This is a diagrammatic representation of our route, although not exact, it's pretty close. See a full route description below the map.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
Route Description: Approximate Mileage
 
   
  Disclaimer: This route crosses private land. For the good of hiking, be respectful and contact the landowners before entering. Respect all property living or not, leave everything as you find it including all gates. Please don’t litter, and if you find some carry it out when possible.

Track – marked, defined trail.
Route – sometimes marked with poles or cairns, other times unmarked, requires route finding and competent map skills.

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
  North Island

Cape Reinga to Ahipara – 101 kms
Lighthouse - Cape Reinga > Te Werahi Beach > Twilight Beach > Ninety Mile Beach > Ahipara

Ahipara to Kerikeri – 120 kms
Roma Road > Kaitaia Awaroa Road > Herekino Forest Track > Diggers Valley Road > Waiotehue Road > Takahue Saddle Road > Mangamuka Gorge Walkway > Mangamuka Road > Mangamuka Bridge > SH 1 >
Omahuta Road > Jacksons Road > Pupuke Mangapa Road > Omataroa Ridge Road > Waiare Road > Mangakaretu Road > Kerikeri Walkway > SH 10 > Waipapa Road > Kerikeri Road > Kerikeri

Kerikeri to Whananaki – 103 kms
Cocham Road > Kerikeri Inlet Road > Te Wairoa Road > Te Puke Road > Haruru Falls Road > Tau Henare Drive > Paihia > Paihia Coastal Walkway > Opua > Ferry > Okiato > Aucks Road > Russell Road > Russell Walkway > Punaruku Road > Russell Road > Helena Bay > Webb Road > Mimiwhangata Road > Beach walk to Pareparea Bay > 4WD Track > Rockells Bay > Rockell Road > Whananaki North Road > Whananaki

Whananaki to Waipu – 100 kms
Footbridge > Whananaki South > Coastal Walkway > McAuslin Road > Matapouri Road > Ngunguru > Ngunguru Road > Boat across Ngunguru River > Ngunguru Ford Road > Bush whack > Pataua North Road > Pataua South Road > Whangarei Heads Road > Whangarei Heads > Reotahi Road > Boat > Marsden Point > Beach walk > power station > Marsden Point Road > Ruakaka > Beach walk > Tip Road > Uretiti Road > SH 1 > Waipu

Waipu to Auckland – 150 kms
Cove Road > Cullen Road > Brynderwyn Walkway > Cove Road > Mangawhai Heads Road > Mangawhai Heads > Molesworth Drive > Insley Street > Black Swamp Road > Mangawhai Forest > Beach walk > Pakiri > Pakiri River Road > Bush track > Tamahunga > Govan Wilson Road > Dome Forest Walkway > Waiwhiu > Kraack Road > Smyth Road > Streamlands > Streamlands Swamp Road > West Coast Road > Matthew Road > Ahuroa Road > Puhoi > SH 1 > Orewa > SH 1 > East Coast Road > Carlisle Road > East Coast Bays Walkway > Devonport

Auckland to Hamilton – 197 kms
Ferry > Coast to Coast Walkway > McKenzie Road > Favona Road > Great South Road > Purinui Road > Boundary Road > Redoubt Road > Mill Road > Alfriston Road > Alfriston Ardmore Road > Mullins Road > Petersons Road > 4WD Track > Garvie Road > John Hill Road > White Road > Falls Road > Massey Track > Cosseys Wairoa Track > Suspension Bridge Track > Otau Road > Paparinu Road > Paparata Road > Twining Road > Lyons Road > Farm Land > Jeff Road > SH2 > Homestead Road > Koheroa Road > Farm Land > Main Trunk Railway Line > Meremere > SH1 > Dragway Road (Gregory Road) > Waikato River Walkway > Huntly > Riverview Road > Parker Road > Hakarimate Walkway > Ngaruawahia > River Road > Waikato River Walkway > Hamilton

Hamilton to Te Kuiti – 103 kms
Side Roads > SH23 > Farmland over Kapamahunga Range > Limeworks Loop Road > Track over Pirongia Mountain > Tiwareware Track > Hihikiwi Track (closed track, overgrown with occasional markers) > Pirongia West No 2 Road > SH31 > Kaimango Road > Farmland to Mahoe Road > Farmland to Ngatapuwae Road > Te Anga Road > Fullerton Road > Oparure Road > SH30 > Te Kuiti

Te Kuiti to Ohakune – 219 kms
Planned to walk along Mangaokewa Stream, but had to detour along SH30 due to Search and Rescue Operation > Mangaokewa Road > Ellis Road (Private Road) > SH30 > Maraeroa Road > Barryville Road > Bush Track > Mt. Pureora > Bush Track > Waihaha Hut > Bush Track > Western Bay Road > SH41 > Rumata Road (Private Road going through Moerangi and Oraukura Stations, phone number on gate) > Access Road No 4 > Rotoario Road > Lake Rotoaira Road > Tongariro Crossing > Sub Alpine Track > Whakapapa Village > Round the Mountain Track > Mountain Road > Ohakune

Ohakune to Wanganui – 130 kms
Raetihi Ohakune Road > Raetihi > Pipiriki Raetihi Road > Pipiriki > Canoe Wanganui River > Wanganui

