The trail goes straight through towns or next to supermarkets frequently, and hitching in New Zealand is quite safe and easy. I ended up going with Blazing Paddles, which seemed to be the most popular choice and caters to the large-group-of-thru-hikers niche in the canoe rental market. There are also a number of bakeries and restaurants in town. I would avoid doing a full resupply here if possible. I waited for hours at the edge of town before someone stopped. I bought all my food for the current stretch then sent an additional box of food ahead to St Arnaud, which ended up costing something like $8 NZD to mail. I didn’t research trail towns before starting, opting instead to figure it out as I went. $ 26.00. Once in Picton, I found a tiny, expensive Four Square that I feared was my only option until I discovered the Fresh Choice farther up the street. thanks in advance. As  you can tell, a good supply of food and drinks is necessary for the hard days of toiling on the river. Resupplying and food parcels It was disappointingly small and expensive. Accomodation I had also sent my bounce box here in case I wanted to switch out any gear. Some of the best maps and resources I have found so far and that have helped me greatly in planning my trip for 2015/16 are as follows: The official Te Araroa website is the obvious place to start. Right along the main highway, the trail passes a PAC’nSAVE and then a Countdown. There was a large mall just a bit further along where I stopped for lunch. Later, I heard there was a SuperValue farther into town; it might have been a better option but I didn’t check. Please register your trail usage before embarking on your journey. | Again, I strolled in mid-morning with an empty pack and went straight to the bakery for breakfast. Te Araroa Trail Day 41. I shopped at the PAC’nSAVE in town—there was also a Countdown. Kerikeri (KM 221.4) | A full-service town, Kerikeri has both a Countdown and New World. Methven (KM 2245.0) | Methven is actually quite far off the trail. This was much more adequate and actually convenient because the post office is right inside. Related Posts. I resupplied at the Four Square, which was little more than a convenience store so selection was slim. From here onward, supermarkets are more frequent and located closer to the trail. Written by: McKenzie Barney. It’s beautiful and located right on the water, but was buzzing with backpackers and tourists when I got there. Many people sent boxes there, and it looked like the center was friendly if you had a package to pick up. The walk out of Hamilton stretches on through suburbs and industrial districts for quite some time, and I passed a couple additional supermarkets with my pack already full. The road is fast, but it’s a straight shot into town so I didn’t have too much trouble getting a ride. Hitching was easy on the way there, but it took me a little time to get back. 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