No Resupply available. Warkworth (KM 501.8) | The Dome Cafe sits right along the trail where it crosses the road. You can easily resupply in both. Freeze Dried meals are usually only available at Outdoor Stores but several grocery stores that see lots of hikers stock them. I stopped and took some photos of the town and its supermarket as I thought it might be useful to investigate the town as a potential resupply point. On these two long distance trails I tried out a lot of different gear and also learned a lot. 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. Apr 28, 2020 - A complete guide to resupply in trail towns on the Te Araroa Trail in 2020-2021. I have used bounce boxes on all the long distance thru hikes that I have hiked and had no problems with lost boxes. Methven (KM 2245.0) | Methven is actually quite far off the trail. It’s a fast highway with a small shoulder, but the hitch was only 8-10km. A decent sized town with multiple pubs and restaurants, there were two good-sized supermarkets: a New World and a SuperValue. Enjoy a movie at the cinema, a drink at a bar, visit a museum or two and have a rest for a day or two while waiting for the ferry. The main street of Havelock in Marlborough Province... Havelock is half way … I have listed all of the post offices that accept packages and added the correct postal address next to the relevant towns. Great 20 bed hut. The next good resupply is at Nguruguru 84km away but there are so many options for burgers, snacks and drinks along the way that most hikers only carry enough food until Whananaki 67km away. For those wanting to avoid towns send a package. Hitching was easy on the way there, but it took me a little time to get back. We offer fully-catered and self-catered accommodation. Your NamePoste RestanteStreet AddressCity – Post CodeNew Zealand. For most sections, you will only have to carry 3-6 days of food (even less for the North Island). Important Information – The next section of trail involves more than 100 river crossings, many of which can be waist deep and fast flowing. After a quick lunch we set off for Greenstone hut. The Four Square was the only grocery as far as I could tell (it’s a two-block town), so I bought a couple more days of food and repackaged it while doing some people watching. It still took me a couple rides and some time to make it to Methven. Even if it is full they always find a place for TA hikers. 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. This is the last large town most hikers will see for many weeks or months. Many choices of cafes, restaurants, and take aways. Four Square for a full resupply also a choice of restaurants, bars, cafes and take aways. Resupplying can be one of the most daunting logistical aspects of a thru-hike. After a quick lunch we set off for Greenstone hut. | 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. 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. Countdown is a large, conventional supermarket—my preferred option. During the peak periods of Christmas and New Year they may already be fully booked. 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. 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. Resupply food & gas. If the weather is forecast to be bad in the Tararuas, which is very often, consider waiting for better weather. One of the common questions we get is about how we'll resupply food and other essentials while we're on the trail. This ended up being a great move as it got me out of the city and the Countdown was right along the trail. 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. The rewards of thru-hiking are many, but the trail presents equal … Te Araroa (The Long Pathway) is New Zealand's long distance tramping route, stretching circa 3,000 kilometres (1,900 mi) along the length of the country's two main islands from Cape Reinga to Bluff.It is made up of a mixture of older tracks and walkways, new tracks, and link sections alongside roads. The trail goes straight through Bulls and right along the outskirts of Fielding. The Te Araroa starts on the other side of lake Wakatipu. Those familiar with the Guthook App used on most major US trails and some internationally, it is from the same creators. I resupplied from the Countdown before heading out. DAYS. It also details which Post Offices will receive Bounce Boxes with their address and open times. I snacked or lunched in each of them, but chose to do my next full resupply in Hamilton. Thank you Sam! Kaiatia is only 13km away. 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. Grocery Store with small resupply option. There’s a large New World located in town, just a couple blocks off the lake front. Resupply You might have better luck the farther out of town you go. Te Anau (KM 2772.2) | I hitched along Highway 94 about 30km west to the town of Te Anau. Many restaurants, take aways and cafes. expensive but useful. Note that Highway 7 was busier than usual this year because Highway 1 (the coastal route from Christchurch to Picton) was closed due to landslides. Like the other “big” New Zealand cities, Whanganui had both a PAC’nSAVE and a Countdown. Like the other “big” New Zealand cities, Whanganui had both a PAC’nSAVE and a Countdown. 1. I ended up going with Blazing Paddles, which seemed to be the most popular choice and caters to the large-group-of-thru-hikers niche in the canoe rental market. 15km and 3-5 hours away. Your NamePoste Restante536 Anglesea Street​Hamilton 3204New Zealand. 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. Both would have had adequate supermarkets. The notes are full with helpful tips, telephone numbers and contact details of companies to get across rivers, rent kayaks, and even private landowners you should call before accessing their farmland. Havelock (KM 1787.1) | A tiny, one-main-street kind of town with some charm. It also details which Post Offices will receive Bounce Boxes with their address and open times. The road is fast, but it’s a straight shot into town so I didn’t have too much trouble getting a ride. Snacks at the Mobil Petrol Station. I don’t like sending food boxes; I prefer to buy-as-you-go. I didn’t research trail towns before starting, opting instead to figure it out as I went. A bounce box is a box that you continually send to yourself while hiking. Te Araroa passes it on the way out of Wanaka. Rough plan is to begin with the Timber Trail and resupply at Taumarunui. A small petrol station with snacks and a tavern across the road with meals. Many cafes, restaurants and take away food options. 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. Resupply at Four Square is reasonable. 