Te Araroa – New Zealand’s Trail – is the 3000km walking track stretching from Cape Reinga in the North of New Zealand to Bluff in the South. The trail is not just a back-country track, it connects town and country and provides those who walk the track with a wide variety of New Zealand experiences.
Te Araroa runs through Koitiata and our village provides a welcome respite after the SH3 highway tramp from Whanganui, and especially so if they have encountered a howling westerly headwind on Beach Road before reaching the village.
The Koitiata camp ground generously provides free camping for Te Araroa trail walkers and many have also been recipients to other hospitality from the village’s residents.
The trail continues on down Turakina Beach for 8 Kms until the turnoff inland at Fusilier Road and then continues via Santoft, Raumai and Parewanui Roads to Bulls.
The links below the photo will take you to the map and trail notes page relative to the part the trail that passes through Koitiata and along Turakina Beach. There is also a link to the very informative Te Araroa web site.
The welcome shown by residents towards those passing through extends all the way down the beach. From left: Dylan from Australia, Folkers from South Africa, Hannele from Finland, Anja from Switzerland, and Noam from Israel. They stopped in to inspect the Dune Ship and have a cuppa on their way down Turakina Beach, south of Koitiata on 30th December 2017.