A tiny paradise covering only 269 hectares, Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara is a great place to see lots of native NZ birds. Established as a bird sanctuary in 1922, it remains one of Stewart Island/Rakiura’s wildest corn…
Welcome to one of NZ's classic pubs, complete with stellar cod and chips, beer by the quart, a reliable cafe (mains $15 to $33) and plenty of friendly banter in the public bar. Great at any time of day (or night), a…
During summer this heritage villa's sunny deck provides hilltop views, and in cooler months you can get cosy inside beside the open fire. Big on local seafood, highlights include oysters, crayfish and salmon, prepar…
Historic photographs are the stars of this small museum focused on local natural and human history, and featuring Māori artefacts, whaling gear and household items.
Oban's comfy little theatre screens the quirky, cute 40-minute film A Local's Tail, which provides an entertaining overview of Stewart Island/Rakiura history and culture. Jaffas and DIY popcorn.
If you're a fan of freshly smoked salmon, pop up to the smokehouse to see if anyone's in. This sweet, hot-smoked fish is a tasty treat for a picnic or pasta.
At Harrold Bay, 2.5km southeast of Oban, is a simple stone house built by Lewis Acker around 1835, making it one of New Zealand’s oldest buildings.
Founded on the island but now produced on the mainland, Glowing Sky mainly sells merino clothing and New Zealand-designed jewellery.
This wooden church has perched on a knoll overlooking the bay since 1904.
Stocks New Zealand–made art, craft, cards and books.