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
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.
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