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We aim to employ guides who are professional, knowledgeable, friendly and trained in outdoor skills so that you can be assured of a quality New Zealand experience.


Furhana, is our "hands-on" Owner/Operator , and a key guide for the business. Furhana is passionate about Stewart Island, making it her home base. With a Bsc. Honours Geography degree, a varied background and first hand experience of other countries and cultures she has evolved a unique business providing a highly professional and personal service.

Furhana's parents come from northwest India and the Seychelles, she was born in Kenya, educated in England and has travelled and lived in a variety of countries.

Furhana has been visiting Stewart Island since 1994, spending the majority of her time hiking and exploring the Island. In 1999, she permanently settled in Stewart Island and guided for the Department of Conservation for a season before setting up Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience in 2000.

She has travelled and worked in a variety of countries. Hiking throughout New Zealand, since 1994, before settling in Stewart Island has given her a real appreciation of what the country has to offer. Now living amidst native forest, enjoying wildlife at her doorstep, including kaka (parrot), kakariki (parakeet) with the odd kiwi occasionally visiting - she hasn't looked back!

Furhana has personally guided several thousand visitors from over 40 different countries since 1999, and has assisted with wildlife filming for television in the UK, France, Australia and Japan. Furhana is a member of the New Zealand Ornithological Society and the Southland Natural History Field Club.


Furhana, Owner / Operator & Natural History Guide

About Furhana:

"We really feel that you are the best guide for birds, plants , trees, history etc that we have ever had in New Zealand and throughout our travels in other parts of the world. Your knowledge and presentation are unmatched by any guide we have come across." Rob & Jana Bowler - USA

"Ruggedy Range is a prime example of an outstanding nature based tour company that surpasses the expectations of even the most demanding customers. Furhana is one of the most qualified and professional tour guides in New Zealand and completely focused on her customers needs”. Urs Wälterlin, Vice-President, Foreign Correspondents' Association of Australia and the South Pacific (FCA).
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.

Guided Walks & Treks - Natural History Tours - Kiwi Spotting - Bird Watching - Botany - Sea Kayaking
Boat Cruises & Charters - Water Taxi (operating Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi)
Fully Licensed Shuttle & Shuttle Tours
Outdoor Clothing & Equipment
Travel Agency - Accommodation, Travel & Activity Bookings

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