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Stewart Island: Village and Bays Tour provided by RealNZ

Stewart Island: Village and Bays Tour

Stewart Island: Village and Bays Tour
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Recommended by 94% of travellers
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
60–130 minutes
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
20
Service animals allowed
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 60-130 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 60-130 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2264P20
Important information
Inclusions
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Live commentary on board
  • Knowledgeable guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
60–130 minutes
Departure details
  • 12 Elgin Terrace, Oban 9818, New Zealand Please head to "The Red Shed" Visitor Centre 15 minutes before departure to check in.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Inclusions
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Live commentary on board
  • Knowledgeable guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • 12 Elgin Terrace, Oban 9818, New Zealand Please head to "The Red Shed" Visitor Centre 15 minutes before departure to check in.
Duration
60–130 minutes
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    12 Elgin Terrace
    12 Elgin Terrace, Oban 9818, New Zealand
    Please head to "The Red Shed" Visitor Centre 15 minutes before departure to check in.
    See address & details
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    RealNZ
    Stop: 90 minutes
    Explore Oban and the surrounding bays in our modern mini-buses. Our guides enjoy sharing their local knowledge of the history and environment of Stewart Island. From 1 May - 30 September trip duration is 60 minutes for winter months
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
18 reviews
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Mary W
Christchurch, New Zealand8 contributions
Solo
The bus driver and guide was well informed, great sense of humour and very relaxed. I appreciated that she took her time, and did not try to race along those windy roads. Great time, highly recommend it.
Written 12 January 2020
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Beckley Coachlines
Ashburton, New Zealand2 contributions
We took 3 tours of senior citizens down to Stewart Island and did the Village and Bays tour on each one. We had both Bevan and Nicky as our guides. They were both kind, funny and patient. Lots of things learnt and many laughs had. These staff are both an absolute credit to RealNZ. Thanks so much!
Written 14 June 2022
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We can't wait for you to come back and visit the island! Thank you for being such a lovely bunch of people and for taking the time to write this review. You're amazing.
Written 20 July 2022
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Matt C
Bury St. Edmunds, UK462 contributions
Really enjoyed this!
Jump on the minibus and allow your driver/guide scoot you around the islands most impressive and beautiful aspects
Learn about the community which in it's own right is really interesting
This beautiful paradise exists through a lot of hard work and cooperation from the residents and is well worth hearing about
The guide was great and the scenery is just stunning
Written 7 July 2019
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Tessa S
Perth, Australia39 contributions
Couples
I actually took this tour back in 2015 and our guide back then was very passionate and informative, so I was a bit anxious about doing it again as it was amazing last time.

Well I need not worry! Our guide Ollie was brilliant. He was very informative, friendly and passionate about his little town.
Written 9 May 2019
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KiwiKerry53
Wellington, New Zealand4,580 contributions
Other than walking tracks there isn't a heck of a lot else to do on the Island, so a short tour seemed like it would be a good thing to do, It was good seeing some spots and hearing the commentary that would have been missing otherwise.
Written 28 June 2022
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We're glad you enjoyed your trip! Our locals are so knowledgeable about the island. Maybe next time try our Ulva Island Explorer Tour, it's a great way to discover the local birdlife.
Written 1 August 2022
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Tania Sheridan
2 contributions
Friends
A great tour. Highly recommend. Our tour guide, Nicky, was very relaxed, informative and entertaining. Anyone coming to Stewart Island should do this tour.
Written 7 April 2022
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Thank you for this 5-star review! Nicky absolutely loved showing you the lay of the land and the islands hidden gems. We hope you learnt a thing or two and took away some unforgettable Rakiura memoires.
Written 10 April 2022
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Greg F
Auckland Central, New Zealand995 contributions
We used the Stewart Island ferry on our way from Oban back to Bluff and onward to Invercargill by coach.

The weather at the time or crossing was rough, to say the least. We waited in the waiting room prior to boarding as the staff loaded the luggage on to the ferry.
Even though it was sunny, we had wind speeds of 40 k/hour and 3-5 meter swells. The captain was excellent in keeping us informed and the staff were attentive to anyone who felt seasick. The crossing was an adventure in itself and an enjoyable experience if you could fight back the sea sickness.

