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Stewart Island

Published: 3 August 2019
Last Updated: 8 August 2019
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Stewart Island offers a special experience - an idea of a simpler, slower lifestyle, in the rhythm of the sea and tides, tuned to the natural world of the bush and the beach.

In 2002 the very qualities that make this a fantastic place to treasure were recognised in the formation of the Rakiura National Park, comprising 85% of the island's 1570 sq kilometres. Whether you've come and enjoy the land and the seascapes, view wildlife, hike, boat, fish, dive, kayak, hunt or simply unwind, a Stewart Island holiday will be an experience which will draw you back here over and over again.

Transportation options to Stewart Island are by ferry or flight. Ferries depart from Bluff and Fixed Wing airplane depart from Invercargill Airport. The ferry ride takes about one hour, the flights take about 15-20 minutes. With daily direct flights into Invercargill from Wellington and Christchurch, and connecting flights from Auckland, getting to Stewart Island couldn't be easier.

If you prefer road travel, why not settle-back and let someone else drive. There are daily bus services to Invercargill from Dunedin, Te Anau, Queenstown and Christchurch and much more locations in between!.


  • South Sea Hotel
  • Bay Motel
  • Stewart Island Lodge
  • Stewart Island Backpackers
  • Anchorstone
  • Kereru House

Places to eat

  • Kai Kart
  • Church Hill Restaurant
  • Kiwi-french Crepery
  • South Sea Hotel
  • Just Cafe
  • The Drunken Octopus

Things to do

  • Hunting and Fishing
  • Kyaking
  • Rakiura Musium
  • Cruises and Fishing

Places to walk and see

  • Rakiura Track
  • NW Curcuit Track
  • National Park
  • Trail Park
  • Port Williams / Potirepo Hut

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Article by: Brett
Category : Towns & Cities