Island Facilities

Banks & ATM Machines

There are no banks. There is one ATM in Stewart Island for NZ Eftpos and NZ Credit Cards. Many business take credit card or EFTPOS. The nearest banks are in Invercargill, South Island.

Telephone / Mobile / Internet

We have a public card phone on Main Road. Most accommodation venues have phones for local calls.

Spark New Zealand and Vodafone mobile services are available in Stewart Island. The service is limited - mainly in Oban Village and some parts of Paterson Inlet and areas on Ulva Island.

Internet is available at many accommodation venues. There is free WiFi on Ayr Street at the local library and outside the Community Centre.

Restaurants / Cafes

There are currently two restaurants, a cafe and a takeaway. These are all open during the busy season (September/October to April/May). During the off-season there is usually one restaurant operating throughout. Restaurant reservations are recommended during the busy season.


There is one grocery store, a dedicated gift shop (other venues may also sell gifts), a boutique clothing outlet and one outdoor shop. The Stewart Island Outdoor Adventure & Gift Shop is operated by us at the Ruggedy Range™ Booking Office on 14 Main Road. 


There is one garage servicing vehicles and selling petrol, diesel, coal, firewood and gas. 

Community Centre

A fabulous venue on Ayr Street. It has a large function room, fully equipped commercial kitchen, gymnasium, squash court, volleyball, basketball, badminton, table tennis facilities.

Rakiura Museum

Rakiura Museum is now housed in a new purpose built complex in the centre of Oban and well worth a visit. 


Located on Ayr Street in the Community Centre is open to the general public.

Golf Course / Bowling Green

A lovely six hole golf course can be found on Wholers Road.  Our all weather bowling green is centrally located in the centre of Oban.

Nurses Clinic

Our Nurse's Clinic on Argyll Street is open daily.

Police Station

A small police station is easily accessible on Golden Bay Road.  

Department of Conservation Visitor Centre

The Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre is opposite our booking office.  It provides information on hikes and tracks in Stewart Island and Ulva Island along with information on the local flora and fauna.  

Tour Booking Offices / I-Site / Information Centre

There are no independent information centres of I-Site in Stewart Island.  

All the tour operators (including the ferry and flight companies) operate their own booking offices. Some booking offices may sell tours for other operators with whom they have arrangements. 

The Ruggedy Range Booking Office on 14 Main Road, Oban is the only booking office and information point for Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience guided walks and tours and that of Aihe Wildlife Cruise's and Water Taxi. Inside our booking office is the Stewart Island Adventure & Gift Outdoor Shop. 

Facilities on Ulva Island 

Ulva Island only has two shelters, toilets and walking trails.  There is no shops, eating places or overnight accommodation and camping is not allowed on Ulva Island. You will need to take your own food and water when you are doing day trips on Ulva Island.