Rakiura Track

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Rakiura Track

Photo credit: rakiura.nz ©

Track Details

Rakiura, also known as Stewart Island, is a must-see destination for any nature lover visiting New Zealand. The island is located just off the southern coast of the South Island and is known for its stunning wilderness landscapes, diverse wildlife, and rich Maori culture.

Rakiura is home to the Rakiura National Park, which covers 85% of the island and is a haven for nature enthusiasts. The park is home to a wide variety of native birds and wildlife, including the endangered kiwi, which can be easily spotted on a guided night walk. The island is also home to several species of marine life, including seals, dolphins and even the occasional Orca.

One of the highlights of Rakiura is the Rakiura Track, a 32-kilometer (20-mile) hike that takes you through the heart of the national park. The track is considered one of the Great Walks of New Zealand and offers a chance to explore the island’s diverse landscapes. It often takes 3-4 days to complete depending on your level of fitness.

The track is well-maintained, with well-graded tracks, bridges, and huts along the way. There are several huts along the Rakiura Track, which provide shelter and basic facilities for hikers. Booking is essential during peak season. If you can’t book a hut on your perferred day make sure to use our free hut alerts tool that is constantly checking against hut availability. This tool will send you an email notification as soon as a spot opens up.

It is important to be well-prepared for the hike, as the track can be challenging in places, and the weather can change quickly. It is recommended to be in good physical condition, wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and carry sufficient food and water.

Rakiura is also a great destination for other outdoor activities, including fishing, kayaking, and diving. The island is known for its excellent fishing opportunities, with several rivers and streams that are home to a variety of native fish. Kayaking and diving trips can be arranged to explore the island’s stunning coastal landscapes and marine life.

Overall, the Rakiura Track is a challenging but rewarding hike that offers some of the most diverse landscapes in New Zealand. It is a must-do for anyone visiting Stewart Island and looking for an adventure in the great outdoors. The track offers a unique experience, taking hikers through a variety of terrains, making it one of the most diverse of the Great Walks in New Zealand. The trail provides a true sense of wilderness and isolation, making it an unforgettable experience. The trail offers an opportunity to spot the diverse wildlife of Rakiura, and to explore the island’s Maori culture and history.

It is important to note that Rakiura is only accessible by ferry or small plane, and the island has a limited infrastructure and services, so it is recommended to plan ahead and be well-prepared for your visit.

Huts Along This Walk

Hut Name
Cooking Facilities
Peak Season Fees
Off Season Fees
Walk Times
North Arm Hut 24 Not available Yes, not treated Available Available $56 $26
  • 6 hours from Port William Hut
  • 4.5 hours from Fern Gully car park
Port William Hut 24 Not available Yes, not treated Available Available $56 $26
  • 5.5 hours from Oban township
  • 6 hours from North Arm Hut