To all our visitors our Island offers a special experience - a glimpse into a simpler, slower lifestyle, in rhythm with the sea and the tides, attuned to the natural world of bush and beach.
In 2002 the very qualities that make this a great place to treasure were recognised in the formation of the Rakiura National Park, comprising 85% of the island's 1570 square kilometres.
Whether you have come to enjoy the land and seascapes, view the wildlife, walk, boat, fish, dive, kayak, hunt or just relax, a Stewart Island holiday will be an experience that will draw you back here again and again.
A range of visitor information and booking offices are available on Stewart Island and
mainland New Zealand.
At latitude 47 degrees south (the roaring forties) our weather is often unpredictable but sunshine hours are equal to the national average and our annual rainfall is less than that of Auckland.
Te Punga o Te Waka a Maui, the original Maori name, positions Stewart Island firmly at the heart of Maori mythology.
From the 13th Century to the present day. The island's rich resources provided a bountiful harvest for Maori, early 19th Century explorers, sealers, missionaries, and settlers came from all corners of the world ...
The Stewart Island Promotion Association is committed to ensuring that visitors enjoy their experience. If the service provided by any of the operators advertised on this website gives cause for concern please contact us.
Thanks to the many photographers over the years that have provided images for this website and our printed brochure. Alina Atkins, Allan J Kynaston, Craig Stonyer, D Asher, Dave Hill, Debbie Racz, Denise Edgar, Diane Smith, Dobbins Family, Furhana Ahmad, Gary Lawrence, Glenda Payne, Jay Nicholson, Jo Learmonth, Jo Riksem, Jules Retberg, Juliet Nicholas, Leah Rudin-Jones, Lee Wadds, the family of the late Margaret Fairhall, Matt Jones, Rachael McKay, Rebecca Wilson-Jennings, Sarah Smith, Scott & Mary Flanders, Serena Dawson, and Steve Nolan.