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Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Stewart Island

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  • Mike23
    Taranaki Region, New Zealand3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited in March, took a water taxi and spent the morning on Ulva Island. Found it to be a relaxing place to visit with easy tracks to follow that go through bush and open onto beautiful beaches. Lovely bird song and birds along the way.
    Written 18 April 2024
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  • David
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The guys were amazing! We and our 4 packs were picked up by lighter from the tricky rocky beach, ferried to the main vessel and taken at fabulous speed in tough conditions to Golden Bay. This added to our great tramp from Masons Bay - and we got to the pub in time for dinner!
    Written 21 February 2024
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  • O3941GUsusank
    Wellington, New Zealand39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a family tramp that was enjoyed by all 4 of us. The scenery was beautiful, the flora and fauna amazing and the people we met along the way, friendly. The three day, two night tramp was a great "time out" from our busy lives. We met people from the USA and Australia. The accommodation was good and the hut wardens were friendly and helpful. Yes, there was a bit of mud, but that's all part of a good day's tramp. One of our group even saw a kiwi crossing the track in the middle of the day. This is a short tramp that can be achieved by anyone who enjoys walking.
    Written 14 March 2024
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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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  • AndyJewson
    West Malling, UK5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked the shuttle from Invercargill airport to Bluff and the ferry across to Stewart Island. Arrived at the airport expecting a 3 hour wait but found the shuttle bus was there for the earlier time, the driver was very happy to take us early and to sort out an earlier ferry crossing which was really helpful. Had a good chat in the bus on the way to Bluff, learnt a lot about the area. And really enjoyed meeting the driver's dog!
    Written 5 March 2024
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  • emily w
    Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had an awesome time exploring stewart island on e bikes. Best way to get around! Our whole family had a blast exploring the short walks and views.
    Written 24 April 2024
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  • Ruth G
    Christchurch, New Zealand46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our guided trip to Ulva Island with Carly was amazing. She was so knowledgeable and patient, and the only bird we didn’t see on island was a kiwi. There was also a māmā sea lion and her pup. Having a guide certainly maximised our opportunity to see all the birds, and we felt that it was truly worth the money.
    Written 18 April 2024
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  • Jane
    Whangarei, New Zealand5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our guide Ulva was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We saw robins, kaka, parakeets, saddlebacks, white fronted tern, red headed kakariki, bell birds. Watched a pup and mum sealion playing together. Unspoiled pristine forest.
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • Adventure19171837215
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I, along with my 2 daughters (13, 10 years), did two excursions with Furhana- the kiwi excursion on Stewart Island and the bird and forest excursion on Ulva Island. We really enjoyed both our trips. Furhana is so knowledgeable and shares in a way that is interesting for both adults and children. We were thrilled to see kiwi, after much perseverance from Furhana. We learned so much on both our trips, and were delighted to be able to see and learn about the beautiful flora and fauna on Stewart Island and Ulva Island. Thank you Furhana- your passion and respect for flora and fauna really shines through.
    Written 20 April 2024
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  • Janine B
    Papamoa, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had an exceptional day out sea kayaking with Phil. He was incredibly knowledgeable on the hitory of the island, the fora, fauna both topside and under the water. We did the half day tour, kayaking around Hope, charity Islands, past Iona and onto Native Is. We had sea lions surfing the waves between us, little blue penquins popping up to say hello, even saw a albatross. Phil provided awesome scones and baking sitting on a idyllic beach for lunch. He was very safety conscious, explaining every situation well (beach landings etc). Cannot recommend this tour and Phil enough. Best way to see Stewart island and totally worth it! Thanks Phil.
    Written 6 April 2024
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  • Ruth G
    Christchurch, New Zealand46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our party of four chose a Birds and Farms combo tour, and were extremely happy with our experience. Our skipper was so knowledgeable and responsive to our interests, and we really got great value for our money.
    Written 18 April 2024
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  • PaulLittle378
    Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our Twinkle Dark Sky Tours with Al was a stellar success and a highlight of a week on Rakiura. We were two people who’ve always wanted to know more about what we’re looking at in the night sky and now we do. Really appreciated the pick up and drop-off and the hot chocolate. And warmed to Al’s relaxed but informative commentary.
    Written 10 April 2024
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  • Funkjunky3
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    10/10 highlight of our Stewart Island trip. We were a group of 9 (2 families, with kids ranging from 3months to 10years). Fluff took us to 3 or 4 different fishing spots to make sure we were always catching fish (perfect for the kids attention spans). He dropped us off at a beautiful secluded part of the island for a bushwalk to a secret beach, and cooked us lunch of mussels and crayfish that had just come out of the water that morning.

    The kids are all still talking about their turn steering the boat and who caught the biggest blue cod. (Except the 3 month old, who is too sensible to engage in fisherman’s tales)

    There was plenty of room, snacks provided, beautiful scenery and local knowledge. Highly recommended for families - but I reckon would have been great fun for a group of grown-ups too.

    Thanks Fluff for really making our trip!
    Written 3 April 2024
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