the Rakiura Great Walk & Port William
Rakiura Great Walk 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.
are offering a one-day guided trip: Coastal
Highlights, from Port William to Halfmoon Bay and the three
day Rakiura Great Walk.
Coastal Highlights takes in Golden Bay in Paterson Inlet, Port William,
Maori Beach, Little River, Lee Bay, Horseshoe Bay, Butterfield Beach
and Oban Township (Halfmoon Bay). Port William was once the site
of an early Maori settlement and was used as a sealing depot by
Europeans. Designated as a township it was briefly settled with
Shetland immigrants. Maori Beach, on the way back to Halfmoon Bay,
was once the site of a Maori village and European sawmill site.
It has reverted to wilderness and has a lovely stretch of golden
sandy beach with two creeks running at either end. Little River,
and Horseshoe Bay and Mill Creek are also historical sawmill sites
will little evidence remaining.
Summary – COASTAL HIGHLIGHT
kms (7.5 miles)
||Apr to Sep: 8.45
am to 4.45 pm
May to Aug: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
IMPORTANT NOTE: Subject to prior booking and staff availabilty, we may be able to operate this tour to fit in with flight/ferry arrival and
Golden Bay Wharf
(10 - 20 mins walk from Oban accommodation, Halfmoon Bay)
End: Oban, Halfmoon Bay
track, relatively easy, undulating with steps, mainly boardwalk,
some mud and beach.
$18.00 p.p. (optional or bring your own)
taxi, hot drinks and some refreshments
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.
coastal scenery and history - take a boat along Stewart Island's
north east coast to Port William. Enjoy a coastal walk in Rakiura
National Park, superb views, picturesque bays and golden beaches,
whilst learning about the forest, sea and early Island history.
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we do - See also main Map.
with your guide from Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience for
a day walk in Rakiura National Park. Take the water taxi from Golden
Bay Wharf, Stewart Island, for a 40 minutes to l hour ride along
the coast to Port William - situated along the three-day Rakiura
Great Walk, one of New Zealand's Great Walks.
your boat trip, some seabirds may be viewed, depending on the time
of year, including penguins, Stewart Island shags, sooty shearwaters
and mollymawks (small albatrosses). Seals and dolphins are seen
on some occasions. We take time to watch wildlife.
the site of an early Maori settlement, a European sealing depot
and home to Shetland Island immigrants in the 1870's, little evidence
remains of the early history of Port William. During your walk,
your guide will provide informative commentary on Stewart Island's
early history. Investigate hidden relics of the old sawmilling era.
this superb coastal walk, with views of emerald green water on clear
sunny days and glimpses of South Island mountains. Learn about the
area's forest and birdlife, watch fantails, tomtits, tui and bellbird
and the handsome New Zealand wood pigeon resting on its perch.
Beach, take a rest and lunch before continuing on to picturesque
Little River and Lee Bay. Enjoy magical views at Lee Bay including
Stewart Island's highest mountain - Mt Anglem (981 mtrs, 3200 ft).
Take time to learn about the native rare and threatened plants in
the area. At very low tides we explore the sea life through crystal
clear waters amongst the rock pools. Continue on to Horseshoe Bay
for your shuttle back to Oban Township.