One of the most frustrating parts of planning our Te Araroa hike, was not knowing where to pitch our tent each night – especially on the North Island! We’ve uploaded this map of campsites, wild camp spots and huts to hopefully help the next generation of walkers. I think the official line is that wild camping is not permitted in New Zealand however we never had a problem and as long as you are discreet and respectful you shouldn’t either. Some of these places we’d not recommend but you can click on the icons for more info.

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  • 1. Ninety Mile Beach (100km)

    Multi-day Walk | 4 days | Te Araroa Trail | New Zealand

    Our rating: 4/5

    A bloody tough introduction to the world of thru-hiking in New Zealand. 4 days walking on the beach, camping in the sand dunes and exploring North Northland

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  • 2. The Northern Forests (Coast to Coast)

    Multi-day Walk | 4 days (with a hitch!) | Te Araroa Trail | New Zealand

    Our rating: 2/5

    Walking through the Northern forests is not something you or I would normally classify as walking. The mud is thick, the vines are over grown, the views are lacking and it has the general feel of neglect rather than trail maintenance. That said, everyone has a “Raetea forest story” and you’ll be missing out if you get to the South Island without having a tale to tell around the camp fire.

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  • 3. Paihia to Whangarei Heads

    Multi-day Walk | 5 Days | Te Araroa Trail | New Zealand

    Our rating: 4/5

    A right mix of trail – from walking up a river for 4km (great fun!) to some pretty forests and trail, to long gravel roads and some more beach.

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  • 4. WHANGAREI HEADS TO AUCKLAND

    Multi-day Walk | 7 days | Te Araroa Trail | New Zealand

    Making our way down the East coast, getting closer and closer to Auckland. Some stunning coastal paths, some forests and a penguin called Heidi.

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  • 5. WAITOMO TO TAUMARUNUI

    Multi-day Walk | 6 days (with a hitch) | Te Araroa Trail | New Zealand

    Our rating: 4/5

    Probably would have been a lower rating if we followed the official Te Araroa route but via the Timber Trail the walking was lovely!

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  • 6. WHANGANUI RIVER

    Multi-day Canoe trip | 5 days | Te Araroa Trail | Whanganui River

    Our rating: 5/5

    Pure trail highlight! I am so glad we decided to do the 5 day trip – it was so much fun and we made some really awesome friends on that river.

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  • Side trip – Mount Taranaki

    Mount Taranaki | Active Volcano | Te Araroa Side Trip | New Zealand

    Our rating: 5/5

    Having already hiked the Tongariro section of the Te Araroa we decide to use our time by climbing the mighty Mt Taranaki. At 2,518m this was an epic feat that we would highly recommend.

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