The Rakiura track is approximately 30km and is an easy to moderate tramp and the track is in good order. If you’re lucky you may even spot a kiwi on the track so keep an eye out.
To enable us to catch the 11am sailing from Bluff on the Foveaux Straight ferry (a 1 hour crossing) our bus will leave Dunedin at 6.30am SHARP on the first day and return us to Dunedin mid-late afternoon on the final day, (weather conditions permitting- see note below). We can then spend the rest of the first day exploring Oban with perhaps a visit to Ulva Island (at your cost). Accommodation for the night will be at the Backpackers Lodge that night (included in trip cost).
Next day after a short shuttle bus ride which drops us at Lee Bay we pass under the chain link sculpture (marking the entrance to Rakiura National Park) and set off on our tramp. Approximately four to five hours later after enjoying some coastal and bush walking, our destination for the first night, Port William hut is reached. We’ll do our usual thing at the huts - cooking meals etc, but on this trip we need to carry stoves as LPG gas is not laid on at either hut.
Day two on the track sees us passing through bush to North Arm hut with some climbs and descents as well as some interesting historical sites along the way. Day three sees another interesting day with a variety of bush and coastal and the track provides access to the shores of Paterson Inlet while making our way back to Oban where we should arrive mid afternoon. We will stay the night at the Backpackers Lodge again, and you may wish to dine out at one of the various eating establishments in the township, (own cost).
We aim to catch the 8am Ferry the next morning and our bus will meet us at the ferry terminal in Bluff for the return trip to Dunedin, arriving around mid-late afternoon. People can be dropped off at Dunedin Airport, for evening flights (after 5pm) north - BUT in case weather conditions mean the ferry crossing is delayed/cancelled, you may miss the connection, it is recommended you take flight insurance cover.