Stewart Island Rakiura: The Land of Glowing Skies

From Invercargill to Invercargill
  • Stewart Island & Chatham Islands
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Experience Rakiura – Stewart Island, the largest island National Park in New Zealand, over 4 magical days, with local hosts!

Enjoy the views over Oreti Beach and Foveaux Strait during an exciting 20-minute flight, landing in Oban, Stewart Island. Here, your friendly hosts will be waiting to welcome you, introducing you to island life, with all its quirks and charms. Over the following days you will explore this amazing island, 85% of which is a National Park. Bird spotting (including the famous Kiwi), nature walks, fishing, greenstone carving, maybe a Paterson Inlet cruise or some kayaking all await you. Be prepared for the often-unpredictable weather of the ‘Roaring Forties’. But don’t worry, your wonderful hosts will help you plan your activities accordingly to make sure you have the best authentic local 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 holiday for you.

Viva's Best Bits...

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 we hope to see many endangered birds. Your experienced ranger guide will provide you with excellent commentary and very importantly, a keen eye!

"Walking trails suitable for all fitness levels - enjoy the diverse bush, birds, scenery and landforms. A lovely shorter option is Bathing Beach, and one of our favourite day walks is Port William and Maori Bay." 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.

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. (15kg luggage allowance)

On arrival you will be met by your host and given a mini orientation tour of Oban before you arrive at your lodge.

Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Dinner is on your own account, there are great options (restaurant, pub, food carts), but as this is a small island, there is a limited number, so we recommend booking restaurants in advance over the high season.

Later in the evening (sometime after dark!), join a small group 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
Ulva Island Stewart Island Rakiura

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 guests.

If you’d like more time on the Island we can arrange for you to stay on and be picked up later, as the rest of the day is at leisure.

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 destination specialist.

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

A fond farewell from Rakiura. Enjoy one final breakfast on the island before your transfer to the airport and flight back to Invercargill

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 3 nights lodge accommodation
  • Included Copy 31 Alternative options available: from self catering to boutique lodge
  • Included Copy 20 Daily breakfast
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Ulva Island Guided Walk with entry fees
  • Included Copy 20 Return flight from Invercargill to Oban, 15kg check in luggage allowance
  • Included Copy 20 Bird watching (bellbird, kaka, tomtit, kiwis etc)
  • Included Copy 20 Return transfers from Oban airport to accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Kiwi Spotting tour at night
  • Included Copy 20 Local hosts that have lived on the island for many many years
  • 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!
  • Included Learn all about island life from your local hosts
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4 days

Price from

$957 USD

Per person, sharing

including G.S.T

Daily departures