Top things to do

Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Stewart Island (Rakiura)

Ulva Island

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…
Pub in Stewart Island (Rakiura)

South Sea Hotel

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…
Modern NZ in Stewart Island (Rakiura)

Church Hill Restaurant & Oyster Bar

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…
Museum in Stewart Island (Rakiura)

Rakiura Museum

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.
Cinema in Stewart Island (Rakiura)

Bunkhouse Theatre

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.
Seafood in Stewart Island (Rakiura)

Stewart Island Smoked Salmon

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.
Historic Building in Stewart Island (Rakiura)

Stone House

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.
Clothing in Stewart Island (Rakiura)

Glowing Sky

Founded on the island but now produced on the mainland, Glowing Sky mainly sells merino clothing and New Zealand-designed jewellery.
Church in Stewart Island (Rakiura)

Presbyterian Church

This wooden church has perched on a knoll overlooking the bay since 1904.
Gifts & Souvenirs in Stewart Island (Rakiura)

Stewart Island Gift Shop

Stocks New Zealand–made art, craft, cards and books.