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Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience

14 Main Rd | Oban, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
+64 3-219 1066
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience tours operate exclusively in Stewart Island and Ulva Island. We are an independent, small local operator... more » Owner description: Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience tours operate exclusively in Stewart Island and Ulva Island. We are an independent, small local operator specialising in guided walks, overnight treks, bird watching (including pelagic birding) and kiwi spotting tours, boat cruises, sea kayaking and scenic road tours. Our tours are designed to capture the best the island has to offer and carefully matching this to the interests and abilities of the most discerning traveller. Whether you are a gentle explorer or adventurous and active, whether your interests are general or you are an avid birdwatcher, botanist, naturalist or photographer, we certainly have something to offer. Guides bring their in-depth knowledge, a sense of fun with a few local tales, to create a truly memorable experience. We care about the environment and strive to adopt and maintain sustainable practises. Since 2003, we have been donating some of our revenue into our own conservation fund per person per guided tour and water taxi charter. Our tours are all of generous length offering great value. We care about your experience so all our tours are personalised and we can adapt them along the way. Small groups range from 2 to 12 persons. We do cater for private tour groups of more than 12 persons. Customised / private tours are also available. We recommend prior bookings. We operate our own booking office in Stewart Island and we strongly advise that you check directly with us as there are no independent visitors centres in Stewart Island. « less
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Delhi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Our visit to Stewart Island was the highlight of 2 weeks in the south of the South Island, thanks to Furhana. She organised our ferry to the Island, our accommodation there, and our flight back and in between took us on three great trips specifically designed for us and perfectly suited to the pace we wanted. We had 4 hours... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Thank you Furhana for the outstanding guided tour we did with you recently on Ulva Island. We were amazed by your comprehensive knowledge of the forest and the birds - many of which we continued to identify on our trip around the South Island (thanks to you). It's unusual to find a guide who is truly passionate about their work,... More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

Many thanks Rosemary & Andrew - I am really pleased that the sightings and information provided helped in the rest of your journey through the South Island. Once you start identifying the birds and plants your opportunity for seeing and appreciating other things grows. My tours have always been longer so that you can get more out of your experience... More

Gore, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The commentary was amazing, Furhana informed and showed us all of the plant life and explained so much even my husband who is not a bird and plant person really enjoyed the trip. The bird spotting ability Furhana is exceptional, real value for money excursion. Highly recommended and I suspect by the amount of freedom walkers who wanted to stop... More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and I especially appreciated knowing that your husband enjoyed the trip. Many people who walk on Ulva Island on their own would be surprised how much they are missing by not taking a guide. The general feel of the environment, seasonal factors and special habits of birds and plants and birdsong are best gleaned from... More

Auckland
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We spent a full day with Furhana on Ulva island. We were thrilled to be able to see many rare NZ birds. Furhana is passionate about Stewart Island and Ulva Island, and we learned not only about the birds, but also about the plants, ecosystems and the history of the islands. It was a fascinating day and excellent value for... More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

The full day tours on Ulva Island are very rewarding not least for me as a guide. There is so much to talk about, explain and discover. Thank you so much for joining one of my tours and helping my business continue to share its knowledge with visitors from New Zealand and around the world. I hope that you will... More

Westport, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

During the guided walk of Ulva island, Furhana provided a detailed, woven commentary about the plants and birds. Her bird spotting ability along with her patience and concern that everyone of the group have an opportunity to see the birds was fantastic. While watching, her explanations of the birds actions and history added context to our viewing. Though on a... More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

Hello Carl and Pam. It has taken me a while to write my response, but I wanted to say that I truly appreciated your taking the time to make these comments. It was a pleasure to meet with you both and I was glad that you walked into my office to check out my tours aswell. The kiwi we saw... More

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Because of walking difficulties and specific nature interests we contacted Furhana at Ruggedy Range. She worked out a programme which was perfectly suited for us and she adapted our visit throughout our time on Ulva and Stewart Islands. We will contact her again on our next visit from the UK. Rosemary and Neil

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

Hello Rosemary & Neil - I remember our day and the enjoyable hours spent on Ulva Island and then in Stewart Island. I am glad that you opted for my small business - Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience as we always try our best to be flexible and adaptable to our customers needs as far as circumstances will allow us. Nature... More

Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Furhana gave us an excellent day-long guided tour of Ulva Island. Her knowledge and understanding of the flora and fauna in that area of New Zealand is incredible and was always professionally delivered in a way that was easy to understand and remember. She set a good standard of knowledge for the rest of our time in Stewart Is and... More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

Hello Val - I am indebted to your brother for the recommendation that brought your friends / colleagues and yourself to come on my full day Ulva Island Birds & Forest Guided Walk and use Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi for your transport to Freds Camp. Thank you for wanting to learn and experience through my guiding on Ulva... More

Stockholm
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We spent a day at Ulva Island with Furhana that runs the company! It was a day we will never forget. Due to Furhanas knowledge of nature and its inhabitants we had a day we all rate at the top of our 6 weeks journey throughout New Zealand. Furhana is a very special guide with a great personality and with... More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

Thank you so much Peter and Carina for coming with your family Emil and Fredrik on my full day tour of Ulva Island. We certainly had an extraordinary interaction with our two kiwi and the twin 6 year old children of another client were just wonderful and delightful, then the chance to experience the fullness of Ulva Island's other birds... More

Stewart Island, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I had an unforgettable experience on the half day guided walk on Ulva Island. Not only explained Furhana everything about the native and endemic birds she pointed out to us and of which we saw plenty of different species including Kiwi (!). Detailed information on the ecosystem, the individual plants and trees and even the history of the island turned... More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

Thank you for your patience in waiting for me to confirm this tour. It was so nice to see your enthusiasm and great interest in nature. I hope that you will do some wonderful things in the future with your passion for nature. It was an enjoyable morning for the whole group and the birdlife was truly entertaining. I am... More

Cheshire, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

We spent the afternoon on Ulva Island with Furhana learning about the flora and fauna of this nature preserve. She had a wealth of information to share and let us customize the tour for our group of five. She was engaging and professional and I learned so much from her that I used on the rest of my trip. This... More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

It was great to have you come on my tour. Ulva Island makes for a special place to learn and enjoy nature's bounties and New Zealand's incredible heritage. I am fortunate to have clients like yourself showing their appreciation - it's a reminder not to take what we have for granted as we are all guardians of our land. More

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