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“Excellent way to get acquainted with Stewart Island”

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 15 February 2017

The guide, a life-long local, was wonderful, and we thoroughly enjoyed our bus tour of the island. There are only a few miles of pavement available, and this tour pretty much gets you around to see all there is that can be seen. You'll have the background info you need to appreciate your visit.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Judymac44
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

Knowing we didn't have a lot of time on Stewart Island we booked this tour. Very pleased we did as we went to spots that we would not have walked to. Our Tour Guide was very knowledgeable about the island as she was brought up there. Good history and interesting facts provided.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Margm50
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

This short tour is a good way to find out about the island. The guide really knows his stuff and has a good sense of humour. The information is succinct and gives visitors an idea of what they can do during their time on the island; other tours/trips, swimming, etc. An interesting stop was Lee Bay, where you can see the predator-free fence close up and see the effect the wind has on vegetation (all the foliage on one side of the taller trees due to wind).

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank bruzer99
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Dear Madam/Sir,

RE: Village and Bays Tours of the Stewart Island is a total sightseeing package for the island.

The journey lasts for about couple of hours and shows us around the various significant and approachable places.

The tour guide gives all the required information regarding the islanders, their way of life and a brief history of their beliefs.

The tour started at the half moon bay visitor terminal outside the souvenir shop.

The bus drove us around the beaches where the whole town gathers for events such as birthday or a marriage.

The bus tour shows the other Observation points explaining the varieties of plant species and the importance of conservation for the islanders.

The tour guide stressed on the importance the islanders give to their habitants and showed us a few rare birds.

More than the destination the tour linked the cultural and ethnic background of the life at Stewart Island.

Thank You

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank vrangad04
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Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

This was a wonderful tour ... guided by a relaxed, friendly and very knowledgable driver.
Highly recommended.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank JeffW835
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