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Published on 25 April 2016

Latitude 47ºS, the North West circuit on Rakiura-Stewart Island

Across the legendary Foveaux Strait, south of the South Island of New Zealand, lies Rakiura - Stewart Island. Home to one of the earliest Māori settlements in history, with a current population of only 380 people, Stewart Island is home to one of the best walks in New Zealand, the "North West Circuit".

This walk is not as popular as other walks in New Zealand, probably for the best. The difficult terrain and the ever changing weather make this tramp quite demanding. The recommended duration is around 9 days, but can be done in less if conditions are right. However I recommend spending as much time as possible as there are plenty of things to see and enjoy. Stewart Island is truly a paradise and one of my favourite places ever.

I did this tramp with my friend Thomas in January 2016. We took the ferry from Bluff to Oban and started walking right after disembarking the boat. The list of huts we slept in is:

If we had to do it again we would probably switch the last hut (North Arm) by the Freshwater Hut. The North Arm is part of the 3-day Great Walk, so expect heaps of people, noise, kids, etc.. Not the best ambiance you'd expect after being in the bush for a week!

Here you have some pictures I took along the journey. Enjoy!

Thanks to the Department of Conservation for maintaining this amazing walk. We love your work.