Wanganui to Levin – 77 kms
SH3 > Turakina > Turakina Beach Road (Whangaehu River too large to cross) > Beach walk > Waitarere (Crossed Rangitikei and Manawatu Rivers by flagging down boats) > Waitarere Beach Road > SH1 > Levin

Levin to Wellington – 126 kms
SH1
> North Manakau Road > Track to Mt. Thompson > Farm track over Waitohu Stream > Farm track to Otaki Gorge Road > Otaki Forks > Tararua Ranges, Southern Crossing > Marchant Road > SH2 > Hutt River Walkway > Seaview Road > Marine Drive > Days Bay (Same Latitude as Picton)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
  South Island

Picton to St. Arnaud – 180 kms
Queen Charlotte Drive > Havelock > SH6 > Pelorus Bridge > Maungatapu Road > Mt. Richmond Road > Track up Pelorus River > Roebuck Hut > Bush whack up un-named ridge at Mates Creek confluence > 1538m Peak north of Ada flat > Track over Mt. Rintoul > Mid Wairoa Hut > Track over Mt. Ellis > Hunters Hut > Track (Maitland Hut no longer exists) > SH63 > St. Arnaud

St. Arnaud to Boyle Village – 112 kms
Lake Head Track > Travers Track > Blue Lake Hut > Route over Waiau Pass > St. James Station (Permission required – 03-315-6093) > Route down Waiau River > St. James Walkway > Boyle Village

Boyle Village to Arthurs Pass – 114 kms
SH7 > Track along Hope River > Kiwi Pack Track > Track along Hurunui River > Harper Pass > Route down Taramakau River > SH73 (intended to take route over Goat Pass, but road walked due to sickness) > Arthurs Pass

Arthurs Pass to Lake Tekapo – 265 kms
SH73 > Cora Lynn Road > Track over Lagoon Saddle > Down Harper River > 4WD Tracks through Rhyton Station > Harper Road > Homestead Road > Coleridge Road > Zig Zag Road > Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road > Staveley > Flynns Road > Track around Mt. Somers > Mine Road (private) > Ashburton Gorge Road > Hakatere Potts Road > Potts Station (private) > 5 Km River crossing over Rangitata River starting at Potts River (48 channels, all crossable at regular flow) > Rangitata Gorge Road > Mesopotamia Station (Permission required – 03-696-3738) > Ben McLeod Station (Permission required – 03-696-3747) > 4WD Track up Scour Stream > 4WD Track > Bush Whack > Forest Creek > Neutral Creek, (narrow gorge ending at a waterfall, steep scree climb out of gorge, difficult) > River walk to ridge above tarn (1974m) > Ridge walk along Two Thumb and Richmond Range > Boundary Stream > Richmond Station (private) > Farm land > Lilybank Road > Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo to Twizel – 57 kms
Aorangi Crescent > Bill Apes Lane > Lake Tekapo Canal > Hayman Road > Tekapo Twizel Road > 4WD Track down Pukaki River > Farm Track > Twizel

Twizel to Wanaka – 142 kms
SH8 > 4WD Track south of Lake Ruataniwha > Lake Ohau Road > Ascended Ridgeline between Sawyers and Freehold Creeks > Snowy George Creek > Birchwood Road > Track over ridge > Dingle Burn > Dingle Burn Station > Dingle Burn Station Road > Timaru River Road > Timaru Creek Road > Gladstone Road > Camp Hill Road > SH6 > SH84 > Wanaka

Wanaka to Outside Glenorchy – 114 kms
Wanaka Mt. Aspiring Road > Track up Matukituki River > Route over Cascade Saddle > Rees River Track > Rees Valley Road > Outside Glenorchy

Outside Glenorchy to Riverton – 226 kms
Glenorchy Paradise Road > Priory Road > Glenorchy Routeburn Road > Kinloch Road > Greenstone Station Road > Greenstone Track > Mavora Walkway > Track west side South Mavora Lake > Mavora Lakes Road > Mt. Nicholos Road > 4WD Track along Oreti River > Farm Land > Mavora Lakes Road > SH94 > Princhester Road (Permission Required - Princhester Davaar Station – 03-249-5838) > Track up Bog Burn > Route down Waterloo Burn (Permission Required – Waterloo Station – 03-248-6145) > 4WD Track (Permission Required – Pleasant Valley Station – 03-248-7252) > 4WD Track (Permission Required – Beaumont Station – 03-225-4721) > 4WD Track (Permission Required – Mt. Linton Station – 03-225-4835) > SH96 > Scotts Gap Feldwick Road > Lower Scotts Gap Road > Otautau Tuatapere Road > 4WD Track through Longwood Forest (Permission Required – Rainiers Company – 03-211-1260) > Ermedale Road > Mitchell Road > Waipango Ermedale Road > Mill Hill Road > Riverton Otautau Road > SH99 > Riverton

Riverton to Bluff – 66 kms
Princess Street > Oreti Beach > Dunns Road > Stead Street > Invercargill > SH1 > Foveaux Walkway > Bluff Sign Post

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

Stewart Island

Stewart Island – 199.4 kms
Northwest Circuit > Mason Bay Hut > Southern Circuit > Oban