What's happening on Stewart Island?

22nd - 28th February 2019

New Zealand's ultimate yachting challenge

Enjoy the arrival of seven yachts, due end February for a week or two of R&R at the end of the gruelling Leg 2 of the SSANZ Round NZ Yacht Race!

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The Race: two-man co-skippers will sail seven yachts – Krakatoa, Coppelia, Arbitare, Katana, Titanium, Gale Force and Motorboat 11 – around NZ.  Leg 1 leaves Auckland 16 February bound for Mangonui.  ETA 17 February, subject to weather, etc.  Depart Mangonui on Leg 2 (estimated at) 18 February.  But this is round NZ – so instead of nipping down the east coast, these madmen will sail north, around North Cape and down the entire west coast of the country, round the south coast through Foveaux Strait to Stewart Island.  They are allowing an estimated 6-10 days for this Leg 2, it’s impossible to gauge what will happen during the following week, or how yachts and skippers will cope with it all.  The two-man (and woman!) crews will be at Stewart Island for approximately 3-5 days – but who knows exactly how long they will be here.  They estimate they will leave Saturday 2nd March and we hope to mount a big Farewell for them as they set off on Leg 3 to Napier.


5th October 2019

What promises to be a fantastic event, the Rakiura Challenge Trail Run will be held on 5th October 2019 on Stewart Island

Rakiura ChallengeParticipants have the chance to compete in New Zealand's southern-most trail run - a unique environment that spans from one coast of Stewart Island to the other through dense forest to epic coast!

The Rakiura Challenge is Stewart Island's first trail running event.  Participants will have the option to run or walk the 34km distance and online entries open on 1st April 2019. 

Stewart Island Promotion Association recommend that competitors book accommodation well in advance of entering the event!  Visit our accommodation page to explore the variety of options available.

Updates available on the Rakiura Challenge Facebook page