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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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Show Me Shorts - My Generation

Wed 2nd Jan 2019

Short films are great for kids! This section of the programme is suitable for the whole family to enjoy. And it’s got some of the best shorts. On an underwater adventure, meet a sneezing dragon and a very hungry bird. ...

Where: Stewart Island Bunkhouse Theatre, Stewart Island, Southland
Address: 10 Main Road, Half-Moon Bay, Stewart Island, Southland

From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 2nd January 2019
To: 8:35pm on Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Show Me Shorts - Beat of My Own Drum

Sat 5th Jan 2019

Sometimes don’t you just want to switch off and rock out? Listen to some sweet beats and feel the rhythm? Welcome to a collection of short films that will lift your heart and tap your toes. It’s full of weirdos ...

Where: Stewart Island Bunkhouse Theatre, Stewart Island, Southland
Address: 10 Main Road, Half-Moon Bay, Stewart Island, Southland

From: 7:30pm on Saturday 5th January 2019
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 5th January 2019

Show Me Shorts - Korean Focus

Wed 9th Jan 2019

The seven short films in this collection explore the lives of South Koreans and what is important to them. Their history, fears and dreams. Myths and legends. The ties that bind them, and what threats might break ...

Where: Stewart Island Bunkhouse Theatre, Stewart Island, Southland
Address: 10 Main Road, Half-Moon Bay, Stewart Island, Southland

From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 9th January 2019
To: 9:00pm on Wednesday 9th January 2019

Show Me Shorts - Late Night Frights

Sat 12th Jan 2019

Sometimes it’s fun to give yourself the creeps. Embrace the thrill of tension, giggles and scares. This collection of short films does just that. It’s a difficult skill to deliver a real thriller or a story with a ...

Where: Stewart Island Bunkhouse Theatre, Stewart Island, Southland
Address: 10 Main Road, Half-Moon Bay, Stewart Island, Southland

From: 7:30pm on Saturday 12th January 2019
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 12th January 2019

Show Me Shorts - Battling Your Demons

Wed 16th Jan 2019

Sometimes the real battle is with yourself. We’ve all got our own challenges, but it’s how we deal with them that really defines us. The characters in these films have lost identity, respect, love, innocence, ...

Where: Stewart Island Bunkhouse Theatre, Stewart Island, Southland
Address: 10 Main Road, Half-Moon Bay, Stewart Island, Southland

From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 16th January 2019
To: 9:00pm on Wednesday 16th January 2019

Show Me Shorts - What Binds Us

Sat 19th Jan 2019

What keeps us together? Aroha? Obligation? Duty? Our loves, whānau and wider community are part of our identity. The people in this collection of short films are tightly wound and tightly bound. Kindred spirits ...

Where: Stewart Island Bunkhouse Theatre, Stewart Island, Southland
Address: 10 Main Road, Half-Moon Bay, Stewart Island, Southland

From: 7:30pm on Saturday 19th January 2019
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 19th January 2019

Show Me Shorts - The Sampler

Wed 23rd Jan 2019

Too hard to pick which films to see? We get it. This selection includes some of our most vibrant, fun and heart-warming shorts from New Zealand and around the world. It's a great way to sample what Show Me Shorts is all ...

Where: Stewart Island Bunkhouse Theatre, Stewart Island, Southland
Address: 10 Main Road, Half-Moon Bay, Stewart Island, Southland

From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 23rd January 2019
To: 9:00pm on Wednesday 23rd January 2019

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