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Aihe Wildlife Cruises & Water Taxi

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Stewart Island, New Zealand
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About Aihe Wildlife Cruises & Water Taxi
Aihe Wildlife Cruises & Water Taxi is a comfortable and stylish boat, custom built to provide excellent all round viewing and maximum photo opportunities She seats 12 passengers and 2 crew. Aihe offers leisurely boat cruises in Paterson Inlet and around the coast of Stewart Island. Aihe also offers a water taxi service to a variety of destinations including: Ulva Island, Freshwater River, Freds Camp, North Arm and Port William. Small group cruises are always personalised for 8 to 12 persons maximum. Tours include: Aihe Pelagic Bird Watching to view our magnificent seabirds including albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, terns, penguins, cormorants, Aihe - Paterson Inlet Wildlife Cruise for penguins, dolphins (when present), other seabirds and shorebirds. For sightseeing and history try our Scenic Cruise & Norwegian Whalers' Base Guided Walk exploring hidden bays. Enjoy interesting commentary on birds / mammals seen, the areas visited. Aihe is also available for private charters.
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Tim N-U wrote a review Nov 2020
Havelock North, New Zealand44 contributions8 helpful votes
We walked part of the Rakiura Great Walk, and asked Aihe Eco charters to take us... We’re keen outdoors types, and while we were in transit, Furhana found us a Fiordland Crested penguin nesting site, talking us through their local habits. Furhana was extremely knowledgable and a pleasure to be with. The boat was modern, fast & comfortable.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Aihe Wildlife Cruises & Water Taxi
Responded 4 weeks ago
Many thanks Tim. I am glad you enjoyed the very special Fiordland crested penguin. They are just wonderful to see and can be very enigmatic ocean travellers. Best wishes - Furhana
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Jenny wrote a review Nov 2020
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Had to the a great trip. Skipper made it very memorable with lots of laughs, goo in-depth information in all areas, history, conservation etc. I would highly recommend them. Also under the name of Ruggedly Range wilderness experience.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Aihe Wildlife Cruises & Water Taxi
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much for the review and glad you enjoyed the experience. We believe Aihe offers the best trip to the Norwegian Whalers' Base with great information about the history of not only the whalers, but regional Stewart Island history, along with a chance to view scenery that most people do not get to enjoy. So than you for coming own our trip. Best wishes - Furhana
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Lisa wrote a review Apr 2019
Auckland, New Zealand9 contributions1 helpful vote
We did a cruise looking at wildlife and pelagic birds. Craig's knowledge of the area and the wildlife/birds was excellent and he has some entertaining stories. Very friendly and excellent service. Thanks Craig.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Aihe Wildlife Cruises & Water Taxi
Responded 18 May 2019
Many thanks for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed the experience with Craig on board Aihe Wildlife Cruises & Water Taxi and that the quality of his service was appreciated. Craig certainly has a wide wealth of stories to share. We are lucky to be in a part of the world where magnificent seabirds are present and being able to showcase them to our customers is one of the delightful things about our work. Thank you for coming on our tour. Furhana (Owner / Operator - Aihe Wildlife Cruises & Water Taxi).
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Nicola H wrote a review Apr 2019
Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand9 contributions2 helpful votes
Loved the cruise across to Ulva! Craig was a wonderful skipper and pointed out all the interesting wildlife along the way. Craig was friendly and outgoing and I would highly recommend Aihe Water Taxi.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from StewartIslandLocal, Skipper at Aihe Wildlife Cruises & Water Taxi
Responded 9 Apr 2019
Hi Nicola, many thanks for taking time to review your trip across to Ulva Island with us. We are really glad you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in Stewart Island in the near future. Best wishes - Craig, Skipper, Aihe Wildlife Cruises & Water Taxi.
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Dave B wrote a review Mar 2019
Auckland, New Zealand12 contributions
A marvelous trip to view sea birds and sealions with Craig. Craig has an extensive knowledge of the area and a background in fishing and fish.I have been on many wildlife trips and this is one of the best. Totally recommend this company.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from StewartIslandLocal, Manager at Aihe Wildlife Cruises & Water Taxi
Responded 9 Apr 2019
Hi Dave, many thanks for the review. The pelagic trips are one of my favourites as we do get to go a long way out away from the island and get to see some pretty special birds and wildlife. Glad you really enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you back on our special part of New Zealand. Best wishes. Craig - Skipper Aihe Wildlife Cruises and Water Taxi.
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