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“Beautiful and informative”

Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience
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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 6 September 2015 via mobile

A lovely tour to learn about the history and culture of this beautiful Island. Very very very informative and out guide was so passionate about her culture. You will learn loads and see some incredible sights too.
It's only 1.5 hours and you get driven around the island, it's a must for the first morning activity to really set you up here :)

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed 8 May 2015 via mobile

Lacked any real substance and despite being entertaining, it could have covered more of the settlement and highlighted more accurate history.

Thank Farmer C
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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.

Date of experience: February 2015
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!

Date of experience: February 2015
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.

Date of experience: January 2015
2  Thank MichaelMas0n
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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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