Wildlife and wild lights on Stewart Island

South of the southernmost tip of the South Island you’ll find Rakiura Stewart Island.


Glowing skies on Stewart Island. © Venture Southland

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Stewart Island Rakiura: a world away

New Zealand’s third largest island, Stewart Island is a unique, curious place that is well worth a visit. Read the story . . . 

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Rakiura Stewart Island: smouldering sunsets and sunrises

At Halfmoon Bay, the main settlement on Stewart Island, sunsets and sunrises stretch into smouldering pyrotechnic displays. Read the story . . . 

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Stewart Island Rakiura: the other (third) island

It feels like going back in time on Stewart Island, to a land with less human impact, as well as ancient forest, vociferous birdlife and abundant seafood. Read the story . . . 

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Ulva Island: birdwatchers’ paradise

Reached on a short boat trip from Stewart Island, Ulva Island is administered as an ‘open sanctuary’ by the Department of Conservation making it a birdwatchers’ paradise. Read the story . . . 

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Ulva Island-Te Wharawhara walking tracks

Visit Ulva Island Te Wharawhara, the jewel of Rakiura National Park. Sample the delights of this open sanctuary on a series of well-formed tracks. Read the story . . . 

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Rakiura National Park: glowing skies

Around 85 percent of Stewart Island is included in Rakiura National Park, our most recently formed national park which exudes all the charm of a world on its own. Read the story . . . 

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Ulva Island-Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve

Ulva Island, in Stewart Island Rakiura’s Paterson Inlet, has crystal clear waters teeming with fish, penguins and a variety of marine flora. Read the story . . . 

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The Rakiura Track: beauty in isolation

Tucked away on New Zealand’s third island, Stewart Island Rakiura, the Rakiura Track is the perfect opportunity for an island adventure. Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

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Wildlife and wild lights on Stewart Island

South of the southernmost tip of the South Island you’ll find Rakiura Stewart Island.  Read the story . . . 

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