Te Araroa Walkway - Methven Mt Hutt Guide NZ

Te Araroa Walkway

The Te Araroa Walkway is a 3,000km route that runs the length of New Zealand, connecting Cape Reinga in the North to Bluff in the South via public walkways and tracks. Officially opened in December 2011, the route passes through the spectacular high country in our region.

While the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers in our area pose a natural barrier to Te Araroa’s trampers in much the same manner as the Cook Straight does, they also make natural beginning or end points for Te Araroa section trampers. It is really only through-trampers that have to deal with the issue of getting across these rivers. (The Te Araroa website has some travel suggestions and links to operators that may be able to provide assistance, and you can also contact the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre for help).

Te Araroa can be walked in either direction. Those who combine both islands, however, usually start at Cape Reinga in October or November and are then able to walk the majority of the South Island during the optimum period. In the process they will (most likely!) avoid problems with snow and snow melt and the Southland lambing closures.

Te Araroa: Rakaia River to Rangitata River Section

This section of the Te Araroa Walkway starts at Glenrock Stream (Double Hill Run Road) and finished at Potts River Bridge carpark (Hakatere Potts Road). The walkway crosses the Hakatere Conservation Park, covering a distance of 70km and takes approximately four days to complete.

  • Glenrock Stream to Comyns Hut – 15.7km / 4-5hr
  • Comyns Hut to Double Hutt junction – 16km / 6-8hr
  • Double Hut junction to Hakatere Heron Rd – 14km / 3-4hr
  • Clearwater Track – 21km / 4-6hr
  • Distance: 70km, 4 days
  • Classification: Tramping Track
  • Pre/post trail accommodation: Stay in Methven
  • Accommodation en route: Comyns Hut, Double Junction Hut, Lake Heron Campground, Mt Somers Village, Manuka Hut, and Mt Potts Lodge.
  • Potential Hazards: Farming operations, river crossings (never cross flooded rivers), track exposed to sun/wind/cold, few water sources (be sure to fill at Manuka Hut).
  • More information: Details on this page have been sourced from the Te Araroa Walkway website where detailed trail maps and notes can be downloaded.