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Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience
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US$34.07*
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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 3 March 2017

My wife and I took this tour to learn more about the town of Oban and the Island. The man that gave us the tour was very knowledgeable and gave us an interesting insight.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Tom D
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thanks for the review Tom, we're delighted to hear how much you and your wife enjoyed their trip around the island learning about its rich history and heritage.
Kind Regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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Reviewed 28 February 2017

With only a few roads this tour provided an insight into the culture and fauna of the Island. The guide was informative and provided both historical insights and natural insights that flowed quite easily. A great way to get acquainted to the Island and hear about the way of life for early Sealers and Whalers and how they integrated into the Maori culture.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank John M
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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
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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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