A true island adventure - thick forest, stunning coastline and an abundance of history make the Rakiura Track a beautiful hike through the heart of Stewart Island.
- 37 km
- 1.3 km
- 1.3 km
- 1 day +
- Low Point
- 0 m
- High Point
- 188 m
Stage One: Oban to North Arm Hut
While it is possible to set out from the heart of Oban, the most popular launch point for the track is some 2km away in Fern Gully car park. From there, follow the Kaipipi Road to the trail head. An undulating trail along the coastline, there are plenty of places to enjoy a swim (Kidney Fern Arm and Kaipipi Bay are sheltered), before heading to North Arm Hut and Campsite.
Stage Two: North Arm Hut to Port William Hut
Heading out through podocarp forest, evidence of former logging activity is all around - indeed, the trail follows the tram lines that carried the logs to their various destinations. If hiking through the wet season there can be significant stretches of deep mud along this section of the trail. Gaiters are a sensible addition, as are walking poles.
Stage Three: Port William Hut to Oban
Back to the coast, the track crosses various streams and inlets as the trail heads back towards Oban. Check tide conditions as some areas, like at Maori Beach, become impassable at high tide. There's plenty of historical remnants along the trail, along with a number of places to take a refreshing dip.
Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.
Best time to visit
- Wild flowers
- Water features
- Forestry or heavy vegetation