Accommodation | Departure Dates | Getting There | Fitness Level | Prices

Rakiura Track Guided Walk Itinerary

DAY 1: Invercargill, Halfmoon Bay

Fly from Invercargill to Halfmoon Bay at 8am, 1pm or 5pm. Take a short stroll for a splendid array of native bird life then meet the guide for a dinner and guides briefing around 6pm.

Shuttles available from Queenstown and Te Anau (7.30am)

DAY 2: Halfmoon Bay, Port William Hut

Walk 5 hours / 12km

Southern Brown Kiwi (Tokoeka)

Southern Brown Kiwi (Tokoeka)

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 / 12km

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, Halfmoon Bay

Walk 6 hours / 12km

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. Stay in Halfmoon Bay

Fly at 5.30pm to Invercargill.(4.30pm on the weekends)


Accommodation in Halfmoon Bay is based on share twin and a single supplement is available. We generally stay at Rakiura Lodge. All the mod cons….power, showers and flush toilets. Linen is provided.
On the trail we stay in public DOC huts in bunk rooms. You will need to carry your own sleeping bags. No power, toilets are outside and there are no showers …. sorry that’s the price you pay to do a Great Walk !

Departure Dates

From November to April we have regular guaranteed departures. Other departures are available on request with a minimum of three people or for less than three a surcharge applies. Yes we do operate during the winter…. it is actually a great time to be on the Island. The dates listed below are “Day 1” or the first night in Halfmoon Bay. We depart first thing on “Day 2”.

Month/Year Days
Nov 2013 23
Dec 2013 9
Jan 2014 7
Feb 2014 6, 21
Mar 2014 7, 23
Apr 2014 6

Getting There

Invercargill is 170km from Queenstown, and 190km from Te Anau . Shuttles from Queenstown and Te Anau depart at 7.30am . Feel free to contact us to help arrange transfers for you.

Fitness Level

A medium level of fitness is required for Rakiura Track. The walking is generally flat with some small hills to climb. The tracks can be muddy and wet after heavy rain.


Your guided walk package includes 3 nights accommodation, all meals, flights to and from the island, concession and guiding fees, all equipment and maps. The trips are usually 3 – 5 people with a maximum of six.
Price per person is NZ$1 295 including GST. Children 10 to 15 subtract NZ$150. We do not recommend the track for children under 10. Prices are valid to 1 November 2014.