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About Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience
Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience operate exclusively in Stewart Island and Ulva Island. We are an independent, small, locally owned and operated business, specialising in guided nature walks, overnight treks, bird watching (including pelagic birding) and kiwi spotting tours, wildlife and scenic cruises, sea kayaking and scenic road tours. Our tours are designed to capture the best the island has to offer and carefully matching this to the interests and abilities of the most discerning traveller. Whether you are a gentle explorer or adventurous and active, whether your interests are general or you are an avid birdwatcher, botanist, naturalist or photographer, we certainly have something to offer. Guides bring their in-depth knowledge, a sense of fun with a few local tales, to create a truly memorable experience. We care about the environment and strive to adopt and maintain sustainable practises. Visit our Ruggedy Range™ Booking Office at 14 Main Road, Stewart Island.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cannot recommend this highly enough Furhana was extremely knowledgable about all flora and fauna and managed to spot all the birds including 3 separate kiwis Book it now

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank AndrewS9143
Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose Furhana (owner of Ruggedy Range) based on a recommendation from my mother. My mother has led several tours to New Zealand and is an avid birder. I am not an avid birder but do appreciate all wildlife. My friend and I were very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Crispy506
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our trip to Ulva Island with Ruggedy Range was one of the highlights of our Stewart Island holiday. Furhana was a passionate guide with an extensive knowledge of plants, birds and the evolution of NZ and its impact on the endemic species. I thoroughly recommend...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank waitemata
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Furhana, Ruggedy Range’s owner, will showcase the delights of Ulva Island for you. She is intent that you should see every bird species on the island, and on our tour she succeeded, including up close Kiwi sightings. She’s not only a bird expert, but will...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Larry L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took Furhana’s guided trip to Ulva Island. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of the flora and fauna and she made it a priority for us to see the rare birds. We saw them all except kiwi (not surprising as they are typically nocturnal). She...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience. The trip went really well from the boat trip across to the Island walk. Fahana was excellent in her knowledge of the birds and vegetation of Ulva Island. Common names, Maori, scientific had it all plus a joy to spend time with.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Stevedunromin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Furhana (the guide) loves "her" nature and the Ulva Island. She is doing her job since 19 j, so she is very very knowledgeable and knows every bird/voices, trees, flowers... It is a real joy to join her. I am travelling alone, without a partner...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Saschasss
Reviewed 19 January 2019

Furhana is the Ulva Island guide - Ulva Island being a small island off Oban. Furhana has a water taxi that will take you there. Her knowledge of birds and plants of New Zealand is exceptional. With binoculars and a camera you will see and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 4SwintonStreet
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Many thanks Sarah - it was lovely to see you again back on another tour - we appreciate your ongoing support. There is always so much to see with a local guide than on your own. Much more can be seen if you keep quiet...More

Reviewed 16 January 2019 via mobile

We had an awesome experience with a well organised and informative guide. Great scenery and food/snacks provided were plentiful. I recommend this trip to those who enjoy a guided hike and who want to share the experience with like minded people.More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dembra C
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dembra - thank you to you and Clancy and the rest of our wonderful group on our guided Rakiura Great Walk. Everyone got on well and brought their easy going nature to make for a lovely and enjoyable time for all of us and in...More

Reviewed 13 January 2019

Our time on Ulva Island with Furhana enhanced the rest of our time on Stewart Island and then walking the Milford, as we were much more attuned to listening to the birds around us and could identify what we were seeing. We were thrilled to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bonton2015
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Many thanks for coming on my tour. I appreciate your feedback. The Ulva Island Birds & Forest Guided Walk is predominantly a natural history tour with information on Maori medicinal uses of plants where relevant. I do use Maori names where they are widely used...More

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