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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. ...»

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Continue right a further 60.6 km (total 83 km) to Reefton – General: Reefton i-Site Visitor Centre, 67-69 Broadway, (03) 732 8616, reefton.co.nz. Accommodation: Hostels – Reefton Old Bread Shop Backpackers, 157 Buller Rd, (03) 732 8620, breadshopbackpackers@gmail.com; The Old Nurses Home Accommodation, 101 Shiel St, (03) 732 8981, reeftonretreat@hotmail.com. For numerous other options see reefton.co.nz. Resupply: SuperValue Supermarket, 65 Broadway, (03) 732 8313, opens daily 8am to 7pm.; Reefton Four Square, 47 Broadway, (03) 732 8888. Restaurants/Cafes: numerous options. Health: Mason‟s Healthcare Pharmacy, 63B Broadway, (03) 732 8899; Reefton Medical Centre, Shiel St, (03) 732 8605.

438 - 1.5 km side track across Otira River to Aickens Carpark at SH 73 then:

km to Arthur’s Pass – Small alpine village. General: DOC‟s Arthur‟s Pass National Park Left 22 Visitor Centre, (03) 318 9211, arthurspassvc@doc.govt.nz, open daily 8am to 4.30pm (to 5pm in peak season).Getting there/away: to Christchurch and Greymouth: Bus - Atomic Shuttles, atomictravel.co.nz, (03) 349 0697; West Coast Shuttles www.westcoast shuttle.co.nz, (03) 768 0028, (027) 492 7488; Train – Tranz Scenic, tranzscenic.co.nz, 0800 277 482. Accommodation: Hostels – Mountain House YHA, Main Rd, (03) 318 9258, trampers.co.nz. Motels – Arthurs Chalet, 131 Main © 2010 Te Araroa Trust – All rights reserved. No part of this work may be copied or reproduced, and no part of this work may be lent, sold or leased, without the written permission of Te Araroa Trust.

5 Rd, (03) 318 9236, arthurspass.co.nz; Arthur‟s Pass Alpine Motel, Main Rd, 0800 900 401, apam.co.nz. Resupply: Arthur‟s Pass Alpine Store and Tearooms, (03) 318 9235 (including fuel);

DOC‟s Arthur‟s Pass National Park Visitor Centre, (03) 318 9211(some dehydrated foods). Shuttle

transport to trailheads: Mountain House Shuttle, (03) 318 9258, trampers.co.nz. Restaurants/Cafés:

Arthur‟s Pass Alpine Store and Tearooms, (03) 318 9235; Wobbly Kea, (03) 318 9101; Oscar‟s Haus Alpine Café, (03) 318 9234 Right 73 km to Greymouth – General: Greymouth i-Site Visitor Centre, 1 Mackay St, (03) 768 5101, greydistrict.co.nz, Getting there/away: to Arthur‟s Pass by bus - Atomic Shuttles, atomictravel.co.nz, (03) 349 0697; West Coast Shuttles www.westcoast shuttle.co.nz, (03) 768 0028, (027) 492 7488; by train – Tranz Scenic, tranzscenic.co.nz, 0800 277 482. Post Office: 36 Tainui St,

postcode 3204, (03)768 0125, open Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5pm, Sat 10am to 12.30pm. Accommodation:

Hostels – Kainga-ra YHA, 15 Alexander St, (03) 768 4951;Global Village Travelers Lodge (BBH) 42Cowper St, (03) 768 7272, globalvillagebackpackers.co.nz. Motels and other accommodation – many options. Resupply: New World Supermarket, 128 High St, (03) 768 4441; FreshChoice Supermarket, 174 Mawhera Quay, (03) 768 7545 (to become Countdown Supermarket on same site);

Outdoor Gear: Colls Sportsworld, 53 Mackay St, (03) 768 4060. Health: Olsen‟s Pharmacy, 50 Albert St, (03) 768 4075; Mason‟s Pharmacy, 34 Tainui St, (03) 768 7470; Greymouth Medical Centre, 43 Albert St, (03) 768 0581. Other: Cinema – Regent Theatre, Cnr Mackay & Herbert Sts, (03) 768 0920.

