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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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Mundi Trio

Tue 1st Feb 2022

“…taking a musical journey filled with global colours, grooves and influences” Prepare to be transported! Mundi Trio comprises Brazilian percussionist Ricardo Stuani, guitarist Chris Dabinett and flautist, ...

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

From: 7:30pm on Tuesday 1st February 2022
To: 11:59pm on Tuesday 1st February 2022

Stewart Island Photography Tour - 4 Days

From: Thu 26th May 2022

4 Day New Zealand Photography Tour. Join us for a four-day landscape and wildlife photography tour of Stewart Island. Stewart Island is a unique part of New Zealand, with beautiful beaches, untouched forest, and ...

Where: Stewart Island, Stewart Island, Southland
Address: 14 Nichol Road, Oban, Stewart Island, Southland

From: 9:00am on Thursday 26th May 2022
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 29th May 2022

Stewart Island Photography Expedition - 8 Days

From: Wed 26th Oct 2022

Discover the time-forgot rawness of wildlife-rich Stewart Island/Rakiura and Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara on this exclusive 8-day voyage aboard our luxurious 18-guest expedition yacht, the Heritage Explorer. This trip will ...

Where: Stewart Island, Stewart Island, Southland
Address: 14 Nichol Road, Oban, Stewart Island, Southland

From: 9:00am on Wednesday 26th October 2022
To: 5:00pm on Wednesday 2nd November 2022

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Hawkdun Rise

Hawkdun Rise

Boutique vineyard-stay near the town of Alexandra.