Why Rakiura Adventure?

At Rakiura we are deeply ingrained in the local community on Rakiura- Stewart Island, nestled in the scenic southern reaches of Aotearoa New Zealand. To ensure our visitors truly immerse themselves in the essence of the Island they are about to explore, we actively collaborate with and champion small, local operators who are deeply connected to the heart of this remarkable place.

Ulva Island Transfers

Iconic Ulva Island in Stewart Island/Rakiura waters is a beautiful pest-free open bird sanctuary. Due to its long-held protected status, Ulva provides visitors an opportunity to experience unspoiled, never-felled rainforest, and see rare birds and plants at close quarters.

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Stewart Island Water Taxi

Stewart Island has so much to offer trampers. With over 280km’s of walking tracks, it has tramping destinations for the most adventurous to the most leisurely adventurer.

With so much to choose from, and such a large area to explore, water taxi travel is the way to get to the start of your walking adventure.

Some of the most popular multi-day trips include; Rakiura Track / Great Walk, Coast to Coast, North West Circuit, and the Southern Circuit.

See below for more info on how we can get you there, and a map with various tramping destinations and huts indicated to give you the lay of the land.

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Customised Charters

If you fancy yourself cruising between bays, beaches, coves and islands. Watching the albatross soar, exploring verdant native bush tracks, reading books in the saloon, or even diving in crystal clear waters rich with sea-life then a trip aboard with us is for you.

With a group? – Book our the boats for a range of tours and, starting from hour long, going up to half day charter, or evening cruises. Rally your friends together and cruise in style. Enjoy lunch and drinks afloat. Dare a swim, explore ashore and sunbathe on deck.

Diving enthusiasts? – Opt for a range of charters, from shorter guided snorkelling tours, to a full day charter to allow time to visit multiple dive sites in the day, relax for some lunch in between and enjoy the hot showers on deck!

Wanting to explore? – Enquire about fully catered overnight cruises where we stop at different anchorages each day, and organise all the adventures and activities your heart desires.

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We took the morning ferry to Ulva Island, and it was quite pleasant on the outgoing trip, but very windy on the return (we took the last ferry back). There were blankets provided for the passengers to use in case someone felt cold.

We also booked a Pelagic Tour, but due to the weather conditions, it was cancelled - the skipper (Rakiura) kept us fully informed until the last minute, and we appreciate his attention.

Highly recommend using the Ulva Island Ferry & Water Taxi!

Thank you to Rakiura for accommodating me last minute aboard the Wairangi. It truly was such a special experience staying overnight on this wonderful boat. Peaceful, private and just what I needed for some R&R.
Great customer service and went out of his way to make my stay comfortable.
Ulrike arranged a wonderful breakfast and we had some great conversation on the boat before she dropped me off to the airport check in.
Can't wait to come back and stay for longer!

Thank You Rakiura!

Rakiura provided a great drop-off at Freshwater and responded to pick us up from Bungaree. Great price and awesome service. Thanks!


Great Price- Awesome Service