Stewart Island – North West circuit

So yes we cheated by getting a boat to Christmas Village and getting picked up at Freshwater.  This cut about 4 nights off.  It still was a very hard but very enjoyable 7 days walking.  Lots of mud and some steep slippery banks

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The boat getting ready to leave after dropping us at Christmas Village bay.

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Yankee River hut

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Yankee River by the hut

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Long Harry hut – It would have been a nice hut for New years eve as it has a nice view to see the sun setting over the sea.IMAG1392

The view from Long Harry hut.

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A random beach on track

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Another beach

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View from the track

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West Ruggedy hut.

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A track through dunes.

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Another beach.

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Big Hellfire hut

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Scenery from track

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More scenery

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View of Mason’s Bay

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Mason’s Bay (still 2 hours from hut) with view of high tide barrier

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Dunes at Mason’s Bay

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The old homestead at Mason’s Bay

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The hut at Mason’s Bay

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Freshwater hut

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The boat ride out along Freshwater river

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leaving Stewart Island

Stewart Island – The Rakiura walk

End of 2016 trip to Stewart Island

Flight to Invercargill and ferry to Oban gave us a few hours to have a quick walk into Invercargill.

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Burt Munroe’s Indian Scout in Invercargill

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Oban village by Ferry wharf

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A Typical bay on the way to the start of the Rakiura walk

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Symbolic link to the mainland at Lee Bay.  There is another of these in Bluff.  This is the start of the official walk, the entry to the national park.

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Typical scenery from the first day of the walk – to Port William.

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Maori Beach.  There was a thriving settlement here at one stage.

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Dawn at Port William

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Someone wandering along the track to Bungaree at 6 am.

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It came up and sniffed at my feet before running off as I startled it.

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The scenery around North Arm

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back to “civilisation” at Golden Bay, Oban.