Te ARA HURA - Self-guided 85KM walk around waiheke
Challenge yourself to this fantastic walking experience.
4 days and 4 nights - from $NZD1,495 per person shared double/twin or $NZD1,795 per person* for double room with private bathroom and deck.
ABOUT TE ARA HURA
In 2015 the Te Ara Hura was opened and for the first time the stunning walking tracks and hiking trails of Waiheke Island have been linked to form a continuous 100km route. (See note below!) Te Ara Hura means ‘Discover the Way’ and that is surely what you will do, seeing the real Waiheke, one step at a time.
To walk the trail is to really discover Waiheke Island, from the fabulous coastal headlands with million dollar views, the picturesque beaches dotted with quirky, quaint baches that give Waiheke its magical character, to the forest heart of the island with lush native bush, regenerating forests, streams, wetlands and birdlife aplenty, and on down to the far end of the Island – huge vistas, stunning coastal farms, rural, untouched and very, very Waiheke. Very New Zealand.
This walk is done in 4 segments from 15km to 25km per day and offers a fabulous multi-day walk that encompasses the best of Waiheke Island scenery, character, landscape and food & wine. Everything is covered, from strolling the village foot paths to hiking through challenging terrain. A reasonable level of fitness is required.
Day 1. Matiatia ferry terminal to Onetangi. 18km. A day to start discovering magical Waiheke. (70% track, 30% quiet back roads).
Day 2. Onetangi to Passage Rock. 23km or 28km including via Stony Batter. Big skies day. (80% gravel farm road, 20% quiet sealed road).
Day 3. Awaawaroa to Rangihoua. 17km of spectacular bush and coast trails including some challenges. (90% trails, 10% quiet sealed road).
Day 4. Anzac Bay to Matiatia. 22km including wetlands, beaches, quirky baches and stunning coastal headlands. (75% trails, 25% quiet roads).
The fine print
More info ... To complete the trail in 4 days involves 6-8 hours per day walking to cover 16-25km per day. Most people find if their normal walking pace is 5km/h they will average 3km/h over the hills and tracks. Some days are easier, with more country roads than single tracks. The elevations are varied but it is all quite hilly (with beautiful views)! The highest point on the island is Mt Maunganui at 230m but when walking the entire track you will cover close to 2000m of ascent over the 85km.
With iWalkWaiheke we can be very flexible with how far you walk each day, as we offer a pick up from where you get to!
It’s a quirky, gorgeous island and discovering it by foot is immensely rewarding!
*This option applies to bookings after March 2019 in new iWalkWaiheke luxury cottage accommodation. ($NZD1,795 per person for double room with private bathroom and deck).
Price includes taxes.
Minimum of 2 people or single supplement applies, sorry. Maximum of 10 people at any time.
AVAILABLE DATES 2019, (in bold type) 4 DAYS AND 4 NIGHTS STARTING FROM:
January - Tuesday 8th (FULL), Tuesday 15th, or Tuesday 29th.
February - Tuesday 12th, Tuesday 19th (FULL), or Tuesday 26th.
March - Tuesday 12th, or Tuesday 26th.
April - Tuesday 9th, or Tuesday 23rd.
May - Tuesday 7th, or Tuesday 21st (FULL).
Start days may be flexible dependent upon prior bookings.
Extra nights may be booked dependent upon prior bookings.
Also see Waiheke Walking Holiday for alternative dates
For Winter walks and Summer 2019/2020 please email firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and information.
Accommodation and continental breakfast for 4 nights, fabulous 3 course welcome dinner on first night and delicious BBQ on 3rd night, wine with dinner, goodies to prepare a picnic lunches for Days 3 and 4, your experienced host and chef, all transport as required on each day, and all maps, guidance and support. Not included are ferry tickets to/from Waiheke, dinner out on day 2 and 4, lunches purchased enroute on day 1 and day 2.
NOTE: Nov 2018 as seen some small parts of Te Ara Hura temporarily closed due to Kauri Dieback (a disease killing our majestic Kauri trees). Some alternate routes are in place and some places have to be bypassed. The trail is still wonderful, and so many beautiful parts are unaffected, but currently the walk is about 85km! It can be completed in 4 days by most walkers.