Guided tour

Stewart Island: Village and Bays Tour

4.8 / 5

43 reviews

Activity provider: RealNZ

Stewart Island: Village and Bays Tour

Activity provider: RealNZ

From US$ 31.88 per person

Enjoy a 1.5 hour tour around the picturesque Oban Village and surrounding bays on a modern minibus with a knowledgable local guide.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Enjoy a 1.5 hour tour of Oban Village and its surrounding bays in a modern mini bus
  • Gain locals insight to Stewart Island's community, history, and environment
  • Hear interesting Maori legend stories
  • Experience a taste of the Rakiura National Park at the entrance of Lee Bay
  • Enjoy spectacular views with the opportunity for photo stops
Full description
Are you ready to leave behind the hustle and bustle of city life? Explore New Zealand's Southernmost community from the comfort of a modern mini bus. The local guides are passionate about Stewart Island and enjoy sharing their in-depth knowledge of the history and environment of the region. During the tour, your friendly guides will take you on a journey though Oban township and across numerous picturesque bays and inlets. Unspoiled, incredibly beautiful, and steeped in stories of Maori legend, Stewart Island is well worth this informative introduction. There is plenty of time to get off the bus for photo stops and short walks along the way. Highlights include the Rakiura National Park entrance at Lee Bay, Halfmoon and Horseshoe Bays, and views of Paterson Inlet from Observation Rock.
  • Introduction to the beautiful Stewart Island
  • Tour in a modern mini bus
  • Knowledgable local guide
  • Meals and drinks

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Meeting point

Please arrive 15 minutes before departure to "The Red Shed" Visitor Centre, Oban Visitor Centre, 12 Elgin Terrace, Oban 9846.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Know before you go

  •  Weather can be unpredictable in New Zealand, please make sure you come prepared for all types of weather
  •  Recommended to bring a waterproof jacket, comfortable walking shoes/boots, and a warm jacket or sweater
  •  Please bring insect repellent
  •  There are multiple stops in beautiful areas so make sure to come prepared with your camera
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 43 reviews

Review summary

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Very enjoyable trip with excellent Driver (Bevan’s) commentary. His knowledge of the island is amazing and his Māori knowledge and spoken word, is amazing. Bus is very comfortable to travel in and very safe. You certainly won’t be disappointed if you go on this trip. Thank you Bevan for a very enjoyable 1 1/2 hours. Betty & Garry Baker, Levin, New Zealand. 11 Jan 2023.

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January 13, 2023

This tour was very informative and gave us a great idea of what Stewart Island was all about, and what it is like to live here. We left with a great understanding of the Island and it's culture etc. Real NZ as a great asset in it's bus driver and guide - Bevan.

October 23, 2022

Our guide was funny which added to the experience. The village is not big, but the tour was enjoyable and gave us an overview of activity and life on the island. Lunch ar the pub was one of their famous blue cod fish burgers - beautiful! A worthwhile hour and a half for the trip.

March 28, 2022

Product ID: 210459