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Get off the beaten track and discover New Zealand’s third island - unspoilt, tranquil and stunning. Rakiura Stewart Island is the perfect holiday escape.
Stewart Island, New Zealand

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cremeblanche
Canton of Schaffhausen, Switzerland81 contributions
Well organized tour with penguin, sea lion and seal watching from a boat, free coffee/chocolate/tea and easy guided night walk where we saw two kiwis. There is additional layers and jackets on the boat if you feel i
like you are not warm or dry enoughY
Written 13 February 2024
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PerthRJB
Perth, Australia11 contributions
We flew to Stewart Island for a very short stay (only 5 hours) and chose the bus tour to fit as much in as possible in a short time. Our group was small, and we received very personal service from the guide/driver. Rhys was very informative and entertaining. He had a real working history of the settlement and island. He pointed out all the local attractions and things to do on such a short visit. What a ripper bloke! The tour unfolded stunning panorama after panorama. Highly recommended!
Written 11 February 2024
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Mary D
Sacramento, CA11 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This was a great tour! It was raining cats and dogs but Di still managed to be entertaining and informative. We loved learning about the island’s history.
Written 9 February 2024
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Tim S
Tucson, AZ11 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Absolutely worth the effort and the cost. We saw albatross, seals, and penguins on the way out, then spent 20 minutes watching a kiwi in the wild. He (our guides thought it was a "he") wasn't bothered by us except when one of the party tried to take a flash picture. But he settled down, and ended up working right past us. He checked my pant legs for grubs and worms, but I didn't have any, to my relief and his disappointment. If you want to see the animals native to New Zealand, this should be at the top of your list. I've been to New Zealand 12 times, and this is an expedition I'll continue to remember, and probably try again, despite the effort of getting to Rakiura
Written 6 February 2024
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DbacksFn
Tucson, AZ408 contributions
This was a fantastic trip. As folks have said, Natasha and Karen were wonderful guides. We walked for 2 hrs and watched a kiwi for about 20 min as he rooted around for food. He even checked out my husband's pant leg.
This was the highlight of our 2+ week to NZ.
Written 1 February 2024
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Lorna C
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
A fantastic combination of cruising around Stewart Island's outer Islands spotting birds, seals and other wildlife & enjoying fantastic scenery, and bush walking in beautiful bush in the hope of spotting kiwi. Our guides (Karen, Natasha & Nick the skipper) had fantastic knowledge of the history of the area and the diverse wildlife. Despite the rainy night, we were lucky enough to see three Kiwi, which was an added bonus to all the other wildlife and amazing seascapes and sunset skies earlier in the night. A trip that's much more than a Kiwi encounter and well worth doing.
Written 20 January 2024
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caseysam13
Mandurah and Peel Region, Australia64 contributions
We took the island bus with Ryce a very knowledgeable man. Pretty island. We enjoyed our tour. When we got to the beach a sea lion came up which was great. Ryce told us the fish and chips from the blue van where the best do we had them for lunch very nice and it was so busy.
Written 18 January 2024
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Carys
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This tour was the first thing we did on our 3 day Stewart Island trip and it was the perfect introduction to the island. We travelled a good chunk of the roads and saw all the main spots with incredibly entertaining and informative commentary from Rhys. He delivered exceptional service and delivered the information with humour , expertise and humanity! An asset to the Real NZ team. Thank you Rhys!
Written 16 January 2024
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Pam A
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Natasha was an amazing guide! So full of knowledge and passion!! We had an excellent experience and would highly recommend it to anyone!
Written 15 January 2024
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Laurie_B_VA
Springfield, VA380 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Lovely trip to learn more about Stewart Island and then Ulva. Levin was a great guide that gave us so much information before we even got to Ulva. On land, we saw wonderful birds and learned about their behavior and habits. Levin helped us find parrots and riflemen and helped us hear the calls of many others. We covered the beach and saw tracks from sea lions. This was a great day out and I certainly could have spent even longer on Ulva.
Written 13 January 2024
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