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Rakiura Track

| Lee Bay Road, Rakiura National Park, Stewart Island, New Zealand
+64 3-219 0009
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“north arm” (14 reviews)
“horseshoe bay” (3 reviews)
“port william” (6 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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| Lee Bay Road, Rakiura National Park, Stewart Island, New Zealand
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+64 3-219 0009
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"north arm"
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"up hill"
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"great walk"
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"trail head"
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"doc office"
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"long drop"
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"wear hiking boots"
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"insect repellent"
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"catch the ferry"
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"first night"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I did not finish the track but I really enjoyed the track very much! This is one of the most remote tracks in the world and I could listen to bird singing songs.

Thank minimize940314
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

Could be done in two days for regular walkers. I managed to trail run the entire track in 7 hours. Almost no significant elevation - highest point is under 300m above sea level, I believe.

Thank chvrche5
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

We joined the Rakiura Track at North Arm having tramped from Mason Bay. After the slog through the mud from Freewater to North Arm, the walk to Port William and onto Halfmoon Bay was a breeze. Sure some muddy parts but less than ankle deep....More

1  Thank Timww
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

One of the DoC Great Walks. Be aware: you can't carry gas, other fuel, matches or lighters on the aircraft from Invercargill to Stewart Island. The best option is to catch the ferry across, with all the food and other supplies, and fly back (15...More

1  Thank Craig R
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

Really nice 3 day hike through the island. This is one of the shorter and easier of the great walks. Lots of birds including a few kiwis. Water is available in the huts, bring a cooker. Most start at the Fort Williams end and hike...More

Thank skatecreekrd
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Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

First advice: enjoy your first day! Don't take a shuttle to Lee Bay, walk from Oban, follow all the coastline, stop by the gardens, all the beaches, Horseshoe Bay and Horseshoe point...it'll make the first day longer (17km) instead of 8km but it is really...More

2  Thank Pauline N
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

A wonderful hiking track in perfect condition, good also for taking a part only for a day trip (e.g. water taxi to one place and walk back to Oban)

1  Thank Berthold K
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

This walk is not overly challenging and anyone with average fitness can do it easily. Take the right gear, don't over pack and remember your insect repellent...and ear plugs! Shuttles available to Lee Bay for $30 per vehicle. Cost can be shared between passenger numbers....More

Thank Antarisha
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

The Rakiura Track is one of The Great Walks so make sure you book early as the huts are limited to 24 bunk spaces. The track starts a few kilometres from Oban so you can either get a shuttle to the start or start your...More

5  Thank Mike W
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

Well maintained DOC track and well appointed and serviced huts. Best to do in summer with the possibilities for swims off the Port William wharf and North South beach, beside the huts. Moderate fitness required.

Thank AbitCrisp
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Jessie B
4 August 2017|
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Response from Jessie B |
In answer to my own question (just in case anyone else is wondering the same thing in the future), yes, it is doable! You might have to walk from dawn till dusk so be well prepared, but it can be done.
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Princess K
8 March 2016|
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Response from judez13_13 |
good drinking water at both huts and some good streams along the track on 2nd day for water
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