On arriving in Bluff, the coach was ready for us to head to Invercargill once we picked up our luggage. Overall, after leaving at 12.30pm we got to Invercargill by 2.20 pm. (1 hour crossing by ferry and about 25 minutes coach - the driver does drop off people to IVC airport first if needed)

The service is quite reliable (ours was delayed by 20-30 minutes) if you have flight connections, but I wouldn't be aware that things can change rather quickly with the weather and it's good if you have a back up plan. Luckily we were booked the following morning out of Invercargill to Auckland and hence it did not stress us out if the ferry was delayed.

*Tip: Fly one way and take the Ferry the other. Great to experience the different perspectives of crossing the Foveaux strait
Written 30 April 2021
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Dedge
Lower Hutt, New Zealand194 contributions
Great tour with Bevan. Knew a lot about the island and community. Lots of stories to give us a flavour of the past and present of the island. Unrushed and friendly.
Written 18 April 2021
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Ezra710
Christchurch, New Zealand1,382 contributions
Couples
We cruised from Oban to Bluff and then caught the bus to Invercargill (all pre-booked), having flown in to Oban 11 days prior. The bus dropped us at our motel, which was greatly appreciated! The sailing was reasonably smooth and quick (1 hour). The whole trip took about 100 minutes. Basic facilities at the Oban terminal (lounge upstairs, where you can watch the un/loading and catch some last views across the harbour). Free tea & coffee on board, along with snacks to purchase.
Written 15 January 2021
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Patricia H
Hutchinson, KS362 contributions
Very nice small group bus touring around island to see best spots for pictures and history of the island!
Written 4 March 2020
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BeckleyCoachlines
BeckleyCoachlines
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We will be back!
We took 3 tours of senior citizens down to Stewart Island and the RealNZ staff made everyone so welcome and took su
Suestravelsnz
Suestravelsnz
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Once in a lifetime!
Absolutely loved the boat cruise! And our walk on Ulva was even better. Our guide Bridget contacted us to see if we
422nikih
422nikih
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Shouldn't be missed
We didn't have the catamaran portion of the tour. It was quite a thrilling ride out to Ulva in the water taxi as t
Paigeexploresnz
Paigeexploresnz
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Fantastic tour
I chose RealNZ for my recent trip to Stewart Island! Their Ulva island tour was fantastic! I highly recommend! Our
katony1234
katony1234
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Real NZ Doubtful Sound overnight cruise on Milford Mariner
We absolutely loved our Doubtful Sound overnight cruise with Real NZ and thoroughly recommend this trip. From begin
ElaineT007
ElaineT007
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E-biking is the way to go!
As an absolute novice to e-biking it took me just a small amount of time to get to grips with the gear system and I
BDJD1st
BDJD1st
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Doubtful Sound overnigjter
Beginning with the crossing of Lake Manapouri and ending with the same this 30 hours approx as we got ourselves to
Gerty1459
Gerty1459
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Incredible experience
We spent several hours on Ulva Island in early Feb 22... absolutely beautiful island with incredible bird-life, sea
Extraordinary100720
Extraordinary100720
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What A Great Company
We used these guys to go to Ulva Island and do the Kiwi Experience. Their professionalism and team spirit is very e
Extraordinary100720
Extraordinary100720
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The Ferry
Great crew. We had 2 fine days of travel so pretty wrapped with that. Foggy on trip home but skipper slowed down, h
Extraordinary100720
Extraordinary100720
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Top thing to do
We hired two ebikes. Good quality bike brand and bikes in great order. Good skid lids too (helmets) Worth hiring if
Pigalina
Pigalina
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Finally saw a real Kiwi!
We had a great tour with Guides Mac, Soraya and our small group, We saw three kiwi and watched one for close to 20
trev16
trev16
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Choose them!!!
Excellent intro and advice- a totally enjoyable experience. Choose them!!! Also booked bus tour and Ulva Island tou
hollytp1963
hollytp1963
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a great one hour trip
we had a smooth trip to oban and a bit bumpy on the return , but over all , it was a good 1 hour trip. No food cou
EmTravelss
EmTravelss
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Awesome
It was amazing to explore Stewart island with real NZ, Mac our guide was super friendly and knowledgeable. Highligh
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