How To Get There

Getting to Stewart Island from Bluff or Invercargill

Stewart Island Experience Ferry Services

Departs daily from Bluff with optional coach connections available from Invercargill (all year), Te Anau (Nov – Apr)  and Queenstown (Nov - Apr). Duration approximately one hour.

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Stewart Island Flights

Regular scheduled flights to and from Invercargill Airport all year round. Duration approximately 20 minutes.

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Bunkhouse Theatre Stewart Island Tuk Tuk

Getting around while you're there

With just 27km (17mi) of road, it's easy to get around Stewart Island/Rakiura. Many locations are within walking distance, but there are a number of knowledgeable transport operators who offer various ways of getting from location A to location B during your visit to the island.

Stewart Island Rental Cars, Scooter & Bikes

Explore the island and rent a car, scooter or bike - available all year round.

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Stewart Island Electric Bikes

Explore picturesque Stewart Island in style on eco-friendly electric bikes. 

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Aurora Cab Company

Private car hire including pick-up, drop-off and customised tours

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The Bunkhouse Theatre's Tuk Tuk

Transfers to/from Lee Bay and Golden Bay Wharf, casual lifts or joyrides, and bespoke island tours

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Rakiura Helicopters

Stewart Island scenic flights, tramper transport, hunter transport and commercial charters.

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Water Taxis

Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi

Water taxi charters are offered to Ulva Island, Freshwater Landing, Port William, North Arm, Fred's Camp, Millars Beach, the Norwegian Whalers’ Base and other destinations.

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Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi

Cruise in affordable comfort & style on your Stewart Island discovery tour or water taxi service.

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Ulva Island Ferry

Scheduled ferry service to Ulva Island, departing Golden Bay. No bookings required.

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Guided Tours and Activities

See and learn about the highlights of Stewart Island with a guided tour. From encounters with wild kiwi, to catching your own dinner on a fishing charter, Stewart Island has an abundance of expert guides to ensure you have an authentic Stewart Island experience.

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Stewart Island guides and brochures

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Comfortable lodging Stunning sunsets over untouched nature, serene tranquility and utmost comfort – all offered at the southern edge of civilisation. Options…
So recounted Ian’s Great Aunty Olga in her famous book 'The Stewart Islanders'. It’s no wonder that sixth-generation Stewart Islander Ian and Philippa's Port…
13 unit complex. All units equipped with own kitchenette & bathroom.
Conveniently situated in the heart of Halfmoon Bay, we offer friendly, comfortable and clean accommodation at competitive prices 365 days a year. We also have…
Glendaruel House My home is just that – a spacious, much loved house, combining old and new, antique furniture, original art work, DVD and Broadband internet.…
The South Sea Hotel is a Stewart Island icon, with a strong footing in Island life, both past and present.  The hotel has a fully licensed bar, restaurant,…
Stewart Island Lodge is a peaceful and secluded B&B island retreat, nestled amongst native bush with commanding views of Halfmoon Bay and the surrounding…
Native birds including kaka, tui and bellbirds greet you with their beautiful song from the private and restful bush setting of Rakiura Lodge. Recently built,…
Whether you’re planning a three day hike or just heading down to the beach, our comfortable units provide a sanctuary at the end of an adventure-filled day. We…
Tokoeka Bed and Breakfast boasts one of the best views on Stewart Island, overlooking Oban village, Halfmoon Bay and the ocean beyond. Tokoeka was built in…
Our beautiful location enables guests to unwind in peace and quiet, while Stewart Island's restaurants, shops and main attractions are but a 5-7  minute walk…
If you want absolute peace and a sense of complete release from the stresses of your world, then Deep Bay Apartment is just the place. You can stretch out on…
Wake to melodic bird song in warm and peaceful surroundings at this Purpose built Bed and Breakfast accommodation situated in the magnificent Stewart Island.…
Iris and Peter at Sails Ashore provide luxury boutique hosted accommodation overlooking Halfmoon Bay for guests wishing to experience the magic of Stewart…
Kowhai Lane Lodge is situated in private gardens only 4 or 5 minutes stroll from the village centre and waterfront, a home away from home for your Island…
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A most enjoyable and exciting journey into the 3D realm of carving the strongest stone in our world. Make your own jade treasure from your selected piece of…
The Rakiura Track is a 30km tramping track requiring a moderate level of fitness and suitable for tramping all year around. The entire circuit is 37 km in…
Highly recommended operating since 2000 - our iconic guided walk on Ulva Island - a must do! Look out for penguins on the short boat ride to Ulva Island aboard…
Explore Ulva Island with Ulva's Guided Walks one of the original bird watching companies on Stewart Island.  Ulva's Guided Walks was established by Ulva…
Private Car Hire on Stewart Island Pick-up Drop-off Customised Tours Our All-Wheel Drive Cab will be able to get you anywhere on the island, be it off the…
Tramping and hiking in New Zealand is a popular pastime. Stewart Island and Fiordland National Parks are two remote and unspoilt areas in New Zealand offering…
Stewart Island is perfect for a day excursion, or an extended stay. Cross Foveaux Strait on board our express passenger catamarans.  During the one-hour…
Private Car Hire on Stewart Island Pick-up Drop-off Customised Tours Our All-Wheel Drive Cab will be able to get you anywhere on the island, be it off the…
Experience a night walk in search of kiwi in the wild - in small groups with a locally owned and operated nature tourism business. Learn interesting facts…
Explore Oban and the surrounding bays aboard our modern mini-buses.  Gain an insight into the community, history and environment of Stewart Island.   Our…
Discover Stewart Island from the water.  On board our catamaran enjoy a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet and visit Ulva Island - a renowned…
Be part of the crew and join us for a unique fishing experience on the commercial fishing vessel TEQUILA, while taking in the spectacular surroundings of the…
Wildfire is a 56 foot charter boat, 17 feet of beam and is surveyed for 40 pax. It has a planing hull and 675hp Scania Diesel main engine .230 volt auxiliary…
Rakiura Helicopters Stewart Island, the professional & experienced helicopter team , providing helicopter services of all types from Stewart Island Scenic…
Introducing HikeSouth, New Zealand Hiking and Tramping specialists Hike South is based in Queenstown on the edge of Fiordland and Mt. Aspiring National Park…
Ulva Island is an absolute "Must Do" for visitors to Stewart Island. The island is a glimpse into New Zealand's ancient past. Party size is small (generally 6…
ULVA ISLAND Just 8 minutes across Paterson Inlet lies Ulva Island, an island that has abundant birdlife, rich forest, interesting history, golden sand beaches…
Where else would you expect to see a Tuk Tuk but on Stewart Island, where a dog called Lola is the local celebrity! Aussie Pete, one of the film makers of "A…
Aihe Wildlife Cruises and Water Taxi, offers small group wildlife and scenic cruises within Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island and pelagic birding tours around…
Stewart Island is a fantastic place to explore independently. Our modern rental cars enable you to discover the stunning coastline and secluded communities at…
A visit to Stewart Island isn't complete without a browse through the Rakiura Museum. Established and run by volunteers, the museum houses an extensive…