WHY CHOOSE US
SMALL GROUPS • PERSONALISED EXPERIENCES • Environmental focus • PASSIONATE LOCAL GUIDES • LONGER TOURS • QUALITY TIME
LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 2000
We offer “off the beaten track” wilderness adventures, like no other, on Ulva Island and Stewart Island / Rakiura National Park, in New Zealand’s deep south for discerning individuals in small groups. Our focus is local and New Zealand natural and cultural history, opportunities to view kiwi and rare and threatened native birds and plants in the wild. We bring our in-depth local knowledge - gained from operating and continually developing our tours here, since 2000.
We welcome you to come and enjoy this special part of New Zealand, and share the beauty of the place we call home...
After careful consideration, Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience / Aihe Wildlife Cruises & Water Taxi and the Stewart Island Outdoor Adventure & Gift Shop will remain closed for tours and services during our winter months in New Zealand (June, July, August). We hope to operate again in September / October. We continue to take bookings and enquiries for the coming season. Our emails, phone calls and messages are and will continue to be checked regularly.
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We have applied 100% refunds to everyone who has cancelled their tours during the past few months. We will be reviewing our cancellation policies for future bookings that are affected by the world pandemic in order to ease financial worries for our customers.
We are currently evaluating all our tours and services and operational procedures, to implement higher standards of hygiene, cleanliness and recommended social distancing. We will also review maximum numbers on our trips. We want to get this right to ensure the safety of all our customers, staff and community. We will open when our systems are in place, we have appropriate resources and we feel that it is safe and we can provide an enjoyable experience.
We continue to send our best wishes and hopes to everyone around the world.
A picturesque, forested island with easy walks, beautiful beaches and interesting coves.
"We were so lucky to have chosen Furhana to guide us on Ulva Island. Not only was she an excellent bird guide but her knowledge of plants and other animals was outstanding."
"This tour is beyond excellent. Owner and Tour Guide Furhana is so knowledgeable and so dedicated to teaching and showing you birds, trees, and fauna on Ulva Island."
"Furhana led our party through the majesty of the pristine rainforest, ears and eyes attuned to the environment. She knew every birdcall, every tiny plant, every massive tree, and her knowledge and passion flowed out and into us all."