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Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience

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We went on 3 tours with Ruggedy Range and they were all unique and excellent.

We initially went to book just one tour with Furhana and found her to be enthusiastic, knowledgable... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jenga22
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Surrey, UK
Great Evening Kiwi Trip

I thoroughly enjoyed going with Furhana and would choose her guide service if I had the chance to... read more

Reviewed May 22, 2018
mattack27
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Charleston, South Carolina
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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...more
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14 Main Rd | Oban, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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+64 3-219 1066
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We initially went to book just one tour with Furhana and found her to be enthusiastic, knowledgable and accommodating. We ended up going on a total of three trips with her, and although it was not cheap, we thought it was money well spent. We...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your feedback. It is heartening to receive comments like yours. To know that somehow we were able to help you appreciate New Zealand's wildlife better and get more out of your experience in in this very special country means a...More

Reviewed May 22, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed going with Furhana and would choose her guide service if I had the chance to do it again. First of all, the weather in NZ is ever changing and she canceled her personal plans to accommodate the impending poor weather in order...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2018

Many thanks Matt for making the trip to Stewart Island and for choosing Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience. I remember being soaked by the rain. What a night but well worth it as we watched for a considerable amount of time a kiwi foraging before us....More

Reviewed May 12, 2018

We visited Stewart Island with our 3 boys aged 10,13 and 15 years. Our guided trip with Furhana was a highlight. Her knowledge of the birds and ecosystem was immense and the boys were fascinated. Doing the Ulva island tour with Ruggedy prior to the...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2018

Many thanks for taking time to review Ruggedy Range™, I was delighted to take your family to Ulva Island and help the boys and yourselves as parents to learn how to look for birds and appreciate their calls. The bird book you bought at our...More

Reviewed May 2, 2018

The Owner/Operator Furhana of the Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience needs customer service training and attitude adjustment. We had a truly miserable experience touring with her. Her knowledge can not be denied but is lost by her lack of professionalism in the tourist industry. Lining up...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2018

Hi Reviewer, I am saddened to receive your feedback, which is harsh and am truly sorry that your experience was what you suggest. I am not sure which trip you went on? As tourism is increasing in Stewart Island / Ulva Island and more people...More

Reviewed April 13, 2018

We had a fantastic experience. Furhana was a brilliant host, very careful, thorough and professional, and is a walking encyclopedia. I thought I knew something about NZ flora and fauna but Furhana enlightened me even further. She is also a lovely person and goes out...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2018

Hello Marilyn - I always try to help where I can and was glad that I was able to adjust the trips to suit yourself and Brenda much more. We managed to see everything we needed to on Ulva Island and on our road tour...More

Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

We had a truly memorable experience during a morning walk with Furhana. Her knowledge and information was excellent and we were able to see a very large range of birds. If you are visiting the area we would thoroughly recommend booking with Ruggedly. We have...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2018

Many thanks David and Barbara - I really appreciated your flexibility. We were rewarded with a high number of quality bird sightings. The saddlebacks, yellowheads, red-crowned parakeets and of course the ever present Stewart Island robins were amongst 22 species seen. I hope you managed...More

Reviewed March 21, 2018

This is a tricky review. Furhana, the Owner and our Guide knows her stuff and is a mine of factual information. The 3 day Rakiura Track is an incredible experience with jaw dropping diversity of forest, beach, distant views....just amazing. The negative was Furhana's over...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2018

Thank you for taking time with your review. It has been the most difficult season with a major boom in tourism in New Zealand. I did not expect to find myself in another season with no support staff - the worst season not to have...More

Reviewed March 15, 2018 via mobile

Excellent independent 4 hour tour of Ulva Island. Very knowledgeable guide, who tailored to our interests. Saw loads of rare and very unafraid birds. This is a small company so bear with them - they try to answer asap, but can't answer if they are...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2018

Thank you for taking time to review - I am glad to have made your time on Ulva Island an enjoyable experience. I always try to respond to enquiries as soon as possible if I am out guiding - good to know the trip was...More

Reviewed March 3, 2018

We had an amazing half day tour to Ulva Island with Furhana. She is able to not only recognise bird’s song, but also to tell the direction. She spotted a many rare NZ birds for us including yellow heads, saddle back, rifleman and a sleeping...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2018

Always love catching the morepork fast asleep on a tree branch. Really pleased you enjoyed the experience on our guided walk on Ulva Island. Furhana (Owner / Operator - Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience)

Reviewed February 28, 2018 via mobile

My walk with Furhana was a first class experience. Her organisaties Ruggedy Ranges is the best for tours on and around Stewart Island. Furhana is a very responsible and caring guide. Above all she is a source of knowledge on heiligt, geography, flora and fauna....More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2018

Thank you Daniella - you brought a lovely sense of humour to our trip, which certainly made me smile. It was really nice to have you come on my tour, and to learn about the amazing places you have visited. Hope you continue to enjoy...More

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