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Contact Details

How to Book

Office Opening Hours

Contact Details

Street Address:
Birds & Forest Booking Office

14 Main Road, Oban, Stewart Island, 9846, New Zealand

Immediately across the road from the Dept. of Conservation Office. Approx. 2 minutes walk from flight and ferry centres, in Oban.

Phone: +64 3 219 1066

Mobile: +64 274 784 433

Fax: +64 3 219 1078



How to Book

You can book either by: PHONE; FAX; EMAIL; or by using our WEBSITE BOOKING FORM, or by VISITING US IN PERSON at 14 Main Road.

We operate our own booking office in Stewart Island so we can offer you the best and most comprehensive advise on our trips to suit your interests, abilities, timeframes and budget. Please contact us directly - no one knows our business like we do!

IMPORTANT: For accurate information and so you are not restricted by choices offered by some accommodation hosts:

- There is no independent Visitor Information Centre in Stewart Island.- We choose not to operate through information centres or I-Site Network.
- We choose not to operate through other booking offices or information centres in Bluff or Stewart Island, including the flight/ferry centres or competitor booking offices.

Office Opening Hours

We are a small business - sometimes we are out of the office for guided trips or to pick-up and drop-off clients. Our answer machine always tells you when we are back. Please leave a message and we will return your call or better still, send us an email.

If you call after hours - please leave a message on:
- our main line +64 3 219 1066
- our mobile +64 274 784 433

OCTOBER TO MARCH (main season)
Monday to Sunday: 7.30 am to 7.00 pm

After hours calls accepted till 8.30 pm on our mobile (0274 784 433).

APRIL, MAY & SEPTEMBER (low season)
Monday to Saturday: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Sunday: 9.00 am to 2.00 pm
Pre-booked guided tours operate on Sunday afternoon.

During EASTER WEEKEND office is open:
Good Friday (3rd April): 8.00 am to 7.00 pm
Saturday (4th April): 8.00 am to 7.00 pm
Easter Sunday (5th April): 8.00 am to 7.00 pm
Easter Monday (7th April): 8.00 am to 7.00 pm
Thereafter regular office hours as shown for April, May, September.

After hours please leave a message on our landline or mobile.

QUEENS BIRTHDAY WEEKEND Monday 1st June 2015, office will be open:
Sunday 31st May: 9.00 am to 2.00 pm
Monday 1st June: 9.00 am to 2.00 pm

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST (off-season)
Tuesday to Friday: 8.30 am to 4.00 pm
Saturday & Sunday : 8.30 am to 2.00 pm.
Monday: Office Closed. ***
***Open by prior request. Pre-booked tours operate anytime even when office is closed.

QUEENS BIRTHDAY WEEKEND Monday 1st June 2015, office will be open:
Sunday 31st May: 9.00 am to 2.00 pm
Monday 1st June: 9.00 am to 2.00 pm

Pre-booked tours operate when office is closed.
After hours please leave a message on our landline or mobile.

In the off-season, our winter time, there may be days when the office is not manned, but the phone and emails will be checked regularly. Prior bookings are essential all year round, but especially during our low and off-season.

Off-Season May - June - July - August - September
Tours will be operating subject to minimum numbers. However there will be a week each month when the office will be closed to carry out maintenance work and / or to take a rest. Contact us before you plan your visit to check with us.

We are happy to assist you and will endeavour to answer your questions promptly. Please contact us if you:

  • Have a query; or
  • Need more information on a trip; or
  • Would like to make a booking; or
  • Can't decide which trip would suit you; or
  • Want to hire or purchase any gear and equipment; or
  • Would like to give us any feedback in general or on our website
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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

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