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Overview
The walk, led by your nature guide, is on a well-formed track across the peninsula, through spectacular coastal forest to a secluded sandy beach. As dusk sets in and daylight diminishes, venture by torchlight through the native forest with the stars and forest night sounds around you. The walk will take about 45 minutes one-way and the track emerges on to Ocean Beach. This wide sandy beach is where kiwi are often found feeding among the grasses and seaweed. Here in the darkness you may spot the Southern brown kiwi (Rakiura Tokoeka) - often searching for food. Afterwards retrace your steps through the forest to Little Glory Wharf for your catamaran ride back to Oban township on Stewart Island.
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You'll start at
Visitor Terminal - Stewart Island Experience
9818, New Zealand
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    Stewart Island Experience
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    At dusk depart from Stewart Island's Halfmoon Bay in our catamaran for a cruise across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Cove. During the cruise pass Ulva Island (a predator-free sanctuary) and learn about Stewart Island's rich history. Once at Little Glory Cove, disembark onto a wharf at the southern part of the peninsula known as The Neck. The walk, led by your nature guide, is on a well-formed track across the peninsula, through spectacular coastal forest to a secluded sandy beach. As dusk sets in and daylight diminishes, venture by torchlight through the native forest with the stars and forest night sounds around you. The walk will take about 45 minutes one-way and the track emerges on to Ocean Beach. This wide sandy beach is where kiwi are often found feeding among the grasses and seaweed. Here in the darkness you will get to see the Southern brown kiwi (Rakiura Tokoeka) - often searching for food. Afterwards retrace your steps through the forest to Little Glory Wharf for your catamaran ride back to Oban township on Stewart Island
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You'll end at
Visitor Terminal - Stewart Island Experience
9818, New Zealand
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Important Information
Departure Point
Visitor Terminal - Stewart Island Experience, 9818, New Zealand
Duration
2–3 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board return scenic cruise
  • Entry/Admission - Stewart Island Experience
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not suitable for children under 15 years
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Ian P wrote a review Feb 2020
Monaco116 contributions56 helpful votes
Really disappointed, not so many days on Stewart Island and our trip was suddenly cancelled Due to vessel engine problems. Was really disappointed as staff although arranging refund did Not go to any attempt to move to other options other than to say they were fully booked. Not
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Nicol wrote a review Feb 2020
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Last night our group of 6 joined this tour and we weren't disappointed. The young enthusiastic guides and boat skipper made it so great. And of course our beautiful bush and kiwi!! Well prepped beforehand we just had to take it all in. We were rewarded with a sighting where the
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Rob wrote a review Jan 2020
Singapore, Singapore27 contributions6 helpful votes
The tour started with a comprehensive introduction to the Kiwis in New Zealand and the typical wildlife we would come across on our trip. In the trip across the seas, we were fortunate to have a good weather day, allowing us to see a spectacular sunset and the chance to spot
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By: Real Journeys
Tyranny1057
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Great cruise, brilliant dinner and sheep shearing / sheep dog demo great fun
We were staying slightly out of town but managed to get free parking quite easily and walk a short distance to the
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gillw2901
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Fabulous relaxing cruise
What an absolutely stunning part of the world, this cruise was definitely one of the highlights of our trip
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T R
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Doubtful Sound day cruise - total experience
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griswaldd
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Fjordland wonders
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Surreysunlovers
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Too many coaches and too many people
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Surreysunlovers
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A excellent Cruise and Dinner
Was good fun cruising on the old Steamer! The Walter Peak Farm was absolutely lovely. The location was stunning a
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stella450m
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Superb experience...
Amazing food meat lovers dream although my veg partner found plenty of yummy food to eat, and the scenery is second
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wifeyfeedsmefat
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Who let the sheep out!
Our session was not overly crowded. Plenty of space and seats on the boat. There were clean toilet facilities on th
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ceri t
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Great views, good meal
16:00 start. Fabulous old steam ship, fascinating watching the guys in the engine room, I wouldn’t like to be the s
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Hoops2323
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Absolutely Amazing!!
We did this trip on a overcast drizzly day but could not have enjoyed it more! All the real journeys staff were fan
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LorettaT652
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FABULOUS!
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h2orev
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Not doubtful but positive !
We are so grateful that there is mobility parking right next to the terminal - something lacking in much of New Zea
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Cheryl P
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Travel back in time!
We boarded the TSS Earnslaw for a trip to Walter Peak Station. This 1912 steamship was remarkable. Spend time wat
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Cheryl P
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Tummy busting BBQ
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R9605WKfrankr
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Fun, informative and beautiful
As much as the eerie glow from the roof of the water-filled cavern, we enjoyed the evening shuttle-boat ride, the h
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  • Duration: 2–3 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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