Stewart Island

Stewart Island is New Zealand’s third largest island. In the Maori language, it’s known as Rakiura which means ‘the land of glowing skies’, as the aurora australis often appears here.

Over 85% of the island is National Park, and most people come here for the hiking. Walk the three-day Rakiura Track and you will get the full experience of Stewart Island’s wild beauty. Offshore on Ulva Island, you’ll find a predator free bird sanctuary with rare native birds. It’s one of the only places in New Zealand where you can readily see a kiwi in its natural habitat.

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