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Stewart Island

Stewart Island is New Zealand's third largest island, situated 30 kilometers south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Straight. In the Māori language, it’s known as Rakiura which means ‘the land of glowing skies’. The Aurora Australis which often appears in these southern skies will show inkling why.

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Over 85% of the island is National Park, and most people come here for the hiking and bird watching. The island has just 28km of road, but 280km of walking tracks suited to short walks, day walks and multi-day hikes. Walk the three-day Rakiura Track and you will get the full experience of Stewart Island’s wild beauty. Stewart Island is a haven for brown kiwi or Tokoeka, which outnumber humans on the island and are active day and night. Blue penguins and the rare yellow-eyed penguins waddle among the rocks.

Top Things to See and Do: 

  1. Enjoy beautiful wilderness beaches
  2. Discover peace, birdsong and stunning coastal scenery
  3. Hike the 2-hour Fern Gully track or the 4-hour Horseshoe Point Track
  4. Bird watch for native and endangered birds in the Southern Sanctuary
  5. Explore secluded bays and beautiful inlets on a boat cruise

Travel Tips:

If you’re walking the tracks, the Department of Conservation provides huts for overnight hikes. Stewart Island can be reached by ferry from Bluff, or by light aircraft from Invercargill.

Weather/ Climate: 

Season: Temperature Range (Celsius)  Seasonal Comments
Spring  5°C to 14°C  
Summer 9°C to 18°C  
Fall  6°C to 15°C  
Winter 1°C to 10°C  

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