Swingbridge, Maori Beach, Rakiura Track
Image: Baptiste Maryns ©


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


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.


1 October - 30 April:

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

1 May - 30 September:

  • Adult (18+ years): $22 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required
  • Adult (18+ years): $6 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

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

2018/2019 bookings

Bookings are open for trips from 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018.

Bookings for trips from 1 July 2018 will open in June – check back in late May for the specific date.

  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 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 the Department of Conservation, you will need to apply for a concession (an official permit), in addition to any bookings you would need to make. Read more about concessions 

Booking on behalf of others

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

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