Rakiura Track

Rakiura Track

Stewart Island

Reviews

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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 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Magdalena

Germany

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 over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Louisa Theimann

Germany

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 over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Julian Gury

France

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 over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Michelle O'Regan

Ireland

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 about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Mark Ryan

Ireland

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 about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Monica Mier

Chile

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 about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Robin Brandl

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 4 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 over 4 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 over 4 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 over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Gabriela

Switzerland

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 4 years ago

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Regula Hammer

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Sara Williams

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Loesje

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Nice relaxing track. We did it in 3 days, if you are fit, you can do it in 2 too.
If you camp, you can stay at the first campsite (Maori Beach, a beautiful loooong beach), but it's such a short first day (3h or so), so we decided to stay at the next one next to the first hut, and we were happy we did, because it was even nicer :)
First day coastal track, from second day on more inland, through nice bush.
Apparently theeee chance to see kiwi in the wild. Haven't seen one there unfortunately (but did on the halfmoon bay track on Stewart Island). Good luck!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2012

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Anna

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Easy track and nice views to the sea (if the weather is good).

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2012

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Alita Smith

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

No swing bridges left, but great.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Tina Madsen

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

3-day walk, 37km. The middle day is only in the bush and not as interesting as the 1st and 3rd day. Nice camping grounds. Good chance to spot a kiwi bird.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Celia Murphy

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Muddy in places (under repair). Beautiful rainforest. North Arm Hut very basic (toilets unpleasant) but Port William Hut good.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Angi Otti

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Especially the first day is great, beautiful beaches, great nature, good facilities at huts, best place of huts at Port Willis hut.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Madlen & Inna

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Muddy and wet but beautiful scenery (3 days).

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Marcia & Bruce

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Thought we'd water taxi to Mason Bay but tides were all wrong - couldn't check in advance. Tramped to Port William hut instead & spent night listening to snorers & talkers.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ruud Kapteyn

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

3 day track. Huts are fine. Scenery is very beautiful. Track is a bit muddy, especially the second half needs a few more boardwalks. We think it is worth the effort to go there.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Lindsay Brown

United States

Ranking: 7/10

The walk is less scenic than I expected, but still I love Stewart Island but might do something else. NOTE: that ferry to Stewart Island is deadly!! So rough (25ft waves)!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Roos

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Did part of the coast track as a day walk. Very easy, very pleasant.

Reviewed over 10 years ago