North West Circuit Stewart Island...

North West Circuit Stewart Island/Rakiura


6 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

4 Halfmoon Bay

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Time: 9 - 11 days, Distance: 125 km

Stewart Island (Rakiura) is New Zealand's third largest island and home to its most southern national park. Rakiura's North West Circuit track is suitable for fit, well equipped and experienced trampers. Mud is widespread and often deep and thick on the tracks, regardless of the season. Track times are an indication only and extra time should be allowed in adverse conditions. Check out the weather before you head out at any DOC office. If you are lucky you will see some kiwi the size of a medium dog - seriously.


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DOC Southland

Central government organisation


South IslandStewart IslandHalfmoon Bay


  • Walking
  • Free


Paul Schwerz's avatar

Paul Schwerz


Ranking: 9/10

Incredible huts at the beaches, very quiet, not many people on this track, very, very muddy!!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Vaclav's avatar


Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Great hard walk especially without bunch of walkers behind and with huts only for yourself and your mates. Natural beauty in Stewart Island is enormous.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jensen Bresbenbeek's avatar

Jensen Bresbenbeek


Ranking: 8/10

All tracks were nice with much variation.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Dave Lidgard

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Can be an unforgiving track, but worth all the mud, sweat and lugging a huge pack. The nasty tracks are the ones I remember most fondly.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Mia's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Challenging 10-12 day walk. Don't forget gaiters. Wicked west coast beaches!

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

Sam's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Best tramp ever!

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Cymen Crick

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