Unspoilt diverse beauty surrounded by crystal clear water makes Stewart Island a nature lover's paradise and the best place in New Zealand to spot a Brown Kiwi in its natural environment.
Cruise ships anchor at Paterson Inlet. Golden Bay is a 15 minute walk from the township of Oban in Halfmoon Bay.
The township of Oban is compact, making walking easy. To explore the other parts of the island it is necessary to join a bus tour or hire a vehicle.
Maps and activity suggestions are available from staff on the wharf, or visit one of the information centres in Oban Township.
There are limited rentals on the island and bookings are essential, particularly in summer (December to February).
A ferry operates across the Foveaux Strait from Stewart Island to Bluff return; the journey takes approximately one hour.
Water taxis are also available on Stewart Island.
Bluff is a 12-minute helicopter ride from Stewart Island. Fixed-winged aircraft operate from Stewart Island to Invercargill; this flight takes 20 minutes.