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Events in New Zealand

There are a variety of annual and one-off events in New Zealand which may coincide with a visit to Stewart Island. Below are some of events for your information.


Hokitika Wildfood Festival - Hokitika:

Hokonui Moonshiners Festival - Gore:

Warbirds over Wanaka - Wanaka:

New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards:

Bluff Oyster & Food Festival: 23rd May 2015 (10.30 am to 5.00 pm)
For packages and tours in Stewart Island before and after the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival, please contact Ruggedy Range.

Wednesday 20th May 2015
Thursday 21st May 2015
Friday 22nd May 2015

Sunday 24th May 2015
Monday 25th May 2015

Island Culture Scenic Road Tour
Enjoy an interesting and informative tour of Stewart Island on a 2 hr Scenic Road Tour. Take in stunning views at Observation Rock and Lee Bay (entrance of Rakiura National Park). Interactive tour, small groups (maximum 7 - 9 persons).

Ulva Island Birds & Forest - Guided Nature Walk
Ulva Island is a beautiful, predator-free Island in the heart of Paterson Inlet. Take a guided walk with our passionate, natural history guide. View rare and endangered birds, lush primeval forest and scenic beaches. Highly informative. Easy walking, small groups, (maximum 10 - 12 persons).

Norwegian Whalers’s Base Cruise
Ensure a comfortable, small boat cruise to the Norwegian Whalers’ Base and hidden bays and beaches along the way, in Paterson Inlet. Look out for any penguins, shore birds and if were are lucky on the day dolphins. Enjoy this tranquil area, lush forest clad shoreline and and learn about the history of these early whalers (maximum - 8 - 10 persons).

If you are interested in other options, please check out this website and subject to staff availability and timing, we may be able to assist - contact us to discuss.



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

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