Welcome to Rakiura Adventure

A locally owned and operated tourism company located on Rakiura – Stewart Island in the deep South of New Zealand…
An area immersed in maritime discovery and settlement history…
Come and let us help you explore this magical Island through our eyes.

Stewart Island Activities – What we offer

Here at Rakiura Adventure we endeavour to make your stay an authentic Stewart Island adventure. We offer true blue Stewart Island activities to make your stay unforgettable.

Our company believes local knowledge and passion is the key to providing this experience. To bring this to our visitors we partner with and promote small, local operators who are are a real part of the Island you are coming to explore.

Travel around Stewart Island’s coast by water taxi,  tramp through Rakiura National Park, get close to the wildlife with local guides, cruise our township by e-bike, learn about our history, flora, and fauna, embark on a hunting expedition, catch your own blue-cod, or go for a dive, and don’t forget to see a kiwi! All on picturesque Stewart Island – Rakiura.  

So, if you’re planning a trip – check out our range of tours and destinations that keep this ethos at the heart.

Outdoors Activities – On The Water

Expand your horizons with a pelagic or scenic tour to encounter our marine wildlife see our coastline from a different angle. Luxuriate on an evening or overnight cruise aboard our new vessel – MV Wairangi.

Get closer and go snorkelling with Ollie & Johnny and let the natural abundance and water clarity mesmerise you. Try your hand at catching your dinner with one of our classic local characters. Hire a sea-kayak from Phil or go on a guided paddle to really get close to nature and explore secluded coves at your own pace.

Outdoors Activities – Land Lubbers

Visit Ulva Island and let the birdlife knock you off your feet, and open your eyes to what the New Zealand bush should be like! Walk at your own pace, or take a guided walk to learn about our Island, its flora, fauna and history in more depth.

Take a hike and tramp your way to some of the most wild, beautiful and remote locations in the country with the North-West and Southern Circuits. Book a hunting block and spend some time enjoying the simple solitude of nature.

Or, enjoy many of the shorter village based bush walks. Combine water taxi, land taxi, and flights to create the perfect leisurely one, two, or three day tramping experience. For example – fly to Mason Bay and walk back, or take the water taxi to North Arm or Port William and walk back to the village or road end where you could get an Aurora Cab.

Hire an E-bike for a day and get around all of the many beaches and bays accessible by the road network.

Once the dusk is over and darkness falls, take a guided Kiwi spotting tour with the experts and get up close and personal with perhaps on of the world’s funniest and most elusive birds.

Stroll outside to catch unimpeded views of the Milky Way – and on the right night, perhaps even the Aurora Australis. (Keep a lookout for geomagnetic activity in the vicinity 7-9 for a chance to see it with the naked eye).

Stewart Island Activities – Indoor Days

Join locals and fellow travellers for a great night out at the infamous South Sea Hotel weekly pub quiz on a Sunday night.  Teams are limited to 6 people, and be in by 6pm latest to register your team as it’s always extremely popular!

On a day when the weather is less than ideal – head on over to see our friend Dave the master carver for a chance to design, create and finish your own greenstone memento.

Enjoy an evening out at our quaint local cinema and watch a screening of ‘A Local’s Tail’ – some great viewing giving you a deeper appreciation of the Island, and the Islander’s love for their home.

Overnight Charters Aboard MV Wairangi

Our ‘coming soon’ project – overnight charters.

We are exited to be adding another classic vessel to our operation. Wairangi will be available for scenic, day, and overnight charter by early 2021. We’ll keep you posted!

Overnight charters will be fully tailored to each specific group and their particular interests. Wairangi will have capacity for groups of up to six people. 
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 (followed by a warm deck shower of course) then a trip aboard Wairangi is for you. 

If you are particularly enticed by these ideas – we best suggest you get in touch to make a pre-booking, as we expect Wairangi to be very popular!

Layout

The vessel is equipped with a full size double bed athwart-ships in the aft master cabin. The master cabin is separated from the bunk room and even has its own private ‘head’/ensuite. In the bunk room there are four single bunks, the indoor shower and another ‘head’/toilet. The crew quarters are located forward and are separate from the passenger accomodation, giving you the space to enjoy your own private quarters.

Upstairs the galley and main saloon is a comfortable, stylish place to enjoy company, a meal, a beverage, a book and the view out the sizeable cabin windows. Forward of the galley is access to the engine room, the chart table and the wheelhouse.

On deck there is plenty of room to move, sit, relax and enjoy – with a covered seating area aft and open deck space forward.

Historic MV Wairangi

If you are interested in history and/or historic boats then you will find Wairangi truly special as a charter vessel. 

She was built in Dunedin by highly esteemed boat builders – Miller & Tunnage – in 1934. Her construction was somewhat unorthodox for the shipyard, as she was the first pleasure craft they ever produced. Their usual specialty was in work boats, pilot boats, tug boats and the like. So rest assured you’re on a very seaworthy and solidly built old vessel. Material/construction – Kauri carvel plank.

In the years following she found herself commissioned as a Pilot vessel for the Lyttelton harbour board, a wardroom in the second world war, again a pleasure boat, a dive charter boat out of Tutukaka, to name a few! We’ll save some stories for when we have you aboard though…

Going up on the slip in Bluff after a seven day passage from Auckland

A shiny new coat of antifoul applied

Inspecting and cleaning the hull

New paintwork and a bit of puttying

Removing the propeller shaft for inspection
as required for Marine Survey

Muscle power...

That'll do fellas, job done...

"Now let me tell you one thing..."

Copper shavings on the workbench

Servicing the Gardener 6L3B while the electricians need the engine room lights off...

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Photo Gallery – Feast Your Eyes & Soul

A rugged, pristine jewel, set in the Deep South.
A snippet of what you can enjoy in Stewart Island’s pristine natural environment. Browse through our vibrant photo gallery to inspire your travels




Customised Booking

If your visit includes water taxi trips, hunting or tramping destinations, or you have questions or want suggestions, use the form below for a customised booking.

Send us a message to kick things off!

Let us know who, where, what, when, and we’ll figure out the best options for you.

You can also email us at:  rakiuraadventure@xtra.co.nz
Or phone: +64 272 898 292                                                                

 



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