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Enjoy a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet, viewing hidden coves and beaches including a visit to the Ulva Island – a renowned wildlife sanctuary. An on-board nature guide provides commentary throughout the cruise and leads a 45 minute...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Oban, Stewart Island 9818, New Zealand
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+64 3-212 7660
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed the night time Kiwi trip. We saw several Kiwi on the beach. Boat ride was interesting - we stopped for various wildlife sightings. Hiked through forest at night to beach. Hiked down the beach and saw several Kiwi's eating bugs in the sand....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Craig-World-Travelle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic time in the island, many thanks in special to Johnny , our tour guide , who guided us on the kiwi bird spotting and the bird watching on Oban island. He was a super friendly and extremely knowledgeable guy. 11 out...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Brazilian_Kiwi
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

We had such a fantastic trip, last night, thanks. Special thanks to Olli who went out of his way to try his best and make sure everyone had a memorable experience. He was very competent, helpful and friendly.More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank flymeandyou
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2018

Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your review. Our guides love to share their knowledge and stories to ensure a memorable experience for all guests. We will be sure to pass on your compliments to Olli. Kind Regards - The Team...More

Reviewed October 14, 2018

This place is stunning, we had a tour around the Island and got some beautiful photos. Would love to go back.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Karen C
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We are glad you enjoyed the trip. Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience

Reviewed April 24, 2018

The tour is a great way to experience a small part of the island by road. Interesting stops and commentary set you up for further independent exploring.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Linda C
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to post this review. We are thrilled to see how much you enjoyed your time on Stewart Island. Hopefully you will be back to visit again in the not too distant future! Kind regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

Stewart island, located south of New Zealand’s South Island can be approached by ferry or air. Small flights are available from Invercargill. Flying time is only 30 mins. There are good places to stay and just a few places to dine within the Oban township....More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Kuneema
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to post this review. The team at Stewart Island Experience.

Reviewed March 26, 2018 via mobile

Such a stunning place to visit. Beautiful beaches, bays and native Bush. Oban is a tiny quaint village in the sheltered bay of Half Moon bay. Beautiful location with a pub, supermarket, cafe and tourist shops. Rental cars, bikes, and bus trips available. Some tourists...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Beebrief
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2018

Kia Ora and thanks for the wonderful review. We're delighted you took the time to explore our lovely wee island with us. We trust you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

Reviewed March 17, 2018

I rented an electric bike to help maneuver the hills and changes in elevation -this is not a flat coastal beach. Stop at the Dept. Of Conservation Office for info on hiking and wilderness areas as well as identification of native flora and fauna, they're...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank J M
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your 5 star review. We are very happy to hear you had a lovely experience. We look forward to welcoming you back for another trip to Stewart Island. Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience

Reviewed March 17, 2018

The island and surrounding area is a beautiful and peaceful surroundings of nicely groomed trails, stunning views from various lookouts. Visiting Ulva Island was amazing. Getting the right tour guide that I had made the difference. Angie was my tourguide who provided me with many...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank 580Richard777
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2018

Kia Ora Richard, Thank you for taking the time to share your 5 star review. We are very happy to hear you had a lovely experience and Angie your guide exceeded your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back for another trip to Stewart...More

Reviewed December 14, 2017

The 2.5 hours cruise was very pleasant and the scenery was OK but our guided tour of Ulva Island was more than a little disappointing. Apart from a couple of Robins that came to the path edge in search of a "free" meal, we saw...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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sarahcamiller87
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Response from Real_Journeys | Property representative |
Hi there Great to hear that you are interested in booking our Paterson Inlet Cruise (including guided walk on Ulva Island bird sanctuary). The adult price is NZ$95, Child $22. Therefor 2 adults and 2 children would be... More
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