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Stewart Island is a nature-lovers paradise. From bird watching, to kiwi spotting, to the many varied walking tracks, you will never be bored on this beautiful island.

Stewart Island Activity Highlights Overview

Stewart Island is a paradise for hikers, bird watchers and nature lovers. In one day it is possible to see more than 30 species of birds, bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, sea lions and the occasional sea elephant.

Stewart Island has about 245 kilometres of walking and hiking tracks, all of which can be accessed from Halfmoon Bay. The tracks on Stewart Island range from short walks around the township area to epic journeys that require fitness, stamina and a large degree of self-reliance.

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Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Rakiura Track Swingbridge, Stewart Island, Southland, New Zealand
Rakiura Track Swingbridge,
Stewart Island
Photographer: Gareth Eyres
(www.exposure.co.nz)

The Isolated Glory of Stewart Island

For anyone seeking perfect peace and tranquillity, Stewart Island is the ultimate spot.

Stewart Island has a range of walks that lead you to the amazing flora and fauna of the Islan. Walks can be as short as 15 minutes, or as long as 12 days.

Bird Watchers Paradise

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Tree Fern, Stewart Island, Southland, New Zealand
Tree Fern, Stewart Island
Photographer: Holger Leue
(h.leue@geonet.com)

Stewart Island is a bird watchers paradise. Visit the bird sanctuary on Ulva Island or take a kiwi spotting tour. Kiwi spotting tours are available on alternate nights and overnight tours. Bookings are essential.

Coastal Activities

Explore the unspoiled bush coastline and discover the local sea life of Stewart Island by sea kayaking.

Take a fishing, diving or scenic trip from Halfmoon Bay or Golden Bay. Excursions may include viewing the mussel and salmon farms in Big Glory Bay. You can also visit seal colonies and shag rookeries.

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