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TRIP DETAILS: Rakeahua Odyssey
Duration 3 Days
Distance Day 1: Kayak approx. 28 kms (17.5 miles). Day 2: Hike - Mt Rakeahua, 4.5 kms (3 miles) each way. Kayak to Freds Camp Hut approx. 14 kms (9 miles). Day 3: Kayak to Millars approx. 9 kms ( 6 miles). After lunch kayak 12 to 15 kms (7.5 to 9.5 miles).

Oct to Mar
Day 1 departs 8.30 an and returns to Day 3 approx. 4.00 pm

Apr to Sep
Subject to prior bookings.

Start/End Watercress Beach, Paterson Inlet, 20 minutes walk from Halfmoon Bay.
Fitness Very Good
Terrain Mt Rakeahua track is muddy with slippery tree roots.
Adult $1,200.00 p.p.
Child N/A
Includes Kayak hire, spray skirt, jacket, paddle, safety gear. All meals, drinks, snacks, hut/camp fees, use of tent/sleeping mats if required and use of cutlery/utensils and cooking gear. Courtesy transfers to and from Watercress Beach.
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 6 persons

Paddle across Paterson Inlet, past bush clad coastline, primeval river and spectacular views for alpine top, explore hidden bays, stories of the past…

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Our itinerary may vary to take into account weather/sea conditions and client fitness. We meet for a trip briefing the day before the trip commences and to ensure clients are fitted with correct gear. For everyone's safety and enjoyment it is important that clients have the appropriate fitness.

Day 1 - We meet at Watercress Beach and travel for approx. 3 hours across Paterson Inlet to Freds Camp Hut where we stop for lunch. Watch seabirds in the water or along the shore including penguins, cormorants and oystercatchers. Kayak along South West Arm to Rakeahua River, enjoy its peace and solitude as it winds and narrows before arriving at Rakeahua Landing approx. 2 ½ to 3 hours later. Take a rest before setting up camp for the night.

Day 2 - We are up early to climb Mt Rakeahua (681 mtrs), 5 hrs return to get spectacular views of Stewart Island and the surrounding islands and islets. Along the way enjoy lush forest with native podocarp trees, tree ferns and mosses changing to scrub and alpine plants. View birdlife during your hike. After lunch we paddle down Rakeahua River, staying the night at Freds Camp Hut.

Day 3 - Kayak to Millars Beach on the northern shore of Paterson Inlet and explore the site of the Norwegian Whaling Base before lunch. Gaze through crystal clear waters at the superb marine life including starfish, jellyfish, mussels and intricate seaweed whilst exploring tranquil Kidney Fern and Kaipipi Bay. Return to Watercress Beach where you will be assisted with transfers to Halfmoon Bay.

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