Trip Details

A special birding tour - scenery and birds!

We have developed a delightful short tour for anyone interested in combining some birdwatching with a chance to see some of the scenery around Oban. You don't need to be a birdwatcher to do this tour. The itinerary changes over the seasons and depending on weather. We always include Observation Rock for the stunning views. We provide information on the birds seen and about the Island.

We travel by mini-van so you don't have to walk too many hills and stop often, to take several easy short 5 - 15 minute walks with some excellent photo opportunities. Your Driver / Guide will help answer your questions and make this an enjoyable and rewarding tour.

Operated for small groups of maximum 8 persons, so you receive a more personal experience.


Oban, Halfmoon Bay, Horseshoe Bay, Lee Bay, Stewart Island.


Some commonly seen birds include:

Land birds: Kaka, tui, bellbird, tomtit, fantail, grey-warbler, red-crowned parakeet, wood pigeon.

Sea birds: Little blue penguins, white-capped mollymawks.

Shore birds: Paradise shelduck, mallards, pied and variable oystercatchers, red-billed gull, black-backed gull, white-faced heron, kingfisher.


Regenerating, native mixed hardwood-podocarp forest with coastal species.


"...We were so delighted with the walk that we asked Furhana to squeeze us into the couple of free hours she had the next morning for any short tour and/or walk of her choice. She responded with a van tour of places on Stewart Island that we probably would not have found otherwise. It included some short walks and bird spotting. We loved it. Just to say it again: Furhana is the best!"


  • What we do

    We travel in our mini-van stopping at several locations.

    We take short walks, enjoy the scenery, whilst looking for birds.

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Ruggedy Range™
View from Observation Rock

Pricing & Info


NZ $95.00 per person


NZ $60.00 per person


Birding tour, admin costs.


Transfers to and/or from Ruggedy Range™ Booking Office where tour starts/ends: NZ $7.00 one-way or NZ $14.00 return per person.

Min persons

4 persons

a) Tours can operate for 2 or 3 persons with NZ $20.00 p.p. surcharge.
b) If your booking is for less than the minimum, check to see if we have achieved the minimum or, we can reserve spaces, whilst we await further bookings.


Max persons

8 persons


2 hours

Note: Subject to our availability, we are may be able to offer longer tours.


9.00 am or 1.00 pm or 3.30 pm

Important: Departure times can be flexible to fit in with your itinerary and our availability.


Ruggedy Range™ Booking Office

Suitable for

Reasonable fitness
Not suitable for children below the age of 10 years.

Departure Dates

Departs subject to demand.
Prior bookings essential.