Private Stewart Island Heli Excursion
Duration: 9 hour trip
Distance: Less than an hour of walking
We will depart from the blue waters of Lake Wakatipu flying south across the rich farm lands, then over the boiling rough waters of the Foveaux Strait to Stewart island. Roughly 85% of Stewart Island forms part of New Zealand’s newest national park, Rakiura National Park. Rakiura is the Maori name for Stewart Island and translates as ‘the Land of Glowing Skies’, mostly likely in reference to Aurora Australis, the Southern Lights.
Many of the island’s residents are direct descendants of whalers and early Rakiura Maori. The western coast of Stewart Island is characterised by sea-pounded cliffs and sandy beaches. Vegetation ranges from podocarp and hardwood forest in the north to low forest and coastal vegetation in the south. It’s an hour’s flying from Queenstown it lies 30 kilometres south west of Bluff between latitudes 46 and 47 degrees south.
It’s a stormy, gloomy, romantic place, and it rains 275 days a year. We land at the islands Small airport and head for Half moon bay to board our Fishing boat.
The main town of Stewart Island is Oban, population a little under 400.
Isolated but rich in history, this magical bush-clad island is home to rare and protected species, mostly our flightless bird the Kiwi and it is said to outnumber humans on the island.
This Alpine Adventures Stewart Island Heli Excursion will include an expert guide with a hike on Ulva Island (weather pendant), 6 hours of fishing, sea bird watching of the Buller Albatross and may even see a yellow eyed penguin and other birds of New Zealand.
Enjoy a cheese board of NZ cheeses and fruit cake with coffee or tea on arrival. Lunch on board our exclusive Boat charter at Stewart Island will be a seafood or New Zealand meats cooked BBQ onboard with the added taste of spectacular New Zealand wines or beers. On departing Stewart Island each client will be given Stewart Island Paua shell.