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Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi

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10 Main Rd. | Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
+64 27 354 9991
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We had a tour to the salmon farm and the were dropped off at Ulva Island for a free walk around... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
538AlanR
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Superbly knowledgeable and friendly

Would defiantly recommend taking in some of the tours on offer we took both the marine farms... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
The_Real_Burt_Munroe
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Alexandra, New Zealand
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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 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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“blue cod” (12 reviews)
“fishing trip” (6 reviews)
“sea birds” (6 reviews)
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10 Main Rd. | Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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

Thank 538AlanR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank The_Real_Burt_Munroe
Alina T, Owner at Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

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

Thank Romola H
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
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our trip with Matt and he is very knowledgeable. Shared so much about the history of the island from whaling stations to boat building and amazing commentary on the landscapes and history. Affordable way to see the island from the water and...More

Thank animalfriendly15
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend. We booked a taxi to Ulva Island from Golden Bay last minute with no problems. Super efficient and friendly staff. They also managed to get us back earlier than we booked as we sped through the walks on the island. Thank you!

Thank Hannah J
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Fishing charter, morning. This was not a memorable experience! The skipper/owner might be experienced, but his attitude was not what you would expect from a person operating a fishing charter business. We had booked for a party of 5 people to do a mornings fishing,...More

Thank glenallen2017
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Was looking for a fishing trip for blue cod, left message with staff that I wanted to go out with a group to reduce the cost of paying for hiring the boat solo approx $400. The staff took my details and advised that they would...More

Thank Henare K
Alina T, Owner at Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2017

Hi Henare K, many thanks for taking the time to review your trip with us. We're glad that another couple were interested in the trip at the same time. Just to clarify, our minimum fare for our dedicated half day Fishing Tour (3 hrs) is...More

Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

... very choppy crossing and driver was very confident and comfortable ... put me at ease ... also the taxi boat seemed more robust than others ... all important for us land lubbers!

Thank JE008
Alina T, Owner at Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2017

Hi JE008, thanks for your review. It sounds like you visited on a choppy day! Our customer's comfort and safety is our top priority, I'm glad you felt comfortable with us and hope you enjoyed your time here.

Reviewed 4 February 2017

I highly recommend the pelagic trip with Rakiura Charters. I really wanted to see albatross and was thrilled that at one point there were over 80 of the birds, including 4 species, around the boat. I don't know if is usual to see this many...More

3  Thank BrisbaneAnne
Alina T, Owner at Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2017

Hi BrisbaneAnne, thanks very much for taking the time to write a review of your time with us. We're very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip. It may have been a particularly breezy day with so many birds around; they really are the...More

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