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2006-12 Rakiura Northwest Circuit

Northwest circuit track map
  • Wellington to Invercargill (via Christchurch) return
    • Sat Depart 08:40 NZ405
    • Sun Depart 13.10 NZ5006
  • Invercargill airport to Oban on Stewart Island Flights
    • 13:00 flight from Invercargill to Oban
    • 09.30 flight back on Sun
    • a bag can be left either at Stewart Island Flight's Invercargill office or Halfmoon Bay depot, or backpackers.

Rakiura National Park covers the major part of Stewart Island: Packs on backs and starting on our way on the NW Circuit around 15.00 on Sat, returning to Oban the following Saturday evening.

That gives us 7½ days to do the 125 km circuit (7 nights on the track, and one night and an additional 5km on the road at Oban at the end). I think the best way to do it is clockwise, so a rough plan (with the track times given in the brochure) would be:

dayhrsvertkm 
Sat3-4100m 100m12Oban to Kaipipi, North Arm hut. This is on the Rakiura Great Walk and we have to prepurchase tickets
Sun6-7140m 340m11to Freshwater Landing (use estuary at low tide, Thompson Ridge brutal climb) (mud)
 3-460m11to Mason Bay (dunes, kiwi country)
Mon7280m 400m15to Little Hellfire Beach, Hellfire Pass hut (mud)
Tue7240m 80m14to Waituna Bay, West Ruggedy Beach, East Ruggedy hut (mud)
Wed5200m 120m 180m 200m10to East Ruggedy Beach, Long Harry hut (rough sidle old to new Harry hut sites)
 5-6200m 240m9to Smoky Beach, Yankee River hut (muddy descent to Yankee River)
Thu6200m, 160m12to Lucky Beach, Christmas Village hut
Fri5980m11up Mt Anglem
 6100m 60m12to Murray Beach, Bungaree hut
Sat3140m 140m6to Big & Little Bungaree Beaches, Sawyers Beach, Port William hut
 4100m 80m12to Magnetic Beach, Maori Beach, Lee Bay, road end, Horseshoe Bay, Halfmoon Bay, Oban
Sun   flights home

The huts are 12 bunks or bigger, few crowding issues in December, although to be safe a fly will be taken.

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day meal

7

Lunches Sun to Sat, self catering

2

desserts mousse, cheesecake
Saturday Lunch Invercargill airport, before starting
Dinner Curried sausages & spud
Sunday Bf Pog
Dinner Mac cheese
Monday Bf Flaked rice & dried fruit
Dinner Rice and Tuna
Tuesday Bf Pog
Dinner Rice & Tuna
Wednesday Bf Flaked rice & dried fruit
Dinner Mac Cheese
Thursday Bf Pog
Dinner

Thai Chicken Curry (5 serve * 2) + veges

Friday Bf Flaked rice & dried fruit
Dinner Mac cheese
Saturday Bf Pog
Dinner no spare, Church Hill Cafe(approve sites) Oban
Gear
Cooking
  • Whisperlite & empty fuel bottle, and dragonfly & empty fuel bottle
  • Camping Stoves and Fuel Containers on Aircraft
  • Billies: 8pt 0.57kg, 6pt, billy cleaning
  • Fuel 3l 0.74kg, purchase Oban
Mountain radio
  • 1kg aerial 0.43kg
Other
  • fly 9'x14' 1.25kg
  • Rakiura Parkmap 336-10 Edition 4 2005 1:95,000
  • Halfmoon Bay Topomap 260-D48, E48 & F48 1:50,000
  • mini cards
Personal
  • groundsheet or bivy bag (up to you)
  • closed cell foam
  • wash cloth & towel (think mud)
  • led torch or headlamp
  • insect repellent (5 to 10 grams per day)

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