| I opted to hitch to Kaitaia, where there was a PAK’nSAVE. Ahipara (KM 102.4) | I opted to hitch to Kaitaia, where there was a PAK’nSAVE. | A large town with all the fast food chains, I passed within view of the PAC’nSAVE and stopped in at the Countdown about a block off trail to grab a couple more snacks. I figured if I needed to change anything, it would probably be in the first couple hundred kilometers and this was the first major PO along the trail. I waited for hours at the edge of town before someone stopped. Die meis­ten Wan­der­er nehmen alles Essen aus Kaita­ia, wo es einen großen Pak’n’Save gibt, oder Auck­land mit. I found prices to be reasonable, and this probably would have been one of my favorite resupplies if the store wasn’t so crowded. Levin (KM 1541.3) | Levin was a bit out of the way so a lot of people skip it, but I decided to make a quick trip in. Walking the final kilometers down to Bay of Islands, you can just see Paihia off to the right. | The package pickup was only open for a couple hours a day, so I was lucky to go while it was open. The second is larger and where the locals shop. | Originally, I planned to resupply here, but with all the grills and corner stores since Paihia I didn’t really need much. This was the name of the local inn. This worked well as there’s nothing whatsoever at Cape Reinga. The trail goes straight through Bulls and right along the outskirts of Fielding. I would avoid doing a full resupply here if possible. Answer 1 of 4: Hi, Hoping to do part of the Te Araroa including Tongariro. Many people sent boxes there, and it looked like the center was friendly if you had a package to pick up. I took a reluctant zero to sort out my canoe rental for the Whanganui River. There are actually two Countdowns in Paihia. It had good selection and prices. Even more convenient, I called up Don’s Backpacker Hostel to stay for the night, and they picked me up and dropped me off right in front of the New World. To resupply on the Te Araroa you can buy food in supermarkets when the trail goes through a town or pick up a food box that you have sent in advance. It is a 3050km thru hike that spans the length of New Zealand. This ended up being a great move as it got me out of the city and the Countdown was right along the trail. You can easily resupply in both. The Four Square was expensive. Created with sketchtool. Unless you have a packraft, the only options are to hitch or walk around, so I hitched to the closest town: Methven. Riverton (KM 2932.3) and Invercargill (KM 2964.0) | I skipped both these popular resupply options because my friends concocted a crazy plan to hike the last 70km in a single day. Every dollar makes a difference. I eat the typical hiker diet (oatmeal, cookies, wraps, peanut butter, couscous, chocolate). The address is 9 Black Bridge Rd—turn inland and walk about two blocks right before Paihia’s shopping district. Unfortunately, I arrived on Christmas Eve so the restaurant was closed. The 3000km route stretches from Cape Reinga in the north of New Zealand to Bluff in the south. About 14% of the trail is road walking with around 40% going over private land, which requires negotiations for through-access with landowners, councils and local indigenous Maori tribes. | A tiny, one-main-street kind of town with some charm. Fishing This stretch took longer than expected, so I would have gone very hungry until Kerikeri if it wasn’t for this surprise. Te Araroa is the ultimate 5-month New Zealand experience, but also offers section tramps lasting anything from a few days to a week or more, and many attractive day or overnight walks. To complete the information kit Te Araroa trampers should generally also My typical Te Araroa diet 60g porridge 5g milk powder 5g instant coffee 125g mixed fruit and nuts (25g of which goes in the porridge for a sugar hit to help me get on my way) 80g OSM bar 25g bagel chips / pretzels* 150g wraps (2) 70g cheese 30g peanut butter 40g liquorice-chocolate / sweets* 25g cereal bar (ideally highish protein one) thanks in advance. Hitching was easy on the way there, but it took me a little time to get back. The latter requires more planning. The trail discontinues here due to the Rakaia River, which the TA Trust has declared a hazard zone. I found a big indoor mall along the southern edge of the town square with a large Countdown where I resupplied. Methven (KM 2245.0) | Methven is actually quite far off the trail. Anyway, knowing there was a Countdown near the airport, I waited to shop until I got there. Taking my dog, bike, horse But it’s a good option for the northern part of the South Island where grocery stores are … It had good selection and prices. I did have to stop in town to pick up my bounce box, which was a bit difficult because there are multiple post offices in the city. Also, you could get snacks or a meal (but not resupply) in Owhango, National Park, and Papriki along the way. Once I have read the Te Araroa Walkguide, downloaded and studied the TAT’s Trail Notes, compared to TAT’s Trail Maps, I crosschecked with GPX files, added referenced campsite, huts, resupply shops.. I snacked or lunched in each of them, but chose to do my next full resupply in Hamilton. You might have better luck the farther out of town you go. There is a single, small