Stewart Island Rakiura: The Land of Glowing Skies

From Invercargill to Invercargill
  • Stewart Island & Chatham Islands
  • Walking and Active
  • Wildlife and Nature
  • Off the beaten track
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Tour Description

Experience Rakiura – Stewart Island, 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 flight, before you land in Oban. Over the next 3 days you will explore this amazing island, 85% of which is reserved as Department of Conservation land. Bird spotting (including the famous Kiwi), nature walks, fishing, maybe a scenic flight and guided tours await you. 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.

This is a truly special place, so take a glimpse into a simpler, slower lifestyle, experience the rhythm with the sea and tides.

Let us know your interests and we will tailor make a Stewart Island break for you.

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This is a bird lovers paradise! Catch a glimpse of the rare Stewart Island robin, saddleback, Stewart Island kiwi, seabirds like albatross, mollymawk and blue penguins Stewart Island has an estimated 20,000 kiwis which outnumber its human population

During your Ulva Island guided walk you will see many endangered birds. Your experienced ranger guide will provide you with excellent commentary

"Walking trails suitable for all fitness levels - enjoy the diverse bush, birds, scenery and landforms." Pia, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

Customisable ? This tour can be customised to suit your tastes and timing. Enquire here for more information.
Day 1
Invercargill Stewart Island Rakiura

Make your own way to Invercargill airport for your flight with Stewart Island Airlines to Oban. On arrival you will be met by your host and given a mini tour of Oban before you arrive at your lodge. Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure. You may arrange some Kiwi spotting in the evening, note this is weather dependent.

Day 2
Ulva Island

Ulva Island Guided walking tour
The Island is part of Rakiura National Park and now free of introduced animals and is fast becoming a glimpse into New Zealand’s ancient past. Several species of threatened birds have been reintroduced to this open sanctuary and are doing very well. In addition, the forest is flourishing without the influence of rats and deer. The orchids are particularly impressive during their flowering season.
The tour is around 4 hours and includes all transfers and conservation fees. Tours can start early morning or late afternoon when the birds are at their best. Small group with a maximum size of 6 clients.
If you’d like more time on the Island we can arrange for you to stay on and be picked up later.

Day 3
Stewart Island Rakiura

Day at leisure to enjoy Stewart Island
Optional activities – e-bike hire, Greenstone carving, walking or hiking, Coast to Coast flight and hike, etc. Activities can be booked in advance please advise your travel consultant.

Suggested add ons:
Mason Bay “Coast to Coast”
This is a full day walk and involves a plane flight, 4 hours walk from Mason Bay to Freshwater Landing, and then a water taxi ride down Paterson Inlet to Halfmoon Bay. As it requires a low tide to land on Mason Bay, and High tide to boat the Freshwater river the walk requires more or less a full day. Tides will sometimes dictate the journey to be done in reverse.
It’s a great day walk and traverses quite a different landscape to the Port William Track.

Scenic Flight:
Enjoy a 90-minute scenic flight over more remote parts of the island

Day 4
Stewart Island Rakiura Invercargill

Transfer to the airport and flight back to Invercargill

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 3 nights lodge accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Daily breakfast
  • Included Copy 7 Evening meals additional, Pre booking is recommended
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Ulva Island Guided Walk with entry fees
  • Included Copy 20 Return flight from Invercargill to Oban
  • Included Copy 20 Bird watching (bellbird, kaka, tomtit, kiwis etc)
  • Included Copy 20 Return transfers from Oban airport to accommodation
  • Included Copy 31 Pre book additional activities: e-bike hire, Greenstone carving, walking or hiking
  • Included Copy 31 Add on a coast to coast flight
Stewart Island flight


  • Included Listen to the birdsong, birdwatching paradise
  • Included Lots of walking trails to explore the beautiful forest and beaches
  • Included Good chances to see the Stewart Island Kiwi - more kiwis than humans!
  • Included Experience life in remote island New Zealand, where life is at a slower pace
  • Included Optional activities to experience: greenstone carving, fishing, biking, and more
  • Included Add on Mason Bay Coast to Coast walk & fly!
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4 days

Price from

$764 USD

Per person, sharing

including G.S.T

Daily departures