Stewart Island is New Zealand’s most Southern island and is home to many native birds, including the country’s icon, the Kiwi. Rakiura means “glowing skies” in Maori – You’ll get an inkling why when you see the Aurora Australis which often appears in these southern skies. The waters are startlingly clear and offer great opportunities to snorkel, dive or kayak. The small township of Oban sits among the native bush and offers a wide variety of accommodation and activities.
Ulva Island is an absolute “must-do” for visitors to Stewart Island. The Island is free of introduced animals and offers a glimpse into New Zealand’s ancient past. Join a guided walk and gain unique insight into this island paradise.
Birds, Birds, Birds
Home to the largest and most diverse bird population in New Zealand, here is your chance to get up close and personal with kaka, albatross, penguins, weka and even wild kiwi. There are over 20,000 Southern Brown Kiwi on the island?
Stewart Island/Rakiura is home to New Zealand’s most southerly and newest national park, Rakiura National Park and the Rakiura Track. Suitable for anyone with moderate fitness it takes three days and provides a good introduction to the scenery of Stewart Island. Suitable for tramping all year round.
Fishing and Seafood
Explore the beautiful, unpolluted water surrounding Stewart Island to catch your own delicious Stewart Island Blue Cod, dive for crayfish, or scour the rocks and beaches for paua and cockles. For the more sedate, visit the local food vendors for unmatched seafood platters.
Learn from the locals about why they choose this paradise. Cruise the harbours and inlets by boat or kayak. Jump on the most southern mountain bike trail or cruise the streets on a scooter. Visit the museum and tour the locals’ spots of interest. Take in a quirky local film, and take part in the famous Sunday Quiz at the pub.
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Cruise Stewart Island
Stewart Island is a wildlife and nature mecca unlike any other, a haven for people looking for nature, tranquillity and adventure.View
Southland gives visitors an unrivalled opportunity to get up close and personal with a wide range of wildlife and experience New Zealand at its natural best.View