Rakiura, Land of Glowing Skies

Rakiura is the Maori name for Stewart Island

The Village of Oban

Situated at the head of Halfmoon Bay

Hikers setting out

Aurora australis

Evening Light

Mount Anglem from Lee Bay

South Island Saddleback

Ulva Island, a birders delight

Destination Stewart Island / Rakiura

with Surrey Court Motel

Stewart Island / Rakiura is New Zealand’s “3rd” Island, around 170,000 hectares, and is just 20 minutes away by air, or 1 hour by sea. It is home to Rakiura National Park and a “Must Do” part of any visit to Southland. The population is around 400, all in the village of Oban or served by just 27 k of roads. There is an extensive network of walking and hiking trails, from a few minutes duration to many days duration.

There is a variety of accommodation options available, and several operators offering guided nature walks, specialist birding trips, scenic road tours plus diving and fishing trips.

Another “Must Do’ is a visit to Ulva Island Open Sanctuary. Just a few minutes by water taxi across Paterson Inlet, you can either self guide or join one of the local guides.

Stewart Island is also a “Dark Sky Sanctuary” and, weather permitting, offers great opportunities for enjoying stars and the Aurora.

Flight In

Meet & Greet the locals

Discovering hidden nature

Maybe sight a Kiwi

Or a delicate native orchid

National Park Entrance

Seal Leopard in the village

Who knows what you see when you visit the store

Delightful forest walks

Contact Us

Surrey Court Motel

400 Tay Street, Turnball Thomson Park

Invercargill 9810

Phone +64 3 2176102

Email info@surreycourt.co.nz


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