Rakiura Track
Rakiura Track
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  • Carl S
    Sydney, Australia33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to experience the NZ bush.
    Great chance to get away from civilisation and experience the New Zealand bush. I did the first and last day (connecting the Northwest Circuit which is also amazing if you’re slightly insane). Advice: do NOT do the Lee Bay side trip to Garden Mound on the way there or back. You will climb all the way up and see nothing you won’t see on the Rakiura Track. It’s a good option for those not doing the hike though. Doing it on my way back was just frustrating. A view of Port William where I’d come from. Woo.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 January 2024
  • Lianne M
    Feilding, New Zealand7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stewart Island Hike Feb 2024
    I had never been to Stewart Island and my daughter and I decided to camp while on the Track. The first day was lovely, hard because of the 15kg pack but otherwise a lovely track meandering through bush. When we got to the campsite there were 3 deer happily grazing, not phased by us being there. We had individual tents so we set them up close to the water, there was a long drop near by and we boiled our water and enjoyed the views. It rained softly that night and more campers arrived setting up their tents. What a treat to go to sleep with the sound of the water and gentle rain on the tent, sleep so well. The next day was by far the hardest day, so much mud and a longer hike, was suppose to take 6 hours but took us close to 7. That night we slept in the bush, it rained, heavier that night and we camped under trees for protection as the wind got up. It definitely wasn't the nice gentle rain and was not such a good night weather wise. I did hear the kiwi shuffling around and calling to each other which was amazing. The last day was a good day, not so much rain and easier track. It was a beautiful hike, we meet some lovely people from all over the world and saw a part of NZ that was unspoilt, a definite 9/10.. just because of the mud.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 February 2024
  • O3941GUsusank
    Wellington, New Zealand39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Great Walks - Rakiura Track
    This was a family tramp that was enjoyed by all 4 of us. The scenery was beautiful, the flora and fauna amazing and the people we met along the way, friendly. The three day, two night tramp was a great "time out" from our busy lives. We met people from the USA and Australia. The accommodation was good and the hut wardens were friendly and helpful. Yes, there was a bit of mud, but that's all part of a good day's tramp. One of our group even saw a kiwi crossing the track in the middle of the day. This is a short tramp that can be achieved by anyone who enjoys walking.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 March 2024
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O3941GUsusank
Wellington, New Zealand39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This was a family tramp that was enjoyed by all 4 of us. The scenery was beautiful, the flora and fauna amazing and the people we met along the way, friendly. The three day, two night tramp was a great "time out" from our busy lives. We met people from the USA and Australia. The accommodation was good and the hut wardens were friendly and helpful. Yes, there was a bit of mud, but that's all part of a good day's tramp. One of our group even saw a kiwi crossing the track in the middle of the day. This is a short tramp that can be achieved by anyone who enjoys walking.
Written 14 March 2024
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Lianne M
Feilding, New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I had never been to Stewart Island and my daughter and I decided to camp while on the Track. The first day was lovely, hard because of the 15kg pack but otherwise a lovely track meandering through bush. When we got to the campsite there were 3 deer happily grazing, not phased by us being there. We had individual tents so we set them up close to the water, there was a long drop near by and we boiled our water and enjoyed the views. It rained softly that night and more campers arrived setting up their tents. What a treat to go to sleep with the sound of the water and gentle rain on the tent, sleep so well. The next day was by far the hardest day, so much mud and a longer hike, was suppose to take 6 hours but took us close to 7. That night we slept in the bush, it rained, heavier that night and we camped under trees for protection as the wind got up. It definitely wasn't the nice gentle rain and was not such a good night weather wise. I did hear the kiwi shuffling around and calling to each other which was amazing. The last day was a good day, not so much rain and easier track. It was a beautiful hike, we meet some lovely people from all over the world and saw a part of NZ that was unspoilt, a definite 9/10.. just because of the mud.
Written 8 February 2024
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Passenger55958111471
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Great walk, picturesque, and hard enough on the long day 2 to feel like you achieved something. Great clean huts.
Big shout out to Dean the DOC ranger, who delivered a hilarious presentation.
Written 1 February 2024
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Carl S
Sydney, Australia33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Great chance to get away from civilisation and experience the New Zealand bush.
I did the first and last day (connecting the Northwest Circuit which is also amazing if you’re slightly insane).
Advice: do NOT do the Lee Bay side trip to Garden Mound on the way there or back. You will climb all the way up and see nothing you won’t see on the Rakiura Track. It’s a good option for those not doing the hike though. Doing it on my way back was just frustrating. A view of Port William where I’d come from. Woo.
Written 18 January 2024
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Diane W
Adelaide, Australia331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We walked the Rakuira Track. It was fabulous. Very muddy and the usual rush by walkers to get to the next hut for a lower bunk which always spoils the experience.

However, that aside the walk in a pristine environment is great. Day 2 quite tricky with mud and steep steps.

Arriving back into Oban which is a gem is fabulous.
Written 10 March 2023
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Fovant2014
Christchurch, New Zealand43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
A great adventure for our family. The first day is pretty easy, the second the longest and hardest, and the third somewhere in between. Our youngest was 8 and our group was 1hr under the DOC times on days 1 and 3, and 30 mins under on Day 2. Huts all tidy, and wardens knowledgeable. Great scenery and amazing native bush. Didn’t see any Kiwi unfortunately as they were active a bit too late at night for our kids. It was a bit muddy in places on Day 2 (gaiters nice to have but not required), can see how after heavy rain it would be pretty hard going. Overall an excellent walk and easily achievable with kids in 3 days.
Written 26 January 2023
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Richardjenny W
Auckland, New Zealand56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We did the Great Walk with our family and some friends - including 8 kids 10 - 17 years old. This was probably the easiest of the Great Walks we have completed but totally enjoyed the variety of coast and bush. The birdlife was consistent along the walk, although overall we were a little disappointed with the amount of birdlife - expected a bit more.

We had 3 of our 13 group see kiwi on the walk, the other 10 searching many hours but with no luck. We later saw some in Horseshoe Bay just after dark on the roadside!

The huts were good, well maintained. The 2nd day had quite a bit of mud but we all managed it fine.
Written 5 January 2023
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Mumma&Co
Timaru, New Zealand6,220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful scenery! The mud on day two is FANTASTIC!! Lots of fun!! Definitely recommend this walk to all!!
Written 27 June 2022
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Jan R
Greymouth210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We only did a 1/2 day walk but was fantastic. Lee Bay to Maori beach and the condition of the trail was awesome. So good sent quick text to my parents who were picking us back up to make sure they walked in to Little River to experience for themselves.
Written 1 June 2022
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Paige
Christchurch, New Zealand4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Absolutely loved Rakiura but very disappointed by the great walk! The coastal section was beautiful but could have done as a day walk and slipped the rest. Got absolutely eaten by bed bugs and the track was not maintained up to great walk standards. It was just a massive mud fest
Written 12 April 2022
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