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Hotel - SH 73, 12 km east of Arthur‟s Pass, 150 km west of Christchurch, (03) 318 9277, 472 – Bealey bealeyhotel.co.nz. Backpacker and motel type accommodation, restaurant and bar. Trampers are able to organize transport from here as most operators pass by on their way to Arthur‟s Pass and to Christchurch.

Arthur’s Pass Wilderness Lodge – Coral Lynn Rd, 03 318 9246, wildernesslodge.co.nz - up 476 – market lodge accommodation and meals.

Power overnight camp site – (no charge) Cross the Harper River road bridge and 508.8 – Trust then walk 800m to the Harper Village road junction. From here follow the “2km to Lake Coleridge” road sign for another 300m. The camp site is as marked on the left. Water is available from the nearby canal. Nearest toilet is further down on the Oakden Canal.

Ryton Bay Campground –Turn right off Harper Rd after crossing Ryton River road bridge.

520.7 – The overnight campground is 1.5 km down gravel road towards lake at Ryton Bay. Toilet on site, collect water from stream.

Coleridge Lodge – 114 Hummocks Rd, PO Box 18, Lake Coleridge Village, 7572, 538.2 – Lake lakecoleridge lodge.co.nz, (03) 318 5002, 021 262 6934. Dinner, bed and breakfast. Owner has week day job near Darfield so may be able offer early morning shuttle service to SH 72.

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Left 40.5 km on Coleridge Rd then right at SH 72 and left at SH 77 to Methven – General: Methven i-Site Visitors Centre, 160 Main St, (03) 302 8955, methven@i-site.

org. Getting there/away: Methven Travel, 93 Main St, 0800 684 888 for shuttles to/from Christchurch. Accommodation: Hostels - YHA Methven, Mt Hutt Village Flashpackers, Cnr Bank & McMillan Sts, (03) 302 8999; Mt Hutt Bunkhouse and Cottage (BBH), 8 Lampard St, (03) 302 9122, mthuttbunkhouse.co.nz; plus numerous other accommodation options; Resupply: Topnotch Four Square Supermarket, (03) 302 9063, and SuperValue Supermarket, (03) 302 8050, both open 7 days from 7am to 9pm and obviously situated in

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town; Restaurants/Cafés: multiple options. Health: Methven Pharmacy, Main St, (03) 302 8103;

Methven Medical Centre, Methven Chertsey Rd, (03) 302 8105.

566.9 - 9.3km side trail from Double Hut to Lake Heron Car Park and then to Hakatere Heron Rd:

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16.3 km to Ashburton Gorge Rd and then right another 39.6 km to Mt Somers Village Left for Accommodation: Camping: Mt Somers Domain, opposite Tavern, $10.00 per night; Mt Somers Holiday Park (03) 303 971, mountsomers.co.nz, cabins and tent sites available. Camp store and

transport by arrangement. Enquire before posting mail drop for collection during stay. Resupply:

General Store, (03) 303 9831, open Mon – Sat 8am to 6pm, Sun 8am to 5 pm, basic but adequate resupply. Restaurant: Mt Somers Tavern open 7 days, restaurant and bar, (03) 303 9879. Note: Mt Somers Village is 30 km by road to Methven (see above).

Left onto Hakatere Potts Rd and its 8 km down to Ashburton Gorge Rd, the first 4 coincide with the

578.9 Te Araroa route, then to Mt Somers Village (for details see above).

600 –Hakatere Potts Rd. (North side of Rangitata River Safety Zone) Turn left and its 18.5 km to Ashburton Gorge Rd, then as above to Mt Somers Village. Turn right and its 3 km to Mt Potts Lodge, 03 303 9060, mtpotts.co.nz, seasonal ski lodge so enquire first and don‟t otherwise rely on availability for tramper accommodation here.

(3) South Canterbury 600 – Rangitata Gorge Rd (South side of Rangitata River Safety Zone) Turn left 2.5 km (downstream) from Te Araroa‟s Thumbs Track car park to Mesopotamia Station, (03) 696 3738, mesopotamia.co.nz, Good basic accommodation for groups or individuals.

Rangitata Gorge Rd Follow directions to Mesopotamia Station then continue a further 48 km to Peel Forest Camp –(03) 6966 3567, stay@peelforest.co.nz, cabins and camping, café & general store selling groceries and takeaway food, summer hours – Mon – Fri 9am to 6 pm, Sat, Sun to 8 pm.

