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stewart island adventure

from $1,585 per person

Stewart Island is a place many don’t explore and it’s a remote and beautiful part of New Zealand. This itinerary includes your scenic flight to the island from Invercargill, hikes, walks, kiwi spotting are just a few of the activities.  It is a haven for brown kiwi or Tokoeka, which outnumber humans on the island and are active day and night. Blue penguins and the rare yellow-eyed penguins waddle among the rocks. 

 

Inclusions

  • 2 nights Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill
  • return flight Invercargill to Stewart Island
  • 3 nights Stewart Island Lodge, Stewart Island
  • Evening Kiwi spotting
  • Half day guided Ulva Island walk
  • 2 breakfasts

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ITINERARY

Day 1:   Invercargill

Arrival day, time to explore the town of Invercargill

Overnight:   Kelvin Hotel

Day 2:  Stewart Island

Make your way to Invercargill Airport for your flight to Stewart Island on Southeast Air Limited

On arrival at Stewart Island we check in to Stewart Island Lodge

Note: if you are wanting dinner at Churchill it is recommended to make a reservation as it can be booked out up to 10 days in advance

Evening kiwi spotting

Good level of fitness and agility essential! Tour takes place in the dark in rugged hilly, muddy, uneven ground. It is not suitable for those with walking difficulties or those visually or hearing impaired. The evening begins with a briefing about etiquette when viewing kiwi in the wild before hopping into our courtesy vehicle for the short drive to Mamaku Point Conservation Reserve, where Ulva’s Guided Walks has exclusive rights to operate kiwi spotting tours.

Mamaku Point is a world-class ecological reserve for native flora and fauna and is located 4km from Oban township on the coastline of Stewart Island. The Reserve is enclosed by a 2.1km long biosecurity fence to inhibit the movement of non-native mammals into the Reserve. A fence protects over 126 native species, including at least 18 native bird species with scores of native invertebrate species.

Entry into the reserve is via a simple quarantine enclosure and from there terrain includes walking on muddy/wet tracks, native bush, very uneven ground, some gradients and maybe sandy beaches, in our search for Stewart Island Brown Kiwi (Tokoeka) in its natural environment.

With little or no light pollution at Mamaku Point we often enjoy the spectacular night sky in the company of kiwi snuffling and feeding nearby. At certain times of the year  penguins and petrels can be heard, and most evenings the distinctive two-tone Morepork calls resound around the forest. On the drive back into the Halfmoon Bay area we inevitably encounter all manner of night-time creatures, such as penguins crossing the road and white-tailed deer feasting on well-stocked vegetable gardens!

Overnight:       Stewart Island Lodge

Day 3:  Stewart Island

Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary is a unique predator-free environment, with well-maintained gravel walking tracks where we take time to enjoy and discover our temperate  Gondwanaland rainforest. Our guides are experienced birding, wildlife and natural history specialists; they bring their love of this special Island to ensure our visitors receive a memorable experience. Discover our rare and endangered birds and plants at close quarters and take away the knowledge that you have glimpsed a part of a unique and primeval world. Whilst our walks are gentle, there are steps and beach walking involved on Ulva Island and steps up/down between the wharf and boat – therefore clients need to be physically agile and able to do this unassisted.

We meet at GOLDEN BAY WHARF for the 7-minute water taxi ride to Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary.

Duration: 3½ to 4 hours which includes a 7 minute watertaxi ride to Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary (flexible timing is needed when birdlife prevents overtaking on the tracks)

Please note a min 4 people are required for this tour to depart Clients need to have sufficient mobility to transfer between wharf and boat and walk for at least 3 hours unassisted, including steps & sandy beach.

Overnight:       Stewart Island Lodge

Day 4:  Stewart island

Time to explore on your own, meet the locals

Overnight:       Stewart Island Lodge

Day 5:  Invercargill

After breakfast grab your flight back to Invercargill to explore the rest of the city.

Overnight:       Kelvin Hotel

Day 6:  Home

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