Trip Detail

A superb introduction for visitors to the Island, a real must do! We provide a comprehensive overview of Island life, what we do and how we live with some historic information. We show you places of interest and take you to stunning scenic spots including Observation Rock, Mill Creek and Lee Bay at the entrance of Rakiura National Park.  

We include two short 5 minute walks with excellent photo opportunities. Your Driver / Guide will help answer your questions and make this an enjoyable and rewarding tour.

We offer two options: 1.5 hours or 2 hours. More places visited and more information provided on the longer tour.  For visitors on a budget, we will be offering a 1 hour tour subject to availability.

Operated in mini-vans and for small groups of maximum 10 persons, so you receive a more personal experience.


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

birds seen

Some commonly seen birds include:

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

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


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

Special Offers

Please also see our Gift Vouchers & Special Offers page for combined tours that include our Ulva Island Birding tour.


"Furhana gave us 2 fabulous trips on our day visit to Stewart Island. A van trip that was a great mix of interesting information, history & insight into life on the island..."


  • What we do

    Meet at the Ruggedy Range™ Booking Office, 15 minutes prior to your tour.

    Depart on your tour, stopping often to take in the scenery and hear information from your Driver / Guide.

    We return to the Ruggedy Range™ Booking Office.

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Ruggedy Range™
View from Observation Rock

Pricing & Info


1 hour: NZ $50.00 per person

1.5 hours: NZ $70.00 per person

2 hours: NZ $85.00 per person


1 hour: NZ $35.00 per person

1.5 hours: NZ $50.00 per person

2 hour: NZ $60.00 per person


Road tour and 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 person

a) Tours may operate for 2 - 3 persons with per person surcharge of $10.00 for 1.5 hours or $20.00 for 2 hours. 
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 to 10 persons


1.5 hours or 2 hours (1 hour subject to availability)


1.5 hours: 9.15 am, 11.15 am, 1.15 pm or 3.15 pm

2 hours: 10.00 am, 1.00 pm or 2.30 pm 

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


Ruggedy Range™ Booking Office

Suitable for

Reasonable fitness

Departure Dates

Departs daily, subject to demand and prior booking.