.
Hitching is not recommended for solo female trampers but is a realistic option for others. Patience though may be required while waiting for a ride.
For those who prefer certainty in their resupply arrangements then pre-arranged mail drops and/or bounce boxes provide an alternative option. In this regard, trampers may ask accommodation providers whether they‟ll hold packages pending arrival and stay. In future editions we may compile a list of business who do accept mail drops (and on what terms) so if you use this resupply method then your advice would be appreciated.
New Zealand Post also offers a limited Poste Restante service for posting and receiving parcels to designated post offices. The only post offices of potential relevance to Te Araroa trampers in the South Island are in Picton, Greymouth Christchurch, Dunedin, Wanaka, Queenstown and Invercargill.
The contact details of each of these post offices are included below apart for the Christchurch Post Office (736 Colombo St, post code, 8011, ph 03 377 5411, open Mon-Fri 8.30am -5.3 pm, Sat 10am – 2 pm) and the Dunedin Post Office (243 Princes St, post code, ph 03 477 3518, open Mon-Fri
8.30am – 5.30pm).
Parcels less than 2 kg will be held free of charge for the first seven days and thereafter at the rate of $2.50 per week. Parcels between 2 and 30 kg are charged at $2.50 per week. You can redirect from one Poste Resante location to another within New Zealand for an additional $7.00 fee (for up to three months). You cannot redirect Poste Resante mail to other locations.
Sports outfitter stores are included under Outdoor Gear headings and you should be able to obtain most replacement items in any town that has a listing. Outside of Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin however the range of specialist equipment can be limited. Picton, Wanaka and Invercargill are probably the best stocked of the remaining towns. Alternatively, if you have the time, purchasing online is an option. All of the major chains have well stocked online stores and can ship gear to you at any address.
A final word on methods of payment, almost all businesses accept Visa and MasterCard and some accept other credit cards as well. Debit cards are also very widely used via eftpos machines and ATMs and many businesses will allow cash, in addition to payment for goods and services, to be drawn down from debit accounts. While cash only businesses are rare it‟s wise to carry a certain amount (perhaps around $150.00) to cover anything unforeseen. There are ATM‟s in a number of trail towns including Picton, Havelock, Lake Tekapo, Twizel, Wanaka, Queenstown, Te Anau and Invercargill.
Have a good tramp.
Michael Pullar 16 November 2010 firstname.lastname@example.org
(1) Nelson/ Marlborough Picton – Full service town and gateway to Ship Cove, Te Araroa‟s northern terminus in the South 0 km Island. General Information: Picton Visitor Centre, Auckland St, (03) 520 3113 picton@i-SITE.org;
Department of Conservation, Port Marlborough Building, 14 Auckland St, Picton (03) 520 3002.
Getting there/away: Ferry to/from Wellington, multiple departures daily,.interislander.co.nz; Rental Cars – multiple options available; Flights – regular flights to and from Wellington, soundsair.com, 0800 505 005, and to most other destinations from nearby Blenheim airport, airnewzealand.co.nz; Bus
- numerous options e.g. Intercity Coachlines, (03) 365 1113, intercity.co.nz and Atomic Shuttles, 03 349 0697, atomictravel.co.nz. Post Office: Picton PostShop, 72 High St, post code7220, ph (03) 520 3021 open Mon – Fri 8.30am to 5pm. Accommodation: Full range of hostel, motel and other accommodation providers including: Hostels – The Villa (BBH), 34 Auckland St, (03) 573 6598, thevilla.co.nz; YHA Picton, Wedgewood House, 10 Dublin St, (03) 573 7797. Motels - Americano Motor Inn, 32 High St, 0800 104 104, picton-accommodation.co.nz; Broadway Motel, 113 High St, 0800 101 919, broadwaymotel.co.nz. Resupply: Fresh Choice Supermarket, Mariners Mall, (03) 573 6463; Picton Four Square Supermarket, 49 High St, (03) 573 6443. Restaurants/Cafes: numerous options. Ferry transport to trailheads: Cougar Line, London Quay (by the town wharves), (03) 573 7925, cougarline.co.nz; Endeavour Express, London Quay, (03) 573 5456, boatrides.co.nz. Outdoor Gear: Picton Sports & Outdoors, 8 High St, (03) 573 6963. Health: Picton Health Care Pharmacy, 6 High St, (03) 573 6420; Picton Medical Centre, 71 High St, (03) 573 6092. Other: Picton Cinema, Picton Foreshore, (03) 573 6030.
0 – 71 Queen Charlotte Track – numerous accommodation, restaurant and café options. For details see qctrack.co.nz and doc.govt.nz (then search “Queen Charlotte Track”)
- accommodation and transport options only: Accommodation: hostel options near Queen 71 - Anakiwa Charlotte Track trailhead. E.g. Anakiwa Backpackers (BBH) (03) 574 1338, anakiwabackpackers.co.nz; YHA Anakiwa Lodge, (03) 574 2115, anakiwa.co.nz. Ferry transport to Picton: Cougar Line, (03) 573 7925, cougarline.co.nz; Endeavour Express, (03) 573 5456, boatrides.co.nz Linkwater Service Station - 1173 Queen Charlotte Drive, 03 574 2201, fuel and refreshments
88 – Havelock - SH 6. - Getting there/away: Bus - Intercity Coachlines, (03) 365 1113, intercity.co.nz, daily to Blenheim, Picton and to Nelson. Accommodation: Multiple hostel and motel options on Main Rd E.g. Hostels –YHA Havelock, Rutherford Lodge, 46 Main Rd, (03) 574 2104, has onsite travel information/bookings office; Blue Moon Backpackers (BBH), 48 Main Rd, (03) 574 2212, bluemoonhavelock.co.nz. Motels – Havelock Garden Motel, 71 Main Rd, 0800 082 222, gardenmotels.com; Havelock Motel, 50 Main Rd, 0800 111171, havelockmotel.co.nz. Also camping and cabins at Havelock Motor Camp, 22 Inglis St, (03) 574 2339, havelockmotorcamp.co.nz.
