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Stewart Island Experience

Oban, Stewart Island 9818, New Zealand
+64 3-212 7660
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A great way to get a taste of Isalnd life

The tour is a great way to experience a small part of the island by road. Interesting stops and... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2018
Linda C
Nature at its best

Stewart island, located south of New Zealand’s South Island can be approached by ferry or air... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2018
Kuneema
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Enjoy a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet, viewing hidden coves and beaches including a visit to the Ulva Island – a renowned wildlife sanctuary. An on-board nature guide provides commentary throughout the cruise and leads a 45 minute walk through part of the Ulva Island. This island is home to abundant birdlife, including some of New Zealand’s most rare and precious plant species. Departs: Oban. (Previously named Paterson Inlet Cruises).
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Oban, Stewart Island 9818, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

The tour is a great way to experience a small part of the island by road. Interesting stops and commentary set you up for further independent exploring.

Thank Linda C
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Thanks for taking the time to post this review. We are thrilled to see how much you enjoyed your time on Stewart Island. Hopefully you will be back to visit again in the not too distant future! Kind regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

Stewart island, located south of New Zealand’s South Island can be approached by ferry or air. Small flights are available from Invercargill. Flying time is only 30 mins. There are good places to stay and just a few places to dine within the Oban township....More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Such a stunning place to visit. Beautiful beaches, bays and native Bush. Oban is a tiny quaint village in the sheltered bay of Half Moon bay. Beautiful location with a pub, supermarket, cafe and tourist shops. Rental cars, bikes, and bus trips available. Some tourists...More

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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Kia Ora and thanks for the wonderful review. We're delighted you took the time to explore our lovely wee island with us. We trust you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

I rented an electric bike to help maneuver the hills and changes in elevation -this is not a flat coastal beach. Stop at the Dept. Of Conservation Office for info on hiking and wilderness areas as well as identification of native flora and fauna, they're...More

Thank J M
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

The island and surrounding area is a beautiful and peaceful surroundings of nicely groomed trails, stunning views from various lookouts. Visiting Ulva Island was amazing. Getting the right tour guide that I had made the difference. Angie was my tourguide who provided me with many...More

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Reviewed 15 December 2017

The 2.5 hours cruise was very pleasant and the scenery was OK but our guided tour of Ulva Island was more than a little disappointing. Apart from a couple of Robins that came to the path edge in search of a "free" meal, we saw...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

We booked the Bird watching trip to Ulva Island. We were surprised that there were only 3 of us on this trip! Talk about a treat! Our crew was great, very informative and fun. We were on our way to Ulva Island when suddenly our...More

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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Kia Ora and thanks for the amazing review. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your trip to Ulva Island, it really is a fantastic experience. And wow! Seeing whales breaching is an absolute treat! Hopefully the rest of your time in New...More

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Looks like this is the trip mum and I did today. For $95 it was excellent value. A bit of history, two free cups of tea/coffee, stopping to watch albatross fly near the boat, various little bays and (often old) buildings, and Ulva Island. Luckily...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

With only a short time to explore, we booked the Paterson Inlet Cruise. We were warmly greeted, and the boat was very clean and tidy-including separate Ladies and Men's toilets! We preordered a lunch and the portions were generous, and food was fresh. The crew...More

Thank Kenna S
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Hi Kenna S, thanks so much for this fantastic review. We are delighted to read how much you enjoyed your visit to Ulva Island on your Paterson Inlet Cruise. It sounds like you had a brilliant day out with the local wildlife out in force!...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2017

The tour was very professionally run and visited a number of places in the inlet as well as Ulva Island which I thoroughly enjoyed. The boat stopped several times to attract Mollymawk Albatrosses and even a few Royal Northern Albatross. The tour of Ulva Island...More

Thank george45
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Hi there Great to hear that you are interested in booking our Paterson Inlet Cruise (including guided walk on Ulva Island bird sanctuary). The adult price is NZ$95, Child $22. Therefor 2 adults and 2 children would be... More
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