Rakiura Track

Rakiura Track

Stewart Island


25 Rankers Reviews

23 Face-to-Face

5 Halfmoon Bay

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Time: 3 days, 36km round trip

The Rakiura Track can be comfortably tramped in three days.

The circuit follows the open coast, climbs over a 300 metre high forested ridge, and traverses the sheltered shores of Paterson Inlet. It passes sites of historical interest and introduces many of the common sea and forest birds of the island. Parts of it cross Maori land and access is courtesy of the owners.

The track is suitable for walking in either direction.


Feature Value Info


DOC Southland

Central government organisation


South IslandStewart IslandHalfmoon Bay


  • Walking
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 25.

Guillaume Deleuze's avatar

Guillaume Deleuze

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful walk, secluded, full of wildlife, peaceful and beyond expectations. Special thanks to the DOC ranger at Port William Campsite who was very helpful and friendly. The campsite itself was unique and charming. Only tip, maybe better indications from sites to the track.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Ranking: 8/10

Great walk, only quite muddy due to a lot of rain before and during the second day. more signs would be welcomed, otherwise nice rangers, beautiful huts and campground.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Louisa Theimann


Ranking: 9/10

We did the Rakiura Track in three days, stayed on the Northern Arm Campsite and in the Port Williams Hut. The track was amazing. We enjoyed the primary forest the little rivers and the unique birdlife during the way. We even heard a Kiwi at night! Highly recommended, just a few more signs for the orientation would be good!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Julian Gury


Ranking: 8/10

Nice track but the first camping ground in the bush is not well equipped. The cheapest Great Walk and a beautiful one.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Michelle O'Regan


Ranking: 10/10

Three day hike, a look track. First day to Maori Beach is beautiful, amazing forest, we stayed at North Arm Hut, third day we had a mixture of forest and scenery. Very impressed with the clean hut.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Mark Ryan


Ranking: 10/10

A three day hike, book campsites or huts before you get your ferry across as they could be booked up already. Well maintained track, some parts are muddy. Sandflies. Maori Beach is my favourite place. Beautiful.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Monica Mier


Ranking: 10/10

The tracks on this island are beautiful and easy to do. You can have a beautiful view of the beach and small towns along the road.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Robin Brandl's avatar

Robin Brandl


Ranking: 10/10

I did the walk in three days. Good place to spot a kiwi! Saw one in the morning!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jana Formankoua

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice and quiet place. We chose this track as our first three day track and it was a good choice. Not that hard, can listen to heaps of birds and spot a kiwi - we spotted two of them.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jiri Sojka

Czech Republic

Ranking: 7/10

Track leads mostly to forest. We went for the shorter track which is best for beginners. Nice and lovely location where we saw a Kiwi!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jan Penicka

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice Great Walk with very good chance to see Kiwi in the wild.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Gabriela's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Easy three day track, beaches (freezing!), bush, lots of very funny bird song, muddy in some places, but not an issue if only three days on the track.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

Regula Hammer's avatar

Regula Hammer


Ranking: 10/10

Well prepared track, nice huts, variable landscape, beautiful views.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick

Rankers Owner