New Zealand Day Ten. Stewart Island: A Hike In The Rakiua National Park.
I was pleased to see the sunrise from my room on my third day on Stewart Island. I was worried about the rain in the forecast. I was planning a 8 1/2 mile hike in the Rakiua National Park. Although I brought my rain gear on the trip, I didn’t want to use it.
I left my lodge around 7:30 a.m. and walked down to the dock on Halfmoon Bay . I joined about twenty other folks eager to hike on the famous Rakiua Track. A water taxi was going to drop us off at Point William, near a hut or camping area along the trail.
As we left Halfmoon Bay our captain pointed out this Fiordland crested penguin sitting on a rocky outcrop. I was very pleased to see it since now I only needed to observe one more major species of penguin in the wild to have seen all the penguin major species on the planet. And I hoped to see one of these later on my visit to the South Island.
The boat took us about twenty minutes to get to Point William and the sun was shining when we departed our boat. Here is a link to some more photographs of our water taxi ride. New Zealand Day Ten Water taxi ride February 15 2019.
Today I only had to walk the 8 1/2 miles back to Oban. It was sunny when I started my walk from the beautiful beach at Point William. However rain was supposed to arrive by noon so I quickly began my hike through the heavily wooded trail.
I was alone on the trail. Most of the passengers on the water taxi doing the entire track and headed inland. And the few walking back to Oban where now ahead of me because of my visit to the Point William hut.
The rain held off as left Rakiura National Park and the chain sculpture I visited the day before. Here is a link to my photos from my walk. New Zealand Day Ten Rakiura National Park walk February 15 2019
I was tired, hungry and thirsty when I made it into Oban in about 3 1/2 hours. I walked into the South Sea hotel for a hearty lunch. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike from the park. New Zealand Day Ten Rakuria Park to Oban February 15 2019.
After lunch I walked back to my lodge and made it just in time. The rain they were predicting started to fall. It wasn’t a bad thing. I was tired from my 9 miles of hiking so I relaxed and watched the rain from my room.
Thanks to Peter and his wife I was able to get a reservation at the Church Hill Boutique Lodge and Restaurant. The famous chef Gordon Ramsay stayed at the lodge a few weeks before I arrived on the island.
After exploring this trail for about an hour I walked up the hill to the Church Hill Lodge for dinner. I had a wonderful meal of local mussels and fresh salmon I saw my host Peter and his wife and had a nice chat with the owner.
But satisfied with another great day of adventure in New Zealand. Here is a link to some more photographs from my evening walk. New Zealand Day Ten Stewart Island evening walk. February 15 2019.“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” – Frank Herbert