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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 are offering a one-day guided trip: Coastal Highlights, from Port William to Halfmoon Bay and the three day Rakiura Great Walk.

"Thank you Furhana, Jane & I and the kids had a wonderful time ...an 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
Trip Summary RAKIURA GREAT WALK
Duration 2 nights, 3 days
Distance Day 1: 12 kms (7.5 miles) to Port William
Day 2: 12 kms (7.5 miles) North Arm Hut, with possible additional 3 kms (1.8 Miles) to sawdust beach campsite.
Day 3: 12 kms (7.5 miles) to Halfmoon Bay.
If appropriate, trip will be carried out in reverse.
Time Day 1: 8.30 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 $1,050.00 p.p.

Child Guided Walk: NZ $970.00 p.p.

Includes

GUIDED WALK ONLY
Shuttle transfer to Lee Bay, all meals, hot drinks, snacks, hut/camp fees, use of tent/sleeping mats if required and use of cutlery/utensils and cooking gear.

PACKAGE
Customised package to included Guided Walk and travel to and from Stewart Island, accommodation before and / or after your guided walk.

Minimum

4 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)

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

Bookings for advertised departure dates must be made no later than 7 days prior to our listed tour dates. See Departure Dates.

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

PACKAGE OPTION: Contact us for a customised option 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.

Pack & Gear Transfers
Included for all guided clients. We arrange for food and gear drop off at each of the hut. Only carry day packs each day, with essentials for the day including lunch and snacks.

Accommodation During Your Hike
We stay at Port William Hut and North Arm Hut. Bunks are pre-booked.

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. 9.30 am on day 1 and returns approx. 3 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.

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 - 12 kms daily.

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 take a short walk to try out 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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DEPARTURE DATES:

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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