Rangitata Gorge Rd Follow directions to Peel Forest then continue a further 23 km to Geraldine – General: Geraldine i-Site Visitor Information Centre, corner Talbot & Cox St, (03) 693 1006; DOC Raukapuka Area Office, North Terrace, (03) 693 1010, raukapukaao@doc.govt.nz; Getting there/away: Both Intercity Coachlines, (03) 365 1113, www.intercity.co.nz and Atomic Shuttles, (03) 349 0697 www.atomictravel.co.nz have buses daily towards Queenstown and Christchurch.

Accommodation: Hostel -Rawhiti House & Backpackers (BBH), 27 Hewlings St, (03) 693 8252, rawhitibackpackers.co.nz, Camping/cabins/motel – Geraldine KIWI Holiday Park, 39 Hislop St, (03) 693 8147, geraldineholidaypark.co.nz; several other motel options available as well.


Geraldine SuperValue Supermarket Peel St, (03) 693 8529, opens daily 7am to 7 pm.

Restaurants/Cafés: multiple options. Health: Geraldine Pharmacy, 24 Talbot St, (03) 693 8601;

Geraldine Medical Centre, 16 Cox St, (03) 693 8880. Transport to trailheads: 4x4 New Zealand (03) 693 7254, (0273) 904 675, www.4x4newzealand.co.nz. Other: Geraldine Cinema, 74 Talbot St, (03) 693 8118 Tekapo Village – SH8, Main St - General: Lake Tekapo Information Centre, Main St, (03) 660 – Lake 680 6686. Getting there/away: Both Intercity Coachlines, (03) 365 1113,.intercity.co.nz and Atomic Shuttles, (03) 349 0697 atomictravel.co.nz have buses daily towards Queenstown and Christchurch.

Accommodation: Hostels/camping: YHA Lake Tekapo, 3 Simpson Lane, (03) 680 6857; Tailor-made Backpackers (BBH) 9 -11 Aorangi Crescent (03) 6806700, tailor-made-backpackers.co.nz; Lake Tekapo Motels and Holiday Park, Lakeside Drive, 0800 853 853,.laketekapo-accommodation.co.nz, wide range of accommodation including camping, Lake Front Backpackers Lodge (0800 840 740), cabins and motels; numerous other hotel and motel options available. Resupply: Tekapo Services Ltd (4 Square Supermarket), Main St, (03) 6806809; Doughboys Bakery, 65 Main Rd, (03) 680 6655, © 2010 Te Araroa Trust – All rights reserved. No part of this work may be copied or reproduced, and no part of this work may be lent, sold or leased, without the written permission of Te Araroa Trust.

7 snacks, fresh food. Restaurants/Cafés: multiple options. Transport to trailheads: The Cook Connection 0800 26 6526, (021) 583 211, cookconnect.co.nz.

Lake Pukaki Visitor Information Centre - SH 8, Lake Pukaki, (03) 435 3280, 701info@mtcooknz.com, cold drinks, ice-cream and sweets, information, water, and toilets.

Twizel - General: Twizel Information Centre (in the Twizel Events Centre), 61 Mackenzie Drive 718 info@twizel.com. Getting there/away: Both Intercity Coachlines, (03) 365 1113, intercity.co.nz and Atomic Shuttles, (03) 349 0697 atomictravel.co.nz have buses daily towards Queenstown and Christchurch. Accommodation: High Country Lodge and Backpackers, 23 Mackenzie Drive, (03) 435 0671,.highcountrylodge.co.nz; Parklands Alpine Tourist Park 122 Mackenzie Drive, (03) 435 0507, parklandstwizel.co.nz for cabins, backpackers and campsites;

Mountain Chalets, Wairepo Rd (close to trail head) (03) 435 0785, mountainchalets.co.nz; Other accommodations options available.. Resupply: Twizel Four Square Supermarket, 20 Market Place, 03 435 0875; Mackenzie Four Square Supermarket, 27 Market Pl, 03 435 3262; Bakery in Market Place

shopping centre. Restaurants/Cafés: multiple options in Market Place shopping centre. Outdoor gear:

Southern Alps Outdoors (Fishing, Hunting and Photos), 8 Market Place (open 7 days – weekends limited hours) (03) 435 0002. Health: Mackenzie Pharmacy, 6/7 Market Place, (03) 435 0883; High Country Health Medical Centre, 37 Tasman Rd, (03) 435 0777. Other: Launderette, behind Thai restaurant in Market Place Shopping Centre, opens 8.30am – 9pm (8pm in winter) 748.3- Lake Middleton Camp Ground - $8.00 per night, toilets and water supply.

km further along from Glen Mary Ski Club, the start point of Te Araroa‟s East Ahuriri Track, to 751.5 - 3 Lake Ohau Lodge, 2295, Lake Ohau Rd, (03) 438 9885, ohau.co.nz – hotel style accommodation, bar and restaurant.