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. It is common to send packages to these locations. Buy and ship food for South Island from here unless you have done it earlier. | A tiny tourist stop for campervans heading east or west, this is probably the second most popular place people send food boxes (besides St Arnaud). If you are starting the trail northbound this is a full service town with everything you need to resupply for the start of the trail. The second is larger and where the locals shop. For me, that was exactly its allure. I arrived by lunch to find a working grill and enough snacks to get me to Kerikeri. | Methven is actually quite far off the trail. I hiked the Te Araroa NOBO in the season of ’15/’16 and in 2017 I also hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. A short 1km detour off the trail to a large Countdown Supermarket with full resupply. Resupply One of the common questions we get is about how we'll resupply food and other essentials while we're on the trail. For a country rich in natural beauty, it is perhaps one of the most thorough ways to see all that New Zealand has to offer. I plan on staying in Hostels about once a week. Many take away food options near the trail. The trail can be very expensive if always eating take away food from Dairies. This worked well as there’s nothing whatsoever at Cape Reinga. Hamner Springs – It is a long 55km hitch into Hamner Springs. This is the last resupply until the town of St Arnaud 161km away. 2. If there has been no rain for a long period of time and the hiker is VERY EXPERIENCED at river crossings then it is sometimes possible to hike through this deep and wide crossing. TA Resupply Guide. Kia ora koutou, I have recently finalized my walking schedule and resupply plan. Basic Te Araroa resupply at the Night n Day Food Store. Packages can be sent to Alpine Lodge in St Arnaud. It’s beautiful and located right on the water, but was buzzing with backpackers and tourists when I got there. Salt Air Cafe has WIFI. To wake up in the morning and make a decision that day about how far I’ll walk, or not to hike that day, or to camp somewhere unexpected if the mood takes me. This is a complete resupply guide for hiking the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand. | The hike from Whanganui to Palmerston North was probably my least favorite section of the trail, but at least I didn’t have to carry much food. The bar next door does great meals and beer. Te Araroa (The Long Pathway) passes through all of New Zealand, in one of the world's most famous long distance trails. New World can vary in size and is typically more expensive. A Trail Angle is a term used to describe anyone helping out a hiker. I sent six boxes from Wellington, and one from Queenstown to Invercargill with stuff I wanted after the trail. Riverton to Te Anau. I went to Subway and bought a large Sub, that was all the food I needed to hike the 25km to Paihia. | Wanaka is a fairly large tourist town. Both are on route to the start of the trail and popular places to stop on route to other hikes in the area like the Reese Dart, Routeburn, Greenstone and Capels Track. 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. Many cafes, restaurants, take away food options. Those just starting the trail in the South Island and not ‘Trail Fit‘, may take much longer. Te Araroa - The Long Pathway Monday, July 22, 2013. The Te Araroa trail (TA) stretches for over 3,000km through New Zealand from Cape Reinga, at the top of the north island to Bluff, at the bottom of the south island. This trek is unlike the popular national scenic trails of North America and the gear needed (and available brands) will differ somewhat. Another option is an easy hitch to the town of Nightcaps which has a Four Square for resupply. From here onward, supermarkets are more frequent and located closer to the trail. Overall, Te Araroa (TA) has a plethora of resupply options. It is a short hitch uphill from the trail to Arthur Pass. Along its meandering route, the TA crosses through native bush forests, rural farmland, stunning alpine vistas, and even Auckland’s city center. Whanganui river journey on 08/12 and Interislander "sailing to the other side" on 24/12. 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. The store is not very large and was super crowded, but I thought the prices were normal and it stocked most of the essentials. Many people sent boxes there, and it looked like the center was friendly if you had a package to pick up. This was the first full supermarket since Paihia. Many restaurants, cafes and take away food options. A small marina with a Fish and Chips Take away and a very small general store. It’s not a proper supermarket and has maybe 3-4 small rows of groceries. Has a choice of 2 large grocery stores, New World and Countdown. Where To Get Premium Mooncakes For Mid-Autumn Festival 2020, Liam Hemsworth and his new girlfriend Gabriella Brooks kiss while surfing, BREAKING NEWS: Coronavirus and Temporary Visa holders. There is a small grocery store with basic resupply, it is attached to a take away with great burgers etc. | I bought my first resupply in Auckland then bussed up to the start of the trail. The Plan! The Four Square at the Petrol Station has a full resupply and gas canisters but is very expensive. Large New World Supermarket with full resupply and a large choice of restaurants, cafes and take aways. Having thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, I figured Te Araroa would be no problem. Then walk the few days to the beginning of the Tongariro crossing and do a few days in the national park. Across the road at the Alpine Lodge Backpackers there is a restaurant with great Pizza and beer. Through valleys and forests, over mountains and rivers and volcanic rock, along lakes, beaches, cliffs and under whatever the skies above might throw, the TA is a tricky path to follow. Buy or send enough food to make it to Arthur Pass 113km away. Includes information on bounce boxes and resupply box. 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. | You’ll notice I didn’t list Wellington, because while I did spend a day there, I didn’t resupply. Te Araroa (TA), or “The Long Pathway,” is a hiking trail across the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Te Anau resting. Great 20 bed hut. Overview. There is also a cafe which serves a great breakfast. As a result, Te Araroa Trust has declared the Rakaia a hazard zone which does not form part of the trail. The next most expensive are the Four Square, Fresh Choice and Supervalue. Unfortunately, I arrived on Christmas Eve so the restaurant was closed. Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail. 2. The best option is not to resupply in Auckland but wait until the outer suburbs near the Airport. I would avoid doing a full resupply here if possible. There are also a number of bakeries and restaurants in town. The Te Araroa starts on the other side of lake Wakatipu. Most people make this an easy half hike from their accomodation in Wellington. Large Countdown and New World Supermarkets for full resupply. 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. There was all sorts of activity and a number of eateries to pick from. Several restaurants, cafes and take away options. 2. 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