Sea Kayaking trips
stewart island


Planning your kayaking trip:
It can be pretty exciting/daunting planning your big trip - so please feel free to phone or email Rakiura Kayaks if you need any further help in planning, always more than happy to help.

Getting to
Stewart Island: 
The Foveaux Express catamaran runs a regular service from Bluff to the island, with morning and afternoon crossings.  The trip takes about an hour, disembarking at the Halfmoon Bay wharf.  Look out for Albatross and Sooty Shearwater while sailing, they are often seen from the deck, especially if there is a fishing boat near by. 
Stewart Island Flights operate out of Invercargill, with several planes a day.  On average the trip takes about 20 minutes.  Flying over Paterson Inlet before landing, gives you a sneak preview of the beaches and numerous islands.  The view from the plane is pretty spectacular, giving you an idea of the huge scale of the island.

Accommodation:  We also run a small Backpackers in the village.  Bunkers Backpackers, very central to everything.  For more info go to our website - www.bunkersbackpackers.co.nz
Accommodation options on the island are numerous, with plenty of Backpackers, B&Bs, self contained houses and Motels, with one hotel, The South Sea Hotel.  For more information please follow the link -
Stewart Island Accommodation.

Department of Conservation/Visitor Information:
As much of Stewart Island is now a National Park, DoC plays a big role in it's management.   The DoC/Visitors Centre is definitely worth a visit before you set out on your adventure, they have loads of info on the island, some great old videos and displays.  All tracks are managed from here, so it's the place to get hut passes and info on what the track conditions are.  They also hire out Locator Beacons.  Daily weather forecasts are displayed daily. Email:
Phone:  03 219 0009.