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Page updated: 5 February 2016

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There are so many options how do I choose the best trip for me?

You can select from one of our Packages, see Day Packages or Overnight Packages or

Another 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 Cruises Options)

Please note, some of the Walks & Hikes and Sea Kayaking options have been shown as "Birding Options" as an easy reference for birders.

After 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).

Having 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.

What is the weather going to be like?

This 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.

How many people will be in the Group?

Details 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.

On overnight 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.

How can we get to Stewart Island?

There 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 Here.

Where can we stay on Stewart Island

There is a choice of accommodation depending on your preference and budget. For details see Accommodation.

Where is Golden Bay Wharf

Golden Bay Wharf is in Stewart Island, about 10 to 15 minutes walk from the Oban Village, Halfmoon Bay. See Maps.

On Overnight treks or Overnight Sea Kayaking trips what type of Accommodation is there?

On overnight 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 hikers.

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.

Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience
"Birds & Forest Booking Office"
Stewart Island - Travel & Activities

14 Main Road
P O Box 188, Stewart Island, NZ

Ph: 64 3 219 1066
Fax: 64 3 219 1078
Mob: 64 274 784 433
For all Enquiries, Bookings, please phone or contact:

Office now centrally located opposite Department of Conservation Office and approx. 2 minutes walk from flight/ferry See Map.

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