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Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience tours operate exclusively in Stewart Island and Ulva Island. We are an independent, small local operator specialising in guided walks, overnight treks, bird watching (including pelagic birding) and kiwi spotting...more
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14 Main Rd | Oban, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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+64 3-219 1066
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went by car on our kiwi spotting tour. We got thorough information about the kiwi and how to behave when we were looking for them. Very soon after leaving the car we spotted the first kiwi. Later another kiwi came by and they had...More

Thank Lene Fogelberg H
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you Lene for coming on my tour and being patient with the business when you visited and I was out guiding. I always leave messages on the door to say when I am back, whilst I wait for new staff to join the business...More

Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

We went to Ulver Island with Furhana for a morning guided tour. She could not have been more knowledgeable and helpful. Her ability to sense what was going on in the forest around her was quite amazing. I don’t think there was a single resident...More

Thank AlanP1846
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

Alan and Trish - it was a pleasure to guide you and also gain some interesting insights into your work at Zealandia. We were so fortunate to get lovely sighting of all our birds the the spider orchid. The beautiful views of the rifleman, mohua,...More

Reviewed 4 September 2018

Half day trip to Ulva Island primarily to see birds of which we saw plenty, but so much more to the tour with Furhana's extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna . A wonderful experience that you will not regret money well spent. Next time...More

Thank AlexB10524
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

Thank you so much Alex. I enjoyed my trip trip with you all. My trip report has a record all the antics we witnessed of the birds during the start of their breeding season - what a display we had. I managed to look through...More

Reviewed 3 July 2018

We initially went to book just one tour with Furhana and found her to be enthusiastic, knowledgable and accommodating. We ended up going on a total of three trips with her, and although it was not cheap, we thought it was money well spent. We...More

Thank Jenga22
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback. It is heartening to receive comments like yours. To know that somehow we were able to help you appreciate New Zealand's wildlife better and get more out of your experience in in this very special country means a...More

Reviewed 23 May 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed going with Furhana and would choose her guide service if I had the chance to do it again. First of all, the weather in NZ is ever changing and she canceled her personal plans to accommodate the impending poor weather in order...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2018

Many thanks Matt for making the trip to Stewart Island and for choosing Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience. I remember being soaked by the rain. What a night but well worth it as we watched for a considerable amount of time a kiwi foraging before us....More

Reviewed 13 May 2018

We visited Stewart Island with our 3 boys aged 10,13 and 15 years. Our guided trip with Furhana was a highlight. Her knowledge of the birds and ecosystem was immense and the boys were fascinated. Doing the Ulva island tour with Ruggedy prior to the...More

Thank markphillyh
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Many thanks for taking time to review Ruggedy Range™, I was delighted to take your family to Ulva Island and help the boys and yourselves as parents to learn how to look for birds and appreciate their calls. The bird book you bought at our...More

Reviewed 3 May 2018

The Owner/Operator Furhana of the Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience needs customer service training and attitude adjustment. We had a truly miserable experience touring with her. Her knowledge can not be denied but is lost by her lack of professionalism in the tourist industry. Lining up...More

Thank 1arizona2018
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2018

Hi Reviewer, I am saddened to receive your feedback, which is harsh and am truly sorry that your experience was what you suggest. I am not sure which trip you went on? As tourism is increasing in Stewart Island / Ulva Island and more people...More

Reviewed 14 April 2018

We had a fantastic experience. Furhana was a brilliant host, very careful, thorough and professional, and is a walking encyclopedia. I thought I knew something about NZ flora and fauna but Furhana enlightened me even further. She is also a lovely person and goes out...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Hello Marilyn - I always try to help where I can and was glad that I was able to adjust the trips to suit yourself and Brenda much more. We managed to see everything we needed to on Ulva Island and on our road tour...More

Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We had a truly memorable experience during a morning walk with Furhana. Her knowledge and information was excellent and we were able to see a very large range of birds. If you are visiting the area we would thoroughly recommend booking with Ruggedly. We have...More

Thank David M
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Many thanks David and Barbara - I really appreciated your flexibility. We were rewarded with a high number of quality bird sightings. The saddlebacks, yellowheads, red-crowned parakeets and of course the ever present Stewart Island robins were amongst 22 species seen. I hope you managed...More

Reviewed 22 March 2018

This is a tricky review. Furhana, the Owner and our Guide knows her stuff and is a mine of factual information. The 3 day Rakiura Track is an incredible experience with jaw dropping diversity of forest, beach, distant views....just amazing. The negative was Furhana's over...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2018

Thank you for taking time with your review. It has been the most difficult season with a major boom in tourism in New Zealand. I did not expect to find myself in another season with no support staff - the worst season not to have...More

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