Trip Details

The Rakiura Great Walk is classified as one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. An enjoyable and varied outdoor adventure. It is a relatively easy three-day walk, mainly through regenerating native forest, with beautiful coastal sections and sites of historical significance. The walk is a loop from Oban, Halfmoon Bay, to Port William, North Arm (Paterson Inlet), returning to Halfmoon Bay. Find out more in our trip itinerary below.

LOCATION

Rakiura Great Walk, Rakiura National Park, Stewart Island.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE HIKE

We stay at Port William Hut and North Arm Hut. These are operated by the Department of Conservation and our bunk space is pre-booked. Facilities are shared with other independent hikers.

Facilities at the huts include: Sleeping area, separated from kitchen/communal area. The sleeping area is partitioned into two areas with 12 bunks each. The bunks have mattresses. The kitchen has work benches, sinks with cold running water, tables and seating. There is an outside washbasin with cold running water and long drop toilets.

FOOD ON OUR TRIP

We provide healthy meals and snacks (plus the sweet things too), with local seafood where possible. We cater for most dietary requirements.

Meals on our trips include:
Day 1: Lunch, pre-dinner snacks, dinner, hot drinks. Snacks during the day.
Day 2: Breakfast, lunch, pre-dinner snacks, dinner, hot drinks. Snacks during the day.
Day 3: Breakfast, lunch. Snacks during the day.

WEAR AND BRING

Carry a light pack, we recommend 30 - 35 litres with your personal belongings, light sleeping bag and space for lunch and snacks for the day.  See: Wear and Bring.
We operate an Outdoor Shop (Gear Hire / Purchases).

PACKAGE OPTION

Contact us for customised packages to include travel to and from Stewart Island by ferry or plane and accommodation before and / or after your guided walk.

Other Recommended Tours

We recommend doing the following tours to compliment your Rakiura Great Walk:

BIRDS SEEN

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: Black-backed gull, red-billed gull, variable oystercatcher, white-face heron, paradise shelduck.

WILDLIFE SEEN

New Zealand sealion, fur seals are seen occasionally.

FLORA

The flora is varied from coastal to inland forest and comprises original and regenerating sections of mixed hardwood podocarp forest and manuka. Ferns, mosses, and a variety of orchids are present.

Testimonial

"...We leave with wonderful memories of a unique NZ environment, thanks to the passion Furhana has for imparting her knowledge and understanding of the area. As our guide she ensured we were safe, well fed (actually, extremely well fed!) and aware of all the spectacular vistas we were passing. The highlight was being up close and personal with a kiwi on our last day..."

Itinerary

  • Day Prior to your Hike

    Meet at the Ruggedy Range™ Booking Office for our trip briefing.

    This is an opportunity to meet your guide and other participants. We provide some general information about your hike, ensure you have the right gear for the trip, inform you about what is involved and answer any questions. The trip briefing is a mandatory part of our tour, for approximately 1.5 hours and generally held the day prior to your tour from 5.00  to 7.00 pm.  

  • Day 1

    Take a scenic road trip to Lee Bay. Subject to client preferences we take the side trip up Garden Mound (approx. 1.5 hours climbing to 162 metres) where we enjoy the stunning surrounding views.

    Continue on the coastal track through regenerating forest to picturesque Little River.  Enjoy superb views over Williams Bay before descending to Maori Beach, once the site of a Maori village and Stewart Island's last sawmill site. This lovely stretch of curved golden beach, with its small estuary and tannin stained creek has reverted to wilderness. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Maori Beach, time to enjoy the golden sands and stories of early European history, plus a peak at the historic sawmill site.

    We continue along the track, past lush tree ferns and ground ferns with tall podocarp trees to Port William Hut, overlooking Magnetic Beach.

    Time for a swim for those who like cool waters or relax and enjoy the seaviews and sealife around the jetty!  We may also explore the surrounding area on a short walk.

    In the evening we may try out luck at spotting a kiwi (kiwi are wild birds and sightings are not guaranteed).

