Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Stewart Island

THE 5 BEST Indoor Things to Do in Stewart Island on a Rainy Day

Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Stewart Island

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  • Ruth G
    Christchurch, New Zealand46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There were informative, easy to read displays that gave a real insight in to the history and development of Rakiura Stewart Island. There were also some good audiovisual presentations as well. I was especially interested in the information about the mutual benefits of the marriages between Māori and non-Māori, and how that led to more harmonious living. This was definitely one of my most enjoyed museum visits ever.
    Written 18 April 2024
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  • Phillijo
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful touch of Stewart Island history and the special bond the community has told by the adorable wee Lola.
    Thanks Penny for your hospitality.
    Written 28 February 2023
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  • Carl S
    Sydney, Australia33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good staff with excellent knowledge of the hikes as well as tides and weather forecasts.
    If hiking, definitely come and hire a locator beacon. Reasonable prices for what they can do for you.
    A good display as well with some local history, but don’t skip the Rakiura Museum next door.
    Written 18 January 2024
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  • nzp0ppy
    New Zealand25,245 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mixed feelings. Absolutely love my pendant I made and have much pride. Have worn it with pride. But the experience could have been better. I feel it is totally disrespectful to judge people based on where they live. For such a cultural person I was shocked by Daves attitude to those from certain regions of NZ. And the way he judged and swore at people. So my first advice is dont be surprised by Daves rudeness and if he asks where you are from - well its none of his business really.
    However, it does appear he has a heart of gold under his gruff exterior. The process of making my jade pendant was great and i am proud of the end result.
    Written 13 June 2021
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  • Greenbeck
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snorkeling was fantastic. Oliver was a lovely chap and had all the equipment needed for a great snorkel. We started off with a briefing giving an outline of what we were likely to see. Ollie sized me up correctly making sure I had a tight fit to keep warm. There was also a hood vest to go on under the top, as well as gloves and booties. We went to Ulva Island where we stopped near Nugget. It was raining, but who cares? This is a perfect rainy day activity. Snorkelling into the kelp forest. We saw blue cod happily just sitting there. As this is a protected area no risk of being fished. Having said that without Ollie I may not have found it, he was an excellent guide.

    It can appear quite scary within all the fronds of kelp but while they may wrap round they also unwrap. Following the expert advice I navigated over and under and through without an issue. Ollie trialed the emergency back up gear in a float. We also saw wrasse, brittle stars, sea tulips, jelly fish and of course paua.

    We then went over to Sydney Bay and entered the water. No guarantees that any sea lions would want to check us out but they did. Being in the water with them was incredible. Simply floating while they swam around trying to work out what the heck we were. Awesome.

    We then came back across from Ulva Island. I was not blue or freezing but glad to get dried off and into warm clothes having had a unique experience.

    This was definitely the highlight of my time in New Zealand and I suspect will be hard to beat.
    Written 25 March 2024
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