Stewart Island (Photo:Greg Brave/Shutterstock)
Stewart Island (Photo:Greg Brave/Shutterstock)
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Port of Stewart Island

At the very bottom of New Zealand's South Island is Stewart Island, known for lush rainforest and crystal clear waters surrounded by sweeping sands, rare flora, fauna and natural beauty.

Cruise lines only visit occasionally, so there are no large wharves or ports for big ships to tie up. Instead there's a sturdy jetty at Halfmoon Bay used by the interisland ferry and another at Golden Bay that are perfect for tenders bringing guests ashore from ships anchored in the bay for a comfortable dry landing. Both sites are an easy stroll into Oban township.

In town you will find a small supermarket, souvenir store, post office, ATM, Internet cafe and The Red Shed (visitor information centre).

Shore Excursions

About Stewart Island


Stewart Island's lush, unspoiled landscape alone makes for an otherworldly experience


Not many cruises stop here, so if you want to visit via sea, your options will be limited

Bottom Line

If you revel in nature and enjoy the wildlife scene, it can't get much better than Stewart Island

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English is the main language spoken on Stewart Island. Some locals speak Maori.

--By Rod Eime, Cruise Critic contributor

--Photo: R.Vickers/Shutterstock