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Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience

Oban Visitor Centre | Elgin Terrace, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
+64 3-219 0056
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Customer service not a priority

Our ferry arrived late due to late departure of service and fog. We arrived in time for bus to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ChiChiBrisbane
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Fascintating Overview

A great tour of the populated areas of Stewart Island. I'd definitely recommend this trip for your... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dan M
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Explore Oban village and its surrounding bays on a minibus tour with a local guide. This tour provides an intriguing insight into how Stewart Island’s tiny community survives – and thrives – while living in the heart of the ‘Roaring Forties.” From the entrance of the Rakiura National Park at beautiful Lee Bay, up to Observation Rock for panoramic views of Paterson Inlet and off-shore islands. Ideal for first time visitors to the island.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Oban Visitor Centre | Elgin Terrace, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our ferry arrived late due to late departure of service and fog. We arrived in time for bus to commence tour late and still be back in time for it's 1pm service but the 11am trip was cancelled by operator despite the fact that the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great tour of the populated areas of Stewart Island. I'd definitely recommend this trip for your first day to get acquainted with the island and what there is to see and do. Tons of information and beautiful stops along the way. So much more...More

Thank Dan M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a one hour tour of Stewart Island and was met by a pleasant lady who escorted us to her mini bus. We were taken to all the places of note and she provided an informative commentary. Unfortunately she came across as an automated...More

Thank Binkynz
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there and thanks for taking the time to post this review. We are disappointed to read how the trip failed to live up to your expectations and that you felt underwhelmed with your guide on the day. We will be sure to pass this...More

Reviewed October 16, 2017

We really enjoyed the tour and our guide was very knowledgeable and took us to all the wonderful places around the island. It was fascinating to listen to her extensive local knowledge and it really helped us to appreciate the island despite the bad rainy...More

Thank BillieB76
Reviewed October 10, 2017

From the moment we boarded the bus, we were drawn in by Kylie, our driver and tour guide who generously shared her extensive local knowledge and stories with us all. She drove us to some lovely spots and told us about life on the island...More

Thank Nikki B
Reviewed September 20, 2017 via mobile

I am a tour driver from Wellington. This was my first visit southern NZ lncluding Stewart Island. I was travelling with Twilight Travel. I was asked if I would like to join group going to Island. YES. YES. Kylie was our guide. She was fantastic....More

Thank Graeme I
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2017

Hi Graeme, thanks for taking the time to post this fantastic review. We are so pleased to hear how much you all enjoyed your visit to us here in Stewart Island, it truly is a hidden gem and we are delighted you took the time...More

Reviewed September 5, 2017

The tours are great, people who work there full of knowledge Heard others complain prices. They need to understand this is beautifull, nature at its best. The cost to get fuel, food etc to the Island is not free. Great to hear the history and...More

Thank Chris P
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2017

Thanks for the five star review. We are delighted to see how much you enjoyed this experience and hope the rest of your time on the island was just as fun :) Kind Regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience.

Reviewed June 2, 2017 via mobile

An absolute must! Book early to ensure you can do it. VERY informative & we got to see more than you would any other way with an informative commentary & questions are always encouraged. Loved it!

Thank 623suzp
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2017

Hi there, thanks for the fantastic review. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your trip around the island with us. Kind Regards, the Stewart Island Experience team.

Reviewed March 12, 2017 via mobile

Wow!!! This place is magnificent. A hidden gem. Well worth the visit. I would definitely recommend this to all visitors to the south.

Thank chrismO6081EE
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2017

Hi there, thanks so much for the fantastic review. We are absolutely thrilled to read how highly you rate the experience! Kind Regards, the team at SIE

Reviewed March 8, 2017

Did tour at a cost of $45 should be $25. Tour around road on island and local beaches. While some of it informative felt the lady spoke to much about the Maori input and not enough of the history. Became boring listening to her. Scenic...More

Thank pauline g
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