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Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi

#3 of 10 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Stewart Island Features Animals
10 Main Rd. | Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
0273549991
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fishing charter Easter weekend , The driver was very grumpy, hardly spoke,

Felt ripped off would have been cheaper to buy the small amount of fish we got. He didnt tell us... read more

Reviewed June 11, 2017
Raylene C
Amazing sightseeing

We really enjoyed our trip with Matt and he is very knowledgeable. Shared so much about the history... read more

Reviewed May 22, 2017
animalfriendly15
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Cruise Stewart Island in affordable comfort & style! Offering tours and water taxi services to the Ulva Island bird sanctuary, Freshwater River, enjoy rod and reel fishing for Blue Cod, meet our stunning ocean birds such as Albatross and Yellow-Eyed Penguins up close and personal on a Pelagic Birding Tour, come dolphin and seal spotting, or explore the historic Norwegian Whaler's Base. Our tour vessel is equipped with bathroom, kitchenette, lounge-style seating and a heated cabin, this is cruising in style! Our brand new water taxi seats up to 19 passengers and also features a heated cabin, toilet and excellent viewing, designed especially to maximise your Stewart Island experience!
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“fishing trip” (6 reviews)
“sea birds” (7 reviews)
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10 Main Rd. | Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 11, 2017

Felt ripped off would have been cheaper to buy the small amount of fish we got. He didnt tell us about area , was clearly peeved off taking us out on Sunday. I felt as though we had put him out , as this was...More

Thank Raylene C
Reviewed May 22, 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our trip with Matt and he is very knowledgeable. Shared so much about the history of the island from whaling stations to boat building and amazing commentary on the landscapes and history. Affordable way to see the island from the water and...More

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Reviewed April 23, 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend. We booked a taxi to Ulva Island from Golden Bay last minute with no problems. Super efficient and friendly staff. They also managed to get us back earlier than we booked as we sped through the walks on the island. Thank you!

Thank Hannah J
Reviewed April 18, 2017

Fishing charter, morning. This was not a memorable experience! The skipper/owner might be experienced, but his attitude was not what you would expect from a person operating a fishing charter business. We had booked for a party of 5 people to do a mornings fishing,...More

Thank glenallen2017
Reviewed April 4, 2017 via mobile

Was looking for a fishing trip for blue cod, left message with staff that I wanted to go out with a group to reduce the cost of paying for hiring the boat solo approx $400. The staff took my details and advised that they would...More

Thank Henare K
Alina T, Owner at Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2017

Hi Henare K, many thanks for taking the time to review your trip with us. We're glad that another couple were interested in the trip at the same time. Just to clarify, our minimum fare for our dedicated half day Fishing Tour (3 hrs) is...More

Reviewed March 19, 2017 via mobile

... very choppy crossing and driver was very confident and comfortable ... put me at ease ... also the taxi boat seemed more robust than others ... all important for us land lubbers!

Thank JE008
Alina T, Owner at Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2017

Hi JE008, thanks for your review. It sounds like you visited on a choppy day! Our customer's comfort and safety is our top priority, I'm glad you felt comfortable with us and hope you enjoyed your time here.

Reviewed February 3, 2017

I highly recommend the pelagic trip with Rakiura Charters. I really wanted to see albatross and was thrilled that at one point there were over 80 of the birds, including 4 species, around the boat. I don't know if is usual to see this many...More

2  Thank BrisbaneAnne
Alina T, Owner at Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2017

Hi BrisbaneAnne, thanks very much for taking the time to write a review of your time with us. We're very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip. It may have been a particularly breezy day with so many birds around; they really are the...More

Reviewed January 28, 2017 via mobile

Just used them to go to Ulva Island but felt very safe and comfortable with them. Boat will probably hold 8 people or so. Captain very professional. They will book to pick you up on Ulva if you want to spend more time. Our fee...More

Thank unguidedmissal
Alina T, Owner at Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2017

Hi Unguidedmissal, Many thanks for your review of our Ulva Island Connection service. You may have traveled on our charter vessel, the Rakiura Suzy, which is surveyed for 10 passengers, although we usually limit to 8 to ensure comfortable seating. Our new water taxi, the...More

Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Clean boats . Prompt service . Matt was very helpful and took us to Ulva Island where we explored and enjoyed the Island.

Thank David R
Alina T, Owner at Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2017

Hi David, R, many thanks for your review; very glad you enjoyed our Ulva Island Connection service and the beautiful Ulva Island/ Te Wharawhara.

Reviewed November 24, 2016

These guys were first rate, and worked in with our plans to revisit the island and walk a walk we did 40 years ago. In 1976 we were picked up at Freds Camp in a fishing boat (that's what mates are for!) but this time...More

Thank PickledEel
Alina T, Owner at Rakiura Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2017

Hi PickledEel, It was absolutely our pleasure; I loved your story and what a neat opportunity for you all to come back again! We hope you all enjoyed the tramp and that your folks enjoyed the scenic trip with Chris. Hope to see you all...More

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