Stewart Island New Zealand
The third largest island of New Zealand, Stewart Island is normally missed by most first time visitors to New Zealand. As a result Stewart Island has managed to retain the essential charm and slower pace of life, away from the rush and development in the rest of the world.
With 85% of Stewart Island being taken up by the Rakiura National Park; island life is very much centred on the ocean, wildlife and natural wonders. Extremely popular for hiking, sea kayaking and fishing; Stewart Island is a great pace to visit if you want to get away from the pressures of daily life. There are many short walks, as well as longer overnight hikes for the experienced tramper or hiker, and guided walks available.
Whilst at Stewart Island, not to be missed is a water taxi trip to Ulva Island, in Paterson Inlet. Managed by the Department of Conservation, Ulva Island is a predator free island wildlife sanctuary. Here you can view the rare and endangered birds such as the Stewart Island Brown Kiwi, South Island Saddleback, Rifleman, Stewart Island Robin and Yellowhead. The well maintained tracks give you a great chance to enjoy the birds, beaches and coastal views.
To get to Stewart Island either take the ferry from Bluff, or take a short scenic flight from Invercargill.