Go on an informative & interactive guided walk that takes you on a journey of discovery through Stewart Island’s unique cultural and natural heritage.
Our small group guided walks to Ackers Point provides an unforgettable insight into the diversity and beauty of this island sanctuary. The walk may also include a visit to Ackers Point lighthouse and New Zealand’s oldest building, Ackers Cottage. This is a great spot for watching little blue penguins and titi (muttonbirds or sooty shearwaters) returning ashore to their nesting sites. Enjoy fantastic views across Paterson Inlet and Ulva Island to the mainland.
On occasions the route may vary and our alternative walk visits Lee Bay to learn about Stewart Island's historic sawmilling and modern-day paua and oyster industries. With this route your guided walk takes you through tall native forest and along the beautiful coastline to Little River. This charming estuary is the perfect place to enjoy the tranquillity of Stewart Island.
Throughout your walk, our local nature guide will enlighten you about Stewart Island’s history, its fascinating environment and point out the native plant and bird life. You will also gain a first-hand understanding of the conservation efforts of the local residents.
Duration 2 hours (includes one hour of walking on well-formed tracks)
Departs from Oban Visitor Centre
Suitable for most ages (minimum age 14 years)
Suitable for those with reasonable fitness levels
Small group size (maximum of 8 people per guide)
Minimum numbers apply (4 adults)
Season: Oct - Mar
Price: $55 Adults, $55 Child (prices valid until 30 September 2019).
To book or find out more, please contact us directly.
Why Stewart Island Experience?
Friendly and knowledgeable staff
TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence 2015 - 2018
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Departs from Oban Visitor Centre
What to bring
Waterproof jacket, warm sweater or fleece jacket, walking shoes or boots, insect repellent, drinking water and camera.
In case you haven't found the information you were looking for, we've put together some of the most common questions our customers ask about our trips. If you need more specific answers, please contact us directly.
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Where is the nearest ATM/money machine in Bluff?
There is an ATM/money machine in Bluff's "4 Square" shop however it is only possible to withdraw cash with a NZ bank card. You can purchase your ferry tickets at the Bluff Visitor Terminal using both EFTPOS and Credit Cards. The nearest bank is located at Invercargill.
Can I buy food on Stewart Island?
Yes, there is a general grocery store, cafés and restaurants and a Kai cart (take-aways summer only).
What other activities and sightseeing are available?
There are a huge range of activities available on Stewart Island, from kayaking, fishing trips, golf, walking tracks and more. To find out more information and to make bookings, we operate the Oban Visitor Centre. The Department of Conservation (DoC) also operates a Visitor Information Centre and can provide more information on walking tracks and activities.
Is Stewart Island worthwhile for a day trip?
Yes, there are many activities you can fit into one day on Stewart Island. Ask our reservations team for suggested itineraries.
What sort of shopping can I do on Stewart Island?
Stewart Island is not the place for a shopping spree as there is a very small range of shops - from small gift shops with locally produced items to the general store for groceries and fresh food.
What time do we need to check in?
For visitors travelling on the Stewart Island Ferry Service, you are required to check in 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time (to allow for luggage loading, etc). The check in and boarding gates are closed 10 minutes prior to scheduled ferry departure. For all our cruises and tours, check in is required 20 minutes prior to the schedule departure.
Online transactions/prices are conducted in what currency?
All prices and transactions on the Real Journeys website are in New Zealand dollars (NZD). This is specified on the Terms & Conditions page.
What happens if there is an emergency ?
Our staff are trained to deal with incidents and in case of an emergency you should listen to their instructions. We have a portable defibrillator on board each of our overnight cruise vessels (Milford Mariner, Milford Wanderer and Fiordland Navigator). In addition to this we also have portable defibrillators at the following locations: • Milford Sound Visitor Terminal • Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Manapouri • Cavern House (Te Anau Glowworm Caves) • Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, Walter Peak • TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship • Stewart Island Ferry (Bluff - Oban - Bluff).