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Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi

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Stewart Island, New Zealand
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About Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi
Cruise Stewart Island in affordable comfort & style! Offering tours and water taxi services to the Ulva Island bird sanctuary, Freshwater River, meet our stunning ocean birds such as Albatross and Yellow-Eyed Penguins up close and personal on a Pelagic Birding Tour, come dolphin and seal spotting, or explore the historic Norwegian Whaler's Base. Our tour vessel is equipped with bathroom, kitchenette, lounge-style seating and a heated cabin, this is cruising in style! Our brand new water taxi seats up to 19 passengers and also features a heated cabin, toilet and excellent viewing, designed especially to maximise your Stewart Island experience!
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KatherineTB wrote a review Mar 2021
Wellington, New Zealand31 contributions13 helpful votes
We couldn't do the full 3-day Rakiura Track Great Walk, but found that the water taxi could drop us off at a point and we can do a one-day walk. It was amazing =) The water taxi picked us up from the in-town dock and we had a scenic ride (just the 2 of us) for a very reasonable price. They have scheduled times, but they were happy to consider other pick-up times too. I'd highly recommend them to anyone.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Kiwifreespirits wrote a review Mar 2021
Auckland, New Zealand91 contributions41 helpful votes
Based on local recommendations at Stewart Island and Tripadvisor reviews we contacted Rakiura Charters . Matt was very helpful on the phone in discussing options for being out on the water and Ulva Island . We did trip around Patterson Inlet and then a visit to the area where the mussel and salmon farming is happening . Matt was our skipper and did a truly excellent job of quietly and steadily taking us through the area and we experienced wonderful sea birds large and small including penguins and also sea lions and seals . Matt dropped us off at Ulva Island ( magic place !!) . We did a self guided walk which was fine , using the booklet you can buy at Oban or on the Island for $2 . We had 2 1/2 hours on Ulva but in hindsight we should have gone with 4 hours ( our decision ... not theirs) as it would give more time to just stand listen and watch more frequently . We saw a kiwi which was great plus many other birds ...Weka , friendly as Robins etc ! Highly recommend Rakiura Charters . If we were not leaving the next day we would have done the trip up Freshwater River with them .
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Shelali wrote a review Feb 2021
Wellington, New Zealand31 contributions1 helpful vote
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Friendly staff ,smooth ride and amazing views. If you let the team know what you are after they will take care of it for you 😀and even better give you some alternative's. We did the Rakiura track and Ulva islands through them. Thank you.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Helen D wrote a review Feb 2021
New Zealand172 contributions49 helpful votes
Friendly and professional service that actually started with the phone call following my online booking. Couldn't fault the service and while this trip was just a short trip across to Ulva we will definitely be booking again.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Molly317 wrote a review Jan 2021
Riverton, New Zealand68 contributions27 helpful votes
Have used these guys numerous times over the last two years & every time is great. Service is exceptional. Even on short notice they will accommodate. Wouldnt use any one else on the Island
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Date of experience: January 2021
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