Walk along Waiotoi Rd for about 2.8 km. There was a brochure produced for the track, which included a sketch of the proposed route for the whole North Island (and which has pretty much been realised as envisaged, except for a bit that detoured to the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland). spikebowler@hotmail.com 0212 544 919 or 09 402 7717. i-SITE Visitor Information Centres – The Wharf, Marsden Rd, Paihia, 09 402 7345 or 0800 363 463. Maybe the board hire truck can hold your pack for you. You are now on the Pukatea Ridge. It is marked on the 2019-20 map as a dotted line, and on the NZ Topo map as noted. Marsden Point is the site of NZ’s only oil refinery. Always check the Trail Status pages of the official Te Araroa website for recent changes or alerts on the trail. For sights along the way see, 15. Dogs will bark but won’t hurt you. I suspect another reason why Mangakaretu Rd is used is that the trail previously went across SH 10, following the Kerikeri River and over farmland past Mt Maungaparerua to join the top end of Mangakaretu Rd. At the end of this road the Papakauri Track continues. It comes out at Clements Rd and you end up at Matapōuri, a very nice place by various accounts (especially Whale Bay). SH46 is 1.5 km from the car park. How are northbound hikers to tackle what is by definition a southbound experience: paddling down the Whanganui River? See below for more details. The settlers cleared the forest to create farm land, but poor access, erosion and falling prices for farm stock during the Depression caused many to abandon their farms. The Ruahine section, ending at a spot called Kuripapango on the Napier–Taihape Rd, takes seven days alone according to, If you want to press on through the Kaweka and Kaimanawa ranges a problem is that the ideal spot for exiting on the Desert Road to cross over into Tongariro National Park and ultimately meet up with the Tongariro Crossing via the round-the-mountain track is that the army live ammunition training ground is in your way. There are great views from here along the coast. New Zealand’s existing trail networks don’t match this style very well, though. The small settlements going upriver are, with distances from the centre of Whanganui, Parikino, Atene (36 km), Koroniti (46.4 km) Matawihi (c.53 km), Ranana (58.8 km), Jerusalem (66 km), Pipiriki (78 km). Raetea Forest Track: 18 km, 9.5 hrs (maps 9, 8, 7). The morning broke cold, wet and grey. There is a beach track into Rama Rd just before you get to Marsden Point Beach carpark. There is little flat land for camping and pigs have dug up a lot of the grass. The 18 km portion to Mangaorakei Rd is unsealed and sometimes muddy. Good for daily weather updates, plus has interpretive displays about the park. You could detour here, or go right over Herangi Hill over peach coloured dunes and past unusual dune grasses to Te Werahi Beach Track. After you have headed west on this a bit you turn right into Kaiatea Rd, and then right again into Matapōuri Rd to reach the coast. Then it is 5.5 km north along the beach to Ruakākā. I’d been ambivalent about TA, Te Araroa, who needs to walk 70 km through Auckland, bash away through gorse or down long km of farm trails up in the North Island? After about 4 km you reach Kaiikanui Rd (with a footwear washing station beforehand for you to use). You can cross the Ruakākā River mouth at low tide from the rock/concrete wall (at the point at the northernmost end of the Ruakākā Beach Holiday Park ?) 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