Discover New Zealand's smallest island by cruise with regular stops to explore the native bush and visit historical sites.
Located on the southernmost part of the Neck, a narrow peninsula of land which protects the entrance to Paterson Inlet (Whaka a Te Wera), this scenic reserve is access via private boat or water taxi.
Part of the reserve is a kiwi protection area, giving you the opportunity to see kiwi in the wild. There is no camping allowed in the kiwi protection area and you must have a permit to be there between 6pm and 6am. Keep to formed tracks, so as not to disturb kiwi, and do not stand between kiwi and the safety of the bush. No dogs are allowed in the reserve.
Māori visited and lived on the Neck from as early as the 13th century. In the 1800s European sealers and whalers intermarried with the Māori community living there. When Stewart Island was sold to the crown in 1864, the Neck was set aside as land for 'half-castes', and grew to become the largest Māori settlement in the area. Many people living in Oban or Bluff today can trace their roots back to those families and most of the land on the Neck is still privately owned by Rakiura Māori.
- Natural Attraction
- Outdoor Activities
- Less than half day
- Wildlife Spotting
- Scenic Attraction
- Walking & Tramping