Stewart Island Nature Explorer

Kiwi bird foraging by a rock, New Zealand

Independent Tours

Stewart Island is a birdwatching and hiking paradise and this itinerary gives you an ideal mix of escorted guided touring and time to explore yourself. Your adventure begins as soon as you depart on your catamaran crossing from Bluff, spotting wildlife as you make your way to the island. We’ve included self-catering accommodation at the small and lovely Kaka Retreat. It's in a great location nestled amongst native bush, but just a short walk from dining and supermarket options. There’s so much to explore and you’ll be spoiled for choice with 280 km of walking tracks on the island, with plenty of opportunities to encounter many of New Zealand’s native birds in the wild. We’ve included some touring highlights including a visit to Ulva Island, a predator-free bird sanctuary with dozens of native species. Plus you’ll join an evening Wild Kiwi Encounter tour. If you are looking for a flexible way to discover the nature and birdlife of Stewart Island, this is the perfect blend of guided tours and the freedom to explore.

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5 meals

  • 3 breakfasts
  • 2 light lunches


3 nights in Superior B&B

Excursions and visits

  • Discover the natural paradise of Stewart with the flexibility of self-catering accommodation
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise showcasing stunning scenery, hidden coves and unspoilt beaches of Paterson Inlet
  • Visit predator free Ulva Island where you’ll spot an array of rare native birds
  • Encounter kiwis in the wild on a nocturnal walking tour
  • Enjoy the freedom of hiking some of the many walking trails, with options for all levels of fitness

Not included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa (if required)
  • Optional excursions


Return ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island

Transfers to/from your accommodation from/to the Stewart Island ferry terminal

Tours as specified including compulsory Stewart Island Visitor Levy (please note the order of touring may be moved based on availability and is subject to weather conditions)


  • 3 nights

  • Australasia . New Zealand . Invercargill

  • International flights not included

From £459 per person

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm


Duration: 4 days


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