centuries ago Maori came by canoe to the island to harvest
shellfish and mutton birds, traditions still carried out today
by local iwi. They named the island Rakiura - 'Land of the
Glowing Skies' as it is renowned for its lingering sunsets
of summer and the aurora of winter.
The Rakiura Track is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. The loop track traverses country with a rich diversity of trees, ferns, and perching orchids. Along the way visit many historical sites with the chance to see a variety of sea and forest birds. The circuit follows the coast, climbs over a 300 metre high forested ridge, and skirts the sheltered shores of Paterson Inlet.