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Waterdrops on plant

Gore-Tex (Pro) vs Ascentshell, FutureLight, eVent and co.

Comparison of waterproof and breathable laminates for jackets, bivouacs, etc.

Shower in the river

5 quick-tips for good hygiene when hiking

Keep body and equipment clean

Marker of Te Araroa

Overview Te Araroa thru-hike in New Zealand (2020)

Thru-Hiking in New Zealand - a summary

Poncho-Tarp selfmade

Cuben Fiber vs Silnylon vs Silpoly

Advantages and disadvantages of each material for tents and tarps

Balls of wool

Merino vs Synthetic vs Cotton

Improve your comfort with the right material

Ultralight Footprint

Ultralight Footprints DIY

The 1 Euro tent pad - protection for the tent floor

Passport for customs

Visa and entry in New Zealand

Applying for the right visa for Te Araroa

Emergency lego image

Insurance and precautions for the hike

Avoid high costs in case of an accident

Finances and administration

How much does it cost to hike Te Araroa?

Start with enough money and minimize worries

Hiker looking up mountain

My gear list of Te Araroa

PLB and other equipment

Mobile phone

Phone providers in New Zealand

Watch out when buying data

Compass in hand

Navigating Te Araroa

Using apps to not get lost on the trail

Food on trail

Resupply / Water / Gas / Poste Restante

Stocking up on supplies on Te Araroa

Bluff sign in New zealand

Starting point of Te Araroa in New Zealand

Where the trail starts and how to get there

Hot sun

UV Rays and the New Zealand Heat

Protect your skin

Stormy weather

Unpredictable new zealand weather

Te Araroa can be stormy

Hat and sleeping bag

Hut's and wild camping on the Te Araroa

Backcountry Pass and other preparations

Helping hand at hiking

Trail Angels and Koha in New Zealand

Give and take on Te Araroa

Beach with single person

Other hikers and HYOH

Don't lose sight of your goal

Cute Rat

Sandflys, rats and possums

Some annoying fellow hikers

River in NZ

Crossing rivers on Te Araroa

Be prepared and don't risk anything!

Kayak on Whanganui River

Whanganui River kayaking

Spend 7 days on the water

A random road

Shuttle for river crossing Raikaia and Rangitata

Bypassing the two big rivers

Oldschool gaiters

Gaiters to keep stones out of your shoes

Minimize blisters and sores while hiking

Man drinking water

Nalgene VS CamelBak VS PET bottle

Which hydration system for hiking?


Vitamin 'I' also called Ibuprofen

Painkillers for hiking

Rainwear for hiking a comparison of options

Poncho vs Rain Jacket

Elevation profile Te Araroa Compass Example Image

Elevation profile - Te Araroa 2019/2020

Elevation profile according to the latest data

Garmin InReach Mini

SOS devices (PLB) for thru-hikes and dangerous hikes

Cell phone reception at the end of the world

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite Large shortened

Ultralight sleeping pads for hiking

The difference between shivering and sleeping at night.

Shoes, Gore-Tex and Gaiters

From leather boots to sandals made from car tires

Mosquito seeks blood

Insect protection in comparison

DEET, permethrin, picaridin: what helps against insects?

Different Fabrics and Yarn

Cuben-Fiber (Dyneema Composite), X-Pac, Cordura and co.

Comparison of different ultralight materials

Backpacks in grass

Ultralight hiking backpacks tips and recommendations

...and the fall from Mount Everest

Tiny Backpack

Base Weight Definitions

What do the different terms mean?

Guy with Quilt

Quilt or sleeping bag the pros and cons

Synthetic vs Down


Buff - bandana, headband, sweatband

An insanely versatile tube scarf

Cooker at night

The Super Cat Alcohol Stove (aka Fancy feast stove)

Gasoline stove from metal can

Survival knife

Knife, axe and shovel

Survival on the hike

Resupply / Water / Gas / Poste Restante

Stocking up on supplies on Te Araroa

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Food on trail


Resupply, the process of restocking food supplies and other utensils, can be difficult at different stages. The period between different cities varies from 1-10+ days. Whereas 10 days was the maximum for us (with relatively slow hiking speed). On the North Island there are many ways to get food. On the South Island, it might be necessary to hitch 4x to either a village or a town. Alternatively, a resupply package can be sent to the places listed below for a small fee. Check the respective websites as no guarantee can be given that this is still up to date. Many hikers decide to use the resupply box and send the 4 packages on the North Island in Palmersten North or Wellington to the respective addresses on the south island. Others hitch out. We also sent the packages and then each still hitched out for a zero day in civilization. Some of the villages have only a small selection and are extremely expensive. Therefore, sending the packages can make sense, even when hitching out.

The amount of food depends on the next section to be covered. The number of days is discussed roughly in each section in the trail notes and are sometimes addressed in the Guthook app in the comments. A complete planning before the start can be useful as a rough overview. However, this is not a must!

Resupply packages for long sections

Havelock Holiday Park
This small village also offers a 4Square with relatively good choices

St. Arnaud Alpine Lodge
There is little available here. Only one very small store. Many hitch to Nelson as it is very expensive here.

Boyle Village Outdoor Education Center
There are no stores etc. here. The center offers some rudimentary meals and some accommodation. Many hit Hamner Springs for some down time.

Arthurs Pass The Sanctuary
Offers a small store and restaurants. Very little selection though.


Food preferences vary widely. Popular are: Mashed potatoes, ramen noodles, dried peas, OSM bars, canned and plastic-wrapped tuna and salmon, nuts, freeze-dried (Backcountry Meals…very expensive), cheese and salami, tortilla wraps, peanut butter, etc.

Cheap supermarkets are PakNSave and Countdown. These tend to be huge. New World is more on the expensive side but still moderate and very well stocked. 4Square is relatively small and expensive. Often offers more than enough for a resupply. However, the size and amenities of 4Squares vary by region.

Water Filters.

Some do not use a water filter at all. Often the water is drinkable directly from the river/stream. However, there are many farms in New Zealand with cows and other animals that can contaminate the water. Sometimes there are even dead rates or mice in the water tanks / roof of the huts. It can be risky to drink directly without filtering. Some rely on boiling the water, which I think is rather inefficient as a lot of gas is wasted. The Sawyer filter with a 2L Platypus has served us well (Sawyer Sequeeze is much more recommended than the Mini and Micro). There are many other similar filters available, but I have no experience with them.

Poste Restante:

This is a service provided by the New Zealand Post Office for travelers. With this service, you can send yourself a package to some specific post offices. I used the service to forward my shoes in a package about every 700-800km. In addition, I sent online purchases of, for example, equipment replacements to this nearest possible Poste-Restante location. The cost depends on how long the package is kept. For post offices and costs See: Poste Restante website.

Example of a “Poste Restante” address:

Peter Muster (your first and last name).
Poste Restante
Victoria Street Box Lobby
151 Victoria Street West
Auckland Central 1010
New Zealand

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