Stewart Island

A remarkable hideaway that embraces the serenity of nature, spiced with the promise of adventure.

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

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?

Rakiura Track

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 for Blue Cod at Stewart Island

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. 

Locals Fun

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.


What's on

Check out our Southland events calendar and find out what is coming up so you can plan your trip south.

What's On

Cruise Stewart Island

Stewart Island is a wildlife and nature mecca unlike any other, a haven for people looking for nature, tranquillity and adventure.

See Stewart Island and Southland by cruise ship


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.

Southland is abundant with wildlife
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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 away.

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, hotel and motel accommodation.

Wake to melodic bird song in warm and peaceful surroundings at this Purpose built Bed and Breakfast accommodation situated in the magnificent Stewart Island.

13 unit complex. All units equipped with own kitchenette & bathroom.

Tokoeka Bed and Breakfast boasts one of the best views on Stewart Island, overlooking Oban village, Halfmoon Bay and the ocean beyond.

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 experience.Anne 079

Iris and Peter at Sails Ashore provide luxury boutique hosted accommodation overlooking Halfmoon Bay for guests wishing to experience the magic of Stewart Island.

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 ocean.

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.

Native birds including kaka, tui and bellbirds greet you with their beautiful song from the private and restful bush setting of Rakiura Lodge.

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Jump on board the Aurora for one of our charters including fishing and sightseeing trips around Stewart Island. You will cruise through crystal clear waters, taking in the spectacular views of Rakiura National Park.

Explore Ulva Island with Ulva's Guided Walks one of the original bird watching companies on Stewart Island.

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 or less).

We offer two tours to view kiwi in the wild: Kiwi Journey (2 days) Kiwi, Dunes and Beach (3 days) Search for kiwi in their natural habitat from at Mason Bay.

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 a range of wilderness outdoor adventures.

Here is one of the best ways to see the bottom of New Zealand….on the deep south Bottom Bus!

Wildfire is a 56 foot charter boat, 17 feet of beam and is surveyed for 40 pax.

Discover and explore our stunning natural history with Stewart Island's original water taxi.

ntroducing HikeSouth, New Zealand Hiking and Tramping specialists

Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience is a small owner/operator business based locally in Stewart Island. Genuine natural history, birding tours and wilderness adventures are on offer.