Exciting Things to Do in Stewart Island for Thrill Seekers

THE BEST Extreme Activities & Thrilling Things to Do in Stewart Island

Exciting Things to Do in Stewart Island for Thrill Seekers

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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