Planning your kayaking trip:
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.
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.
We also run a small Backpackers in the village. Bunkers
Backpackers, very central to everything. For more info go to our
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.
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.