Freshwater River / Mason Bay

Our water taxi service to Freshwater River (the “Gateway to Mason Bay”), provides access to the Southern and North-West Circuits. Mason Bay is a popular multi-day tramp with a stay at either the Mason Bay or Freshwater DOC huts, and a high chance of seeing the Rakiura Tokoeka (Stewart Island Kiwi) in the wild.

If you are tramping the full Southern or North-West Circuits (5 and 11 days respectively), these are remote, challenging tramps. You will need good fitness and route-finding skills to tackle them.
The Freshwater River is a tidal destination, with departure and return times varying from day to day, so please enquire with us directly for service times and availability. This trip is also available as a scenic cruise, returning you to Golden Bay.

  • 45 min transfer (one way).
  • Travel through Paterson Inlet and up the stunning, winding river.
  • Heated cabin, comfortable seating with great viewing along the way.
  • Suitable for groups – please enquire.

What to bring to Freshwater

  • You will need to be fully self sufficient for your trip, including warm wet weather clothing, adequate footwear, cooking equipment.
  • We recommend you discuss your trip with the local Department of Conservation staff before setting out.
  • The full Southern and North-West Circuits are challenging, and you must be fully prepared.

Freshwater Hiking Transfer


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Stewart Island


Rakiura Charters
PO Box 112
Halfmoon Bay
Stewart Island
New Zealand

Booking Office
10 Main Road
Halfmoon Bay
Stewart Island
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