We suggest you check out the range of shore excursions offered by your cruise line as these are tailored specifically for the time your cruise allows on the Island.
Please see below for further information and suggestions to assist you.
Explore Stewart Island, a place of rare beauty and solitude with the 6 day Discovery Expedition operated by Stewart Island Experience. Upon boarding the Milford Wanderer, you'll spend 6 days cruising some of the most magical waters in New Zealand, venturing ashore regularly for guided walks, visits to historic sites, wildlife encounters and exploring the coastline up close with some kayaking or by small boat. Or you can just sit back and relax on deck amidst the beauty that is the island.
Getting around Stewart Island
Passengers disembark at Golden Bay. Operators will pick up those prebooked on a tour from this location. The town centre is located in Halfmoon Bay only a 10 minute walk from Golden Bay.
There is limited infrastructure on the island with only 5 kilometres of roads providing access to a number of bays and walking tracks. There are limited numbers of rental cars, motor scooters and mountain bikes which can be hired in Halfmoon Bay, as well as a bus tour of the island.
Stewart Island is an hour’s ferry ride or a 12 minute helicopter ride from Bluff.
Stewart Island is also a 20 minute flight from Invercargill.
Visitor Information Centres
Oban Visitor Centre
The Oban Visitor Centre (The Red Shed) is located at 12 Elgin Terrace, Halfmoon Bay, only a 15 minute walk from Golden Bay. Tour and activity bookings can be made at this Visitor Centre. Rental cars, motor scooters, and mountain bikes are also available for hire.
Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre
The Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre is also located at 15 Main Road, Halfmoon Bay. Well worth a visit, this centre is home to information on the conservation projects undertaken in the region, historical information, and a wide range of souvenirs and gifts are available.
Internet and WiFi access
South Sea Hotel
The South Sea Hotel is located on the waterfront of Halfmoon Bay. WiFi tickets are available at $5 for 5mb, direct computer access is also available at $2 for 20 minutes.
Halfmoon Bay Library
Free WiFi is available at the Halfmoon Bay Library on Ayr Street. Look for the signs!
Services and Necessities
Four Square Supermarket
The Four Square Supermarket is located at 20 Elgin Terrace, Halfmoon Bay. The well-stocked, southern most supermarket in the world sells everything you need for a great stay on the island. Apart from the usual supermarket products they also sell fishing gear, hardware, beer & wine, coal and lotto.
Stewart Island Health Centre
The Stewart Island Health Centre is located on Argyle Street in Halfmoon Bay. Walk in appointments are available from 10.00am – 12.30pm daily. Outside of these hours you can either phone 03 219 1098, or page 0800 244 111 for assistance.
Oban Presbyterian Church
The Oban Presbyterian Church, located on Kamahi Road in Halfmoon Bay, was built in 1904. Services are held every Sunday at 11.00am. Visitors welcome.
St Andrews Anglican Church
The St Andrews Anglican Church, located on Excelsior Road in Halfmoon Bay, holds a monthly service. Please check the town notice board, located by the Supermarket in Halfmoon Bay, for the schedule.
The Post Office can be found in the Stewart Island Flights depot on the Halfmoon Bay waterfront. The office is open: Monday to Friday 7.30am to 5.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday 8.30am to 5.00pm.
An ATM is available at the Four Square Supermarket in Halfmoon Bay. Please note this ATM only takes New Zealand bank cards.
What to see and do
- Step back in time and find out about the unique stories that shaped the history of the island – visit Rakiura Museum
- Play a round of golf on the southernmost golf course in NZ?
- Feel like stretching your legs on one of the many short walks?
- Explore the hidden secrets of the island on a scooter or mountain bike
- Interested in finding out more about the local environment? Visit the Department of Conservation Visitor centre
- A wide range of activities are available, search here for some great ideas.
Places to shop
Take home a piece of Stewart Island with you – all shops are located in Halfmoon Bay (a 10 mins walk from Golden Bay)
- Fishing Line Jewellery
- Glowing SkyExternal Link
- Ocean View Art Studio
- The Fernery – Gallery & Gift Shop
Places to eat
Stewart Island is famous for its fresh and delicious seafood. Pop into one of the below eateries for a taste of Stewart Island.
- Church Hill Restaurant and Oyster Bar, 36 Kamahi Road, Halfmoon Bay
- Kiwi French Café, 6 Main Road, Halfmoon Bay
- Ship to Shore Four Square Supermarket 20 Elgin Terrace, Halfmoon Bay
- South Sea Hotel Restaurant and Bar, waterfront, Halfmoon Bay
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