Resupply: Havelock Four Square Supermarket, Main Rd, (03) 7574 2166; open from 7.30am, 8am Sundays; Inlet Bakery and Café, 65 Main Rd, (03) 574 2860; open 5.30am – 4pm daily.
Restaurants/Cafés: multiple options; Health: Havelock Healthcare (Pharmacy) 65A Main Rd, (03) 574 1400; Havelock Medical Centre. 22 Lawrence St, (03) 574 2233 98 – Canvastown- SH 6 - Trout Hotel, 03 574 2888, pub and motel style accommodation, bar and meals.
107 - Pelorus Bridge - SH 6: Getting there/away: Bus - Intercity Coachlines, (03) 365 1113, intercity.co.nz daily to Blenheim, Picton and to Nelson. Accommodation: Pelorus Bridge Café and Campground, (03) 571 6019, email@example.com, serviced campground full meals available at café but not suitable as a resupply station, may be available for shuttles.
Left 5.7 km side trail from Hacket Junction to Hacket Picnic Area, then 12.
5km down Aniseed
153.4 Valley Rd and right onto Main Rd for 1.5 km to Hope. Hope Store and Takeaways, 205 Main Rd, (03) 544 9803, takeaway meals and light resupply. Intercity Bus departs for Nelson outside around 7 pm daily.
above directions to Hope then a further 29 km to Nelson via Richmond. Nelson is a full 153.4 – Follow service town.
247.7 - StArnaud - SH 63, Village and gateway to Nelson Lakes National Park. General: DOC Visitor Centre, View Rd. Open from 8.30am, (03) 521 1860 firstname.lastname@example.org. Getting there/away / Transport to trailheads: Nelson Lakes Shuttles, (03) 521 1900, (021) 4900095, nelsonlakesshuttles.co.nz, including connections with Atomic Shuttles and Intercity Coachlines to Nelson and Picton most days. Accommodation: Nelson Lakes Motels & Travers-Sabine Lodge, Main Rd, (03) 521 1887, www.nelsonlakes.co.nz, motel and backpacker accommodation; DOC‟s Kerr Bay
Camping Ground, fully serviced, book at Visitor Centre. See other listings at starnaud.co.nz. Resupply:
St Arnaud Alpine Store –fuel, groceries, fresh produce and takeaways, (03) 521 1854.
Restaurants/Cafés: Alpine Lodge Restaurant and Cafe, Main Rd, (03) 521 1869.
(2) North Canterbury – Boyle Village- Lewis Pass Rd – SH 7. Accommodation/mail drops /transport: Boyle River 360.5 Outdoor Education Centre -this is a stopping point for the Atomic Shuttles on route to both Christchurch and Nelson. Backpacker accommodation is sometimes available at the Centre and trampers should enquire well in advance to confirm availability on (03) 315 7082 or email@example.com. The Centre also provides a shuttle (done in your own vehicle) and parking arrangement. The shuttle is $25 and $5 a day for parking. This would need to be booked in advance to make sure someone is available. The Centre may also accept food packages to be sent and stored, this would cost $10 and they would need to be well sealed. You'll need to discuss this with Centre staff however, before posting anything. All payment would need to be in cash or cheque as there are no eftpos or credit facilities available. There is also no cell phone reception near Boyle Village.
Left 56 km to Hamner Springs. General: Hamner Springs I –Site Visitor Centre, 40 Amuri Ave, 0800 442 663, visithurunui.co.nz, opens daily 10am to 5.30pm.Accommodation: Hamner Backpackers, 41 Conical Hill Rd, (03) 315 7196, hamnerbackpackers.co.nz; Kakapo Lodge YHA, 14 Amuri Ave, (03) 315 7472.Le Gite (BBH) 3 Devon St, (03) 315 5111, legite.co.nz. Plus many other accommodation providers at most levels see visithurunui.co.nz. Resupply: Hamner Springs Four Square Supermarket, Conical Hill Rd, (03) 315 7190; Hamner Springs Foodway, 45 Amuri Ave, (03) 315 777, opens daily 8.30am to 10pm. Restaurants/Cafes: numerous options. Outdoor Gear: The Adventure Centre Store, 20 Conical Hill Rd, Hamner Springs, (03) 315 7233, hamneradventure.co.nz.
Health: Hamner Springs Health Centre, 59 Jacks Rd, (03) 315 7503, opens Mon – Fri 9am to 5pm.
Other: Hamner Springs Thermal Pools opens daily 10am to 9pm.
Right 22.4 km to Maruia Springs Thermal Resort - hotel, restaurant and hot springs.
(03) 523 8840, maruiasprings.co.nz.