How do I get to Mason Bay Stewart Island?

How do I get to Mason Bay Stewart Island?

How do I get to Mason Bay Stewart Island?

Transport. The Freshwater Landing can be accessed by water taxi up the Freshwater River at high tide. Organise transport before you go as there is no reception once you head into the backcountry on Stewart Island. Mason Bay beach can be accessed by plane or helicopter.

Can you go to Stewart Island?

You can travel to Stewart Island by plane from Invercargill or ferry from Bluff. Road transport is available from Dunedin, Queenstown, Te Anau, Manapouri and Tuatapere.

Why is Stewart Island important?

Rakiura, the island’s Māori name, means ‘glowing skies’, a reference to the southern lights, aurora australis, which can sometimes be seen from the island. The English name, Stewart Island, is in honour of William Stewart, first mate on the sealer Pegasus, who charted Port Pegasus in 1809.

Who owns Ulva Island?

the North West Mull Community Woodland Company
In March 2018 the Scottish Land Fund pledged £4.4 million towards a community buyout of the island, and the North West Mull Community Woodland Company took ownership of the island on 21 June 2018.

Does anyone live on Stewart Island New Zealand?

The 400 or so Stewart Islanders are a proud and independent bunch, but they’re friendly too. There’s only one settlement of any size on the island – Halfmoon Bay, sometimes called Oban, which offers a wide variety of accommodation.

Why is Stewart Island called Oban?

The settlement was named after Oban in Scotland, (An t-Òban in Scottish Gaelic, meaning The Little Bay), due to the strong influence Scottish settlers had in the south of early colonial New Zealand.

Can you see kiwi on Stewart Island?

However, the Stewart Island Brown Kiwi is active during the day and night. Kiwi outnumber humans and it is estimated there are 20,000 on Stewart Island. They are not always easy to see, shying away from humans and rarely coming close to inhabited areas.

Can you drink the water on Stewart Island?

Drinking water While there have been no reports of giardia on Stewart Island, we recommend treating all water collected from streams, or filling your water containers before leaving huts.

Does anyone live on Ulva Island?

Ulva, a small island in the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Mull, is beginning to reverse decades of population decline. The island’s current population is six but before another generation has passed it’s expected to grow tenfold.

Is Ulva Island pest free?

Since the eradication of rats, Ulva Island has become our ‘Jewel in the Crown’, offering a predator-free environment for rare and endangered birds including South Island Saddleback, Yellowhead, Rifleman, Stewart Island Robin, Stewart Island Brown Kiwi.

Is there cell phone coverage on Stewart Island?

Coverage for Spark and Vodafone phones is good around the township but limited elsewhere. Internet services are available at the Stewart Island Community Library (during open hours).