How to hike Te Araroa’s Timber Trail section in the Central North Island

On this fourth video within the Bought to Get Out Te Araroa collection, host Robert Bruce exhibits what it’s like taking a bunch of novice hikers on the Timber Path. Video / Equipped

On this fourth video within the Bought to Get Out Te Araroa collection, host Robert Bruce exhibits what it’s like taking a bunch of novice hikers on the Timber Path. The aim of this collection is to encourage every single day Kiwis to stroll sections of Te Araroa, to enhance their well being and wellness and show it’s not only for match foreigners.

For the previous half yr, myself and with a small group of consultants have been teaching a bunch of comparatively novice hikers to stroll sections (that means quick weekend-long journeys) of Te Araroa.

Te Araroa is a mountain climbing / strolling path spanning the size of New Zealand. We wished to point out what will be achieved by every-day Kiwis, with out taking months off work.

The fourth video on this collection paperwork our group of novice hikers trying the 84km lengthy Timber Path, SOBO (south sure). The Timber Path is within the central North Island.

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The group left Auckland early on a Friday morning (6am), so as to full this stroll throughout three days. Most individuals would mountain bike the Timber Path in two days or stroll it throughout 4, however our group wished to cut back their time without work work, so we pushed a bit additional than regular every day – strolling round 28km per day from Pureora to achieve the top, in Ōngarue, simply three days later.

This part of Te Araroa follows the previous railway tram path, carved out of the bush within the early a part of the 1900s to extract tonnes of native logs from the realm proper up till the Sixties when authorities intervention saved the remaining forest for extra felling. The remaining native forest principally on the Pureora finish is gorgeous, untouched; timber comparable to rimu, mataī, tōtara and miro tower excessive above, residence to quite a few endangered birds together with kākā and kōkako.

Intensive trapping and searching within the space seems to be protecting pest and wild animals below management, giving the valuable fauna house and time to bounce again.

Hiking Te Araroa isn't just for hardy hikers - novices can take it on too, with the right training and support. Photo / Supplied
Mountaineering Te Araroa is not only for hardy hikers – novices can take it on too, with the proper coaching and assist. Picture / Equipped

The Timber Path observe itself just isn’t technically tough, simply lengthy. The hard-packed clay and gravel is pretty powerful underfoot when strolling lengthy days, so hikers ought to think about if trail-runner sneakers or boots are a greater possibility for this repetitive trudging. Our group skilled some foot ache, blisters, and a few of them pulled out on the Piropiro campsite at roughly the half means level, to offer their our bodies an opportunity to get better after such gruelling lengthy days.

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I say there’s no disgrace in pulling out of a hike when it’s too powerful. Be sort to your self within the outdoor, and save your physique so you possibly can hike one other day.

There are quite a few historic websites alongside this part of Te Araroa with signposts which are value stopping to learn. Walkers particularly, in comparison with cyclists, have time to cease and browse the knowledge and study extra about this fascinating space. Having ridden the Timber Path just lately myself, I can affirm you’re much less prone to cease as usually to learn info or soak up the great thing about the place, so I believe strolling provides you a fuller expertise.

Folks serious about mountain climbing sections of Te Araroa, ought to obtain the path notes and put together by sourcing the proper clothes for the circumstances, tools comparable to strolling poles and footwear, light-weight and waterproof tents, and light-weight excessive vitality vitamin to maintain vitality up throughout lengthy days on foot with backpack.

Most people would mountain bike the Timber Trail in two days or walk it across four. Photo / Supplied
Most individuals would mountain bike the Timber Path in two days or stroll it throughout 4. Picture / Equipped

Some recommendation for hikers wishing to stroll the Timber Path:

  • You would strive mountain biking as an alternative of strolling. It’s two comparatively straightforward days (40km) on a motorcycle, versus three or 4 exhausting days strolling. Simply be aware that as a rider, you’re much less probably to soak up all of the fascinating info within the space, whereas wanting over your handlbars on the floor forward.
  • Pack for any climate eventuality, as there may be important rainfall within the space, and circumstances are thought of ‘alpine’ in some components as a consequence of excessive altitudes and publicity to components. Glorious moist climate gear and layers are vital.
  • Pack mild. Are you able to share tools along with your walking-mates? Do it’s essential convey all of it? Shaving kilograms out of your pack makes strolling loads simpler. Heavy canvas backpacks, massive tents, and an excessive amount of package can actually weigh you down on the path.
  • Harden your ft forward of this (or any) lengthy stroll by going barefoot within the weeks prior, doing plenty of follow strolling, taping your toes or utilizing hikers’ wool, and wearing-in new footwear lengthy forward of time.
  • Some hikers choose grippy sneakers / path runners to boots that may really feel heavy over lengthy distances. Boots vs sneakers is a matter of non-public choice and hotly disputed in Te Araroa circles, however both means, guarantee you’ve walked lengthy distances and carried a heavy pack throughout coaching to keep away from surprises.
  • Take a PLB (private locator beacon) as a result of there may be minimal or no telephone service to name for assist.
  • Trekking poles will be helpful on lengthy sections of Te Araroa, to take pressure off again and supply stability.
  • In the event you choose a cushty stick with beds, there are two totally different lodging choices on the half means level of Piropiro.

You’ll be able to watch the primary three components of the collection at nzherald.co.nz/journey or utilizing these hyperlinks:

Half one

Half two

Half three

The subsequent movies might be out quickly, as this mission proceeds by way of more and more tough sections of Te Araroa. A documentary following the novice hikers journeys, might be launched in 2023.

This video collection has been supported by Backcountry Delicacies.

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The Timber Trail section of Te Araroa follows the old railway tram trail, carved out of the bush in the early part of the 1900s.  Photo / Supplied
The Timber Path part of Te Araroa follows the previous railway tram path, carved out of the bush within the early a part of the 1900s. Picture / Equipped