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"During the guided walk of Ulva island, Furhana provided a detailed, woven commentary about the plants and birds. Her bird spotting ability along with her patience and concern that everyone of the group have an opportunity to see the birds was fantastic. While watching, her explanations of the birds actions and history added context to our viewing. Though on a schedule, flexibility allowed her to meet the desires of individuals. Her breadth of knowledge turned the whole walk into a lesson covering present and past history, observation and understanding of the larger picture of what we were experiencing. Going with Furhana is an excellent choice for an enhanced island experience." Carl and Pam Gaddis - Seattle Washington

"We decided at the last minute to visit Stewart Island and Furhana - Ruggedy Range - helped us with accommodation and travel bookings. We went on a very interesting trip to Ulva Island with Furhana, who pointed out lots of birds we would not have seen had we been on our own. She had vast knowledge about the birds and plants we saw..." Alison & Peter Townsend - New Zealand

"We thank you for making our visit so interesting and enjoyable, and it will remain one of our treasured memories. We valued particularly your professional expertise and knowledge of the island. It was a privilege to spend time in 2 special areas which few Australians, and we suspect few New Zealanders are familiar with...". Carrick Chambers (Emeritus Professor of Botany) and Margaret Chambers - Australia

"We'll never forget this Christmas Eve journey on Ulva Island. We've seen many birds we've never seen before, many trees and beautiful flowers! What a knowledge, we'll recommend you to everyone we know! ..." Hans & Karin - The Netherlands

"We had such a great time on Stewart Island, made especially good by your tour and the exciting trip back on the boat from Ulva. It was great to see Stewart Island in all its moods. It was a fantastic experience and quite an emotional one for Graham seeing it again after so many years..." Diana & Graham - New Zealand

"Two thumbs up for "Ruggedy Range." What a perfect end to our South Pacific excursion. We filled in all the gaps in our "bird list". Thanks so much" Bob & Betsy Fine- USA

"So glad we discovered Ruggedy Range. An amazing guided trip where we saw more birds than we could have hoped for, and learned so much more about the native plants. Very knowledgeable guide, who "went the extra mile for us". Thank s for giving us such a wonderful experience!" Kath & Ted Welchew - UK

"The best! Passionate knowledge delivered so we can enjoy the birds & the natural history of this beautiful place - don't pass this by!!! Thanks Furhana!" Alan & Jan Bersted- USA

"Thank you so much for accumulating such a generous Bird Fair auction lot in the first place, but especially for your time and consideration for us that made the whole experience so special. We really enjoyed meeting you and having the privilege of your expert guiding and such personal attention, particularly on our day to Ulva Island. What an utterly beautiful forest and unique place that is. Finding us such a relaxed kiwi to watch for so long in broad daylight was the icing on an already splendid cake!" Rachel Hollis & Roderick Grant - UK

"We felt privileged to be here at all, and even more so to be able to visit Ulva Island in the company of someone who understood our needs and was brilliant at answering our questions, about birds, plants or anything. It was a great introduction to Stewart Island and gave us the confidence to get a lot more out of our brief stay here than we could have done otherwise..." Joan & Dick Allright, Alison Berridge - UK

"Thanks so much for a remarkable day! We are so happy that we decided to do your tour - it was incredibly informative, yet relaxing at the same time - a magical experience. We will be back!..." Robyn & Marcelo - Canada & Argentina

"What can I say - except you are fantastic! Your knowledge is immense and you have imparted it to us so interestingly and entertainingly. Thank you so much for everything…." Judith Chalmers - Hosted "Wish You Were Here" - UK

"Thank you for showing us around Ulva Island... Your knowledge and passion for your work is inspiring." Louise Cummins - Tourism New Zealand

"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).

"There was a happy atmosphere and enough flexibility to suit the varied interests of the group. Thank you for sharing the experience with us." Eirwen & Arthur Thomas - Wales

"One of the best nature tours we have been on and we've been on many. Your knowledge, ability and Friendliness were brilliant. You are clear, concise and fast to spot the birds. Ruggedy Range is wonderful. Thank you." Jerry & Arlene Raskin - USA

"Thank you for your heartfelt hospitality..." Shigeo Yoshii - Japan

"Paul says it was wonderful... I have never seen him smile so much. I know this was his highlight so far!" Jandy & Paul - Australia

"I enjoyed the trip very much! Especially the yellowhead spotting and the History of the plants. Thank you very much!" Benediht Stroekle - Germany

"Excellent tour with delicious nature facts & fascinating interpretation."
Chuck & Tabitha Luecker - USA

" It was beautifull. We all were astonished very much..." Harro Brinkman - Netherlands

" Thank you for sharing your wisdom and your love of life and this Island. It was just wonderful." Mrs John Cleese (Alyce Faye) - USA

"We could not have asked for more in terms of organization, attention, company and leadership. We have learned so much of NZ nature, come to appreciate more of our heritage and had an amazing amount of fun doing all this. You even managed to turn on those 3 kiwi for us!!" Karlsson Family - USA & NZ

" This was a really brilliant visit providing a fascinating insight into the flora and fauna of Ulva Island. The organisation and guiding was first class. Highly recommended."
Jill & Colin Nichols - UK

"Thank you so much for a wonderful experience and the thrill of seeing endangered birds in a natural environment was so special. You are a special guide and we were privileged to be able to enjoy your guiding. First class." June Campbell-Tong - NZ

"Magic trips to Ulva Island & kiwi (hunting) spotting. I loved the information, company, food, kiwi and mud. I would love to come back and do more. The trips were something I will always treasure…." Judith Sise - Australia

"An amazing morning. Your love of your subject & your knowledge made it all totally fascinating." Paddy & Alan - France

"Kindness, deep culture, musical joy." A Landi - Italy

"It has been an absolute priviledge to go on this trip. Your knowledge of the Island was astounding. Thank you for making our stay on Stewart Island so memorable."
Di & Tony Sunderland - UK

" Absolutely magical, well informed & thought provoking." Helen Berney - Ireland

"It was a beautiful trip! We have enjoyed all the information of our very passionate Guide and learned alot..." Maikel & Desie - The Netherlands


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