Stewart Island Freedom Walk Itinerary
DAY 1: Halfmoon Bay, Freshwater Landing, Mason Bay
Water taxi 45 minutes, Walk 4 hours / 14km
Walk from Halfmoon Bay to Golden Bay to meet your water taxi for a 45 minute ride across Paterson Inlet up the Freshwater River to Freshwater Landing. Please note your water taxi departure is based around the high tide and you need to be ready half an hour in advance of the departure time.
An easy ( flat ) walk across the Island to Mason Bay. Massive sand dunes, head high tussock and Manuka trees house many native birds, including kiwi’s and robins.
Stay at the Mason Bay Hut a public DOC hut with no power, outside toilet and no cooking facilities. This evening see if you can spot one of the local residents, a kiwi.
DAY 2 : Mason Bay, Freshwater Landing, Golden Bay, Halfmoon Bay
Walk 4 hours / 14km, water taxi 45 minutes
An easy ( flat ) walk back across the Island to Freshwater Landing.
At Freshwater Landing meet the water taxi for a half hour ride down Freshwater River and across Paterson Inlet to Golden Bay. A short walk takes you to Halfmoon Bay.
Please note your water taxi departure is at high tide and it is critical you arrive at least half an hour in advance of the stated departure time. If you miss the water taxi you will be spending another 24 hours at the Freshwater Landing Hut!
Accommodation is at Mason Bay Hut in a public DOC hut. Bunk beds are generally available in the hut (first in first served so you may need a tent in busy times) no power, toilets are outside and no cooking facilities… sorry that’s the price you pay to see a kiwi in the wild and all of our customers agree it is worth it!
From November to April we have regular departures subject to availability and tides. We do operate during the winter…. it is actually a great time to be on the Island. Departure times are tide dependent and it is critical that you pay special attention to these and make sure your are ready at least half an hour before hand.
From Invercargill there are three flights a day and from Bluff there are up to 4 ferries a day to Halfmoon Bay. Feel free to contact us to help arrange transfers to and from Stewart Island.
A medium level of fitness is required for Stewart Island. The walking is generally flat. The tracks can be muddy and wet after heavy rain.
Your Freedom package includes 1 nights accommodation and return water taxi from Golden Bay to Freshwater Landing.
The price per person is NZ$ 130 including GST. Prices are valid to 1 November 2012.