Kiwi Wilderness Walks. Stewart Island.
Stewart Island National Park - Southland, New Zealand

"Picture yourself in the Southern most Island of New Zealand wandering under a stadium of stars to try your luck at native Kiwi spotting."
Tokoeka. Stewart Island Kiwi

Stewart Island National Park offers the best chance most people will ever have to see New Zealand's national bird, the Kiwi, in the wild.

The Maori 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 bunking down in south island "cribs" and bush huts. Our experienced local guides will help you have a safe, enjoyable trip while providing an entertaining and valuable insight in to the history of Maori, early settlers and the natural environment.

Your trip begins at The Riverton Rock Guesthouse in the sleepy fishing village of Riverton. This restored historic hotel offers all the comforts required to prepare for your trip.  A familiarisation evening will enable you to meet your guide and swap notes with your travelling companions.

Mason Bay. Home to Pingao
Your Itinerary - Five Days / Four Nights
DAY 1: Riverton

Meet the team at Riverton's Guesthouse any time before 7pm, dinner time! Riverton is 37 km west of Invercargill and transfers from Invercargill (or Te Anau ) are included and available on request.

From Riverton by boat or plane to Mason Bay. DAY 2: Riverton, Mason Bay

From Riverton we travel by plane to Mason Bay on the west coast of Stewart Island. Along the way we pass Codfish Island, an important sanctuary for the Kakapo, a large flightless parrot.

The walk along this sweeping beach takes us to the Island Hill Homestead. At dusk we listen for the kiwis from the balcony then head out to try our luck at Kiwi spotting...

Approximate walking time: four hours

DAY 3: Mason Bay, Chocolate Swamp, Freshwater Landing, Halfmoon Bay

Today we walk to Freshwater Landing passing through the first pastoral run constituted in 1879. Old farm machinery lies abandoned, testimony to an era past.

Scrub covered sand dunes, manuka and red tussock house many native birds, including the brown kiwi, red crowned parakeets, robins and tui's. We may well be joined by some of them along the way. At high tide we are picked up by water taxi and head down the winding Freshwater River to Halfmoon Bay. Tonight we stay in a classic South Island "crib" in Halfmoon Bay.

Approximate walking time: four hours

Sea kayaing in Paterson Inlet.

DAY 4: Sea Kayaking in Paterson Inlet, Visit Ulva Island

Today we explore Paterson Inlet. By sea kayak we paddle around the coastline with the chance to see seals, shags and little blue penguins. Then we visit Ulva Island, an open sanctuary playing an important role in the conservation of threatened species. Birds we may see include the Weka, Kaka, Kakariki, Kereru and South Island Saddleback.
Sea kayak 3 hours, walk 3 hours

DAY 5: Halfmoon Bay, Invercargill

Time to explore Halfmoon Bay. Try one of many short walks, visit a local craft gallery, or just soak up the island ambience. In the afternoon we fly to Invercargill for the completion of our journey.

The Stewart Island walk is a five day / four night trip and costs NZ$1495 per person. Children from 10 -15 years subtract $150. Sorry we do not take children under 10.
Prices include Goods and Services Tax (GST) and are valid to 1 November 2004.

From November to April we have regular scheduled departures. Other departures are available on request with a minimum of three people and we do operate all year round.

The dates listed below are "Day 1" or the first night in Riverton. We depart first thing on "Day 2" although it is tide dependent.

November  2003

10, 24

December  2003

10, 21, 28

January   2004

6, 12, 21, 26

February  2004

4, 11, 19, 25

March     2004

5, 11, 20, 26

April     2004

5, 21

November  2004

12, 27

December  2004

11, 16, 26

January   2005

2, 10, 15, 24, 31

February  2005

8, 14, 23

March     2005

2, 9, 15, 28

April     2005

10, 26

General Information  

We provide all meals, accommodation,  transfers, hut and guiding fees, sleeping bags, cooking equipment and maps.
Packs and waterproof coats are available. Please advise before you arrive
if you need these.

For more information and booking details please contact your agent.