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Christmas - New Year Trip: Stewart Island

plus the Catlins for the Home Party

For our Xmas - New Year 2019 trip,  we are exploring Stewart Island, the southernmost and smallest of our three main islands.

A perfect retreat for those seeking peace and quiet and a haven for native bird life. And, of course, an exciting destination for hikers.

Start:    Fri 27 Dec 2019

                        10 days / 9 night

               

End:       Sun 5 Jan 2019

                         Flights off the Island start from  

                          9.30am to Invercargill

             

Location: Invercargill Airport

                       

Spaces: 24

Home Party - $720, Catlins 3 nights / Oban 6 nights,  details here

Rakiura Great Walk Fully booked - $660, Huts 5 nights / Oban 4 nights


Northwest Circuit  Fully Booked  – $530, Huts 8 nights / Oban 1 night


BOOKINGS
 Registration is via the website only and will NOT be accepted by phone or email.


PAYMENT

Final payment is due in full by Fri 8 November 2019.


Register  


Home Party - $720

Catlins: 3 nights at Surat Bay Lodge, Owaka, Catlins

Uplift a van from Invercargill Airport.

You will be based at Surat Bay Lodge where there are opportunities to explore the unlimited short walks the Catlins has to offer. The rugged, scenic coastline offers sandy beaches, blowholes, Cathedral Caves, hidden lakes and cascading waterfalls. Both the rainforest and the coast are home to many endangered species of birds, such as the rare yellow-eyed penguin. The coast attracts numerous marine life including the NZ fur seals, Hooker's sea lions, Hector's dolphins and Southern Right whales.

Curio Bay is one of the geological wonders of the world. This petrified forest of subtropical kauri and other trees date back to the Jurassic age, 135 to 190 million years ago.

https://suratbay.co.nz/

https://www.catlins.org.nz/assets/Used-by-Swordfox/1d9f1bb1ff/The-Catlins-Purple-Brochure.pdf

https://www.backpackerguide.nz/18-attractions-you-cant-miss-in-the-catlins/

https://www.catlins.org.nz/assets/PDFs-and-JPGs/ccec7d48f6/Catlins-Map-2018-Map-Side.jpg 


Stewart Island: 6 nights at Stewart Island Backpackers

Return the van to Invercargill Airport, catch the Stewart Island flight from Invercargill to Oban, Stewart Island.  You will be based at Stewart Island Backpackers. A multitude of short walk options await you, from 30 minutes to 7 hours walks. Other attractions and activities on the island include fishing, sea kayaking, visits to the seal colonies and shag rookeries of Ulva Island, snorkelling and diving – at own cost.

https://www.stewartislandbackpackers.co.nz/

https://southlandnz.com/sites/default/files/media/documents/Stewart%20Island%20Visitor%20Guide%20Brochure%202016.pdf


Home Party COSTS include

  • Van hire and diesel x 4 days,
  • Accommodation Surat Bay x3 nights,
  • Stewart Island Backpackers x6 nights and
  • Return flights Invercargill - Stewart Island.

NOT included in the costs:

  • Flights: Auckland/Invercargill/Auckland are NOT included
  • Additional side trips i.e. kayaking, scenic flights and day tours including Ulva Island

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OUT PARTIES

Rakiura Great Walk - $660 SOLD OUT

Huts 5 nights / Oban 4 nights.


Northwest Party – $530  SOLD OUT

Huts 8 nights / Oban 1 night

Itinerary includes all parties with dates and distances




Rakiura Great Walk Party - $660

Huts 5 nights / Oban 4 nights.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the mainland for the tranquillity of the Rakiura Track. A coastal walk with views to rocky bays; big rimu/rata forest; a golden sands beach; some historic artefacts from logging days, big steam engines; Maori and European settlement sites; a chance to see kiwi in the wild and, of course, splendid views. Continue to Mason Bay Hut which comes highly recommended and exchange adventurous stories with the Southern Party for two nights. Catch a flight to Oban and celebrate the New Year with the Southern and Home Parties and explore short walks and possibly Ulva Island. Relax and catch your breath as you return to Auckland via Invercargill.

2 days - leisurely hike (moderate level of fitness). The track is well marked, the majority is gravel due to being soft and boggy in places, however, some sections may be steep/rough.  

