Otago Youth Adventure Trust
Milton Rotary Tramping Club

Stewart Island/Rakiura

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 Trip Dates for 2023; 25 February - 1 March 2023, 13-17 March 2023, 20-24 March 2023

Price; $955 (NZ Residents)/$993 (International)


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. 


Day 1; To enable us to catch the early sailing from Bluff on the Foveaux Straight ferry (a one hour crossing) our bus will leave Dunedin at 6.00am SHARP on the first day. We spend the rest of the first day exploring Oban. Accommodation for the first and last night is at the Backpackers Lodge, (included in trip cost).

Day 2; 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. We will enjoy some coastal and bush walking, including lunch at Maori beach, before 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. 8.1km (3-4 hours).

Day 3; We pass through bush to North Arm hut with some climbs and descents as well as some interesting historical sites along the way. 13km (6 hours).

Day 4; 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. There is an option to visit Ulva Island in the afternoon (at your cost). That evening we usually have a group dinner (own cost) at the iconic South Seas Hotel. 11km (4-4.5 hours).

Day 5; Sees us homeward bound. We catch the Ferry in the morning from Oban and our bus will meet us at the ferry terminal in Bluff for the return trip to Dunedin, arriving around 5.30pm. People can be dropped off at Dunedin Airport, for evening flights (after 6pm) - BUT in case weather conditions mean the ferry crossing is delayed/cancelled, it is highly recommended you take flight insurance cover.


Our buses leave from the Leviathan Hotel in Dunedin at 6.00am SHARP. We can pick you up enroute. If you choose to meet us in Invercargill or Bluff there is no discount to the cost of the trip. Prices are all based on travel from Dunedin. 

We organise all the food and equipment to cook it with. You help carry it, cook it and eat it. Your share of the food/equipment you need to carry will be approximately 2kg. You will need to bring your own utensils and plate/mug.


Suzie Bearman

Phone (03) 417 7512 or 027 417 7512

Email; stewartisland@ortt.org.nz


Trip Schedule

Dates Trip Name Price (NZ/Overseas)
25th Feb 2023 - 1st Mar 2023 Stewart Island Stewart Island/Rakiura FULL
13th Mar 2023 - 17th Mar 2023 Stewart Island Stewart Island/Rakiura FULL
20th Mar 2023 - 24th Mar 2023 Stewart Island Stewart Island/Rakiura $955.00 / $993.00
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