With forested hills descending to a coastline of rocky outcrops and golden sand beaches, it is a natural refuge for marine and birdlife. Stewart Island is famous for colourful sunsets - which gives rise to its Maori name Rakiura, "land of the glowing skies".
Located at the southern tip of New Zealand, Stewart Island is readily accessible by ferry from Bluff (1 hour) and small plane from Invercargill (20 minutes). Both options have several departures daily.
Stewart Island’s rich human heritage dates back to the 13th Century when Maori referred to the Island as Rakiura (land of the glowing skies) or Te Punga o te Waka a Maui (the anchor of Maui’s canoe).
With New Zealand’s largest accessible population of native birds, Stewart Island is a birding enthusiast’s paradise.
At latitude 47 degrees south (the "Roaring Forties"), Stewart Island has a temperate climate with summer temperatures climbing to the mid-20's - however the weather is often unpredictable.
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