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
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.
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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. 9.00 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.
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 - 13 kms daily with optional side trips (e.g. Garden Mound on Day 1 and Ryans Creek Track on Day 3).
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 may try our 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!