  • Day 2

    We hike along the inland track, past historic sawmill haulers, over bridges straddling small creeks, through beautiful native forest laden with rich carpets of mosses and ferns in a truly wilderness setting. We climb up from a gully and over the top, before descending through a windswept forest to North Arm Hut.

    North Arm is a peaceful location overlooking Paterson Inlet with an interesting beach environment, only one minute walk from the Hut.

    Enjoy a stroll around the area or if the weather is right take a swim.

    In the evening we may try our luck at spotting a kiwi (kiwi are wild birds and sightings are not guaranteed).

  • Day 3

    We follow the northern shore of Paterson Inlet, through towering and windswept native forest. We hike past Kidney Fern Arm and Kaipipi Bay, former sawmill sites, now showing little evidence of their past history and onto Oban in Halfmoon Bay.

    On your hike, immerse yourself in the tranquility and superb views of Paterson Inlet!

    Time permitting and subject to client preference, we may walk to Oban, via the coastal Ryans Creek Track.

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Ruggedy Range™
Clients hiking from North Arm

Pricing & info

Adult

NZ $1,200.00 per person

Child

NZ $990.00 per person

Includes

Trip briefing, guided hike, transfer to start of track, meals, snacks, hot drinks, hut/camp fees, use eating and cooking equipment, Department of Conservation fees, admin costs.

$3.00 per person donated into our Conservation Fund

Min Persons

6 persons

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.

Max Persons

12 persons

Duration

3 days + 2 nights

Distance

Day 1: 8 kms (4 miles) to Port William, plus side trips, approx. 4 kms (2 miles)
Day 2: 13 kms (8 miles) Port William to North Arm Hut
Day 3: 12 kms (7 miles) to Oban, plus optional side trip, approx. 5 kms (3 miles)

Terrain

Well formed gravel track, undulating with steps, short stretches of beach.

Elevation from sea level to approx.:
Day 1: 100 / 150 metres
Day 2: 200 metres
Day 3: 100 metres

Time

Day 1: 8.30 / 9.00 am
Day 2: Returning approx. 3.30 / 4.00 pm

Start/End

Ruggedy Range™ Booking Office

Suitable for

Good fitness essential.
Not suitable for children below the age of 10 years.

Departure Dates

Additional dates may be available subject to feasibility and staff availability. Please contact us.

MONTH 2018 - 2019 2019 - 2020
SEPTEMBER  Please enquire  To be published
OCTOBER 10th to 12th Oct 2018
17th to 19th Oct 2018
24th to 26th Oct 2018
31st to 2nd Nov 2018
 To be published
NOVEMBER   9th to 11th Nov 2018
14th to 16th Nov 2018
28th to 30th Nov 2018
 To be published
DECEMBER   7th to 9th Dec 2018
12th to 14th Dec 2018
19th to 21st Dec 2018
29th to 31st Dec 2018
 To be published
JANUARY   9th to 11th Jan 2019
16th to 18th Jan 2019
23rd to 25th Jan 2019
30th Jan to 1st Feb 2019
 To be published
FEBRUARY   6th to 8th Feb 2019
14th to 16th Feb 2019
22nd to 24th Feb 2019
27th to 1st Mar 2019
 To be published
MARCH   7th to 9th Mar 2019
14th to 16th Mar 2019
19th to 21st Mar 2019 or 
21st to 23rd Mar 2019
28th to 30th Mar 2019
 To be published
APRIL   4th to 6th Apr 2019
10th to 12th Apr 2019
16th to 18th Apr 2019
 To be published
MAY 2019 Please enquire  

Conservation Fund

We donate some of our revenue into our Conservation Fund per person and per tour.

Our aim is contribute to the protection and enhancement of our native species (terrestrial / marine) and our natural environments. We wish to foster the development of sustainable conservation techniques, support meaningful research and genuine conservation projects.

Kiwi Journey

Our trips provide an opportunity to discover kiwi habitat, listen to a kiwi calling in the night and with some luck actually seeing a kiwi. More than just a kiwi spotting trip, we provide a chance for you to view an array of ecosystems and wilderness habitats, from east to west and across Stewart Island’s interior, and to see other native birds and plants.

Duration 2 days + 1 night
Fitness Moderate