Rakiura Track

Escape on an island adventure and exchange the hustle and bustle of mainland life for the tranquillity of the Rakiura Track.

Revel in the peacefulness and idyllic surroundings with the bush, birds and beach at your side.

3 days
Stewart Island/Rakiura
Nearest towns
Invercargill (20 minute flight) or Bluff (1 hour ferry)
Nearest airport

Enjoy stunning coastal views; get absorbed in lush and dense virgin forest, and regenerating podocarp forest, on this leisurely circular track, easily accessible from Oban/Half Moon Bay.


  • This is the ultimate island wilderness experience and a taste of the way New Zealand used to be. You'll be welcomed by a cacophony of native birdsong and a warm greeting from the locals in the tiny settlement of Oban
  • The amazing Rakiura tokoeka/kiwi (unlike their cousins further north) can sometimes be seen foraging during daylight hours and can often be heard calling at day's end
  • Immerse yourself in the history, from early Māori settlement sites around Māori Beach and Port William/Potirepo, to sawmilling relics dispersed along the track

Find out more in the Rakiura Track brochure.

Things to know before you go

It is important to plan and prepare your trip and be well equipped on a Great Walk. For a full list of the equipment and preparation required for the Rakiura Track, plus the latest track updates and information on getting there, please visit the Department of Conservation website.

Safety is your responsibility - It is important that you check in with the nearest DOC Visitor Centre prior to beginning your walk. For detailed safety information, including tramping conditions in New Zealand and The Outdoor Safety Code -5 simple rules to help you stay safe - visit www.adventuresmart.org.nz.

Rakiura Track image courtesy of the Department of Conservation