North West Circuit Track
North West Circuit Track information
The North West Circuit Track is Stewart Island/Rakiura’s legendary tramp, a demanding coastal epic around a remote and natural coastline featuring isolated beaches, sand dunes, birds galore and miles of mud. It’s 125km, and takes nine to 11 days, although there are several options for shortening it involving boats and planes..
The track begins and ends in Oban. There are well-spaced huts along the way, all of which are Standard ($5) except for two Great Walk Huts ($22), which must be booked in advance. A North West Circuit Pass ($35) provides for a night in each of the Standard huts.
Locator beacons are advised and be sure to call into DOC for up-to-date information and to purchase the essential topographical maps. You should also register your intentions at Adventuresmart (www.adventuresmart.org.nz) as this is no easy walk in the park.