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.
Looking for the very best of New Zealand for your 'Trip of a Lifetime'? You'll love our small friendly 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 our favourite spots and introduce you to our mates!
Small group guided tours for mature travellers. MoaTrek holidays are designed especially for those who want to explore our beautiful countryside in a small friendly group with the care and attention of a professional Kiwi Guide. Enjoy special annual events, summer getaways and get to know the locals over relaxed lunches in their homes.
Mobile-friendly - Experience the stunning landscapes of Molesworth Station, New Zealand’s largest high-country cattle station with our passionate guides who will bring the whole experience to life for you. One, or two-day tours available from Hanmer Springs on request for small groups or individuals. Larger groups can be catered for also.
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.
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 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 - 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 - 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
Mobile-friendly - 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 - Here is a golden opportunity to enter the dress circle of New Zealand's tourist circuit. A sturdy, high-class, well-maintained vessel and an operation geared to achieve. Our vessel offers a variety of unique cruises around the fabulous Stewart Island and Fiordland - an area keenly sought by diving, hunting and fishing parties. This is a unique opportunity for the discerning.
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
From: 7:30pm on Monday 25th October 2021
To: 11:59pm on Monday 25th October 2021
Yoga On the Beach
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Where: Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island, Southland
Address: Elgin Street, Stewart Island, Southland
From: 7:00am on Monday 6th December 2021
To: 7:30am on Friday 10th December 2021
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Where: Stewart Island Bunkhouse Theatre, Stewart Island, Southland
Address: 10 Main Road, Half-Moon Bay, Stewart Island, Southland
From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 5th January 2022
To: 9:30pm on Wednesday 5th January 2022