Walking New Zealand

Improvemen­ts to Tararua section of trail ongoing


The Te Araroa Wellington Trust (TAWT) and DOC are working on a new level of co-operation especially affecting improvemen­ts to the Tararua section of the Te Araroa Trail. The trust is working with KiwiRail to overcome slip damage on the Escarpment Track (Paekākārik­i to Pukerua Bay). This work will involve a temporary bypass above the slip so the Trail does not need to be closed. Work continues on maintenanc­e, signage and bridge upgrades on the trail. The Escarpment Track continues to attract large numbers of day walkers with the trail counter providing proof of popularity ( just under 30,000 in 2020). However its ongoing maintenanc­e especially relating to slips does involve a lot of work. TAWT is continuing to negotiate with private and Iwi land owners to provide access over land that circumvent­s walkers having to go on the road. These include discussion­s with the Waipunahau Wi Parata Trust for a track over their land above Waikanae and with WCC and landowners on the potential of an overland route down the Ohariu Valley.

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