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Stewart Island Track

Start:InvercargillTours run:Fortnightly
End:Invercargill
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Duration:5 days/4 nights
US$1,782.18
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An Unspoilt Southern Paradise



You'll fly, hike, and water-taxi on this 5-day trip. Highlights include the bird sanctuary at nearby Ulva Island, remote Mason Bay, and the only town - pretty Oban, home to just 400 hardy souls.

Join our expert guide for an in-depth hiking tour of this remarkable island.


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Dates For Next Summer

2017

  • November: 5,19
  • December: 4,18

2018

  • January: 3,17
  • February: 1,15
  • March: 2,17
  • April 3,19
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Tours run:Fortnightly
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An Unspoilt Southern Paradise

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The 5-day guided Stewart Island Track hike takes you on a loop of the island from sweeping, remote Mason Bay in the west to Halfmoon Bay, site of island's only town, Oban.

This 5-day trip will have you walking, water taxiing and flying! A highlight: the bird sanctuary of Ulva Island.
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Day 1: Invercargill


Welcome to Invercargill, New Zealand's southernmost city, and a handy stop-off point as we prepare for tomorrow's journey to Stewart Island (known in Maori as Rakiura). Your accommodation tonight is at the Victorian Railway Hotel. You'll meet your friendly guide for a trip briefing at 6 pm, followed by an evening meal.
 


Day 2: Invercargill to Mason Bay, Stewart Island


An exciting start to the day. You will fly by light plane from Invercargill Airport, past Codfish Island, an important sanctuary for the rare, flightless kakapo parrot, to Mason Bay. The plane will land on the bay's sweeping crescent-shaped beach (the landing time is therefore tide-dependent). It's an isolated wonderland. Tonight is our night in the wilderness. We'll walk to the Mason Bay Hut and camp alongside. Tonight keep your eyes peeled for tokoeka (Stewart Island kiwi), and your ears open to hear its haunting calls.
 


Day 3: Mason Bay to Halfmoon Bay


We'll start with an flat, easy walk to Freshwater Landing, on the Freshwater River. You'll see huge sand dunes, towering tussocks, and native manuka trees. The trees are a habitat for native robins, kiwi, and many other endemic birds.

We'll take a water taxi from the landing for a half-hour river ride across Paterson Inlet to Halfmoon Bay.

Tonight, we'll have electricity and running water again! We'll stay in a 'crib' — the Southland term for a simple holiday home.
 


Day 4: Halfmoon Bay and Ulva Island


Today we'll explore Halfmoon Bay, a large bay on the east of Stewart Island. We will also walk out to Ackers Point exploring history and the lighthouse on the point

One of the highlights of the day is a visit to Ulva Island, one of several islands in the inlet. Ulva is an important plant and bird sanctuary, hosting many species that have died out on the mainland. You may see birds including the green kaka parrot and the kakariki (a parakeet); the kukupa (plump native wood pigeon); the small, colourful mohua (Yellowhead); the tieke (saddleback) with its brown saddle-like back markings and orange wattles); and the weka, a flightless wood hen with a big attitude.

Tonight we'll stay in the same accommodation.
 


Day 5: Halfmoon Bay, Invercargill


Today you'll explore Halfmoon Bay. Try one of the many local short walks, visit one of the local craft galleries, or just relax!
At about 1:30 pm, you'll return by air to Invercargill with great memories of the rugged and beautiful southern paradise that is Stewart Island.
 
**This tour is run in conjunction with another operator.
 
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Dates For Next Summer

2017

  • November: 5,19
  • December: 4,18

2018

  • January: 3,17
  • February: 1,15
  • March: 2,17
  • April 3,19
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What's Included

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Accommodation

 
Day One
  • Historic restored Victorian guest house. 22 rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Day Two
  • Tented campsite, inflatable mattress and sleeping bag. Outside toilets, no showers.

Day Three & Four
  • A large Holiday home in a bush setting, short walk to town. Queen or twin guest rooms with shared bathrooms.
 
 

Food


You will enjoy great local cuisine; continental breakfasts and hearty packed lunches during the day, and either restaurant meals or wholesome home-cooked fare prepared by your host/hostess in the evenings.

If you have any dietary issues or food allergies, we are happy to cater for these, please advise the office of details when you make your booking.

Alcohol is not included in the tour cost, you are welcome to bring a small amount with you for personal consumption if you prefer.



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Fully Guided


Our guides are very experienced, friendly walkers and bikers who love to share their knowledge of New Zealand’s flora and fauna and local history. They all hold current first aid certificates, passenger driving licences and are the very best people to ensure your experience will be one to remember.


 
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Dates For Next Summer

2017

  • November: 5,19
  • December: 4,18

2018

  • January: 3,17
  • February: 1,15
  • March: 2,17
  • April 3,19
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Dates For Next Summer

2017

  • November: 5,19
  • December: 4,18

2018

  • January: 3,17
  • February: 1,15
  • March: 2,17
  • April 3,19
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History

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People


The Neck, a narrow peninsula of land is the site of early maori habitation,they were later joined by sealers and whalers early in the 19th Century.

In 1864 the island was sold to the crown, The Neck was set aside as land for half-castes, and grew to become the largest maori settlement in the area. The Reverend JFH Wohlers, whose memorial at Ringaringa today overlooks his Southland coast parish, served The Neck settlement between 1844 and 1885

At Harrold Bay will you will see one of the oldest buildings in New Zealand, a stone house built by Lewis Acker in 1835. This was once the scene of ship building activity.

In 1875 the island's first licensed hotel opened at Lonnekers Bay.
 
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Flora and Fauna


Flora: Rata is widespread and in summer is a sight well worthy of seeing, being identified at this time by its bright scarlet red flowers.

Forest trees are mainly kamahi and rimu.Rimu,along with miro and totara provided timber for the early settlers. Kamahi is most noticeable, with its spreading trunk a whitish colour, and its leaves toothed and wavy.

The understorey is lancewood, coprosmas, tree ferns and broadleaf. Fuchsia can also be found and is one of New Zealand's few deciduous trees. Fuschia is a favourite food for tuis and bellbirds.

Many varieties of ferns can be found growing on the ground or hanging from trees.

Fauna: Many seabirds are prevalent, sooty shearwaters, gulls, Buller's mollymawks, cape pigeons and little penguins.

Bellbirds, tui and parakeets, fantails and wood pigeons abound. Summer evenings resound with the liquid melody of kaka high in the trees or calling across the waters of the inlets.

The tidal areas host a variety of wading birds including New Zealand dotterels, oyster catchers, herons and godwits.

There are more kiwi on Stewart Island than people
 
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Industry


By 1870 Halfmoon Bay formed a residential base for fishing and timber industries. Communication and education improved with the establishment of a post office, school and several road links. A telephone cable was laid across Foveaux Strait in 1902 and in 1920 a refrigerator plant provided an important boost to the fishing industry.

Fishing, mainly cod, crayfish and paua dominate, along with salmon and mussel farming and tourism which comprise the island's main industries today.
 

Dates For Next Summer

2017

  • November: 5,19
  • December: 4,18

2018

  • January: 3,17
  • February: 1,15
  • March: 2,17
  • April 3,19
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