Four Square that’s your only option. Includes information on bounce boxes and resupply boxes. The store is not very large and was super crowded, but I thought the prices were normal and it stocked most of the essentials. Te Araroa (TA) means “the long pathway” in Maori. Te Araroa (Part 8) : The Battle With The Cold In Tongariro, day 46-53. | From here onward, supermarkets are more frequent and located closer to the trail. Resupply and rest before our five day section to KeriKeri. | Once past the Tararuas, I hardly carried any food the rest of the way to Wellington. Te Araroa (The Long Pathway) passes through all of New Zealand, in one of the world's most famous long distance trails. The walk out of Hamilton stretches on through suburbs and industrial districts for quite some time, and I passed a couple additional supermarkets with my pack already full. Otautau was one of those one-main-street kind of small towns. The road is fast, but it’s a straight shot into town so I didn’t have too much trouble getting a ride. I shopped at the PAC’nSAVE in town—there was also a Countdown. | There was a Countdown right along the trail on the outskirts of Palmerston North, but I skipped it and decided to walk through the city center. For the tough upcoming stretch through the Northland Forests, I wanted a proper supermarket and full selection. Wanaka (KM 2584.6) | Wanaka is a fairly large tourist town. Hanmer Springs is a small tourism and farming support township, it has around 200-300 permanent residents and its chief draw card are the famous thermal hot pools. This stretch took longer than expected, so I would have gone very hungry until Kerikeri if it wasn’t for this surprise. This would have been a great place to resupply, but I was basically living dairy to dairy and had hardly touched my food bag, so I decided to wait to get food in Waipu. | Many choices of cafes, restaurants, and take aways. The town was a popular tourist spot as it is right next to Nelson Lakes National Park. Along its meandering route, the TA crosses through native bush forests, rural farmland, stunning alpine vistas, and even Auckland’s city center. Cape Reinga (KM 0.0) | I bought my first resupply in Auckland then bussed up to the start of the trail. Te Araroa (Part 12) : An Easy Start and The First Real Richmond Mountains, day 74-85 Section 35: Reserva Nacional Lago Jeinimeni. The extended visa is good for 6 months, so that would be a hard deadline. The Te Araroa trail notes are about 250 pages long. I hitched into Warkworth and resupplied at the large New World there. It’s a fast highway with a small shoulder, but the hitch was only 8-10km. It’s beautiful and located right on the water, but was buzzing with backpackers and tourists when I got there. Page last updated: Sep 17, 2020, 10:48 AM, Resupplying and food parcels Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail - is a continuous 3,000 km walking track from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Some considerations: I like to carry as little food as possible and don’t mind hitchhiking as long as it doesn’t take too long. | Each trail guide maps and lists important hiker waypoints such as water sources, tenting sites, junctions, road crossings, resupply information, and many others. Te Araroa Website. The trail goes straight through Bulls and right along the outskirts of Fielding. They do make great lunch stops. One nice thing about Methven is that you can pay to take the local school bus to the trailhead on the other side of the Rakaia River in the morning–ask the i-Site for details. Anywhere nearby? I will visit any town within a couple kilometers of a trail. | A full-service town, Kerikeri has both a Countdown and New World. Lake Tekapo (KM 2389.0) | Lake Tekapo is sort of a psychological milestone, as it marks the end of the “where will my next resupply come” uncertainty that is the first half of the south island. Te Araroa – Resupply. Using this guide t- his guide contains useful information to assist trampers getting on and off Te Araroa in the South Island. Mangawhai (KM 453.2) | Again, I strolled in mid-morning with an empty pack and went straight to the bakery for breakfast. It’s a bad spot to hitch to and from—the trailhead is a remote forest road and it’s not a straight shot to town. Taumarunui (KM 1051.5) | Taumarunui was about the same size as Te Kuiti and had a similar, large New World and a bunch of restaurants. I would avoid doing a full resupply here if possible. FILED UNDER: New Zealand - Te Araroa Trail TAGGED WITH: food, resupply, Te Araroa trail. I resupplied at the Four Square, which was little more than a convenience store so selection was slim. I didn’t resupply in Bulls or Fielding, but it would be misleading to suggest I carried food from Whanganui to Palmerston North. Havelock (KM 1787.1) | A tiny, one-main-street kind of town with some charm. Created with sketchtool. Looking at the single shelf of expensively priced car camping food, I thought to myself, “this is going to be interesting.” I made it work, but it helped that I only needed ~2 days of food to get to the next resupply. | The distance between Taumarunui and Whanganui wasn’t as long as it seems because of the river portion. Worried that I wouldn’t make it back before dark, I rushed in and