Discover the time-forgot rawness of wildlife-rich Stewart Island/Rakiura and Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara on this exclusive 8-day voyage aboard our luxurious 18-guest expedition yacht, the Heritage Explorer. This trip will be guided by expert photographer Richard Young as you explore the Island's rugged coastlines and stunning natural landscapes. Stewart Island has over 700-kilometres of coastline, beaches, hidden bays and coves, with abundant wildlife, numerous conservation success stories, rich history, epic sunrises and sunsets and the rightly famous hospitality of the friendly locals. It is also abundant in unique photographic opportunities from timeless untouched forests, to perfect seascapes, and with its Maori name, Rakiura, translating to ‘glowing skies’, there’s also the opportunity to experience the spectacular Aurora Australis which often puts on a mesmerising show as it paints the southern skies.
Stewart Island has only 25km of road so its remote, hard to reach shores and historic spots are best explored by sea including nearby predator-free Ulva Island – your best chance of seeing Kiwi during the day along with Stewart Island Robin, Stewart Island Weka, South Island Kaka, Kereru (wood pigeon), Mohua (yellowhead), Red-crowned Parakeet, Fantail, Bellbird and Tui.
Discover how truly special New's Third Island is on this unforgettable adventure.