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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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Craig-World-Travelle
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Agoura Hills, California
Great tours

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

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

With only a short time to explore, we booked the Paterson Inlet Cruise. We were warmly greeted, and the boat was very clean and tidy-including separate Ladies and Men's toilets! We preordered a lunch and the portions were generous, and food was fresh. The crew were professionally attired and knowledgeable of the land and sea. Shortly after leaving the wharf we encountered a group of dolphins including a mother and calf. Next a large group of albatrosses arrived in the waters, and they were exciting to watch. Penguins greeted us as well. The inlet tour was gorgeous and the guide shared its history as we cruised. We disembarked at Ulva Island and we're split into small groups, each with a guide. The guide facilitated numerous bird viewings-Stewart Island robins, mohua, saddlebacks, spoonbills, kaka, kakariki, and weka. She also shared interesting facts about the flora. Great value for price and time budgets! Would highly recommend!

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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Hi Kenna S, thanks so much for this fantastic review. We are delighted to read how much you enjoyed your visit to Ulva Island on your Paterson Inlet Cruise. It sounds like you had a brilliant day out with the local wildlife out in force!
Hope the rest of your time here on Stewart Island was just as memorable.

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Reviewed 30 March 2017

The tour was very professionally run and visited a number of places in the inlet as well as Ulva Island which I thoroughly enjoyed. The boat stopped several times to attract Mollymawk Albatrosses and even a few Royal Northern Albatross. The tour of Ulva Island was excellent with a great description of the history, bird life and vegetation of the island. The tour is recommended.

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Reviewed 28 February 2017

A nice cruise combined with an informative guide made this trip interesting and useful. They use a catamaran which tours the Inlet before stopping at Ulva Island for a 45 minute nature walk. Guide was excited about the fauna and knew a lot about the nuances of trying to keep an Island pest free for native species. Very enjoyable trip.

Thank John M
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Hi John M, thanks for the review. We're pleased to read how much you enjoyed your trip with us.
Thanks, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

We booked this as an excursion from our cruise ship. It is a boat ride around the area with stops to see salmon farms, mussel farms, seals, many birds, and some history of the area. It was enjoyable but if you have seen these animals in other areas of NZ this will just be a repeat.

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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this 2.5 hr cruise including walk on Ulva Island. If you have limited time on Stewart Island, this trip is a great introduction to bird, plants and trees. Ulva Island is absolutely beautiful, guide Leah was very knowledgable & informative. We saw many bird species as well as learning about the plant life, trees, orchid spotting and a short beach walk. I would love to return for more hours walking on Ulva Island as this brief trip whets the appetite for more.
The crew were good, boat comfortable; this is an excellent short trip.

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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2016

Thanks for the review. We're pleased to see how much you managed to takeaway from this tour. The flora and fauna in the area is diverse and interesting and we're pleased to see how well Leah looked after you and managed to fill you with information!
Regards, the Real Journeys team.

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