WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND
visiting Stewart Island to ensure we are available (and also so we can onsell tours to achieve minimum numbers to operate trips). As a small business - we take bookings on a first come basis.
BOOK DIRECT ONLY
For accurate and upto
date information about our comprehensive tours and services and any one-off and special tours. Please visit or call our independent Ruggedy Range™ Booking Office.
VERY IMPORTANT: There are no independent
Visitor Centres, Visitor Information Centres or I-Sites in Stewart Island.
Our beautiful new brochures are out in circulation. You can download a copy here:
Ruggedy Range™ Brochure
Ulva Island Brochure
Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi Brochure
Stewart Island Outdoor Adventure & Gift Shop
CURRENT SEASON / WEATHER
It's the last month of summer in New Zealand. Our temperatures are variable from mild- cool - warm. It gets light around 6.30 am and dark after 9.00 pm. Always be prepared for four seasons in one day. The weather is variable with some calm / sunny / mild days and some windy / wet / cold days.
Tours are operating as normal subject to prior bookings or at your request.
OFFICE OPENING TIMES
Monday to Sunday: 7.30 am to 6.15 pm
After hours calls - accepted on 0274 784 433 upto 8.00 pm.
TRIPS REQUIRING ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS: for the coming season....
Rakiura Great Walk - 24th to 26th February
See other dates on the departure dates page.
SPECIALS FOR THIS MONTH
Please see: Special Offers.
DAY TRIPS THIS MONTH
All key tours are operating subject to bookings and numbers. For full
details on all our tours and services, please see the menu above.
Ulva Island Birds & Forest or Ulva Island Birding - our popular guided walks and birding trips operates most days for minimum 2 persons..
Evening Eco Watch - Kiwi Spotting - this tour is operating subject to minimum 4 and prior bookings. Approx 3 hrs - a great opportunity to search for kiwi, morepork and other birds.
Island Culture Scenic Road Tour operates most days for minimum 2 persons.
Coastal Highlights a cruise then a guided coastal walk on the Rakiura Track, available subject to minimum 4 persons.
Pelagic Birding or Aihe - Paterson Inlet Wildlife Cruise or Aihe Norwegian Whalers' Base Cruise & Walk, or Freshwater River Scenic Cruise -
see Boat Cruises in the menu options above. These tours are dependent on minimum numbers and suitable weather and sea conditions.
Guided sea kayaking these tours are currently on hold as we try to recruit a sea kayak guide - and also the weather has been too windy to operate trips.
OVERNIGHT TRIPS THIS MONTH
Kiwi Journey, Kiwi, Dunes & Beach and Rakiura Great Walk ARE AVAILABLE, subject to bookings and minimum numbers. Please see Departure Dates.
Also note we are operating a one night tripto Port William or the North Am Hut on the Rakiura Great Walk - available on demand, subject to minimum numbers and staff availability.
Please see Photography Tours.
PACKAGES INCLUDING TRAVEL / ACCOMMODATION / ACTIVITIES
See Day Packages and Overnight Packages.
We can put together a gift voucher for our tours and services. Please contact us for further information.
EVENTS THIS MONTH
There are no local events this month.
HOW TO MAKE BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES
• Phone us 03 219 1066 or on our mobile 0274 784 433 or TEXT us on 0274 784 433 (if we our out guiding, please leave a message with your contact details and accommodation).
• There is limited Telecom NZ & Vodafone mobile phone coverage in Oban Village, Stewart Island.
Send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We aim to reply as soon as possible.
COME TO OUR OFFICE IN OBAN, STEWART ISLAND
Centrally located. Open daily. We have a message box, if we are out guiding - you can leave a message.
PLEASE BOOK DIRECT
• After eight years, we decided not to operate through the New Zealand
I-Site Network throughout New Zealand as we did not feel that we were being represented fairly and effectively in some i-sites.
• We only operate through our own Booking Office in Stewart Island. Stewart Island does not have any independent
Visitor Centres, Visitor Information Centres or I-Sites.
• A significant number of accommodation providers in Stewart Island and elsewhere only work exclusively with a few operaters and not with all operators, irrespective of the quality of tours or value offered to you. If you need help finding independent accommodation options, please let us know.