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Stewart Island

Stewart Island is located at the southernmost tip of New Zealand, approximately 30km south of the South Island. It is the third largest island in the country, with an area of 1,746 square kilometres and a population of approximately 400 people.

The island is home to a wide variety of wildlife and vegetation, including the rare kiwi bird, which can be found in the Rakiura National Park. The island is also known for its rugged coastline, which includes many small bays and inlets and is a popular spot for fishing, kayaking, and diving.

The first recorded visit to Stewart Island was in 1770, by Captain James Cook. He named the island after his friend, William Stewart, and the name has remained ever since. In 1809, the first permanent European settler, John Grono, arrived on the island, and by the 1870s, fishing and trading had become the main economic activities.

In the early 20th century, the island was used as a base for whaling and sealing operations, and in the 1950s, it became a popular tourist destination. Today, the island is home to a variety of attractions, including the Rakiura National Park, the Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary, and the Oban Historical Museum.

Stewart Island is a unique and beautiful destination, with a rich history and abundant wildlife. It is the perfect place to explore, relax, and enjoy the beauty of New Zealand’s natural environment.

Excursion tips for a day in Stewart Island

As a tourist in Stewart Island, New Zealand, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in a single day. Here are some of the top things to do:

1. Take a guided tour of the island. You can explore the lush forests, secluded beaches, and unique wildlife, all while learning about the island’s history and culture.

2. Visit Ulva Island, a pest-free sanctuary for native birds. You can take a guided tour of the island and learn about the unique wildlife that inhabits it.

3. Go on a kayaking adventure. You can explore the many islands, coves, and inlets that make up Stewart Island’s rugged shoreline.

4. Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant. Sample some of the local seafood and other delicacies that the island has to offer.

5. Go fishing. You can fish for salmon, trout, and other species in the waters around Stewart Island.

6. Take a boat tour. You can explore the island’s picturesque coastline and spot wildlife, such as seals, dolphins, and penguins.

7. Visit the local museum. Learn about the island’s rich history and the stories of the early settlers.

8. Go on a nature walk. Explore the island’s lush forests and spot native birds, such as the kaka and tui.

9. Visit the local art galleries. View the artwork of local artists and gain an appreciation for the island’s creative culture.

10. Take a hike. Explore the island’s trails and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Experience Stewart Island with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Stewart Island. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Stewart Island

The climate of Stewart Island in New Zealand is temperate and maritime, meaning that the temperatures are mild and there is plenty of rainfall throughout the year. In summer, temperatures range from 10-20°C and it is often humid and overcast. In winter, temperatures range from 5-12°C and it is usually windy and wet. Spring and autumn are mild and temperate, with temperatures ranging from 8-15°C and rain showers. Overall, Stewart Island's climate is relatively mild and wet throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Stewart Island

Our weather forecast for Stewart Island helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Feb. 21st 2024 Feb. 21st 2024 max: 12.7 °C
min: 10.6 °C
29.9 m/s
41.4 m/s
83.3 %
24.1 m
80.5 %
1,025 hPa
07:09:48
20:54:19
Feb. 22nd 2024 Feb. 22nd 2024 max: 14.2 °C
min: 11.1 °C
31.3 m/s
51.5 m/s
56.2 %
24.1 m
76.1 %
1,023 hPa
07:11:20
20:52:33
Feb. 23rd 2024 Feb. 23rd 2024 max: 17.8 °C
min: 11.2 °C
30.2 m/s
47.9 m/s
58.0 %
24.1 m
68.4 %
1,016 hPa
07:12:52
20:50:46
Feb. 24th 2024 Feb. 24th 2024 max: 17.0 °C
min: 11.9 °C
38.2 m/s
68.4 m/s
90.7 %
18.9 m
88.7 %
1,002 hPa
07:14:23
20:48:58
Feb. 25th 2024 Feb. 25th 2024 max: 12.8 °C
min: 11.1 °C
33.8 m/s
49.3 m/s
80.0 %
23.3 m
81.5 %
1,008 hPa
07:15:54
20:47:09
Feb. 26th 2024 Feb. 26th 2024 max: 13.4 °C
min: 9.5 °C
31.7 m/s
44.3 m/s
98.3 %
17.3 m
87.2 %
1,008 hPa
07:17:25
20:45:20
Feb. 27th 2024 Feb. 27th 2024 max: 12.3 °C
min: 7.3 °C
13.7 m/s
21.2 m/s
34.1 %
23.8 m
76.0 %
1,014 hPa
07:18:56
20:43:30
Feb. 28th 2024 Feb. 28th 2024 max: 14.7 °C
min: 9.4 °C
13.0 m/s
27.7 m/s
56.9 %
21.7 m
75.7 %
1,013 hPa
07:20:26
20:41:39
Feb. 29th 2024 Feb. 29th 2024 max: 14.6 °C
min: 11.6 °C
24.8 m/s
50.4 m/s
72.5 %
23.2 m
79.3 %
1,013 hPa
07:21:56
20:39:47
Mar. 1st 2024 Mar. 1st 2024 max: 20.0 °C
min: 11.8 °C
14.0 m/s
31.3 m/s
85.6 %
24.1 m
77.7 %
1,010 hPa
07:23:25
20:37:54
Mar. 2nd 2024 Mar. 2nd 2024 max: 17.3 °C
min: 9.7 °C
27.7 m/s
61.6 m/s
77.8 %
19.2 m
80.2 %
1,002 hPa
07:24:54
20:36:01
Mar. 3rd 2024 Mar. 3rd 2024 max: 13.1 °C
min: 9.6 °C
54.7 m/s
86.8 m/s
93.5 %
20.6 m
79.2 %
1,009 hPa
07:26:23
20:34:07
Mar. 4th 2024 Mar. 4th 2024 max: 9.9 °C
min: 6.7 °C
40.3 m/s
59.8 m/s
92.6 %
13.8 m
75.2 %
1,008 hPa
07:27:51
20:32:13
Mar. 5th 2024 Mar. 5th 2024 max: 10.4 °C
min: 6.7 °C
39.2 m/s
59.8 m/s
94.9 %
20.7 m
71.7 %
1,017 hPa
07:29:20
20:30:18
Mar. 6th 2024 Mar. 6th 2024 max: 11.9 °C
min: 9.9 °C
30.6 m/s
43.6 m/s
98.9 %
24.0 m
76.6 %
1,023 hPa
07:30:47
20:28:23

Cruises to Stewart Island

Would you like to travel to Stewart Island on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Stewart Island.

Scheduled ship calls in Stewart Island, New Zealand
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Mar. 3rd 2024 Sunday, 3rd of Mar. 2024 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 13th 2025 Monday, 13th of Jan. 2025 MS Europa 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Feb. 15th 2025 Saturday, 15th of Feb. 2025 Azamara Onward 08:00 am 02:00 pm
Mar. 5th 2025 Wednesday, 5th of Mar. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 23rd 2026 Friday, 23rd of Jan. 2026 Silver Nova 08:00 am 06:00 pm

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