Stewart Island: As far southward every moment you lot tin hand the axe go

Stewart Island. © past times Judy Wells.
 When you've gone every bit far S every bit y'all tin go, caput to Bluff, the southernmost cry for on the isle mainland together with the oldest European town inwards New Zealand, together with grab the ferry to Stewart Island.

Tip: There are ix steep steps to the ferry deck only in that location are rails on both sides.


Stewart Island is reachable entirely past times boat or airplane together with boasts a population of 400 at its busiest. You could wing or helicopter in, only the hour-long ferry ride is pleasant - assuming the Roaring '40s aren't going wild, inwards which representative the airplane together with copter wouldn't get got off. Ferries get got been known to cancel trips too, only non that often inwards tardily boundary together with summer. The weather condition is really changeable thus don't larn over without something warm together with rainproof.
The weather condition changed oft inwards 1 day. © past times Judy Wells.


Tour offices on the way to Oban. © past times Judy Wells.
You'll province at the wharf inwards the look-and-you've-seen-it-all-town of Oban. The walk from dock to main street is lined alongside tour offices inwards representative y'all haven't made advance arrangements.

Real Journeys puts together a skilful packet that includes the ferry, a tour of the isle past times van together with tin adapt overnight inwards an upscale lodge. Kiwis prefer to get got 1 of the many cottages dotting the isle for a calendar week or so.

Stewart Island cease of "Te Puka,' the anchorstone. © past times Judy Wells.














Any tour volition get got y'all to the link sculpture that speaks to Maori legend. The island's master copy refer is translated every bit "The Anchor Stone of Maui's Canoe," referring to an early on Maori principal together with his crew who caught the non bad fish, the North Island, from their canoe, the South island. Invercargill creative mortal Russell Beck sculpted the chain, 1 cease starting fourth dimension inwards at Bluff, the canoe, together with the other ending on Stewart Island, the anchor.

Bluff cease of Te Puka. © past times Judy Wells.













Tip: You tin reckon the Bluff cease alongside no stairs only the Stewart isle one-half requires 23 steps to together with from the beach.


South Sea Hotel. © past times Judy Wells.













Do halt inwards at the South Sea Hotel bar, the entirely 1 on the island, toward tardily afternoon. It's the social hub hither together with the eatery produces a fine fish (blue cod) together with chips.

You'll beloved coming together the locals at the South Sea bar. © past times Judy Wells.

KFC on Stewart agency Kiwi French Crepery, 1 of the few places to swallow inwards Oban. © past times Judy Wells.












Will this survive your beach? © past times Judy Wells.
































Tip: The Oban surface area is relatively apartment only elsewhere on the isle the elevations tin modify uncomfortably. Stewart Island, similar the residual of New Zealand, excels inwards beautiful vistas. It's also a truthful getaway - no prison theatre cellular telephone band service or ATMs together with a tiny, three-block village, Oban. Some 35,000 visitors come upwardly hither a yr for its 755 kilometers of coastline alongside roughly 1 beach per person.


Ulva Island
One of many line-fishing albatross nosotros saw en road to Ulva Island. © past times Judy Wells.
I tin recommend Paterson Inlet Cruises for the boat trip over together with walking tour of Ulva Island. Our captain did a grand chore of putting us inside photographic boob tube camera attain of albatross.  

Ulva Island © past times Judy Wells.
Guide Ann Pullen. © past times Judy Wells.




















No 1 lives on Ulva Island except for its birds together with critters, only in that location are guides together with do-able walking trails thus y'all tin larn upwardly unopen together with personal alongside the works life if non the fauna. Learning close it all from Ann Pullen, a dedicated together with a delightful guide,  was 1 of the highlights of my Stewart Island day.

The beach walk. © past times Judy Wells.













Tip: It's an tardily on/off from the tour boat to the dock. Along the touchstone 45-minute tour, you'll get got a walk on the beach, 17 steps alongside rails from the beach to path, to a greater extent than or less other 21 alongside no rails. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 pleasant walk on a skilful path together with thus to a greater extent than or less other 21 steps followed past times 11. Another vii stair steps together with you're done.

The steps on Ulva. © past times Judy Wells.



















One of 3 kiwi crossing signs on Stewart. © past times Judy Wells.
There are kiwi hither together with on Stewart, only the elusive national aeroplane is nocturnal together with nighttime excursions inwards search of them are pricey together with come upwardly alongside no guarantees.

© past times Judy Wells.

There are likewise many other things to reckon together with make inwards New Zealand for me to get got spent to a greater extent than than a hateful solar daytime on Stewart Island, only you'll encounter to a greater extent than or less lovely beaches together with a way of life that's difficult to discovery anymore.

© past times Judy Wells.













When y'all dock dorsum inwards Bluff, chances are you'll survive a fleck tuckered thus I recommend a trip to the tip together with a nosh together with a drinkable at Land's End, a comfy inn alongside a sugariness pub.

Where shall nosotros wing now? © past times Judy Wells.
Then y'all tin create upwardly one's heed where to next.

Stewart Island: As far southward every moment you lot tin hand the axe go