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Stewart Island Lodge is owned and operated by Real Journeys - a family owned tourism business that was founded in the 1950s by tourism and conservation pioneers Les and Olive Hutchins.

Today the company still remains true to its founders and their guiding principles of conservation and hospitality.

With operations from Stewart Island to Queenstown - including world renowned cruises through Milford and Doubtful Sounds - Real Journeys is widely regarded as a leader in the New Zealand tourism industry and is regularly named as one of New Zealand’s highest achieving tourism companies.

For our staff though, the aim is still quite simple – to share the natural heritage and astounding beauty of the region with visitors – just as the founders intended.

Milford Wanderer - Milford Sound

Milford Wanderer - Milford Sound


Our family business was founded in Fiordland in the 1950’s by tourism and conservation pioneers Les and Olive Hutchins

Sixty years later, we offer tourism experiences from Stewart Island to Queenstown; including world renowned cruises through Milford and Doubtful Sounds, the Te Anau Glowworm Caves and heritage steamship TSS Earnslaw.

Rated Qualmark Enviro Silver across all its products, Real Journeys is widely regarded as a leader in the New Zealand tourism industry.  It has been awarded “Operator of the Year” by the Tourism Export Council (NZ) – more times than any other company.

For us though, the aim is still quite simple – to share the natural heritage and astounding beauty of the region with visitors – just as our founders intended.