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Getting to Stewart Island:
The Foveaux Express
catamaran runs a regular service from Bluff to the island, with morning and
afternoon crossings. The trip takes about an hour, disembarking at the
Halfmoon Bay wharf. Look out for Albatross and Sooty Shearwater while
sailing, they are often seen from the deck, especially if there is a fishing
boat near by.
Island Flights operate out of Invercargill, with several planes a
day. On average the trip takes about 20 minutes. Flying over Paterson
Inlet before landing, gives you a sneak preview of the beaches and numerous
islands. The view from the plane is pretty spectacular, giving you an idea
of the huge scale of the island.
As much of Stewart Island is now a National Park, DoC plays a big
role in it's management. The DoC/Visitors Centre is definitely worth a
visit before you set out on your adventure, they have loads of info on the
island, some great old videos and displays. All tracks are managed from
here, so it's the place to get hut passes and info on what the track
conditions are. They also hire out Locator Beacons. Daily weather
forecasts are displayed daily. Email:
Phone: 03 219 0009.