- Golden Bay Wharf
- Ulva Island Wharf
- View of Paterson Inlet from lookout
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Stewart Island46°55'7" S 168°4'56" N
Insulated from the world by its remoteness, Stewart Island is a haven for people looking for nature, tranquillity and adventure. The island is about 75 kilometres long and up to 45 kilometres wide. About 85% of the island is a national park and it has only one town, Oban, which sits on the shores of Halfmoon Bay. Many residents are direct descendants of the whalers and early Rakiura Maori, with family histories reaching back almost 200 years. Most of Stewart Island is protected by the boundaries of Rakiura National Park, New Zealand’s newest national park. Rakiura is the Maori name for Stewart Island. It translates as ‘the Land of Glowing Skies’, probably referring to the night-time displays of Aurora Australis, the Southern Lights.
Paterson Inlet – northern side (anchorage)
Latitude: 46° 55’.1S
Longitude: 168° 05’.6E
Charted Depth x Max Draught x Max Length:
20.0m x 10.0m x 250m
Distance to the township
The township of Oban is a 15 min walk from Golden Bay.
Stewart Island is an hour’s ferry ride or a 12 min helicopter ride from Bluff.
Stewart Island is also a 20 min flight from Invercargill.
There is limited infrastructure on the island. However, some rental cars, motor scooters and mountain bikes can be hired, as well as a bus tour of the island.
ATM machines/ Banks
In the local supermarket, Ship to Shore.
The local supermarket opens daily from 7am-7pm.
Souvenir shops’ hours vary between 8am-5pm.
Dining options from 10am to late.
Nearest Internet Café
- South Sea Hotel, The Waterfront, +64 3 219 1059
- Stewart Island Backpackers, Ayr Street, +64 3 219 1114
Stewart Island Flights Depot, 40 Elgin Terrace, +64 3 219 1090
Summer: Mean daily of 63F (17ºC)
Winter: Mean daily of 50F (10ºC)
Average rainfall of 1700mm and average sunshine of 1600 hours.
Download the map of Stewart Island here.
- Stewart Island Promotion Association
- Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre, Main Road, Halfmoon Bay, +64 3 219 0009
- Oban Visitor Centre, The Red Shed, 12 Elgin Terrace, +64 3 219 0056
What is Stewart Island known for?
Stewart Island is a paradise for hikers and bird watchers. It has about 245 kilometres of walking tracks, all of which can be accessed from Halfmoon Bay. This abundance is similar for bird watchers, with the ability to see more than 30 species of birds including the kiwi, in one day.
Attractions & Activities
- Ulva Island – open island sanctuary
- Water activities such as kayaking, sailing and boat charters
- Fishing & aquaculture
- Nature & eco tourism
- Scenic flights
- Tramping, hiking and guided walks
- Fresh seafood – oysters, salmon, blue cod, mussels
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