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Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience

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Address: 14 Main Rd | Oban, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-219 1066
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Description: Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience tours operate exclusively in Stewart...
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.
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Superb Bird Watching and Nature Tour

The effort to get to Stewart Island was amply repaid with an excellent bird-oriented nature walk. Furhana has an extensive knowledge of local flora and fauna, and has an ear that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The effort to get to Stewart Island was amply repaid with an excellent bird-oriented nature walk. Furhana has an extensive knowledge of local flora and fauna, and has an ear that can only be labeled 'phenomenal.' Don't be put off by her insistence on keeping quiet and keeping together. Based on our experience, you'll be amply rewarded as she locates... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

My wife and I did the 1-day bird watching tour on Ulva Island with Furhana in February 2015. Furhana is a one-person ball of energy and is incredibly knowledgeable about the birds, their calls, and flora of Ulva Island. The morning part of the tour focused on birds and stuck to well worn paths. The afternoon part of the tour... More 

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Ozawkie, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We did the all day bird watching tour on Ulva island and had a great time! Furhana was a great guide and got us out there before the masses arrived. We even got to see a Kiwi for a few minutes and a lot of other birds as well. She keeps you moving early on to get to some really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We where really helped with the planning of our trip, since all the huts on the Rakiura track where fully booked and tide didn't permit a drop off or pick up by water taxi. Furahna equipped us with everything, gear and information, we needed, to go on this beautiful two day hike. Thanks again! This made our Stewart Island experience... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

My husband and I took a trip with Furhana in January of this year. She was extremely well prepared and extremely knowledgeable about all of the birds on Ulva Island. We were extremely lucky and she managed to spot a kiwi in the day time which we were able to observe for over 10 minutes. Truly a unique experience. I... More 

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

Thank you so much Robyn for your review. On some of the days you would think of having a lie in - it is often better to be out and about. We were lucky to watch a kiwi, though it felt like 10 minutes, we watched it for nearly 20 minutes, whilst it probed the ground next to the tracks.... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

My wife, Rachel, and I spent 5 days with Furhana on Stewart Island in January, 2015 and really had a wonderful time. I am an enthusiastic wildlife photographer and wanted to take good quality pictures of Kiwi, Yellowhead, Riflemen and Weka. This I acheived with many other species I had not expected. I am certain I would not have succeeded... More 

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

I can't forget the pictures you took of the kiwi at Mason Bay - we were so lucky with the weather and being in the right place. The slight drizzle added a wonderful, natural element to the images. Thank you for booking your tours and especially for allowing me get out to enjoy Mason Bay's stunning scenery. A nice time... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Furhana's in-depth knowledge and passion for Stewart Island's wildlife and environment is refreshing and deeply informative. We booked the Ulva Island Bird and Forest Walk approx 4hrs relative easy walking stopping frequently to bird spot. The walk requires good walking shoes, water a snack and also a raincoat (a must for Stewart Island). Furhana had our group mesmerized by what... More 

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

Bella it was a pleasure to meet Ed and yourself and I was fortunate that you had seen a a written recommendation whilst on the Island for our tours, which led you to my office. Your big smiles after the Freshwater River Scenic Trip and appreciation of what I put into my tours was truly rewarding for me. It isn't... More 

Seattle, Washington
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18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Furhana, owner of RR, was able to lead us to all the endemic bird species on the island within a couple of hours. Most birders, however, don't know about plants and I was especially pleased at the complete knowledge of our guide. As a small business owner Furhana does everything herself so you get lots of special attention. Unfortunately, the... More 

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

Cynthia it was great to have Robert and yourself come on my Ulva Island Birds & Forest full day tour. The birds were terrific that morning, giving us time to go and explore the Snuggery in the afternoon. I was lucky to have a group of like-minded clients interested enjoying the day for what it brought and just enjoying watching... More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We spent two complete days (2nd and 3rd January) with Furhana, firstly completing the Ulva Island Bird and Forest Walk then the next day completing the Coastal Highlights tour. When booking the trip to Stewart Island I called Furhana directly and she organised everything for us - flights, accommodation and the scenic/wildlife tours. I was impressed immediately with her friendliness... More 

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

Thank you so much Leon & Jessie for bringing your delightful family on my tours and for your kindness and understanding and the insights you provided me with. The children were terrific and so well behaved, but also full of life and fun and I loved having them on my tours - I will remember them for a long time. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Half day trip to Ulva Island from Stewart Is including transfers from motel and a quick 10 min boat trip to Island. Ulva Island is situated within Paterson Inlet and is an island with easy walks, beautiful beaches and it is a rat free island and is thriving with native birds and plants. Furhana was our guide and was a... More 

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

Lisa thank you so much for choosing us for your tour to Ulva Island and following up on the recommendation that Peter had come across. I also appreciated Peter's email to say how much his interested had been ignited in our native birds. It helps me to know that clients are going away with a greater understanding of nature. Thank... More 

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