out of the New World (decent sized) before heading back to the trailhead. Pureora Forest Park, Ngaherenga campsite 971km – … TA Triangle Marker (Chest Logo) Tee. The address is 9 Black Bridge Rd—turn inland and walk about two blocks right before Paihia’s shopping district. Trail Maps, Tracks, & Notes are intended to be updated in September each year. This was the first full supermarket since Paihia. An alternative would have been to hitch all the way to Greymouth or Christchurch, but that seemed like a lot of time and energy for two days of food. In retrospect, I wish I would have bought more drinks and treats for canoeing—they give you two big barrels per person to strap down in your canoe, so there’s plenty of room for popcorn, chips, soda, beer, etc. In the North Island the typical stretch in between resupply towns would be 3-5 days. From here onward, supermarkets are more frequent and located closer to the trail. Te Araroa (Part 10) : Goodbye Bee, and Hello Tararuas, day 58-66. I took a reluctant zero to sort out my canoe rental for the Whanganui River. The dairy in Ahipara seemed shady and expensive. The dairy in Ahipara seemed shady and expensive. Answer 1 of 4: Hi, Hoping to do part of the Te Araroa including Tongariro. While not cheap, they’re more affordable than Cliff Bars. Getting to and from Cape Reinga A nice campground in town too. Worried that I wouldn’t make it back before dark, I rushed in and out of the New World (decent sized) before heading back to the trailhead. There are a couple others like SuperValue and Fresh Choice, but these four are the most common. Te Araroa is NZ's walk of a lifetime. This time was spent creating a ‘Te Araroa guide’ (an Excel bible of schedules, logistics and resupply information), buying and testing kit and also training! Warkworth (KM 501.8) | The Dome Cafe sits right along the trail where it crosses the road. In the North Island the typical stretch in between resupply towns would be 3-5 days. I’m not sure if sending a box from Picton would have arrived here in time, but it would have been cheaper and is something to consider if you don’t mind moving slower. Resupplying and food parcels I resupplied from the Countdown before heading out. Kerikeri (KM 221.4) | A full-service town, Kerikeri has both a Countdown and New World. St Arnaud (KM 1945.1) | Like I said, I mailed myself a package from Picton to the Travers Sabine Lodge. While those resources are incredibly helpful, there are a few things I learned during my time hiking across the South Island that aren’t necessarily covered there. The road was paved and traffic was frequent, so maybe I just had bad luck. Basic Te Araroa resupply at the Night n Day Food Store. I grabbed some snacks from the Countdown on my way out of town. The most photographed tree in New Zealand. | You’ll notice I didn’t list Wellington, because while I did spend a day there, I didn’t resupply. resupply here if you don’t want to hitch, but you’ll have to be flexible and pay a markup. | Class of 2014, Northbound, Thru-hiker. I knew that I had to mail a food box for the upcoming sections and figured it would be cheaper to mail my box intra-south island as opposed to from Wellington. I knew that I had to mail a food box for the upcoming sections and figured it would be cheaper to mail my box intra-south island as opposed to from Wellington. Some of the best maps and resources I have found so far and that have helped me greatly in planning my trip for 2015/16 are as follows: The official Te Araroa website is the obvious place to start. Towns are abundant on the north island. Te Araroa is the ultimate 5-month New Zealand experience, but also offers section tramps lasting anything from a few days to a week or more, and many attractive day or overnight walks. There are two Four Squares in town; the one on Market Pl seemed to be larger. Paihia (KM 246.7) | I stayed down at Beachside (KM 249.9) but had to take a zero (a day off from hiking during which you log zero miles/kilometers) to organize my kayak for the Waikare Inlet, so I hitched back to Paihia to resupply. There was also a smaller Four Square but I didn’t go there. | Picton (KM 1702.0) | You’ll notice I didn’t list Wellington, because while I did spend a day there, I didn’t resupply. | Levin was a bit out of the way so a lot of people skip it, but I decided to make a quick trip in. Sein Weg führt allerdings von Norden nach Süden, ich will andersherum laufen. Both are adequate for resupply. There was a large mall just a bit further along where I stopped for lunch. Hanmer Springs was a decent-sized town with plenty of restaurants and takeaways but only one supermarket: a Four Square. The Te Araroa guide has more than 2,000 waypoints. Everything was marked up considerably, so for the long stretch through the Richmond Ranges I think I spent something ridiculous like $150. 2657km Frankston. It’s a bad spot to hitch to and from—the trailhead is a remote forest road and it’s not a straight shot to town. | Inland from the trail about a kilometer there is a SuperValue and a Fresh Choice right along the main highway. One nice thing about Methven is that you can pay to take the local school bus to the trailhead on the other side of the Rakaia River in the morning–ask the i-Site for details. Hamilton (KM 800ish) | There are a number of small towns between Auckland and Hamilton (e.g., Rangiri, Huntly, Mercer). Instead, I stopped in at fast food chains like Subway and Pizza Hut as I walked. 