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Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

Leah, our guide on Ulva Island who was a convincing ornithologist and conservationist was an exceptional guide on this trip, the Albatros accompanying the catamaran for a feed, it was all wonderful stuff, than you so much

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank JaneB57
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2016

Thanks for the review - sounds like a fantastic way to spend your birthday. I will be sure to pass your comments onto Leah.

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Reviewed 17 March 2016

Paterson Inlet Cruise – 2 hrs - $120pp booked on the ship - cheaper if booked direct.

Visiting historic Whaler’s Wharf at Prices Inlet and the unspoilt beaches of Patterson Inlet. OK and a good commentary. A house on Patterson’s Inlet was reputedly the “southern most” house; as it is approx 200km south of Tasmania, the assertion is likely correct. The Paterson Inlet cruise was interesting

Stewart Island has interesting history of logging (there were 16 sawmills on the island), whaling, until in the late 30s oil production supplanted the need for whale oil. Tourism is now a prime earner and there is still a fishing industry – the government bought out a good many licenses and there are now only 6 fishing boats. There are also mussel, oyster and crayfish leases. The Scots’ were among the early settlers so Scottish names abound. Fellow world travellers may recall Oban, the Island’s main town, is a town on the west coast of Scotland where you catch the ferry to Mull and Iona Islands and other places.

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank sydneyite1111
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Reviewed 7 February 2016

We felt this was a wonderful choice to get a feel for this furthest south tip of New Zealand. Next stop Antarctica. This cruise give you a real feel for this remote spot. Lots of bird life, amazing scenery, and a look at mussel, oyster, and salmon farming in the inlet. Our captain and guide was really informative and fun, and the crew members friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank skyhoosier
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Reviewed 5 February 2016

We went on the Paterson Inlet Cruise and had the same two guides from the Ferry trip over to the Island. What a pleasure to have two gentleman with a sense of humour and loads of knowledge about the Island and its inhabitants. Our guide Leah on the guided walk was just outstanding, her knowledge was incredible. we saw Robins, rifleman, a morepork, and another bird with a bright yellow head that is on the $100 note!! (can't remember the name...) All in all what a fabulous afternoon topped off by Spirit of New Zealand moored in the inlet , spectacular photo opportunity.

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank Sandra255106
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Reviewed 20 January 2016

This tour is well worth booking as you get a boat trip to the island and a one hour walk with a guide through the forest. Our guide Bevan made it a good experience for us as he enthusiastically talked about the vegetation and spotted the birds for us.

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank 730kayr
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