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Kiwi trip was fantastic

Really enjoyed the night time Kiwi trip. We saw several Kiwi on the beach. Boat ride was... read more

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We had a fantastic time in the island, many thanks in special to Johnny , our tour guide , who... read more

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Reviewed 30 December 2014

We only had a day to spend on Stewart Island, so opted for the Paterson Inlet Cruise to get the most out of our visit and we weren't disappointed. Well worth the money. The crew were very friendly and informative. Ulva Island was the highlight. We had an excellent guide who led us around the island telling us about the many species of plants and what her Maori ancestors used them for. The birdlife was rather elusive, keeping their distance, though we did hear many different and interesting calls. We were treated however to a very friendly robin who was more than happy to pose for photos. No kiwis but we did spot their footprints in the mud. Our guide talked at length about each species of bird on the island so even though we didn't see many we came away learning a great deal about them.

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Real_Journeys, Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

HelenB59, Great to hear that Ulva Island was a highlight. Thanks for your feedback. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team

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Reviewed 8 December 2014

I was looking forward to seeing birdlife with our guide but all he wanted to talk about was trees, and didn't seem to have a lot of knowledge about the local birds.
We were only on Ulva island for about 50 minutes the rest of the time was spent looking round the bay.
If you want to seen birds there are much better options on the island, try Ruggedy Range.

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Reviewed 5 December 2014

This was an amazing, magnificent, romantic, and breathtaking cruise hosted by a friendly, informative crew. For couples going on their honeymoon in Stewart Island, this cruise is a MUST DO! You will NOT regret it!

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

This trip in and around the inlet combines some of the best things to see close to Oban, and offers a glimpse into the past too. The crew were extremely knowledgeable and clearly both knew their stuff and enjoyed their jobs, desirous of passing on their enthusiasm and passion to their clients. The cruise around the inlet was delightful, helped in no small part by gorgeous weather. The walk around Ulva Island enabled us to spot a few of the native birds, with a NZ Robin virtually walking on our toes, but was over all too soon. This part of the trip could benefit from being longer. However, the overwhelming stars of the show were the mollymawks. A flotilla of them settled round the boat when stopped, and wheeled after us, skimming the waves effortlessly, whenever we were moving. A really enjoyable cruise and well worth the price.

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Real_Journeys, Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2014

Expl0rer007, Pleased to hear that you enjoyed all the elements of our Paterson Inlet Cruise, from the visit to Ulva Island, the scenic cruise and the mollymawks. Thanks for the 5-star rating and great review which will spread the word about this amazing island.
Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team.

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Reviewed 12 February 2014

The folks who made up our crew for this cruise clearly love their islands, and the people and wildlife who live there. Even the skipper of the ferry was happy to answer questions. The visit to Ulva Island was fascinating thanks to the excellent guide. We learned a lot and had a great time doing it!

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