Stewart Island | Rakiura is the third island of New Zealand and furthest south. Meaning "glowing skies", a reference to the southern lights, aurora australis, which can sometimes be seen from the island. Over 85% of Stewart Island is Rakiura National Park, making it a paradise for birdwatching and hiking the over 280 kms of walking tracks. Stewart Island is home to the brown kiwi/Tokoeka, outnumbering humans 50 to 1 and the only place to see them in their natural habitat in all of New Zealand.
There are lots of great activities to do, from short walks along the coastline or amongst the rainforests and wetlands to visiting the predator-free sanctuary of Ulva Island with Rakiura Charters & Water Taxis. We can help you put together your itinerary for a fantastic day on Stewart Island, complete with famous fish & chips from the Kai Kart.
A true kiwi experience! Fly with us from Queenstown to the remote Ryan's Creek Aerodrome on stunning Stewart Island. Spend the day exploring the coastlines, rainforests, wetlands and experiences Stewart Island has to offer. We can help curate your day, from a return boat trip to Ulva Island (where you may see a kiwi!), to taking a water taxi to the Whaler's Base & Marine Farmland for a tour of their mussel and salmon farms. This is a unique experience not to be missed!
Trip Time 9 hours
Flight Time 2 hr 15 mins