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Stewart Island including port Pegasus

Trip code: SI 2022/2
Expedition Rating: Adventure Travel
Leaving: 04 Dec 2022 Starts: Invercargill
Returning: 12 Dec 2022 Ends: Invercargill

Hiking, Swimming , Kayaking , Birding, Photography, Botany, Cultural, History, Cetacean watching

On the morning of first day we will arrange a complimentary shuttle bus to pick you up from your Invercargill accommodation  and transfer you and other team members to Port of Bluff, where you will take the Stewart Island ferry to Halfmoon Bay. On arrival you will be met by our team and welcomed aboard the Strannik where you will be introduced to the vessel and our team. Over a meal and cup of tea we will look at charts and maps (including weather maps) and we will discuss our objectives and goals for the expedition. We plan to find a good anchorage this first night that allows an opportunity,to get ashore, as well as practice with the ship’s Naiad RIB which will be the key to getting ashore during the expedition. 


Day 2 – 8

Our goal is to discover a part of New Zealand that very few people have had the opportunity to see and experience, especially the areas south of Oban/Halfmoon Bay and Paterson Inlet. We plan to visit both the Oban and Paterson inlet areas, including Ulva Island, but the lure of the southern parts of the island will be strong; places like Port Adventure, Lords River, Port Pegasus, Broad Bay and, if the weather is good, the southern Muttonbird Islands, and possibly Easy Harbour and Doughboy Bay. We want to explore the importance of this area for the Māori, the impact of the European sealers and whalers, the saw millers and the tin miners. We would like to give you the opportunity to climb and explore some of the striking geographical features, such as Trig D, the Fraser Peaks including Gog and Magog, and possibly Smiths Lookout, as well as explore the myriad of sheltered bays, coves and inlets. With names like Smugglers Cove, Cooks Arm, Evening Cove, Shipbuilders Cove and Acheron Anchorage there is much to learn. We will search for kiwi (they can often be seen in daylight), and look for other bush birds and of course seabirds and pelagic species. Fur seals and sealions will also be on our hope to see and photograph list. The forest mosaics aren’t what you would expect, it’s both a unique and exciting botanical wonderland. Finally, an expedition to this region wouldn’t be compete without at least one meal of the legendary blue cod or, if you are keen and you bring a wet suit, crayfish can often be found just with a snorkel, providing the sea conditions are suitable.   


Day 9 – Farewells 

Breakfast aboard the Strannik and then time to say our farewells. We plan to get you onto the first ferry from Halfmoon Bay to Bluff where you will be met by a complimentary shuttle bus and transferred to your accommodation or flights in Invercargill.  


$5018.00 NZDpp
There are 4 Double/Twin cabins available on Strannik. "Discovery" and "Resolution" could be twin share (2 lower berths) or it can be configured as a large double bed (it is your choice). "Karluk" and "Endurance" have a bunk-bed with a double lower berth and a top bunk. There is a 3% discount for the top bunk. It is easy to access and does have storm boards if required. All cabins have a private bathroom with a toilet and shower.

Price Includes:

GST, all meals onboard the vessel, internet for emails, limited selection of wine and beer. 

Trip Info

Proposed expedition leader: Rodney Russ
Visas required: New Zealand

Requirements may vary depending on what passport you are travelling with. It is your responsibility to check to ensure you are compliant.

Trip Map

Map for trip: Stewart Island including port Pegasus

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