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Stewart Island

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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Aro - Manu Album Release Tour

Thu 25th Apr 2019

Aro are setting off on their debut album release tour around the country from February to May 2019, following their official album release on Feb 15th. Aro's sound is distinctly Aotearoa/NZ pop, with a range of other ...

Where: South Sea Hotel, Stewart Island, Southland
Address: Elgin Terrace, Oban, Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island, Southland

From: 7:00pm on Thursday 25th April 2019
To: 9:00pm on Thursday 25th April 2019

Katie Boyle in The Merry Wives of Windsor

Fri 7th Jun 2019

Starring Pop-Up Globe's Katie Boyle (Hamlet, 2016) Directed by award-winning character comic, Alexander Sparrow (DJ Trump) Sir John Falstaff, the fat knight, is coming to town. Short of money to pay his men, Falstaff ...

Where: Stewart Island Community Centre, Stewart Island, Southland
Address: Ayr Street, Oban, Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island, Southland

From: 8:00pm on Friday 7th June 2019
To: 9:30pm on Friday 7th June 2019

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