Best Adventurous Things to Do in Stewart Island

THE 5 BEST Adventurous Things to Do in Stewart Island

Best Adventurous Things to Do in Stewart Island

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kim
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely loved our time on Tequila with Anthony. Hadn't handlined since I was very young, it was different and quite cool. Beautiful day and lots of blue cod caught. Saw a royal albatross, penguin, shark and plenty of birdlife. Thank you taking such care with us Anthony, highly recommend.
    Written 14 February 2023
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