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Page updated: 21 April 2017

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Options & Prices
Private Trips & Group Tours
What Prices Include
Shuttle Transfers

Aihe (meaning dolphin in Maori) was launched on 4th December 2007. Aihe has been custom built for a smoother and more comfortable ride and excellent all round viewing. There is seating for 12 passengers, heating for colder days and plenty of storage space.

We offer scenic trips and boat charters for excursions within local waters including Paterson Inlet, to Freshwater River, Port William, secluded beaches and off-shore islands. See also:

View our new brochure here:

Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi Brochure


Options & Prices - Boat Cruises

Prior bookings are essential all year round to ensure a place on a trip of your choice. Book Now (click here to make a booking). For detailed information on each trips, please click on the relevant trip below.

Good for Birders
NZ$ p.p.
NZ$ p.p.

NZ$ p.p.

Paterson Inlet Wildlife Cruise
2.5 Hours
4 to 12
Historic Norwegian Whalers' Base
3 Hours
4 to 12
Freshwater River Cruise
2 Hours
4 to 12

When reading the table, please note:
Rates above are for the period to June 2018.

1. Min-Max Persons indicate the number of people that make the trip feasible.
If you are only one or two persons, please note that other clients/agents are also booking our trips
and it is likely that minimum numbers will be achieved for the trip. You can also check with us at the time of booking.
2. Private trips and other options are available subject to staff availability and client numbers.
3. Larger Group bookings are accepted as private trips for some of the options.

4. Trips marked kiwi include kiwi spotting as part of the activity, other birdlife is also viewed on these trips.

Private Trips & Group Tours

If you would like a private tour or a tailored option, please contact us to discuss.

We are can operate tours for groups larger than the maximum noted in the table above. Group Tours can be personalised, please contact us to discuss.

What Prices Include

Our prices include the following:

  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Administration Fee
  • Guiding Fees
  • Department of Conservation Fees (per person and per time guided)
  • Water transport costs

We do not guarantee that trips will run below minimum numbers, however, if we confirm a booking for 2 - 3 persons, we will operate the trip and require a surcharge to be payable on the day the trip operates. Surcharges are noted in the tables above. A surcharge will not apply if the minimum numbers are achieved for the trip.

We donate some of our revenue into our own conservation fund to assist with conservation and research. You will be helping by coming on one of our guided trips. See: Conservation for more details:

We donate:
$ 1.00 per paying adult or child per guided tour


Some of our trips are not suitable for young children, however, we may be able to offer families with young children alternative options. Please contact us directly to discuss.

Shuttle Pick-Up & Drop-Off

We operate a fully licensed passenger shuttle. If you require a pick-up/drop-off from/to your accommodation, flight or ferry terminal or the township for your guided activity, there is an additional charge of $6.00 p.p. each way or $12.00 p.p. for a return trip. Courtesy shuttles are provided if required for all overnight trips.

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Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience
"Birds & Forest Booking Office"
Stewart Island - Travel & Activities

14 Main Road
P O Box 188, Stewart Island, NZ

Ph: 64 3 219 1066
Fax: 64 3 219 1078
Mob: 64 274 784 433

For all Enquiries, Bookings, please phone or contact:

Office now centrally located opposite Department of Conservation Office and approx. 2 minutes walk from flight/ferry See Map.

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