East Ruggedy panorama



The North West Circuit offers challenging multi-day tramping around Rakiura/Stewart island’s northern coast.

Sweeping beaches, rocky headlands and stunning scenery are the rewards for the fit and well-equipped.

Rakeahua Valley and Doughboy Bay can be added to the North West Circuit. Alternatively the Southern Circuit Track incorporating these areas can be walked separately.

125 km loop

Walking and tramping

9 - 11 days Advanced: Tramping track

Stay safe in the outdoors

  1. Choose the right trip for you. Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  2. Understand the weather. Check weather forecasts
  3. Pack warm clothes and extra food. Check gear lists
  4. Share your plans and take ways to get help. Share directly or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk. Take a distress beacon. 
  5. Take care of yourself and each other.


Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 219 0009
Email stewartisland@doc.govt.nz
Address 15 Main Road
Oban 9818
Hours Visitor centre hours and services
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