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About the Rakiura Great Walk

Trip Details - Rakiura Great Walk

Departure Dates for this Trip

Trip Details - Coastal Highlights


About the Rakiura Great Walk

The Rakiura Track is classified as one of New Zealand's Great Walks. It is a relatively easy three-day walk, mainly through regenerating native forest, with coastal sections and sites of historical significance. The walk is a loop from Halfmoon Bay, Port William, North Arm (Paterson Inlet), returning to Halfmoon Bay.

We offer a one-day guided trip: Coastal Highlights, from Port William or North Arm to Halfmoon Bay or the three day Rakiura Great Walk.

"Thank you Furhana, Jane & I and the kids had a wonderful time experience we will never forget. From the moment we started walking until the moment we stopped everything was new and exciting..."
Donovan Family - Australia

Rakiura Great Walk - Guided with Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience

TRIP DETAILS: Rakiura Great Walk
Duration 2 nights, 3 days
Distance Day 1: 8 kms (4 miles) to Port William
Day 2: 13 kms (8 miles) North Arm Hut
Day 3: 13 kms (8 miles) to Halfmoon Bay.
Time Day 1: 9.30 am returning Day 3: 3.00 4.00 pm
Start/End Halfmoon Bay
Fitness Good
Terrain Undulating, track with some mud, boardwalk and gravel, with short beach sections.
Adult Guided Walk: NZ $1,100.00 p.p.

Child Guided Walk: NZ $980.00 p.p.


Shuttle transfer to Lee Bay, all meals, hot drinks, snacks, hut/camp fees, use of cutlery/utensils and cooking gear (guide cooks meals - clients are welcome to help should they wish).


6 persons
If you are only one or two persons, check to see if we have achieved minimum numbers or we can put you on our wait list.

Maximum 12 persons

Classified as one of New Zealand's Great Walks, the Rakiura Track is an enjoyable and relatively easy three-day hike, mainly through regenerating native forest, with beautiful coastal stretches and sites of historical significance…

Book Now (click here to make a booking - pay only 25% deposit on booking, balance required 2 months prior to tour date).

We stronly advise booking as early as possible especially for peak months November to April.

Bookings for advertised departure dates must be made no later than 8 days prior to our listed tour dates. See Departure Dates.

Enquiries welcome for other dates not listed, subject to hut space.

PACKAGE OPTION: We can customise a package to include travel to and from Stewart Island by ferry or plane and accommodation before and / or after your guided walk. Please contact us for further information.

What to Carry
Only carry light day packs (at least 30 litres) each day, with your personal belongings for this 3 day hike / sleeping bag and lunch. Note: water is available at Maori Beach / Port William and North Arm Hut.

We will provide a list of what to wear and bring at the time of your booking and can advise on how to keep your pack light.

We hire warm, lightweight sleeping bags and suitable day packs, plus other equipment e.g. hiking poles.

What We Stock
We stock all our cooking / eating equipment at the huts so this does not need to be carried. We aim to transport fresh food prior to our tour and keep a stock of dried food incase of weather or circumstances beyond our control affecting our ability to transport fresh food on time.

Some reading material / board and card games are also available.

Food on our Trips
We aim to provide healthy choices and include local seafood where possibe. We cater for dietary requirements - please let us know before hand if you have any special requirements.

Accommodation During Your Hike
We stay at Port William Hut and North Arm Hut - Department of Conservation Huts. These facilities are shared with other hikers. Bunks are pre-booked. Bunks have mattresses. Kitchen has cold running water, benches and tables. Outside long drop toilets and washbasins.

What we do (click here for Map)

It is essential that you are here during the afternoon prior to your trip fora trip briefing. The tour departs approx. 9.00 am on day 1 and returns approx. 3.00 to 4.00 pm on day 2. It is possible to travel from Stewart island to the South Island at the end of your hike on day 3, but we recommend that you spend a night if you have time.

We highly recommend that you consider doing our 1/2 day Ulva Island Birds & Forest Guided Walk and the Eveing Eco Watch / Kiwi Spotting Trip prior to this tour. The chances of seeing kiwi on the Rakiura Great Walk is low.

Meet with your guide from Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience the day before your trip, for a briefing to discuss plans for the Rakiura Great Walk.
Hiking is approximately 4 - 6 hours, 10 - 13 kms daily with optional side trips (e.g. Garden Mound on Day 1 and Ryans Creek Track on Day 3).

Day 1 - Take our courtesy transfer to Lee Bay. Subject to client preference and fitness we take a side trip up Garden Mound (approx. 1.5 hours climbing to 162 mtrs) where we enjoy the surrounding views. Continue on the coastal track through regenerating forest to Little River with its picturesque setting, and onto Maori Beach. Maori Beach, once the site of a Maori village and sawmill site has reverted to wilderness and has a lovely stretch of golden sandy beach. Lunch at Maori Beach, time to enjoy the golden sands and stories of early European history.

We continue along the track, past lush tree ferns to Port William Hut. Port William Hut overlooks Magnetic Beach. Time for a swim for those who like cool waters or relax and enjoy the seaviews and sealife around the jetty!

In the evening we may try our luck at spotting a kiwi (kiwi are wild birds and sightings are not guaranteed).

Day 2 - We hike across the inland summit track, past historic sawmill haulers, through beautiful native forest laden with mosses. Enjoy the scenery around the short swing bridges, that straddle small creeks, before descending through wind shaped forest to North Arm Hut.

North Arm is a peaceful location overlooking Paterson Inlet with an interesting beach environment a minute walk from the Hut.

Enjoy an stoll around the area or if the weather is right take a swim.

Day 3 - We follow the northern shore of Paterson Inlet past Kidney Fern Arm and Kaipipi Bay, former sawmill sites, which now show little evidence of their past history, through towering native forest and onto Oban Village in Halfmoon Bay. On your hike, immerse yourself in the tranquility and superb views of Paterson Inlet!

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See Departure Dates.

Also see WHATS ON THIS MONTH for any special tours or tours where we are awaiting additional participants.

IMPORTANT: Rakiura Track huts and campsites need prior booking. Our trip may operate in reverse order or we may need to use campsites for accommodation if huts are fully booked.

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