Introduction

Rakiura National Park is located on Stewart Island/Rakiura. It encompasses a network of former nature reserves, scenic reserves, and state forest areas. Although the island lies only 30 km south west of Bluff, between latitudes 46 and 47 degrees south, it exudes all the charm of a world on its own.

Highlights

The sunrises and sunsets in soft southern light are amazing. Visitors can explore pristine beaches, sheltered inlets, and coastal forest, and see seals, penguins, kiwi, weka and many other birds. There are also opportunities for hunting, fishing, boating, cruises and scenic flights.
  • Highest point is Mount Anglem/Hananui (980m).
  • About 75 km long and 45 km wide at its widest point.
  • Area 168,300 ha or 1683 sq km (smaller than Hawaii's main island but larger than Hong Kong!).
  • Covers 157,000 ha, 85% of the Stewart Island/Rakiura/
  • The national park established in 2003.
  • Approximately 400 permanent residents.
  • Less than 28 km of road: more than 280 km of walking track.
  • 25.5 km from the mainland across Foveaux Strait.
  • Annual rainfall 1,600 mm per annum.
  • Average temperatures: summer 16° celsius, winter 9° celsius.

Place overview

Activities

  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Hunting
  • Walking and tramping

Facilities

  • Visitor centre
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      Getting there

      Transport to the island is either a 20-minute flight from Invercargill Airport or a one-hour trip on the ferry from Bluff.

      Know before you go

      Trampers need to be prepared for southern weather which can turn wild, wet and windy at any time of the year.

      There is always mud on the Northwest and Southern circuits and those attempting these tracks need to allow for flooding in certain areas during rainy periods.

      A visit to the Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre in Oban is recommended before beginning any of the longer walks within Rakiura National Park, as weather and track conditions are constantly subject to change.

      Rainbow at Duck Creek, Mason Bay.
      Rainbow at Duck Creek, Mason Bay

      Contacts

      Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre
      Phone:      +64 3 219 0009
      Address:   15 Main Road
      Stewart Island
      Email:   stewartisland@doc.govt.nz
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