Visiting New Zealand’s eco-tourism destination : Stewart Island

Rakiura National Park

Stewart Island is New Zealand’s third largest island and is located at the most southerly point of New Zealand ,off Bluff across the Fauveaux Strait. Part of the scenic New Zealand Southland region, Stewart Island is a land of forests ,sheltered coves close to open seas , white sand beaches ,unique wildlife, and the serenity and splendor of nature. It is no doubt New Zealand’s ultimate eco-tourism destination.

The special unspoilt character of Stewart Island ,its solitude, stunning coastal scenery, fauna and flora and its special landscape attracts nature lovers from around the world for either a one-day excursion or a more leisurely stay.

Paterson Inlet almost cut the Island in half .This large expanse of water is popular for boat trips and recreational fishing and diving. Whether you free dive or scuba ,you will encounter many species-Fish, Crustaceans mollusca and spectacular underwater forests of tall bladder kelp.

Stewart Island evokes among its visitors a heightened spirit of adventure. From Kayaking in the seas to walking the kilometers of forest tracks, from snorkeling to views through glass-bottomed boats, every activity is possible and enjoyable.You can also choose from a range of guided tours and cruises on and around the island.

A visit to Stewart Island is not complete without a browse through the Rakiura Museum and Rakiura National Park. Wildlife spotting, the natural and cultural heritage and diverse walking options attract visitors to Rakiura National Park.

There is a wide range of accommodation on Stewart Island to suit all tastes and budgets-from backpackers and self-contained units ,to motels and up market bed & breakfasts. Whether you have come to enjoy the land and seascapes, view the wildlife,walk, boat,fish, dive,kayak, hunt or just relax, a Stewart Island holiday will be an experience that will draw you back here again and again.

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