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Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi

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I used water taxi service from/to Oban to Ulva Island. Both boat rides were very punctual and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Easy to book and easy to get over to the island. Managed time to suit us and no problems getting... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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10 Main Rd. | Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
+64 27 354 9991
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I used water taxi service from/to Oban to Ulva Island. Both boat rides were very punctual and the staff were very kind and friendly. I paid via credit card. Make a phone call and arrange the boat ride to Ulva Island.

Thank minimize940314
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Easy to book and easy to get over to the island. Managed time to suit us and no problems getting there and back.

Thank kiwisqurt
Reviewed 26 May 2018

We used the services of Rakiura Charters a few time during our 4 night stay on Stewart Island. One such trip was the Freshwater river scenic cruise, which was an enjoyable way to see the natural and varied beauty of this island. We were able...More

Thank Helen D
Reviewed 26 April 2018

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
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
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

Thank he_whakaaro
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
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
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
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!

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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