Under the stars with a kiwi… on Stewart Island

Guided Walk | Freedom Plus | Freedom Walk

Introduction

Hiking at Mason Bay, Stewart Island

Hiking at Mason Bay, Stewart Island.

Stewart Island offers the best chance most people will ever have to see New Zealand’s national bird, the Kiwi, in its natural environment. Rest assured not many New Zealanders can make that claim.

Many centuries ago Maori came by canoe to the island to harvest shellfish and mutton birds, traditions still carried out today by local iwi. They named the island Rakiura – ‘Land of the Glowing Skies’ as it is renowned for its lingering sunsets of summer and the aurora of winter.

At Kiwi Wilderness Walks our aim is to help you participate in the great outdoors in classic “Kiwi” fashion visiting this “noah’s ark” of wildlife.

  • Coast to coast across the island
  • Chance to see a kiwi in the wild
  • New Zealand’s third island and newest National Park
  • Panoramic scenery alive with many native birds
  • A low to moderate level of fitness is required.

 

Guided Walk – 4 nights from $1,995

Starting in the southern city of Invercargill, travel to Mason Bay for a breathtaking beach walk and evening under the stars. Walk across the island through scrub covered sand dunes and head high tussock to Freshwater Landing for the water taxi to Halfmoon Bay.

Boat across the crystal waters of Paterson Inlet and visit the open sanctuary of Ulva Island. Explore Halfmoon Bay before returning to Invercargill.

For a detailed itinerary and complete list of what is included in your Stewart Island guided walk click here.

Freedom Plus – 3 nights from $595

The Freedom Plus package starts in Invercargill with the first night at Tuatara Backpackers. Fly by light plane to Mason Bay on the west coast of Stewart Island and stay the night at Mason Bay Hut. Walk and water taxi across the island to Halfmoon Bay for the night. Return by plane the following day to Invercargill.

For a detailed itinerary and complete list of what is included in your Stewart Island Freedom Plus walk click here.

Freedom Walk – 1 night from $130

From Halfmoon Bay catch a water taxi across Paterson Inlet and up Freshwater River. Walk across the island to Mason Bay for a night at the DOC hut returning the next day to Halfmoon Bay.

For a detailed itinerary and complete list of what is included in your Stewart Island Freedom Walk click here.

 

Video Footage – Check out some footage of our trips to Stewart Island here.