Resupply, Post Restante, Bounce box, Food box…
Once I have read the Te Araroa Walkguide, downloaded and studied the TAT’s Trail Notes, compared to TAT’s Trail Maps, I crosschecked with GPX files, added referenced campsite, huts, resupply shops.
I worked on Resupply locations, after i have estimated days of autonomy along the sections thanks to my reading.
I have found useful resupply notes shared by previous trampers on:
A describe one North Island it’s quite easy to resupply regularly on the trail. On South Island, sections between towns are longer. Moreover some sections are weather dependant, it is a security to anticipate the possibility of short steps between hut and shorter days in cays of bad weather. The previous informations must be considered carefully. It could be smart and secured to load some extra food, just in case.
Off trail and/or Food Box
Nevertheless some detour seem to be inevitable as:
- Hanmer Spring after Waiau Pass,
- Methven after Rakaia River
- Geraldine after Rangitata River
- Te Anau
Very remote sections may need to send a food box to “private” locations:
- in St Arnaud (for 10 days) WARNING October 2018 update: Travers Sabine Lodge DO NOT accept foodbox anymore CONTACT Nelson Lake DOC Office to inquire about food-box keeping opportunities
- to Arthurs’s Pass YHA (for 7 days)
- to Lake Coleridge lodge
Food boxes must be sent from a good resupply place, such as Picton or Wellington.
TA tramper’s number is rising every year, to make sure that “private food box keeper network” will be sustainable, always keep in mind to:
1. Call the Lodge/Hotel/… before you sent a parcel to ask for permission
2. It’s good to stay one night or more at the place you sent your parcel
3. Give a Koha (something back: money/help/services…) to the people who kept your parcel.
The worst behavior will be: do not call in advance, don’t ask permission, don’t stay at the place, don’t give something back…. taking the food box keeping for granted
Setting aside food, hygiene products must be added to Food Box.
Bounce Box = Post Restante
The Poste Restante service is free for letters, documents and small parcels held for up to three months. Large parcels can also be held for up to three months – they will be held for the first seven days free of charge, and then $2.50 per parcel per seven days (or part thereof).
|Duration||Letters and parcels up to 2kg||Parcels 2-30kg|
|0 – 7 days||Free||Free|
|7 days – 3 months||Free||$2.50 per week|
You can have mail redirected from one Poste Restante location to another within New Zealand for an additional $7.00 (for up to three months). All Poste Restante mail should be addressed as follows:
Here the Poste Restante on Trail:
24 Wellesley Street
|1010||09 379 6714||09 377 4622|
|Hamilton||563 Angelsea Street||3204||07 838 2708||07 838 1842|
|Invercargill||51 Don Street||9810||03 214 7702||03 214 4140|
|Kaitaia||104 Commerce Street||0410||09 408 6159||09 408 3101|
|Kerikeri||6 Hobson Avenue||0230||09 407 9721||09 407 9722|
|Levin||228 Oxford Street||5510||06 367 8159||06 368 9405|
|Paihia||2 Williams Road||0200||09 402 8623||09 402 7803|
|Palmerston North||328 Church Street||4410||06 353 6195||06 355 4167|
|Picton||72 High Street||7220||03 520 3021||03 573 6137|
|Queenstown||13 Camp Street||9300||03 442 4972||03 442 7976|
|Taumaruui||47 – 49 Miriama Street||3920||07 895 8146||07 895 8147|
|Whanganui||115 Victoria Aveue||4500||06 345 0348||06 347 8009|
|Wellington||2 Manners Street||6011||04 801 2422||04 801 2428|
Poste restante may be very usefull for gear bounce box such as shoes, hiking-poles, printed TAT maps and Track notes …