Next 2 days are a little more difficult.  North Arm Hut to Freshwater Hut can be steep, slippery and arduous.  Freshwater Hut to Mason Bay can be flooded after heavy rain. 

You will need to carry 2 days of food on the Rakiura Track, then uplift 3 days of food and tent at Freshwater Hut on day 3.  Tents are required as we can only book Great Walk Huts (Port William  Hut and North Arm Hut).  All other huts are on a first come, first served basis.

2 nights with the Southern Party at Mason Bay Hut where you bring in the New Year.

4 nights at Stewart Island Backpackers with the Southern  and Home Parties.

Rakiura Great Walk = 32 kms

Days 1 - 4:           Grade = Easy 2 days. Grade = Medium 2 days; 4 – 7 hrs per day

Day 4:                  Meet Southern Party in Mason Bay for two nights

Day 6:                  Fly to Oban and meet the Home party

Days 7 – 9:          Day walks / excursions around Oban

Day 10:                Oban – Invercargill - Auckland

https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/southland/places/stewart-island-rakiura/rakiura-national-park/things-to-do/rakiura-track/

Maps   Online PrintableGPS 

To access the printable maps, download the zipped file, and either:

  • open the zipped file, then drag the files to a new location OR
  • press and hold (or right-click) the zipped file, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions

Rakiura Great Walk COSTS include

  • Great Hut tickets x 2 nights
  • Cooker fuel
  • Food and tent drop off
  • Stewart Island Backpackers x 4 nights
  • Return flights Invercargill - Stewart Is

NOT included in the costs:

  • Flights: Auckland/Invercargill/Auckland are NOT included
  • DOC hut tickets (exclusive of the Great Walk Huts, DOC huts = $5 per night)
  • Additional side trips i.e. kayaking, scenic flights and day tours including Ulva Island

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North West Party – $530  SOLD OUT

Clockwise and Anticlockwise parties

Huts 8 nights / Oban 1 night

This is NOT suitable for novices. "The North West Circuit is like Abel Tasman on steroids"

You will need to be fit, well equipped and experienced. It is hardwork

You will need to carry all food and tent for 8 days.  Tents are required as we can only book Great Walk Huts (Port William  Hut and North Arm Hut).  All other huts are on a first come, first served basis.

  • Mud is widespread and often deep and thick on the tracks, regardless of the season
  • Walking: extra time should be allowed for adverse conditions.
  • Track and weather conditions can constantly change and can be extreme.

It offers a rare opportunity to walk for several days, without the intrusion of civilisation, along a natural coastline with rugged granite coastline, sand dunes, rimu forests, boulder beaches and hopefully a vacant DOC hut at the end of the day! 

End with one night at Mason Bay before flying to Oban where the rest of the North Shore Tramping Club await news of your adventures . Relax and catch your breath as you return to Auckland via Invercargill.

North West Party = 88.5 kms

Day 1 - 8:             Grade = Hard, 4 – 8 hrs per day

Day 9:                  Fly to Oban and meet up with the NSTC members

Day 10:                Oban – Invercargill – Auckland

https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/southland/places/stewart-island-rakiura/rakiura-national-park/things-to-do/north-west-circuit-stewart-island-rakiura/


Maps   OnlinePrintableGPS

To access the printable maps, download the zipped file, and either:

  • open the zipped file, then drag the files to a new location OR
  • press and hold (or right-click) the zipped file, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions

North West Party COSTS include

  • Cooker fuel
  • Great Hut ticket x 1 night
  • Flight from Mason Bay to Oban
  • Stewart Island Backpackers x 1 night
  • Return flights Invercargill - Stewart Island

 NOT included in the costs:

  • Flights: Auckland/Invercargill/Auckland are NOT included
  • DOC hut tickets @ 5/night (other than 1 x night in the Great Walk Hut)
  • Rakiura DOC offer 10 nights hut tickets for $35
  • Backcountry Hut Pass 12 month pass $122 ($85.40 - 30% discount for FMC members)

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ORGANISERS:

Kas Silk:  021 1587633 : kas.silk@gmail.com

Karen Baeyertz:  027 4106001 :  k.e.b@xtra.co.nz

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