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Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience

Oban Visitor Centre | Elgin Terrace, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
+64 3-219 0056
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Explore Oban village and its surrounding bays on a minibus tour with a local guide. This tour provides an intriguing insight into how Stewart Island’s tiny community survives – and thrives – while living in the heart of the ‘Roaring Forties.” From the entrance of the Rakiura National Park at beautiful Lee Bay, up to Observation Rock for panoramic views of Paterson Inlet and off-shore islands. Ideal for first time visitors to the island.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Oban Visitor Centre | Elgin Terrace, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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+64 3-219 0056
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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

This is the first trip After I landed on the island. Once I finish the tour I feel like I already know everything about this island. We had a very nice and professional lady guide who show us around on a comfortable van. She introduced...More

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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Kia Ora and thanks for the amazing review. We are so pleased you took the time to explore Stewart Island with us. The tour is so informative and people love learning about this beautiful, often overlooked corner of the world. Kind regards, the team at...More

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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

I loved this tour. It gave such a good overview of the island geography it really helped me to get orientated at the start. The guide Erin was great. The history and stories she shared was better than any i heard on other tours/museums etc.More

Thank sojourner027
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Kia Ora and thanks for the review. We're delighted to see how much you enjoyed your trip and how well Erin look after you. It's a fantastic way to learn the history of this amazing island which is often missed by visitors to New Zealand....More

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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

This was a great introduction to the Island The our guide was very knowledgeable about the Island. Our daughter has a mobility issue and even she was able to participate in the short walk that this tour includes.

Thank Meegan P
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Kia Ora Meegan, thanks for taking the time to post this five star review. We are delighted to hear how mu your family enjoyed this trip around Stewart Island. Kind regards, the team at Stewart Island Experience

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Reviewed 15 December 2017

Stewart Island has very little in the way of roads and most if not all are in Oban, Whilst the young lady who drove the van was friendly and appeared to be well versed in the history of the area, this short trip is expensive...More

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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Our ferry arrived late due to late departure of service and fog. We arrived in time for bus to commence tour late and still be back in time for it's 1pm service but the 11am trip was cancelled by operator despite the fact that the...More

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

A great tour of the populated areas of Stewart Island. I'd definitely recommend this trip for your first day to get acquainted with the island and what there is to see and do. Tons of information and beautiful stops along the way. So much more...More

Thank Dan M
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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

We booked a one hour tour of Stewart Island and was met by a pleasant lady who escorted us to her mini bus. We were taken to all the places of note and she provided an informative commentary. Unfortunately she came across as an automated...More

Thank Binkynz
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

Hi there and thanks for taking the time to post this review. We are disappointed to read how the trip failed to live up to your expectations and that you felt underwhelmed with your guide on the day. We will be sure to pass this...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

We really enjoyed the tour and our guide was very knowledgeable and took us to all the wonderful places around the island. It was fascinating to listen to her extensive local knowledge and it really helped us to appreciate the island despite the bad rainy...More

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Reviewed 10 October 2017

From the moment we boarded the bus, we were drawn in by Kylie, our driver and tour guide who generously shared her extensive local knowledge and stories with us all. She drove us to some lovely spots and told us about life on the island...More

Thank Nikki B
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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

I am a tour driver from Wellington. This was my first visit southern NZ lncluding Stewart Island. I was travelling with Twilight Travel. I was asked if I would like to join group going to Island. YES. YES. Kylie was our guide. She was fantastic....More

Thank Graeme I
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Village & Bays Tours - Stewart Island Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

Hi Graeme, thanks for taking the time to post this fantastic review. We are so pleased to hear how much you all enjoyed your visit to us here in Stewart Island, it truly is a hidden gem and we are delighted you took the time...More

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