Range Wilderness Experience
by Lonely Planet "
an excellent ecotourism operator
Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience was set up in 2000 and
is locally based in Stewart Island. We offer natural history focussed
trips, specialising in:
Ulva Island guided nature walks & bird watching,
Stewart Island & Rakiura National Park guided
nature walks and hikes, kiwi spotting & bird watching,
Guided sea kayaking trips around Ulva Island and Stewart
Boat cruises to view wildlife and seabirds.
Road tours and shuttle services,
Water taxi service,
Travel agency service for travel, accommodation and bookings
of other activities.
ourselves on our quality interpretation, friendly service and ensuring
clients have an enjoyable experience, and they do: "Extremely
fascinating and stimulating - learnt a lot and really enjoyed it.
Beautiful Island - beautifully presented!" Harrison
chosen Stewart Island because it is largely wilderness, unspoilt,
clean and peaceful - we hope it stays that way. Here there are also
opportunities for us to provide a truly "off the beaten
track" wilderness experience - something which is rare
in much of the world today.
operate our own Booking Office
on Stewart Island, so that trip options can be discussed directly
with clients and suitable alternatives offered. Despite adverse feedback we are not reluctant to pay commissions to other operators / information centres. We have found that in our tight community, locally and nationally not all operators are fairly represented and understandably people will often promote their own friends / family / associates and therefore, to ensure our business survival and to provide accurate information, after many years we have chosen to handle our own bookings locally and work only with reputable agents willing to represent us fairly overseas and nationally.
ourselves on our personal, friendly service offering individuals
in small groups a variety of options to cater for different
interests, abilities and fitness from half day, full day and overnight
on the trip there are opportunities to explore primeval forests,
wild beaches and dunes, wetlands, spectacular views from subalpine/alpine
tops, paddle across crystal clear waters, view rare/threatened birds
and the rather unique and unusual kiwi and more....
sharing our local knowledge of Ulva Island and Stewart Island's
native fauna, flora, cultural history - Maori & European
and conservation issues.
is time to see and listen, time to learn and time to relax. There
are opportunities to meet with and interact with other people from
all over the world.
are fully arranged. On overnight trips, clients need only bring
their own personal belongings and share in carrying of lightweight
food and equipment. Nutritious and tasty meals and snacks are supplied.
also hire and sell quality outdoor clothing & equipment (see
gear and retail
outdoor gear) and assist clients with travel (to/from Stewart
Island), accommodation (in Stewart Island and Southland) and other
water taxi bookings.
Itineraries & Groups
small enough to react to customer needs, let us know what you want
and we can put together a personalised itinerary. Personalised itineraries
and lunches are also organised for group tours and cruise ships.
are offered, including travel to/from Stewart Island (plane or ferry),
accommodation in Invercargill and/or Stewart Island, dinner reservations,
if required along with water taxi services to various destinations.
Packages are individually tailored - let us know what you want and
we will put something together for you.
& Safety Plan
audited Health and Safety Plan is regularly reviewed. A VHF
radio, First Aid and Survival Kit are carried on all trips and a
regular radio schedule is maintained on all overnight trips. Our
guides hold current Outdoor First Aid certificates.
1st July 2003 we have been donating some of our revenue to help
fund our own conservation project. Our aim is to promote conservation
and reseach and to encourage clients to actively participate in
conservation projects. At the end of June 2011, we have raised approx.
$9,000. You can help by participating in one of our guided trips
- either a full day or overnight trip. For more details see: Conservation.
operate all year round. Our main operating season is from September
to May, fewer trips operate over the winter months of June to August.
However, subject to prior booking and weather, guided trips are
available over the winter months. From 2012, due to low mid-winter
demand and to allow for annual maintenance work, we are planning
to close for guided tours from mid-June to mid-July, but our booking
office will be open for bookings, enquiries (and possibly for hire
of outdoor clothing & equipment, scenic road tours and water
Memberships & Affiliations
of Conservation - Concession (No. CoC 260) to conduct guided activities
on conservation lands/rivers on Stewart Island, Ulva Island.
Mammal Viewing Permit
Endorsed Visitor Activity
Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Transport
Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Service
Qualmark Environment Gold
Southland Sustainable Tourism Group
New Zealand Birding Network.
Marine Transport Association (MTA)
Stewart Island Promotion Association.
is based on the Ruggedy Mountains situated in the north west of
Stewart Island - stunning jagged peaks uplifted from the sea bed
and rising from a flat plain - the sea and sunsets make a spectacular
also reflects the dynamic natural environment on Stewart Island
- at times calm and at times wild. On
calm days the natural landscape and seascape are magical and on
wild days it can be exhilarating.
a great respect for our environment and want you to come and experience
and enjoy this beautiful Island but we ask that you "leave
only footprints and take away only memories".
are some of the things that we are doing:
Plan - We aim to minimise the impact on the environment and
wildlife, by adopting sensible practices and ensuring participants
- We provide our clients with information on the environment
to increase appreciation and encourage clients to assist in protecting
our natural resources.
Fund & Conservation Volunteer Projects - We donate some
of our revenue to help fund our own conservation project, with the
aim of promoting conservation and research. We are hoping to develop
conservation volunteer projects to assist visitors in making a direct
Reducing Energy Consumption and Efficient Use of Energy Consumption
· Positioning our office to maximise light and the suns warmth.
· Insulating our office and using double-glazed windows to
cut down heating.
· Switching-off appliances and computers when not in use.
· Using energy efficient light bulbs and appliances.
· Developing trips that use less fuel e.g. majority of our
trips are walk/hike with some component of boat use.
to Minimise Use of Energy & Carbon Emissions
· We are aim to purchase assets that will be energy efficient.
· Our new office/retail outlet will be designed to utilise
natural light and heat including solar panels and will have all
round insulation to reduce energy use.
· Reviewing our vehicle needs to ensure low emissions and
Products & Suppliers, & Reducing Waste
· We are working towards purchasing green products from environmentally
friendly suppliers that use sustainable resources.
· Using paper for office and marketing needs from sustainable/recycled
· Using crockery and cutlery on our trips that can be washed
· Recycling waste e.g. paper and cardboard.