Welcome to Stewart Island
If you make the short but extremely rewarding trip to Stewart Island/Rakiura you'll have one up on most New Zealanders, many of whom maintain an active curiosity about the country's 'third island' without ever actually going there.Travellers who make the effort are rewarded with a warm welcome from both the local kiwi and the local Kiwis. This is arguably the best place to spy the country’s shy, feathered icon in... Read More
Top experiences in Stewart Island
Stewart Island activities
Return Ferry to Stewart Island from Bluff
Book this journey for a comfortable ride across Foveaux Strait between Bluff and Stewart Island. Travel from Bluff to Stewart Island and back to Bluff on this one hour long ferry transfer. During the trip keep an eye out for wildlife – particularly seabirds such as Mollymawk (Albatross) and Titi which often follow the vessel. Our friendly staff provide informative commentary and point out highlights. Foveaux Strait is an interesting stretch of water, home to several islands including Dog Island (spot the lighthouse!), Ruapuke Island and the Titi Islands. This is also a popular fishing destination.Enjoy the complimentary tea and coffee served to you as you relax and enjoy the views. Ferry crossings operate all year round. Distance covered is 40km (approx. 25 miles). Interpretation handouts and complimentary tea and coffee are available. All vessels are wheelchair accessible.
Stewart Island: Village and Bays Tour
Gain an entertaining insight into New Zealand’s southernmost community, and learn about the history and environment of Stewart Island. Unspoiled, incredibly beautiful, and steeped in stories, Stewart Island (known as Rakiura — glowing skies — by Maori) is well worth this informative introduction. Our local guides enjoy sharing their knowledge of the area on this mini-bus tour of the Island. You will have plenty of time to get off the bus for photo stops and short walks. Highlights include a visit to the gateway to Rakiura National Park at Lee Bay, beautiful Horseshoe Bay and Observation Rock with its stunning views of Paterson Inlet.So get comfortable on our modern mini bus and enjoy the ride of your life!
One-Way Ferry to Bluff from Stewart Island
Zip across Foveaux Strait between Bluff and Stewart Island on our comfortable catamarans. Return to Bluff after a wonderful visit to Stewart Island, just one hour’s ferry ride from Stewart Island. During the trip keep an eye out for wildlife – particularly seabirds such as Mollymawk (Albatross) and Titi which often follow the vessel. Our friendly staff provide informative commentary and point out highlights. Ferry crossings operate all year round. Distance covered is 40km (approx. 25 miles). Interpretation handouts and complimentary tea and coffee are available. All vessels are wheelchair accessible. Passengers are required to check-in to the Bluff or Stewart Island Visitor Terminals 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Check-in and boarding gates are closed 15 minutes before scheduled ferry departure times.