See an outstanding array of Stewart Island's abundant marine and bird life not only on the water but under it as well! Our vessel boasts an on board ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) that can descend up to 600m via fibre optic cable, to capture live footage of marine life below the surface that is screened onto high definition 4K, 65” TVs in our lounge area for our guests to view.
Stewart Island also offers the best chance to spot a kiwi in the wild. This iconic bird is nocturnal so an early morning excursion when it is still dark is ideal to go ashore kiwi spotting.
Your Luxury Vessel Features:
Day 1 Oban
Board your vessel in Halfmoon Bay, Oban late morning,. Explore Paterson Inlet/Whaka a Te Wera, a 8,900-hectare inlet with 188 kilometres of coastline.
Day 2 Paterson Inlet to Port Adventure
Spend the morning exploring the Ulva Island bird sanctuary, on the largest island in Paterson Inlet. After a visit tohistoric Norwegian whaling station in Prices Inlet cruise to Port Adventure, popular for fishing, diving and hunting.
Day 3 Port Adventure to Port Pegasus
Cruise along the coast which is largely rocky with occasional beaches. Subsidence has created drowned river valleys such as Tikotatahi Bay, Tutaepawhati Bay and Big Kurii Bay. On arrival in Port Pegasus there may be time for kayaking and/or a short walk before dinner.
Days 4 & 5 Port Pegasus/ Pikihatiti
Explore this large sheltered harbour on the south-east coast on walks and by kayak. Its inlets, coves and bays cover some 40 square kilometres, with many safe and sheltered anchorages. Four major passages provide access to the sea which open out into two main arms - North Arm and South Arm.
Day 6 Port Pegasus to Oban
Commence the journey back to Oban and cruise along the west or east coast making stops to fish and explore along the way.
Day 7 Oban
Disembark early morning in Oban, and catch the ferry back to Bluff.
Easy forest and beach trails
Operates with a maximum of 18 guests.
26 February - 4 March
16 - 22 October
Costs are in NZ dollars
From $4,000 share twin
Discover little-known Stewart Island for a week on board a luxurious 24m high-spec catamaran.
Weather permitting, we can circumnavigate the island and discover remote areas of Rakiura National Park, which comprises 85% of the island's 1,570 square kilometers.
Most days there's the opportunity to head to shore. Bush, island and beach walks include the Ulva Island bird sanctuary, historic Norwegian whaling station in Prices Inlet and Little Glory Bay. You can also explore the inlets, bays and rivers in a kayak, or in your vessel's tender boat.