Hiking the Te Araroa in Aotearoa (New Zealand): part 4

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  1. Hey, I recently discovered your blog. I am so excited to read all from the beginning of. I hope you’re good now. Good luck!


  2. Hey! I recently discovered you blog. I am so excited to read all from the beginnings of. I hope you’re well. Good luck!

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  3. Hi I just read all your posts and loved 5. Though I cant comment in it.
    Youve helped answer my question. .. after reading about TeAroroa for awhile now I’m not convinced to thru hike it completely so have decided on Queen Charlotte to Tekapo next summer. Felt reassuring knowing u dont suggest the full trek.
    Curious what guidebook did u use?? I bought the Geoff Chappell one but its huge and just glossy. Lacks info I want like places to resupply food or get mail drops (vegan treats are hard to source).
    Any tips or links would be much appreciated.
    Thank you
    And I look forward to seeing where u go after you hopped off it.


    1. hey!

      i’m glad that the blog post was useful 🙂 🙂

      we used the TA wiki to help us to decide whether to do maildrops and where to get our resupplies.

      most other people sent mailboxes to pelorus bridge, st arnaud, boyle village and arthur’s pass. we didn’t do that and instead chose to hitchhike off the trail to get food. (this was because we didn’t know if my knee injury would get bad again and we might not reach the destinations of our packages!!)

      if you want to feel like you’re doing a thru-hike then send the packages 🙂

      As for a guidebook, we didn’t use one. we printed out the official trail notes from the Te Araroa website and we also printed out the official maps, which are also on the website. but you should only print the maps in colour and in A3 (we tried to save money by printing A4 and they weren’t useful!) The cheapest place to print maps in NZ is a shop called Warehouse Stationery, which is in all cities.

      other TA hikers were using a different, better map. apparently people have put the download link on the TA Facebook page, so maybe you can search for it 🙂

      The trail notes and the maps are not great. i normally hike with good guidebooks (such as the Topoguides in France), and i was quite disappointed by the lack of detail in the TA trail notes and maps. but it’s great that the TA Trust provides them for free 🙂

      Most hikers from the US were reliant on their mobile phones and many didn’t use paper maps. most of them had a phone app called GutHook (and i think there is also another app for the TA). GutHook tells you where every wild camping spot and water source is, as well as your location.

      We filtered our water most of the time (using a purifier bottle by Grayl) but many hikers drank straight from the rivers if there were no farms around.

      one more piece of advice: there is a Poste Restante system in NZ, meaning you can send mail to a town’s post office and collect it in the future. BUT the post offices do not accept packages from courier companies. I didn’t know this and all of the mail that i directed to a post office was sent back to the sender (contact lenses, hiking poles, water filters etc). if you buy something online from a private company, it will usually be sent by courier and therefore not eligible for Poste Restante!

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