The Rakiura track, a NZ Great Walk is a 32km loop track over three days. it is an easy to moderate tramp and the track is in good order.
To enable us to catch the 11am sailing from Bluff on the Foveaux Straight ferry (a one 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 spend the rest of the first day exploring Oban including an optional visit to Ulva Island (at your cost). Accommodation for the first and last night is at the Backpackers Lodge, (included in trip cost).
Next day after a 4km walk to Lee Bay, where we collect our transported packs, 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, including lunch at Maori beach, we reach Port William hut. 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. The next day sees another interesting day with a variety of bush, coastal scenery and access to the shores of Paterson Inlet while making our way back to Oban where we should arrive early afternoon. That evening we usually have a group dinner (own cost) at the iconic South Seas Hotel.
We 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) - BUT in case weather conditions mean the ferry crossing is delayed/cancelled, it is highly recommended you take flight insurance cover.