Why Ruggedy Range

Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience offers 22 years of Ulva Island and Stewart Island guiding expertise and local knowledge, founded on a natural history background.  

We have the widest range of tours and services offered directly by any tourism business in Stewart Island. We have something for everyone and if we cannot help, we will let you know who can.

We carefully seek out staff who care about what we do, our environment and our customers.

We care passionately about our environment and wildlife. We have been donating some of our revenue in developing a conservation fund to help better understand the nature that surrounds us.

As a small business we can personalise and flex our tours and create new experiences to suit our changing customer needs and environment. Our tours are longer so you can see and do more, with better value for your money.

We care about your experience and have made a significant investment in quality gear and equipment to enhance your outdoor adventure with us. 

Above all we continually seek to improve what we offer by listening to what you have to say about us.

Our Tours and Services

We can help with the following:

  • Guided nature walks
  • Guided hikes
  • Kiwi Spotting and birdwatching 
  • Boat cruises and wildlife viewing
  • Photography tours
  • Scenic road tours
  • Guided sea kayaking
  • Hire and purchase of outdoor clothing and equipment
  • Water taxi charters
  • Road shuttle
  • Travel agency for Stewart Island travel and accommodation

Health and Safety

We follow our Health and Safety Plan. A VHF radio, First Aid and Survival Kit are carried on all trips and a regular radio schedule is maintained on all overnight trips. Our guides hold current Outdoor First Aid certificates.

Accreditations and Awards

We hold a Qualmark Enviro Gold award due to our commitment to follow sustainable practises, for supporting the environment through our Conservation Fund and for providing environmental information to help inform and educate our visitors.

Gift Vouchers

We offer vouchers to gift to friends and family.  You can choose one of our Stewart Island tours or Ulva Island tours or a cash amount. Contact us to discuss.

Specials and Group Discounts

We will have some specials, family and group discounts available this coming season.  Contact us to learn more.

Budget Options

We have introduced some shorter options for budget travellers for the following tours: Ulva Island Birds & Forest Guided WalkUlva Island BirdingEvening Eco Watch / Kiwi SpottingIsland Culture Scenic Road Tour.