Stewart Island is located in the Southland region and is the southernmost and smallest island of the three main islands of New Zealand. Just 30km from the South Island, this small island is a perfect retreat for those seeking peace and quiet. Access to the island is by 20 minute flight or by a one-hour ferry ride (weather permitting).
Roughly 85% of Stewart Island forms part of New Zealand's newest national park, Rakiura National Park. Rakiura is the Maori name for Stewart Island and translates as 'the Land of Glowing Skies', mostly likely in reference to Aurora Australis, the Southern Lights. Many of the island’s residents are direct descendants of whalers and early Rakiura Maori. more
Attractions and activities on the island include fishing, sea kayaking, visits to the seal colonies and shag rookeries of Ulva Island, snorkelling and diving.
Stewart Island is particularly popular, however, with hikers and bird watchers. The island has over 245 km of walking tracks – all of which can be accessed from Halfmoon Bay – including the Great Walk, the Rakiura Track. Accommodation is limited with some lodges, holiday homes, bed and breakfasts and self-catering options available. Hikers on the Rakiura Track Great Walk are accommodated in huts, but tents can be useful.
Stewart Island is a haven for native bird life and the only place in New Zealand where you can readily see kiwi in their natural habitat.
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Mobile-friendly - New Zealand's best wildlife tour—visit one of the world's few untouched areas with its amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery. Our 'Peninsula Encounter' is absolutely unrivalled offering close, exciting, small group viewing of royal albatross, hookers sealions, blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals and yellow eyed penguins in a beautiful isolated area. New Zealand Tourism Award winner in four categories.
Mobile-friendly - We create independent walking holidays which include the Great Walks of New Zealand. No longer will you have to visit 3 or 4 different websites. We will plan and organize the walks for you, by pre-booking Department of Conservation huts, pre and post walk accommodation, transfers and our experienced staff will advise the best time to travel and more.
Looking for the very best of New Zealand for your 'Trip of a Lifetime'? You'll love our friendly small groups and relaxed pace as you discover the true flavour of New Zealand in comfort and style. We’re all Kiwis, we grew up here and can’t wait to show you all our favourites and introduce you to our mates!
Mobile-friendly - Experience the stunning landscapes of the Marlborough high country region. Tour options include day tours, guided cycle tours, cruise ship shore excursions, small-group multiday heritage tours, Marlborough Winery tours, self-drive 4WD tours. With 30 years' experience owners Geoff and Lee, and their local guides offer a variety of experiences to explore the Blenheim, Marlborough, Nelson, Canterbury and West Coast Regions.
Just twenty minutes by plane from Invercargill, or an hour by ferry from Bluff, Stewart Island/Rakiura is a place where you can experience lush rainforest, clear, clean water and abundant marine and bird life. Find out about day walks and tracks starting at Halfmoon Bay in Oban, Stewart Island/Rakiura.
Stewart Island's fully-catered luxury lodge. Homestay-style retreat, situated at a stunning site overlooking Paterson Inlet with unsurpassed panoramic water and mountain views, catching sunrise and sunset, surrounded by private park like gardens, landscaped with natives blending into native forest - all offered at the southern edge of civilisation. Honeymoon retreat or romantic getaway, events and corporate retreat, exclusive lodging deluxe.
Rakiura National Park is located on New Zealand's third island at the bottom of the South Island. About 85% of the whole island is within the park boundary and it has a unique charm all on its own. Coastal rainforests, freshwater wetlands, sand dunes and granite mountain ranges provide a backdrop for the native wildlife like the kiwi.
Mobile-friendly - Discover Fiordland, Queenstown and Te Anau with Real Journeys, a local company that has guided excursions into these unique areas for 60 years. Choose day, overnight or coach/cruise options to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Visit the Te Anau Glowworms Caves, try the Milford Track Guided Day Walk, Queenstown's iconic TSS Earnslaw Steamship and Walter Peak High Country Farm.
Mobile-friendly - Locally owned company offering outstanding range of tours in Milford Sound. Both day and overnight cruises that explore this magnificent fiord. Luxury coach transfers from Queenstown and Te Anau and flight connections to/from Milford Sound/Queenstown.
Mobile-friendly - Experience Foveaux Strait on board our express catamarans. During the one hour Stewart Island ferry crossing between Bluff and Stewart Island keep a look out for wildlife including seals, dolphins and albatross. Scheduled ferry services depart daily. Coach connections available.
Mobile-friendly - Discover Stewart Island from the water. Enjoy a Paterson Inlet Cruise and visit Ulva Island, a renowned wildlife sanctuary on our Stewart Island cruises. We also operate Stewart Island Ferry services and car, scooter and mountain bike rentals.
Mobile-friendly - Discover a natural world of lush bush and stunning coastline. Stewart Island is renowned for its abundant birdlife, crystal clear waters and rich marine life. We operate Stewart Island Ferry service, daytime and multi-day cruises, tours and car, scooter and mountain bike rentals.
Mobile-friendly - Join our Village and Bays Tours on Stewart Island, explore Oban and surrounding bays in our modern mini-buses, gaining an entertaining insight into the community, its history and environment. We also operate Stewart Island Ferry services, Paterson Inlet Cruises and car and mountain bike rentals
Daily regular scheduled flights from Invercargill to Stewart Island—we are also available for private charters. There are a minimum of three scheduled flights per day, however, the number of flights increases on demand. We offer a real depth of experience.
Mobile-friendly - Stewart Island Lodge is private and secluded and offers a peaceful sanctuary and commanding views over Halfmoon Bay. The garden is home to many native birds including kaka (native parrots). King-sized double or twin rooms (en suite bathrooms with bath). Continental breakfast included. 5 minutes' walk to village and restaurants. Complimentary transfers to/from Ferry terminal or Stewart Island Flights depot.
Stepping onto Stewart Island, literally the anchor stone of Maori mythology, is like arriving in another country. It's a place where you could (literally) lose yourself in rugged terrain of swamps, rainforest, rivers, peaks, valleys and wild beaches. With its population of less than 400 people, 20 kilometres of roads and 700 kilometres of coastline, Stewart Island provides a sense of
Mobile-friendly - Our vessel offers a variety of unique cruises around Stewart Island and Fiordland. A big, capable vessel with five comfortable guest cabins and a huge area of deck space. Popular with diving, hunting and fishing parties, she is also well suited to family and corporate groups.
Mobile-friendly - Weddingmoon Vacations will design and craft a luxury New Zealand wedding and honeymoon just for you. We eliminate stress by coordinating five star accommodations, fine dining, floral arrangements, catering, photography, and world-class entertainment so that you don’t have to, with every point along the way filled with love and dedicated to your happiness.
Mobile-friendly - Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter invite you onto our catamaran for a cruise across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Cove. The nature walk is on a well-formed track across the peninsula, through spectacular coastal forest to a secluded sandy beach. Here in the darkness you will get to see the Southern brown kiwi (Rakiura Tokoeka) - often searching for food.
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Where: Stewart Island Community Centre, Stewart Island, Southland
Address: Ayr Street, Oban, Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island, Southland
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