HikeSouth: 4 day/3 night Rakiura Track Walk - Freedom Plus
Departure Dates: From late October to April we have regular departures that depend on availability and schedule of services. Great Walks season is from 26th October 2009 to 26th April 2010 and 27th October 2010 to 26th April 2011
Invercargill is 170km from Queenstown, and 190km from Te Anau . Shuttles from Queenstown and Te Anau depart at 7.30am. Feel free to contact us to help arrange transfers for you.
Transport sectors for the Rakiura Track Freedom Plus
- Fly from Invercargill to Halfmoon Bay - 20 minute trip - Depart Invercargill Airport at 8am (9am) , 1pm or 5pm (4 pm). Weekend flight times in (brackets)
- Fly from Halfmoon Bay to Invercargill - 20 minute trip
- Depart Invercargill Airport at 5.30 pm (4.30 pm in weekends)
Rakiura Track – Freedom Plus
Many centuries ago Maori came by canoe to the island to harvest shellfish and mutton birds, traditions still carried out today by local iwi. They named the island Rakiura - 'Land of the Glowing Skies' as it is renowned for its lingering sunsets of summer and the aurora of winter.
The circuit follows the coast, climbs over a 300 metre high forested ridge, and skirts the sheltered shores of Paterson Inlet.
1 nights bunk room accommodation in Halfmoon Bay ,
2 nights on the trail and flights to and from Stewart Island.
What to Bring:
First thing is make sure you have well worn good fitting boots or tramping shoes.
Suggested list of what to bring;
Pair of shorts, trousers.
Thick woolen or fleece top.
Thermal long johns and shirt.
Socks, underwear and handkerchief.
Small towel or flannel.
Warm hat and light gloves.
Waterproof coat with hood.
Favourite boots or walking shoes.
Pair of light shoes or sandals.
Pack with waterproof liner.
Small personal torch, water bottle.
Personal medicine, toilet bag
Insect repellent, sunblock.
Camera and film.
Some people like gaiters and others use walking sticks.
Freedom Walk customers need to add a sleeping bag and kitchen equipment to the list above except on the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track where the huts have a full compliment of cooking and kitchen equipment available. Gas cookers are also provided on the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler tracks.
Accommodation in Halfmoon Bay is based on share twin at Stewart Island Backpackers.
On the trail you stay in public DOC huts in bunk rooms. You will need to carry your own sleeping bag, cooking and eating equipment, food and personal belongings. No power, toilets are outside and there are no showers ... classic kiwi tramping stuff !
A medium level of fitness is required for Rakiura Track. The walking is generally flat with some small hills to climb. The tracks can be muddy and wet after heavy rain.
Children aged 17 and under and must be accompanied by an adult.
DAY 1: Invercargill, Halfmoon Bay Fly from Invercargill to Halfmoon Bay at 8am, 1pm or 5pm. Stay at Bunker Backpackers.
DAY 2: Halfmoon Bay, Port William Hut
Walk 4 - 5 hours / 12 km ( 7 m)
Pass through the chain link official entrance to Rakiura National Park then walk around Lee Bay and Maori Beach to Port William Hut.
DAY 3: Port William Hut, North Arm Hut
Walk 5 - 6 hours. 12 km ( 7 m )
Climb to the summit ridge through a sequence of rimu, kamahi and rata forests. The lookout tower provides expansive views of Paterson Inlet and beyond to the Tin Range. Descend to the North Arm hut sited on the shore of the inlet.
DAY 4: North Arm Hut, Halfmoon Bay
Walk 5 – 6 hours, 12km ( 7 m )
Walk around the shores of Paterson Inlet emerging at the sheltered bays of Kidney Fern Arm and Kaipipi Bay. Follow the former Kaipipi Road back to Halfmoon Bay. Stay in Halfmoon Bay Fly at 5.30pm to Invercargill.(4.30pm on the weekends)