This morning you’ll arrive at Bluff Ferry Terminal for your 1 hour ferry across Foveaux Strait to Oban, Stewart Island (transfers to ferry terminal not included). Along the journey you can hope to see the glorious Royal Albatross soaring near your boat, as well as the Tītī/Muttonbird. Upon arrival at the Stewart Island ferry you will check in to Stewart Island Lodge, very close to the wharf. The afternoon is free to explore the village of Oban and nearby tranquil forest walks. Relax tonight at your lodge.
Today you will experience Stewart Island’s smaller neighbouring island; Ulva Island, to enjoy a half day discovering native flora and fauna and bird life. On this predator free reserve, view ancient podocarp trees, lush tree ferns, delicate ground ferns, mosses and orchids. Learn about practical and medicinal uses of trees and plants while listening out for kaka, the exquisite notes of the bellbird and the wonderfully varied calls of the Tui. Watch lime-green parakeet flying amongst the treetops. Glimpse rare saddleback and yellowhead and try to spot New Zealand’s smallest bird; the rifleman. The tour concludes with a short road trip around Stewart Island with the chance to learn a bit more about life on the Island. The overall trip is about 4 hours in duration. This afternoon/evening you can relax and further enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of Stewart Island.
This morning you will enjoy a group mini-bus tour of Stewart Island. Gain an entertaining insight into New Zealand’s southernmost community, and learn about the history and environment of Stewart Island. You will have plenty of time to get off the bus for photo stops and short walks. Highlights include a visit to the gateway to Rakiura National Park at Lee Bay and Observation Rock with its stunning views of Paterson Inlet. Following this you have the afternoon free to enjoy Stewart Island. Your bespoke printed travel guide will have lots of suggestions for nature walks and other activities on the Island. Tonight you will enjoy the experience of a lifetime which very few Kiwis (human version) have experienced – viewing a Kiwi in the wild! At dusk you will cruise across to Little Glory Cove. As daylight diminishes, venture by torchlight through native forest to Ocean Beach, where you will get to see the Southern Brown kiwi (Rakiura Tokoeka). The boat will return you to Stewart Island following the experience.
Today you will take the ferry back to Bluff.
This Exclusive Tour Package Includes:
*3 nights’ double share or twin accommodation at Stewart Island Lodge including breakfast each morning
*Stewart Island Experience Return Ferry between Bluff and Stewart Island
*Ulva’s Guided Walks Half Day Highlights
*Real Journeys 1.5 hour Village and Bays Tour
*Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter
*All bookings and reservations
A Bespoke Welcome Pack:
*A bespoke published travel guide with all our top picks for what to see and do and where to eat, maps and interesting facts
*Our full support during your trip via a free calling number
*The donation of a large native tree – a sustainability initiative to offset carbon emissions
April 2020 to October 2020: $1,877 NZD for 2 people (Usually $2,200 NZD) – *$938.50 for 1 person
*Prices are in NZD, include all taxes and are based on travel before 31st March 2021
*Prices are subject to availability at time of booking
*Any changes to the itinerary may result in additional charges
This Package Excludes:
Meals not listed above
Activities not listed above