102km Ahipara. When we get to a town the first thing we do is sit down with our Te Araroa trail notes/maps and talk about the length of the next stretch. There was no traffic when I arrived around 6:30pm, so I had to walk 3-4 kilometers before a farmer finally came along and gave me a lift. Clothing and equipment Cape Reinga is beautiful, but there’s no food. | I bought my first resupply in Auckland then bussed up to the start of the trail. This was much more adequate and actually convenient because the post office is right inside. Thank you Sam! The package pickup was only open for a couple hours a day, so I was lucky to go while it was open. | There are a number of small towns between Auckland and Hamilton (e.g., Rangiri, Huntly, Mercer). By Unknown. I arrived by lunch to find a working grill and enough snacks to get me to Kerikeri. There was all sorts of activity and a number of eateries to pick from. There’s very little traffic in Lake Coleridge, but I got extremely lucky to be picked up within minutes. Te Araroa (Part 11) : The Final Push to Wellington, day 67-73. The first is small, expensive, and listed on Guthooks. I shopped at the PAC’nSAVE because I didn’t know the Countdown existed, but both are full supermarkets with good selection. Whanganui (KM 1376.4) | The distance between Taumarunui and Whanganui wasn’t as long as it seems because of the river portion. My Resupply Strategy on Te Araroa North Island. Thru-hikers typically carry ~2-4 days of food at a time on the north island and ~4-6 days of food on the south island. I resupplied at the Four Square, which was little more than a convenience store so selection was slim. I understood why upon arrival. This would have been a great place to resupply, but I was basically living dairy to dairy and had hardly touched my food bag, so I decided to wait to get food in Waipu. Regular resupply stops along the way, plus 3-4 food drops on South Island (north). [Update 10/2018: The Travers Sabine Lodge is no longer accepting packages for hikers]. Navigating. Twizel (KM 2443.1) | The town square of Twizel is half a kilometer west of the trail, but it’s well worth the walk. It still took me a couple rides and some time to make it to Methven. | I skipped both these popular resupply options because my friends concocted a crazy plan to hike the last 70km in a single day. Support the trust today so that you can enjoy the trail tomorrow, either one day at a time, or all 3000km! | Otautau was one of those one-main-street kind of small towns. The Te Araroa website is a great resource with many links. Finally, every town has at least one “dairy,” which is a corner store that sells candy, chips, and soda, and often has a grill. It was disappointingly small and expensive. While that worked, some people might benefit from more planning. Once in Picton, I found a tiny, expensive Four Square that I feared was my only option until I discovered the Fresh Choice farther up the street. Te Araroa (Part 9) : The Whanganui River Journey, day 54-57. November 12, 2014. Towns are abundant on the north island. Waikanae had a full-sized New World and Countdown. I understood why upon arrival. It’s right on the trail, so you can’t miss it. | I hitched along Highway 94 about 30km west to the town of Te Anau. At KM 594 I took the Devonport Ferry across the bay to Auckland City, where the food options were overwhelming. For the tough upcoming stretch through the Northland Forests, I wanted a proper supermarket and full selection. Lake Tekapo is a little tourist town located right on the lake, complete with one Four Square. Lake Coleridge and the Rakaia are in the middle of nowhere.The hitch into Methven from the gravel road leading to Lake Coleridge is notoriously difficult, but still preferable to staying at the lodge. See our trail notes for locations where you can resupply or receive food parcels, also known as bounce boxes, along the route. Resealable olive packages weigh little and add a lot of flavor. Ruakaka (KM 405ish) | Inland from the trail about a kilometer there is a SuperValue and a Fresh Choice right along the main highway. KM 2245 was Lake Coleridge, which is a small settlement without any food options. *Note regarding Lake Coleridge & river hazard zones area: This is a tricky spot for many hikers, as you need to find safe transport around the Rakaia River hazard zone. Later, I heard there was a SuperValue farther into town; it might have been a better option but I didn’t check. The Trail passes directly through numerous cities and towns, particularly on the more populated North Island. On the TA I didn’t have a stove, so I can’t speak to the availability of denatured alcohol or gas canisters—though I never heard of hikers having difficulty finding fuel. Regardless, Whanganui was a large full-service town. I had a 75l backpack and carried about 16kg of base weight! The free demo covers a 60-kilometre portion of the Te Araroa in the Auckland area on the North Island of New Zealand. There are two Four Squares in town; the one on Market Pl seemed to be larger. 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