Recommended by Lonely Planet "…an excellent ecotourism operator…",
Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience is small, independent, locally owned and operated.
Our independence is important to us so that we can share our understanding about the environment and things we care about, thereby maintaining our integrity in our work and providing our clients with a more unique experience. Additionally you are free to choose activities with us or with others and not channelled into tours / services with associated operators based on business and / or personal connections.
Established and operating since 2000 in Stewart Island by Furhana who first visited in 1994 to hike the Northwest Circuit only to fall in love with this very special place. Find out more about Furhana.
We directly offer the most extensive range of tours and services in Stewart Island. We operate our own boat: Aihe Wildlife Cruises & Water Taxi and the Outdoor Adventure & Gift Shop.
We pride 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 Family.
We have 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.
Ulva Island is a true gem and a fantastic place to showcase our flora and birdlife in its natural state and help to educate our visitors about New Zealand's natural history.
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Furhana (Owner / Operator / Natural History and Birding Guide) holds a B.Sc.Hons. Geography degree, providing the business with its nature based focus.
The business strives to operate sustainably and we encourage our clients to do likewise. Since 2003, we have actively donated revenue into a conservation fund, raising over $17,000.00. We plan to use the monies to increase our knowledge and educate our visitors dabout our environment.