Explore Rakiura - Stewart Island
Kiwis in the wild? Wildlife, birdsong, remote beaches, forests, great seafood and very few people. Take a week and explore off the beaten path, Rakiura – Stewart Island. This is the largest island National Park in New Zealand, located just 30km of south of the South Island.
Enjoy the views over Oreti Beach and Foveaux Strait during the short 20-minute scenic flight from Invercargill, before you land in Oban, population just a little over 400. A friendly local host will be there to greet you, and over a cuppa of tea or coffee and plan your week ahead.
Kiwi spotting will be one of your weeks highlight. You should see them in the wild when they come out at night to feed...there are more kiwis than people here, so luck will hopefully be on your side! Another day, take a tour to Ulva Island, unique predator-free environment and a bird lovers paradise. With an experienced ranger discover rare and endangered birds and plants. Port William and Maori Beach offer wonderful coastal and forest hiking opportunities, with your local guide you will learn about the early settlers history and be immersed by nature.
Take the time to enjoy the simpler and slower lifestyle of Stewart Island and enjoy the nature, bush and beach. Be prepared for the often-unpredictable weather of the ‘Roaring Forties’. But don’t worry, your wonderful host will help you plan your activities according to the weather to make sure you have the best experience. By the time you board the small plane to fly back to Invercargill you will feel refreshed by having spent some time in this truly special place.
This can be customised, let us know your interests and we will tailor make a Stewart Island break for you.
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Experience kiwis in their natural habitat. The kiwis come out at night to feed. Did you know that Stewart Island has an estimated population of 20,000 kiwis? Your guide will tell you more about these special birds.
Ulva island is a bird lovers paradise, you will see endangered birds such as Stewart Island robin, saddleback and Yellowhead. Your experienced ranger will provide you with lots of interesting information.
"During your half hour water taxi ride keep your eyes open you may spot little Blue Penguins. Afterwards during your hike the birdlife and birdsong will make walking easy. Just enjoy the atmosphere'". Pia, Team Viva