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Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi

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10 Main Rd. | Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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Pelagic birds tour

Matt took four of us out on his boat and gave us the most fantastic tour for three hours. We saw... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kiwi053
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New Zealand
Thanks for great service

On advice of our hostess we did a combination fresh water river/Ulva Island tour. The river part is... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2018
Bill T
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Ottawa, Canada
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“blue cod”(12 reviews)
“fishing trip”(6 reviews)
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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10 Main Rd. | Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Matt took four of us out on his boat and gave us the most fantastic tour for three hours. We saw several Royal Albatross, mollymawk, shags, muttonbird and terns gliding nearby and beside the boat to feed. A spectacular sight. Matt shared his amazing knowledge...More

Thank Kiwi053
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

On advice of our hostess we did a combination fresh water river/Ulva Island tour. The river part is on accessible at high tide so there was a narrow window of opportunity . Got to see more of New Zealand by doing this. Enjoyed doing Ulva...More

Thank Bill T
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

The driver was prompt and efficient. I was, however, somewhat put off by his attitude. I got the feeling that he thought he was doing us a favour by picking us up. He told us details of how his family had lived at Stewart Island...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Some of our group had used the service to get to the start of the track for Mason's Bay. Some of us were unable to do this trip so five of us decided to do the boat trip in the next day instead, and time...More

1  Thank DenzieK
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Chris was our captain for the day and we had a great trip on the water taxi - very friendly and accommodating to picking us up earlier. On time too! Great service, would definitely use them again

1  Thank Ariana T
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Reviewed 19 December 2017

We used their service twice and each time they were perfectly on time, although we all felt relaxed. We were off to Port William (leaving from Oban) and the captain explained us where to take which road in order to get back efficiently. That was...More

1  Thank Fien D
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Alina T, Owner at Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2017

Hi Fien D, Many thanks for your review and for your custom, we hope you thoroughly enjoyed your visit to beautiful Stewart Island!

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Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

We had a tour to the salmon farm and the were dropped off at Ulva Island for a free walk around. Our tour guide/boatman was very knowledgeable and told us good information and answered our questions we'll. His name is Edward so if you are...More

1  Thank 538AlanR
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Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Would defiantly recommend taking in some of the tours on offer we took both the marine farms ( minus the now removed oysters though the farm itself is currently still there awaiting removal) and we also did the whaling station tour with a great guide...More

1  Thank The_Real_Burt_Munroe
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Alina T, Owner at Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2017

Hi guys, thanks very much for your comments, we're so glad you enjoyed our Marine Farms and Whaler's Base Combo tour; 2 very interesting areas of this beautiful island. We hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday and look forward to perhaps seeing you...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

There are not a lot of businesses operating in winter on Stewart Island but Chris from Rakiura Charters & Water taxi was fantastic! He took us on a water taxi tour of the Marine Farms (oysters, mussels and salmon) in Big Glory Bay. What he...More

1  Thank Romola H
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Reviewed 12 June 2017

Felt ripped off would have been cheaper to buy the small amount of fish we got. He didnt tell us about area , was clearly peeved off taking us out on Sunday. I felt as though we had put him out , as this was...More

4  Thank Raylene C
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