Stewart Island

Stewart Island

New Zealand’s third largest island is located 30 kilometres south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Strait and a one-hour ferry ride away from Bluff on the mainland. Highly regarded for its hiking and native bird spotting (kiwis included) with over 280 kilometres of walking tracks, Stewart Island is a paradise for hikers and avid birdwatchers alike. Over 85% of the island sits within the boundaries of the Rakiura National Park and offers an enchanting world of unmodified ecosystems and habitats giving a fantastic insight into Aotearoa’s primeval landscapes and native wildlife.

The town of Oban on the eastern side of the island is the main settlement for the local population of around 400 residents, many of whom are direct descendants of the whalers and early Rakiura Maori, with family histories reaching back almost 200 years.