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Other Information Riverton General information Te Hikoi and Riverton Visitor Information Centre - 172 Palmerston St, Riverton - P: 03 234 8260 or 0800 834 4564 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Getting there/away Travel Head First - Bottom Bus Tours - P: 03 477 9083 - Daily shuttle to/from Invercargill and Te Anau Accommodation Riverton Holiday Park - 43 Richard St, Riverton - P: 0800 234 813 or 03 234 8132 - E: email@example.com - studio units & campsites Monkey's Backpackers - 144 Palmerston St, Riverton 9822 - P: 020 41205732 - E: firstname.lastname@example.org backpackers and tent sites Riverton Rock Guesthouse - 136 Palmerston St, Riverton - P: 03 234 8886 - E: email@example.com Riverton Lodge Hotel - 57 Princess Street, Riverton - P: 03 234 9945 - E: firstname.lastname@example.org - 28 beds available (14 bunkroom and 3 double rooms), communal kitchen, coin operated laundry facility. Onsite Pub and Restaurant Hill 106/Taiheke - Basic but clean and comfortable self-contained hut sleeping 1-2 people. Set on property with 10 ha of protected native forest, bush walks and amazing views over Foveaux Strait and the Longwood Range. Located near the Tihaka end of Colac Bay Beach (off Longwood Road) and just a 1.8km detour inland off Te Araroa. Sleeping arrangement is one double bed and one camp stretcher. Own linen only. No power (solar lights only), no hot running water, laundry facilities or heating. Long drop toilet, fresh rain water tank.
Contact: Kiri or Chris 03 234 9343, Kiri 021 1660112, Chris 021 1286486 Resupply Supervalue Supermarket - 163 Palmerston St, Riverton - P: 03 234 8541
Route At the eastern end of the bridge on SH99, turn into Jetty St and onto Leader St. There is a riverside track here beside a line of pine trees that takes walkers around to the beach. Drop down onto the sand and head south around the estuary mouth and onto Oreti Beach. Take care when the tide is high.
About 4hr (12km) into the journey walkers need to ford the mouth of Waimatuku Stream. This crossing can be difficult at high tide but is straightforward at mid to low tide. Plan your approach accordingly.
It is then a further 10km walk along the beach to the Dunns Rd exit, which becomes visible at a gap in the dunes. There is a power pole here with a streetlight attached. Follow Dunns Rd for 7km towards Invercargill and another 2km once Dunns Rd becomes Stead St, which crosses the estuary towards Tweed St, and the start of Invercargill’s CBD where you'll find accommodation, shops etc.
The section ends over the road bridge where the Rotary Club’s Stead St Wharf Walkway begins on the right hand side.
Other Information Invercargill General information Invercargill I-SITE Visitors Centre - Gala St, Invercargill - P: 03 214 6243 - E: email@example.com Getting there/away Invercargill Airport - Flights to all main centres
Bus options to Dunedin, Te Anau and Queenstown:
Intercity Coachlines - P: 03 365 1113 Atomic Shuttles - P: 03 349 0697 Accommodation Oreti Beach House, Foveaux St, Invercargill (sth end of Oreti Beach) - M: 027 211 7170 - E: firstname.lastname@example.org Mountaineer Chalet - P: 0272 117 170 - E: email@example.com - Includes: 2br cottage with kitchen, bathroom, laundry Tuatara Lodge - 30-32 Dee St, Invercargill - P: 0800 488 282 or M: 03 214 0954 - Café onsite Southern Comfort Backpackers (BBH) - 30 Thomson St, Invercargill - P: 03 218 3838 There are also many other options in all levels of accommodation available within Invercargill John Vercoe (TA section walker) offers accommodation and dropoff/pickup at Bluff.
154 Drysdale Rd, Myross Bush - P: 03 2304492/0274 359530 - E: firstname.lastname@example.org Resupply Pak N' Save Supermarket - 95 Tay St, Invercargill - P: 03 214 4864 New World Supermarket - 244 Elles Rd, Invercargill - P: 03 218 6811 Countdown Supermarket - 172 Tay St, Invercargill - P: 03 218 6716
Route The start point in Invercargill is on Stead Street at the sign to Stead Street Wharf.
The shared walking and cycle track was opened in 2015 and Te Araroa Trust was a major funder of this initial section.
The track runs 10.5km along stopbanks adjacent to the New River Estuary and along the way you'll be treated to an area teeming with bird life.
The track exits onto Kekeno Place, which is a busy industrial area so take enormous care when coming off the end of the track then crossing the railway line back out to SH1. Take care as trains run regularly along this line.
There is a programme in place to make further progress towards Bluff, however for now it’s a 16km walk from Kekeno Pl along the Bluff Highway to Ocean Beach where the Foveaux Walkway starts.
It is essential to wear high visibility gear or pack cover when walking on the verge of the highway along this stretch as there is a lot of heavy traffic and often unfavourable visibility due to weather conditions. Your safety is paramount.
This final 7.2km track follows the south coast around the base of Bluff Hill to Te Araroa’s southern terminus at Stirling Point.
So here you are - where to next?
Other Information Bluff Getting there/away Invercargill - Campbelltown passenger service - 1 Lee St, Bluff - P: 03 212 7404 Stewart Island Experience Ferry Service - P: 0800 000 511 or 03 212 7660 - E: email@example.com Accommodation Lands End B & B - 10 Ward Parade, Stirling Point Bluff - P: 03 212 7575 - Restaurant on site Bluff Lodge - 120 Gore St, Bluff - P: 03 212 7106 or 027 294 5306 - A range of affordable accommodation Bluff Camping Ground - Gregory St, Bluff - P: 027 626 2018 - cabins and tent sites John Vercoe (TA section walker) offers accommodation and dropoff/pickup at Bluff.
154 Drysdale Rd, Myross Bush - P: 03 2304492/0274 359530 - E: firstname.lastname@example.org Resupply 4 Four Square Supermarket - 54 Gore St, Bluff - P: 03 212 8179 Stewart Island Stewart Island does not form part of Te Araroa, however click HERE for more information around transport to/from the island, accommodation and walking.
Potential Hazards Vehicles on road or track Take extreme care walking on SH1 roadside - wear hi-viz vest and/or pack cover Track exposed to sun, wind or cold Weather extremes Few water sources Take care crossing the railway line at Kekeno Pl Requirements Keep to the track Respect private land Dogs on leash only No horses No firearms Wear hi-viz clothing/pack cover and don't use headphones Amenities (Start) Full range of amenities in Invercargill Toilets Shop Accommodation Amenities (On Route) No amenities