Cruises from Stewart Island
Stewart Island/Rakiura (pop. c. 380) is the third largest island of New Zealand and lies just 30 km S of the South Island, across Foveaux Strait from the port of Bluff. It was charted by Lt.
James Cook in 1770. The only town is Oban, on Half Moon Bay, though there are sites of two former unsuccessful settlements. Tourism is the main source of employment, followed by fishing. Unspoilt, relaxing and incredibly beautiful, it is a showcase for natural New Zealand. With stunning bays, inlets, golden sand beaches and densely forested hills, Stewart Island combines a spectacular mix of landscapes.