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“A Short coach ride and a potted history”

Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience
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US$34.39*
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Stewart Island: Village and Bays Tour
Ranked #7 of 16 Tours in Stewart Island
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore Oban village and its surrounding bays on a minibus tour with a local guide. This tour provides an intriguing insight into how Stewart Island’s tiny community survives – and thrives – while living in the heart of the ‘Roaring Forties.” From the entrance of the Rakiura National Park at beautiful Lee Bay, up to Observation Rock for panoramic views of Paterson Inlet and off-shore islands. Ideal for first time visitors to the island.
Reviewed 16 March 2015

Chris from Stewart Island Experience was the driver for the day and she showed us around 15km of the islands 32km roads. There was so much to see and learn that it was hard to take everything in. The bays we stopped at were beautiful with golden sandy beaches, the forests were overpowering and we expected dinosaurs to appear at any time, the views from lookout point were stunning and the anchor point with Bluff brought a smile. Thank you to Chris and the Experience team for such an informative tour.

1  Thank Ron P
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Real_Journeys, Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

Ron P, Hi again and thanks for your feedback. Looks like Chris did a fantastic job showing you around. Hope you weren’t too disappointed that the dinosaurs failed to show! Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team

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Reviewed 15 March 2015

It may seem cynical but I was a bit dubious of the representation of Heaven on Earth that is this tour. Our guide was easy to listen to and his infotainment was delivered well. When he was asked a question he had the answer and he suggested a walk following the tour that was great!

Thank Gabriel11
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Real_Journeys, Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

Gabriel11, Thanks for your feedback. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team

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Reviewed 26 January 2015

Any visitor to Stewart Island could do no better than take one of the guided tours from the Oban Visitor Centre - especially if you only have limited time available. We had the delightful and extremely informative Kylie conduct a small number on one of the village tours. The Island is a naturally beautifully place, and with her expert commentary we were able to understand how and why this is such a special place. This is a vital and beautiful place - a few fascinating shops and eateries, wonderful walks and warm and friendly people.

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Real_Journeys, Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

MichaelMas0n, Thanks for your feedback. Pleased that you found Kylie an informative guide. Kind regards The Stewart Island Experience Team

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Reviewed 11 January 2015

We enjoyed our nearly two hours on the tour, the driver was informative and had a good sense of humour, being an ex local he knew gossip about the place and kept the trip interesting the whole time. I would recommend if you don't have access to a car while on the island.

Thank 256berniea
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Real_Journeys, Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

Bernie A, Thanks for taking the time to post a review. Glad that our guide was entertaining and informative about all things Stewart Island. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team

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Reviewed 6 January 2015

I love finding out about places and the guide was full of information and stories as we visited every interesting place and view in Oban (it didn't take too long...). A great way to start a visit as it let's you know where everything is.

Thank Kiwieric
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Real_Journeys, Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

kiwieric, Hi again, Thanks for your additional feedback. Glad you enjoyed the tour. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards, The Stewart Island Experience Team

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