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“Very good tours for you to know Stewart island in a very short time ”

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 23 March 2018 via mobile

This is the first trip After I landed on the island. Once I finish the tour I feel like I already know everything about this island. We had a very nice and professional lady guide who show us around on a comfortable van. She introduced everything including the natural things and some common information on the island also the story of the island. For a 45 dollars for this tour I reckon it’s very valuable and easy relax not tired. Good for every age level of tourists. Families, couples and freedom travelers.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank NicoleChiu
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Kia Ora and thanks for the amazing review. We are so pleased you took the time to explore Stewart Island with us. The tour is so informative and people love learning about this beautiful, often overlooked corner of the world.
Kind regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

I loved this tour. It gave such a good overview of the island geography it really helped me to get orientated at the start. The guide Erin was great. The history and stories she shared was better than any i heard on other tours/museums etc.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank sojourner027
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Kia Ora and thanks for the review. We're delighted to see how much you enjoyed your trip and how well Erin look after you. It's a fantastic way to learn the history of this amazing island which is often missed by visitors to New Zealand. Hopefully the rest of your time here was just as enjoyable.
Kind regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

This was a great introduction to the Island The our guide was very knowledgeable about the Island. Our daughter has a mobility issue and even she was able to participate in the short walk that this tour includes.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Meegan P
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

Kia Ora Meegan, thanks for taking the time to post this five star review. We are delighted to hear how mu your family enjoyed this trip around Stewart Island.
Kind regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience

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Reviewed 15 December 2017

Stewart Island has very little in the way of roads and most if not all are in Oban, Whilst the young lady who drove the van was friendly and appeared to be well versed in the history of the area, this short trip is expensive at $90 per couple. Bike, scooters and even a small car can be hired for less and if time permits gives travelers the opportunity to explore more of the area than is covered on the tour.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Our ferry arrived late due to late departure of service and fog. We arrived in time for bus to commence tour late and still be back in time for it's 1pm service but the 11am trip was cancelled by operator despite the fact that the fog had completely cleared. This meant that passengers who wanted to do the Ulva Island tour at 1pm were not able to do both as bus was only doing the 1pm tour that day. For the high price tag, I feel they should have given better customer service. Also, there was poor communication by operator about what was happening. A number of people were waiting at the bus for a driver when a tourist informed them that the tour was cancelled. A note would have been helpful. I have emailed Stewart Island Experience but have not received a reply. The island is beautiful, it's a pity that we didn't see more in the limited amount of time we had.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank ChiChiBrisbane
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

Hi there and thanks for taking the time to post this review. We're disappointed to see this trip did not live up to your expectations on this occasion. It sounds like our communication could have been clearer for which we apologise. Hopefully the rest of your time on the island was enjoyable. Regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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