Things to do

Things to do on Stewart Island

  • Ulva Island wildlife sanctuary guided walks
  • Pelagic birdwatching
  • Scenic flights
  • Daytime and evening walks
  • Paterson Inlet Cruises (including Ulva Island)
  • Fishing trips
  • Sea kayaking
  • Small coach tour of the island highlights.

Stewart Island Experience operates a range of tours and cruises: Paterson Inlet Cruises(including Ulva Island), Village & Bays Tours, Wild Kiwi Encounter and Rental Services.

Village & Bays Tours

Gain an entertaining insight into the community, history and environment of Stewart Island as you explore Oban and surrounding bays. Visit Lee Bay, Horseshoe Bay and see views from Observation Rock of stunning Paterson Inlet.

  • Knowledgeable, local guides
  • Modern, spacious mini-buses
  • Departures: All year from Oban Visitor Centre
  • Duration 1hr 30mins
  • Suitable for all ages

Ulva Island Explorer

Enjoy a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet and visit Ulva Island, a renowned wildlife sanctuary, for a guided walk.

  • See rare plants and the abundant birdlife
  • Duration 2hrs 30/45 mins
  • Departures: Nov - Apr
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Picnic lunch option available (if pre-ordered)
  • 45 mins guided walk on Ulva Island with specialist nature guide

Wild Kiwi Encounter

Cruise at dusk to Little Glory Bay for an opportunity to encounter wild southern brown kiwi birds in their natural habitat.

  • Scenic evening cruise
  • Duration 4hrs approx.
  • Departures: Sep - May
  • Suitable for all ages, 15 years and over
  • Complimentary tea & coffee on board
  • Guided walk (approx. 2hrs) with nature guide