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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed the Paterson Inlet cruise. The staff were really knowledgeable and friendly. I learnt lots from it and got to see lots of cool birds. On Ulva island there were Robins that would jump around your feet because it's pest free so they have nothing to be afraid of. I would definitely recommend doing this cruise and it is great for families too.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Aimee E
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Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Rain rain rain but that certainly didn't stop us from enjoying our afternoon out on this tour of Patterson Inlet.
The crew were great, the boat comfy and the nature around us amazing.
Fran was the albatross whisperer for the day and we had plenty of mollymawks surround the boat.
The walk on Ulva Island was wet but great. A little Stewart Island robin hopped around our feet so close you could almost touch it. Lots of gorgeous birdsong and interesting native forest facts from our guide Josephine.
Highly recommend doing this tour

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank CatrionaM732
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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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