Swingbridge, Maori Beach, Rakiura Track

Image: Baptiste Maryns | ©

Introduction

Learn about fees, bookings and conditions associated with booking the Rakiura Track.

Fees

Fees are charged per person, per night to stay in huts and campsites on the Rakiura Track. There are no fees to complete a day walk on the track or for entry into the Rakiura National Park.

Huts

1 October - 30 April:

New Zealand citizens, those ordinarily resident in New Zealand*:

  • Adult (18+ years): $24 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

International visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $24 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): $12 per person, per night

1 May - 30 September:

  • Adult (18+ years): $22 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

* New Zealand rates:

  • "Ordinarily resident in New Zealand" means those:
    • who hold a residence class, student or work visa; and
    • who have lived in New Zealand for six of the previous 12 months; and
    • for whom New Zealand is their primary place of established residence.
  • Proof of eligibility will be required for the New Zealand rate - see acceptable eligibility proof.
Campsites

New Zealand citizens, those ordinarily resident in New Zealand*:

  • Adult (18+ years): $6 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

International visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $6 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): $3 per person, per night

* New Zealand rates:

  • "Ordinarily resident in New Zealand" means those:
    • who hold a residence class, student or work visa; and
    • who have lived in New Zealand for six of the previous 12 months; and
    • for whom New Zealand is their primary place of established residence.
  • Proof of eligibility will be required for the New Zealand rate - see acceptable eligibility proof.
Discounts

A 10% discount is available to members, staff and instructors of the following organisations, who also hold a valid 12 month Backcountry Hut Pass: NZ Mountain Safety Council; NZ Federated Mountain Clubs; NZ Deer Stalkers Association; NZ Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR); Scouts New Zealand; GirlGuiding NZ.

Discounts are not available online. To receive the discount we need to sight your membership card and Backcountry Hut Pass, so please visit a DOC visitor centre in person. If you get a discount you won't be charged a booking fee.

What to book

Before you start walking the Rakiura Track:

  • You need to book huts and/or campsites on the track
  • You can choose to book a shuttle between Oban and the start/end of the track - otherwise it's a 1 hour walk - or a water taxi to huts/campsites on the track

How to book


Bookings are open for trips from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.


  1. Decide whether you want to walk clockwise or anti-clockwise.
  2. Decide what huts or campsites you want to stay at. Consider:
  3. Decide the date you want to stay at each hut/campsite. Note the maximum stay at each hut/campsite is 2 nights.
  4. Check availability of huts and campsites on the dates you want to stay. If there is no space in one of the huts/campsites you want to stay at, consider:
    • Starting your walk on a different date
    • Changing the direction you walk in
  5. Book huts/campsites online or contact a DOC visitor centre for personal assistance. Note:
    • Bookings are required for children and/or youth even though it's free for them to stay.
    • If you're booking campsites, you'll need to know the number of people in your group as well as the number of tent sites required.
  6. Optional: Book transport services to/from the start/end of the track, or to huts/campsites on the track. This can be done unpon arrival on Stewart Island.

Terms and conditions

Read the booking terms and conditions (scroll to the bottom to find the Terms and Conditions link) for general information, age ranges, prices, discounts, penalty rates and the alterations and cancellations policy. Bookings not meeting the terms and conditions will be treated as invalid and cancelled.

Booking on behalf of others

Guided groups: To operate a commercial activity in an area managed by DOC, you need to apply for a concession (an official permit), in addition to any bookings you would need to make. Read more about concessions 

To make multiple bookings for facilities/services on behalf of customers, you must obtain permission or an agent agreement from DOC. To do this, email: agents@doc.govt.nz 

Back to top