Arrive in Invercargill
Stay in the Victorian Railway Hotel In Invercargill. Pre track briefing and evening meal starts at 6pm. Rental cars and any excess luggage can be left at the hotel. Shuttles available from Queenstown and Te Anau..
Invercargill, Mason Bay
the morning catch a shuttle to Invercargill Airport
- a 10 minute journey. Please note that the flight
time is dictated by the low tide and you will be
advised in your itinerary. Take a twenty minute
flight by small plane to Mason Bay passing Codfish
Island, an important Kakapo sanctuary.
Landing on Mason Bay
beach we take some time to explore this isolated wonderland walking to the Mason Bay Hut, the one night where we “rough it” camping alongside the Mason Bay Hut.
This evening we will see if we can spot one of the local residents, a kiwi. Stewart Island Kiwi, or Tokoeka in Maori, are unique in that they are sometimes seen during the day so if you do miss out under the stars there is always tomorrow!
3: Mason Bay, Freshwater, Golden Bay, Halfmoon
Walk 4 hours / 14km
relatively easy ( flat ) walk across the Island to Freshwater. Some sections of thick mud.
Massive sand dunes, head high tussock and Manuka
trees house many native birds, including kiwi's
At Freshwater Landing
meet the water taxi for a 45 minute ride down Freshwater
River and across Paterson Inlet to Golden Bay.
A short walk takes you to Halfmoon Bay. Tonight we stay in a classic Southland "crib" or holiday home with power and a shower! Dinner is generally fresh Salmon caught that day.