Stewart Island New Zealand – a nature haven, yet only a small percentage of international travellers actually include this in their itinerary. Yes, getting there can be a bit tricky but I guarantee once you experience the slower rhythm of this environmental treasure, you’ll want to visit this paradise again.

Stewart Island New Zealand - a nature haven

Stewart Island New Zealand – a nature haven – Transport Options

You can get to Stewart Island either by ferry or flight. Ferry and helicopter services depart from Bluff and fixed-wing aircraft depart from Invercargill Airport. The ferry crossing takes approximately one hour; a flight to Halfmoon Bay takes approximately 25 minutes.

Stewart Island New Zealand - a nature haven

Stewart Island New Zealand – a nature haven – Getting around

Stewart Island is a pristine environment and famous for it’s abundant of birdlife. This is where you’ll see up close  Kiwi birds, Kakas, Tuis, Bellbirds, Parakeets, Saddlebacks and more. To get a more in depth explore of Stewart Island, you really need to base yourself here for at least a couple of days. Although Stewart island is famous for it’s nature walks, you can hire bicycles and scooters to explore. Personally I’d choose the scooters, asthey’re a great way to negotiate the hilly bits.

Photo by Real Journeys

Photo by Real Journeys

Stewart Island New Zealand – a nature haven – Ulva Island

Just a short watertaxi ride from the Golden Bay wharf, is the beautiful open bird sanctuary of Ulva Island – pristine and predator-free. Its important to note that Ulva Island can only be explored by a small group guided tour. On these tours, you’ll get to see a wealth of stunning seasonal orchids, mosses, ferns, liverworts and tiny delicate ferns.

Ulva Island Guided Walks2

Stewart Island New Zealand – a nature haven – Half Moon Bay

There are some great walks around Half Moon Bbay but serious and experienced trampers often choose the the 10-day tramp around the northern circuit of Stewart Island. Be prepared for any eventuality on this one!

Stewart Island tramping

Stewart Island caters for all ages and fitness levels. The only requirement from you dear traveller, is a sturdy pair of shoes and a genuine love of nature. And remember, the birds always have the last word…

Photo by Real Journeys

Photo by Real Journeys

 

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