I'm visiting New Zealand in April/May for 55 days. I would like to know if the Rakiura Track worth its 3 days lenght? At first, I was planning to do as many Great Walks as possible, but after researching what to do in NZ, i'm starting to feel that these walks take up too much time. of course i know i won't see the whole country in 2 months, just wanted to know if rakiura was worth it.
The walks take you to some amazing parts of the country that you wont be able to see otherwise, so we'd recommend walking some of them at least. it all depends what you are interested in seeing and doing while here. We didnt walk the rakiura track while on Stewart Island as we had our baby with us, but talking to people in the hostel who had walked the 10 day track, it certainly sounds a great walk. Its also a great chance to see kiwi in the wild. Are you planning on hiring a car or camper? It will help you see much more of the country in the 2 months you have here than if you travelled by bus.
I did the Rakiura Walk a couple months ago and I would recommend it. Stewart Island is a great escape from the mainstream backpacking path. If you like birds you will see a lot of them. I saw 5 wild kiwis at the first hut on the walk the first night and it was a pretty unique experience. Can't guarantee anyone else would have the same luck, but worth checking it out!
The path gets muddy because Stewart Island gets a lot of rain. The first day is coastal and the second and third day are in the rainforest.
I thought it was a great walk. If you're more hardcore you could do the 7 day south walk or the 10 day northern walk. For me the 3 day track was perfect.
It is amazing, as a New Zealander I was taken away by the beauty of the track. It made me think of the way New Zealand used to be.
The track is not very developed there are some step climbs that make it interesting. Not many New Zealanders even get there, it is a real experience.