Birchwood Rd - Left for 11.2 km to SH8 then left again for a further 17.4km to Omarama - A 795.5 – small tourist village on the SH8/SH83 junction. Getting there and away: Both Intercity Coachlines, (03) 365 1113, intercity.co.nz and Atomic Shuttles, (03) 349 0697 atomictravel.co.nz have buses daily towards Queens town and Christchurch. Accommodation: Omarama Top 10 Holiday Park 0800 662726; Omarama Hotel, (03) 438 9713 for older style pub accommodation; Heritage Gateway Hotel 0800 809 805; Resupply: Taylors Omarama Food Centre (Four Square Supermarket) (03) 438 9895.

Restaurants/Cafes.: Several options. Other: Hot Tubs Omarama, (03) 438 9703, hottubsomarama.co.nz (4) Otago Hawea Village – Accommodation: Lake Hawea Motel, 56 Capell Ave, (03) 441 1188;

853.9 -Lake Lake Hawea Motor Inn, Capell Ave, 0800 429324, lakehawea.co.nz motel and hostel accommodation, restaurant and bar.; Lake Hawea Holiday Park, 1208 Makaroa Rd, (03) 443 1767, cabins and camping.

Lake Restaurant/Cafe/Resupply: Sailz Lake Hawea Restaurant and Bar, (03) 4431696. A one-stop shop – general store, post office, restaurant and café. Open daily from 7.30am

- located immediately over Hawea River Bridge, $7.00 per 865.9 - Albert Town Reserve campground night - toilet and water only.

Town –Accommodation/Resupply Restaurants/Cafes: Albert Town Lodge, 3 Wexford 867.6 – Albert St, (03) 443 9487 (continue straight ahead a short distance after crossing the Clutha River Bridge) provides backpacker accommodation near Albert Town shops, which include tavern and dairy at 20 Alison Ave

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.intercity.co.nz; Atomic Shuttles, (03) 349 0697, atomictravel.co.nz ;Southern Link (to Queenstown and Christchurch only) 0508 458 835, southernlinkbus.co.nz; Wanaka Connexions (to Queenstown only) time2.co.nz/connections; Catch-A-Bus (to Dunedin only) (03) 449 2024, catchabus.co.nz. Post Office: 39 Ardmore St, postcode 9305, ph (03) 443 8247, open Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5.30pm, Sat 9am to 12pm. Accommodation: Many options at all levels. Here are just a few. Hostels – Purple Cow YHA, 94 Brownston St, (03) 443 1880; Mountain View Backpackers BBH, 7 Russell St, 0800 112 201, wanakabackpackers.co.nz; Camping – Wanaka Lakeview Holiday Park, 212 Brownston St, (03) 443 7883, wanakalakeview.co.nz. This facility has campsites, cabins and backpacker accommodation.

Transport to trailheads: Alpine Coachlines (03) 443 7966, 0274 515 251, alpinecoachlines.co.nz.

Outdoor Gear: Outside Sports Wanaka, 17-23 Dunmore St, (03) 443 7966, open daily 8.30am – 6pm;

Mainly Tramping, 17 Dunmore St, (03), 443 2888, mainlytramping.co.nz. Health: Unichem Wanaka Pharmacy and Aspiring Pharmacy, both in Helwick St; Wanaka Medical Centre, 21 Russell St, (03) 443 781 wanakamedical.co.nz, open daily 9am to 5pm; Aspiring Medical Centre, 28 Dungarvon St, (03) 443 1226, 24 hours. Other: Paradiso Cinema, 1 Ardmore St, (03) 443 1505.

Glendhu Bay Lakeside Holiday Park – Wanaka Mount Aspiring Rd, Glendu Bay, (03) 443

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