Stewart Island Tours
There are few places in New Zealand where you’re likely to spot kiwis in the wild, and Stewart Island is one. Improve your chances of spotting this nocturnal bird on a guided tour at dusk. Starting with a catamaran cruise, you’ll venture into the bush, with a flashlight, toward a beach where kiwi are often spotted. Learn more about the birds, and Stewart Island’s environment, from your naturalist guide.
Explore the unspoiled bays of Stewart Island — known to the Maoris as Rakiura — on a minibus tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Starting from Oban village, your narrated tour covers Lee Bay, Halfmoon Bay and Horseshoe Bay. Stop for photo ops of Paterson Inlet from Observation Rock, and hop off the vehicle for short walks along the 90-minute route.
Ride a catamaran to Paterson Inlet and take a guided walk at Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary. Your cruise showcases hidden coves and unspoiled beaches with informative commentary. Keep an eye out for fur seals and penguins, then learn about native birdlife and plants that flourish in the predator-free environment of Ulva Island. This tour departs Stewart Island in the afternoon, with the option to include a boxed lunch on board. Numbers are limited, for a small-group experience.
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