Activities and Attractions at Stewart Island
Activities and attractions at Stewart Island include a leisurely cruise to Paterson Inlet, taking a trip to Ulva Island Wildlife Sanctuary to view the many birds and flora, or simply exploring Oban and gaining an insight into the community, history and environment with a Village & Bays Tour. Guided Walks depart during the summer months and offer an insight into the island's nature and cultural history and environment.
As 85% of the island comprises the Rakiura National Park, it is an ideal place to see kiwi in their natural habitat. There are many eco-friendly activities available on and around Stewart Island - from viewing the wildlife, to walking, boating, fishing, diving, kayaking, or simply relaxing.
Stewart Island has a small range of accommodation options ranging from backpackers, camping ground and self-catering houses, to bed and breakfasts, motel units and luxury lodges.
If you’re staying the night, the Stewart Island Lodge has the premier position overlooking the town and Halfmoon Bay.
Getting to Stewart Island - Oban Township
Stewart Island Experience runs regular ferry services with daily departures between Bluff and Oban (one hour crossing), on board our comfortable catamarans.
There are coach and flight connections from Invercargill, Queenstown and Te Anau. Vehicle storage for self-driving visitors is available at our Bluff Visitor Terminal.