are so many options how do I choose the best trip for me?
select from one of our Packages, see Day
Packages or Overnight
good starting point is to decide which category you want:
- a guided nature walk/hike (see Guided
Walks & Hikes Options) or
- a birding trip (see Kiwi
Spotting & Bird Watching Options) or
- a sea kayaking trip (see Guided
Sea Kayaking Options)
- a road tour (see Island
Culture Scenic Road Tour)
- a boat cruise (see Boat
Please note, some of the Walks & Hikes and Sea Kayaking options
have been shown as "Birding Options" as an easy reference
deciding the category, you need to choose between day or overnight
options (or you can book a combination of trips as some of our
clients are doing).
worked out whether you prefer day or overnight trips, check the
trip details for the trip which appeals most and suits
your fitness and ability. Also check if the day or overnight
options fit in with your existing travel plans by looking at
the Departure Dates.
If you need help or suggestions, please contact
us. We are always happy to assist.
is the weather going to be like?
is a difficult question for all of us living in Stewart Island.
We have very changeable weather, and forecasts may not materialise.
We generally have a mild climate, it may be windy, it may be calm.
It rarely rains all day, but it could be sunny. Be prepared - always
carry a raincoat and warm clothing. See Weather.
many people will be in the Group?
of minimum and maximum numbers are shown against each trip. On day
trips we can have upto 12 persons independent travellers (the number
is higher for private groups). Independent travellers are not mixed
in with private groups. Currently, our experience is that the average
number of persons on day trips are between 4 to 8 persons for independent
travellers, so you can be assured of a quality experience.
trips we can have upto 6 people for all trips except the Rakiura
Great Track where we are allowed a maximum of upto 12 people. We
do offer private trips, but rates vary accordingly.
can we get to Stewart Island?
are daily scheduled fixed wing flights between Invercargill Airport
and Stewart Island or you can travel by ferry between Bluff to Stewart
Island. Helicopters can also be chartered. For details see Getting
can we stay on Stewart Island
is a choice of accommodation depending on your preference and budget.
For details see Accommodation.
is Golden Bay Wharf
Bay Wharf is in Stewart Island, about 10 to 15 minutes walk from
the Oban Village, Halfmoon Bay. See Maps.
Overnight treks or Overnight Sea Kayaking trips what type of Accommodation
trips we usually stay at or near a Department of Conservation back
country hut. These have bunkrooms with comfortable mattresses (no
pillows), a kitchen area, cold running water and outside long drop
toilets. All facilities are mixed and shared with other independent
For trips to Mason Bay - as there is no prior booking of huts - if huts are full we camp, tents supplied are two-person tents. We can
supply single-person tents subject to availability.
Can we drink the water at the Huts / Where can we get water?
Water at the huts / designated campsites is fine to drink and generally you do not need to boil or filter it. It is rainwater, collected onto the hut roof and into rain tanks. Generally carrying 1 litre of water between huts should give you plenty of water for the distance covered between huts and your guide will carry water to make a hot drink during the walk.