Best Group Activities in Stewart Island

THE 5 BEST Large Group Activities & Things to Do in Stewart Island

Best Group Activities 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anne P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was just wonderful. I took 2 men with mild disabilities and Furhana was just so accommodating. They absolutely delighted in the trip. Seeing the Stewart Island albatross was a real highlight. Especially their gliding and swooping all around the boat. A never to be forgotten trip.
    Written 12 March 2024
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