Discover New Zealand's smallest island by cruise with regular stops to explore the native bush and visit historical sites.
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.
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).
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:
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.
New Zealand sealion, fur seals are seen occasionally.
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.
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