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The Rakiura Track

Rakiura Track in Southland is the perfect destination for a tramping adventure. Located on Stewart Island, at the bottom of the South Island, the Rakiura track is home to a variety of native birds including the Kiwi and Tokoeka.


Perfect for history lovers, the Rakiura track is home to a number of early Maori settlement sites and saw milling relics. This 32 kilometer circuit track follows open coastline, beautiful native forests and continues to meander along Paterson Inlet sheltered shores. It passes many historical sites and introduces visitors to the common forest and sea birds.


You have a choice of three campsites and two huts on the Rakiura Track for places to stay.
Maori Beach, North Arm and Port William are the three campsites. The huts are located in North Arm and Port William. Do note that campsites and huts are spaced apart. You can camp only at specific campsites and every site has water supplies, cooking shelters, and toilet.


The Rakiura Track can be divided into three portions and you can start from either end of the track. You can also do shorter walks along the track instead of walking the full circuit. Starting from Lee Bay until Port William Hut is classed as the first part of the track. You start from the distinctive chain link sculpture and follow the coastline to Little River where there is a bridge to cross and then the track goes around Peter's Point and moves towards Maori Beach. The Port William Hut and campsite is a short distance from here. 


The middle part of the track starts from Port William Hut and continues until North Arm Hut. Vegetation is varied and you pass through virgin and previously milled podocarp forest. Residues of milling activity are clearly visible along the tracks. 


The third and last part of the track starts from the North Arm Hut and ends at the car park in Fern Gully. This section offers visitors to the Patterson Inlet shores with the track meandering along the headland from the North Arm and moves to Sawdust Bay.


The weather at Stewart Island can vary rapidly and no predictions can be made. Heavy rain and strong winds can occur during any time of year so it is important to be equipped to tackle any weather condition. You should have a minimum two sets of clothing with you on your trip and well as enough food and drink for your journey as there are no places to buy supplies along the track.


Cargo pants and NZ made wet weather gear is a necessity at any time of the year as are NZ made bucket hats which provide essential protection from the sun. You should always buy quality outdoor high visibility clothing in Auckland so that is comfortable, durable and lasts a lifetime. Westland Workgear has a range of long lasting and stylish outdoor work clothing available to buy from their website with delivery direct to your door. Visit them today at www.westlandworkgear.co.nz.


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