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Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience

Stewart Island, New Zealand
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About Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience
Explore Oban village and its surrounding bays on a minibus tour with a local guide. This tour provides an intriguing insight into how Stewart Island’s tiny community survives – and thrives – while living in the heart of the ‘Roaring Forties.” From the entrance of the Rakiura National Park at beautiful Lee Bay, up to Observation Rock for panoramic views of Paterson Inlet and off-shore islands. Ideal for first time visitors to the island.
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Explore the unspoiled bays of Stewart Island — known to the Maoris as Rakiura — on a minibus tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Starting from Oban village, your narrated tour covers Lee Bay, Halfmoon Bay and Horseshoe Bay. Stop for photo ops of Paterson Inlet from Observation Rock, and hop off the vehicle for short walks along the 90-minute route.
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JohnSB3 wrote a review Feb 2021
Wellington, New Zealand779 contributions533 helpful votes
This was operated by the Stewart Island Experience the same people who operate the ferries. It was not a positive experience. The company had cut back the number of trips to just one a day even though its brochures and website still promote at least trips a day as available. Then we couldn’t get on the tour we wanted but went the next day instead. But the basic problem with the tour is that there is not a lot to see. The bus takes you to the top of the hill above the town, which provides a great view, but you can walk up on your own. Bit of a stretch but very possible. The second stop is around the bay looking back at the town. Again pleasant but hardly a great treat. The third stop is on the other side of the island and you would need a vehicle of some kind to get there. This was the most interesting as it was the start of a couple of the major treks for trampers, and also where the communications cable linking Stewart Island to the South Island came ashore. Good, but not enough to justify a tour. The driver did his best but the quality of the product just isn't there.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Mayjr wrote a review Jan 2021
Invercargill, New Zealand7 contributions1 helpful vote
What a great tour - this has developed since we last did it 17 years ago. Great guide - lots of local info, both informative and humorous. We were encouraged to do this by the lovely young woman at the Visitors Centre - great staff Real Journeys!!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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barrychris2015 wrote a review Oct 2020
Napier, New Zealand17 contributions5 helpful votes
Was a great tour we were given a lot of information about the island and its history. Went around island to Halfmoon Bay edge of the National Park, Horseshoe Bay
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience
Responded 1 Nov 2020
Thanks so much for the review! It's such an interesting place, a tour of the area is a must-do for any visitor!
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hinau wrote a review Mar 2020
Auckland, New Zealand456 contributions199 helpful votes
This was an ideal introduction to Oban and Stewart Island. Excellent commentary from lovely your guide
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Gillian S wrote a review Jan 2020
18 contributions2 helpful votes
We pre booked this tour and it was a great way to get your bearings. Aaron the tour guide was informative and interesting. A couple of stops we got out for a walk and photo opportunity.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience
Responded 23 Jan 2020
Kia Ora Gillian. Thank you very much for your 5 star review of the Village & Bays Tour and positive feedback about your Guide. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit to the Island and we hope to see you back again soon. Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience.
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