Kayaking – RAKEAHUA ODYSSEY
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).
Day 1 departs 8.30 an and returns to Day 3 approx. 4.00 pm
Subject to prior bookings.
Beach, Paterson Inlet, 20 minutes walk from Halfmoon Bay.
Rakeahua track is muddy with slippery tree roots.
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.
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.
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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we do - See also main Map.
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
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.
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.
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.