Stewart Island Adventure: Small Group Tour

From Invercargill to Invercargill
  • Stewart Island & Chatham Islands
  • Walking and Active
  • Group
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Tour Description

Have you seen a kiwi in the wild? Watched as an albatross swoops to fish? Woken up to the antics of a Kākā bird? If you have not discovered Rakiura, Stewart Island yet, then join us on our Stewart Island Adventure.

This delightful small group tour gives you plenty of time to experience this charming, quirky and beautiful island. Your tour escort will ensure the details are taken care of, while the locals take you to some of the islands magical spots. We explore around the village and the bays to gain an entertaining insight into New Zealand’s southernmost community. Venture out at night, when kiwis are feeding, in the hopes of having the unique opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat. Another day will see us cruising the bays and inlets, looking for seals, penguins, albatross (mollymawk), and learning about the islands fascinating past. We walk the trails of renowned Ulva Island - a great chance to spot some endemic birds, and simply just a beautiful place to be!

In your free time, you can kayak, fish, hike, e-bike, bridwatch, have a pint with the locals at the pub and eat some delicious seafood. Come and see why we love Stewart Island for yourself. 

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Stewart Island has lots to offer - 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.

Our small group tour has many highlights; the stunning flight in, magical birdsong on Ulva Island, wildlife tour spotting seals, albatross & more, all with an expert guide to look after you. Plus time to explore and do more!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Invercargill Oban, Stewart Island

Your journey starts in Invercargill with a flight to Stewart Island

A spectacular 20 minute flight will see us flying low over Oreti Beach, the test track for world record holder Burt Munro, and Foveaux Strait, in a small wing aircraft, a 9 seater
Britten Norman Islander. You will see the forested hills and bays of Rakiura as you come into land, certainly an exciting start to a Stewart Island adventure.

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation in a well located position overlooking the small seaside village of Oban, that will be our home for the next 5 nights. Comfortable, modern units offer amazing views over Halfmoon Bay or the surrounding native bush. Other features include a fully equipped kitchenette, central heating, electric blanket, plus complementary tea/coffee along with free wifi. There is also a sheltered courtyard with seating and BBQ.

There is some time at your leisure to settle into. Perhaps take a short stroll and enjoy the local area, your guide will be there for any requirements.

This evening we get to know one another over a welcome dinner at the South Seas Hotel, just a short walk from your accommodation and across from the beach.

Later in the evening, and this could likely be one of the highlights, we head out in small groups on a kiwi spotting tour. This tour offers you a special opportunity to experience kiwi in their natural environment. We have exclusive access to private land where New Zealand’s precious kiwi come out at night to feed.

Day 2
Stewart Island

Enjoy waking up to breakfast, and most likely the sound of the local native Kaka birds from your room! Keep an eye out early for a stunning sunrise too - after all you are in Rakiura - the land of the glowing skies!

Then the days of explorations begin by getting to know this charming island and her stories, on a Villages and Bays tour. We will explore Oban and the surrounding bays and our local guide will share their local knowledge and help us gain an entertaining insight into New Zealand’s southernmost community. Stewart Islanders are proud of their island, enjoying its simpler, slower pace. During your tour, there is plenty of time available for photo stops and short walks. Highlights include Lee Bay, the gateway to Rakiura National Park and stunning views of Paterson Inlet from Observation Rock.

The rest of the day is at your leisure. There is so much to do, just ask your guide for any help you may need.

Day 3
Stewart Island

Enjoy breakfast before heading out for a day of adventure on our full day land and seabird tour, including a guided Ulva Island tour.

With a certified member of the New Zealand Birding Network and with over 20 years’ experience, we explore the island and bays by catamaran and on foot. You will love our Pelagic cruise around the Muttonbird Islands to view Petrels, Sooty Shearwaters (Tītī), striking albatross, plus Yellow-Eyed, Little Blue and Fiordland Crested penguins, Terns, Skua, Cormorants and more. Bonus sightings include bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and sea lions. Combined with this, there is time to view our rare and endangered land birds on Ulva Island.

We return late afternoon with some time to relax and have dinner as we choose (own account).

As we go out in small groups for kiwi spotting, there is an opportunity for those who have not yet had this experience to do so this evening.

Day 4
Stewart Island

Rise and is going to be another wonderful day in Rakiura.

Take a local walk, perhaps to the lighthouse, or to stunning Bathers Beach, there are so many trails to take...if you are keen on hiking, you could even book a guided walk to Port William & Maori Beach - its one of our favourites! The local museum, art galleries and quirky movie theatre are all worth a visit. Nature lovers, there are so many options, another cruise, or even a return trip to Ulva Island is a popular choice. Keen on something more adventurous - how about snorkelling, fishing or kayaking?

The great thing is, you have an expert guide to help you plan, and a day to do as you please!

This evening have fun with the group, chatting about the days adventures over a BBQ at our accommodation. Meat, amazing salads, veges garlic bread and more are provided.

Day 5
Stewart Island

As we feel there is so much to enjoy on Stewart Island, we give you another day at leisure to enjoy the island as you wish.

Tonight we savour our final meal at the South Seas Hotel - there is local Blue Cod and other delicious options on the menu!

Day 6
Oban, Stewart Island Invercargill

All good things must come to an end.

After checking out of the Bay Motel this morning transfer to the Stewart Island airstrip for your return flight to Invercargill.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 5 night motel stay on Stewart Island
  • Included Copy 31 Single room supplement NZD 581
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily (a basic continental offering in room)
  • Included Copy 20 2 restaurant dinners
  • Included Copy 20 BBQ dinner
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Small group tour, minimum 10 maximum 20 passengers
  • Included Copy 20 Tour escort for the duration of the tour
  • Included Copy 20 Return flight from Invercargill to Oban, 15kg check in luggage allowance
  • Included Copy 20 Stewart Island Village and Bays sightseeing tour
  • Included Copy 20 Kiwi Spotting tour at night
  • Included Copy 20 Full day land and sea tour including a Ulva Island guided walk
  • Included Copy 31 Free time to add on activities of your choice!
  • Included Copy 31 Fishing charter option (min numbers), Mason Bay fly/walk (min numbers), please ask for details!
Stewart Island flight


  • Included Kiwi spotting - there are more kiwis on Stewart Island than people
  • Included Ulva Island guided walk - abundant birdlife
  • Included Enjoy local meals and a BBQ dinner with your group
  • Included Learn about local life on a village and bays tour
  • Included Explore the island by land and by sea - including a fabulous seabird tour
  • Included Small group tour of Rakiura Stewart Island with a private guide
  • Included Free time to try fishing, kayaking, hiking, or chill at the local pub!
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