Discover New Zealand's third island, Stewart Island, from the water on a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet and a guided walk in Ulva Island Wildlife Sanctuary.
This Stewart Island cruise will showcase some of Paterson Inlet’s stunning scenery with its hidden coves and unspoilt beaches. You’ll hear fascinating stories of early Maori history and European settlement from your local guide as you pass various landmarks. Your guide is passionate about this area, provides informative commentary and is more than happy to answer questions. While on board, keep a look out for fur seals and penguins who frequent the area often.
Paterson Inlet is home to renowned wildlife sanctuary Ulva Island and you’ll stop there for a 45 minute guided walk. The island is home to weka (native woodhen), bush robins, rare saddlebacks and yellowheads amongst other species. It is also a protected habitat for some of New Zealand’s rarest plant species. A regular highlight is to encounter an inquisitive weka on the beach.
For the remainder of the cruise around Paterson Inlet, relax on board the modern catamaran and enjoy the coastal scenery before heading back to base.
The tracks are well-formed and suitable for most ages and fitness levels and small group sizes make it highly personalised.
Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to their policy.
In the event of rain or inclement weather your experience will still go ahead unless contacted by the experience provider. If your experience is cancelled you will be rescheduled by the provider.
Comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket, warm clothing and insect repellent.
This experience takes place on Stewart Island.