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
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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.
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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.
with your guide from Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience the day before
your trip, for a briefing to discuss plans for the Rakiura Great
Hiking is approximately 4 - 6 hours, 10 - 12 kms daily.
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.
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).
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
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.
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!