Our guided walk operates in Rakiura National Park, on the coastal sections of the Rakiura Great Walk.
A lovely adventure, varied and interesting, gorgeous coastal views with some lovely photo opportunities and excellent information on the local history, flora and birdlife. Look out for and listen to native and endemic birds along the way.
Port William: Our primary trip is to Port William, returning along the northeastern coastline.
North Arm: We also offer a trip to North Arm, returning along the shoreline of Paterson Inlet.
Starts with a cruise from Paterson Inlet to Port William (45 minutes to 1 hour), looking out for penguins and other seabirds along the way, whilst soaking up the coastal scenery.
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. Take a brief moment to look around before starting our walk along the picturesque, forested coastal track to Maori Beach. Crossing over the swing bridge - enjoy the tannin rich river winding along the estuary. Visit historical sawmill sites, fossick along the beach. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch and hot drinks at Maori Beach.
After lunch, continue along the coastal track, for some breathtaking views on clear sunny days of emerald green waters of William Bay, with glimpses of the South Island mountains. Enjoy time at Little River estuary and Lee Bay, the official entrance of Rakiura National Park. Here we take you by mini-van for a scenic road tour back to Oban, Halfmoon Bay.
Starts with a cruise from Paterson Inlet to North Arm (45 minutes to 1 hour), looking out for penguins and shorebirds along the way, whilst soaking up the coastal scenery.
Adventure begins with a beach landing (time to take socks off - North Arm does not have a jetty)! Explore around the area, before starting our walk through coastal, regenerating forest. Much of this area, all the way back to Oban, was milled, but a rich variety of trees, ferns and orchids can be seen in the regenerating forest. Enjoy lovely views across Paterson Inlet, walk along Sawdust Bay with shells interspersed amongst planks of timber lined up by the changing tides. Take a peak at historic relics and visit the site of Stewart Island's very first sawmill. At Kaipipi Bay - take in the views, whilst enjoying a delicious picnic lunch and hot drinks. Follow the old sawmillers road to the track end. Time permitting we may visit Fern Gully - laden with ferns and mosses before taking a road shuttle back to Oban, Halfmoon Bay.
Rakiura National Park, Stewart Island.
More commonly seen birds include:
Land birds: Tui, bellbird, South Island tomtit, fantail, grey warbler, red-crowned parakeet, South Island kaka, wood pigeon, kingfisher.
Shore birds: Stewart Island shag, spotted shag, pied shag, little shag, black-backed gull, red-billed gull, variable oystercatcher, white-face heron, paradise shelduck.
Sea birds: White-capped mollymawks, Bullers mollymawk, little blue penguins.
New Zealand sealion, fur seals and bottle-nosed dolphins are seen occasionally.
The flora is a varied coastal forest and comprises original and regenerating sections of mixed hardwood podocarp forest, manuka and coastal scrub. Ferns, mosses, and a variety of orchids are present.
Day pack, raincoat, warm clothing, warm hat and gloves, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, snack, camera and binoculars. Wear sneakers or comfortable walking shoes.
"Thank you Furhana, Jane & I and the kids had a wonderful time... an experience we will never forget. From the moment we started walking until the moment we stopped everything was new and exciting..."
Meet your guide at Golden Bay Wharf, 10 minutes prior to our tour departure time. Cruise to Port William (or North Arm). Hike the day on the Rakiura Great Walk. Return by mini-van to Oban, Halfmoon Bay.
All trips are subject to weather and sea conditions and may operate in reverse. A jetty exists at Port William but not at North Arm.
Cruise: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Morning walk: 2.5 - 3 hours
Lunch: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Afternoon walk: 2.5 - 3 hours
Transport from track end to Oban: 0.5 hours (Port William), 5 minutes (North Arm).
NZ $330.00 per person
NZ $250.00 per person
NZ $18.00 per person (optional or bring your own).
Guided walk, water taxi, transfer from Lee Bay to Oban, hot drinks and some refreshments, Department of Conservation fees, admin costs.
$1.00 per person donated into our Conservation Fund.
Transfers at start of tour to Golden Bay Wharf: NZ $6.00 per person.
Transfers after tour: NZ $6.00 per person.
Important: If your booking is for less than the minimum, check to see if we have achieved the minimum or, we can reserve spaces, whilst we await further bookings.
8 to 12 persons
Approx. 12 kms (7.5 miles)
Well formed gravel track, undulating with steps, short stretches of beach.
Elevation from sea level to approx. 100 / 150 metres.
Sep to Apr: 8.45 am to 4.45 pm
May to Aug: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Important Note: During high or off-season, subject to prior booking and numbers, we can operate shorter tours or tours to fit in with flight/ferry arrival and departures.
Start: Golden Bay Wharf End: Ruggedy Range™ Booking Office
Good fitness and ability to walk approx. 6.5 hours.
Departs subject to demand and minimum numbers.
Prior bookings essential.