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Rakiura Track


The Rakiura Track is one of New Zealand's Great Walks. The loop track traverses country with a rich diversity of trees, ferns, and perching orchids. Along the way visit many historical sites with the chance to see a variety of sea and forest birds. The circuit follows the coast, climbs over a 300 metre high forested ridge, and skirts the sheltered shores of Paterson Inlet.

Day 1: Invercargill, Halfmoon Bay

Fly from Invercargill to Halfmoon Bay. Take a short stroll for a splendid array of native bird life then meet your guide for a home cooked dinner in a local "crib".

Day 2 : Halfmoon Bay, Port William Hut
Walk 4 hours / 8 km

Pass through the chain link official entrance to Rakiura National Park then walk around Lee Bay and Maori Beach to Port William Hut.

Day 3 : Port William Hut, North Arm Hut
Walk 6 hours / 13 km

Climb to the summit ridge through a sequence of rimu, kamahi and rata forests. The lookout tower provides expansive views of Paterson Inlet and beyond to the Tin Range. Descend to the North Arm hut sited on the shore of the inlet.

Day 4 : North Arm Hut to Halfmoon Bay
Walk 5 hours / 11 km

Walk around the shores of Paterson Inlet emerging at the sheltered bays of Kidney Fern Arm and Kaipipi Bay. Follow the former Kaipipi Road back to Halfmoon Bay. Fly to Invercargill.

Many people choose the option to stay an extra night at Halfmoon Bay to enjoy some of the short local walks, visit Ulva Island, sea kayak in Paterson Inlet or browse the local craft stores.
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