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Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi

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14 Main Road | Oban, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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Wildlife cruise around Paterson Inlet

This was s spur of the moment cruise as I met Furhana on the road in Golden Bay. There were only a... read more

Reviewed September 19, 2017
MES032015
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Sydney, Australia
Friendly tour guide and great experience

We had a couple of trips with Aihe, friendly and knowledgeable team and would recommend to anyone... read more

Reviewed April 6, 2016
Sue W
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi is a comfortable and stylish boat, custom built to provide excellent all round viewing and maximum photo opportunities She seats 12 passengers and 2 crew. Aihe offers leisurely boat cruises in Paterson Inlet and around the coast of Stewart Island. Aihe also offers a water taxi service to a variety of destinations including: Ulva Island, Freshwater River, Freds Camp, North Arm and Port William. Small group cruises are always personalised for 8 to 12 persons maximum. Tours include: Aihe Pelagic Bird Watching to view our magnificent seabirds including albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, terns, penguins, cormorants, Aihe - Paterson Inlet Wildlife Cruise for penguins, dolphins (when present), other seabirds and shorebirds. For sightseeing and history try our Norwegian Whalers' Base Cruise and Walk exploring hidden bays and our bush clad coastline. Enjoy interesting commentary on birds / mammals seen, the areas visited. On calm days with good light enjoy wonderful marine life through crystal clear water. Aihe is also available for private charters.
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Sep 18, 2017
“Wildlife cruise around Paterson Inlet”
Apr 6, 2016
“Friendly tour guide and great experience”
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14 Main Road | Oban, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 19, 2017

This was s spur of the moment cruise as I met Furhana on the road in Golden Bay. There were only a few of us on the cruise (it was almost the middle of winter), and was therefore a very "hands-on" experience. Furhana was fantastic,...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2017

I am so glad I came across you on my way to the boat and especially that you joined the cruise with us on that lovely morning. A cruise on Paterson Inlet should not be missed, whatever wildlife the day brings - the scenery and...More

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Reviewed April 6, 2016

We had a couple of trips with Aihe, friendly and knowledgeable team and would recommend to anyone coming to "the island".

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Thank you Sue - really glad you enjoyed our trips and service and local knowledge - we loved having you on board and appreciated your support. Best wishes - Furhana

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Reviewed April 1, 2016

Fabulous tour that included beautiful scenery, history and wildlife. The guide was fabulous and went out of her way so we could see the birds that we wanted to see.More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Thank you for coming with us - we are lucky to have such a wonderful place to show to our guests and not only for its scenery and wildlife, but its rich history. We continue to appreciate it through the comments that our clients give...More

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Reviewed March 30, 2016

A boat passage to Ulva Island and around it too! Furhana & Kevin took us in the boat to Ulva Island and then we had a marvellous guided tour of the island watching the birdlife. It was magical and so so informative. We also had...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2017

Many thanks for your review. We enjoyed showing off our beautiful Islands and its wildlife to you. It was great to host you on two of our trips, and we really appreciate your feedback. Ulva Island is a magical place - so much to learn...More

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Reviewed February 24, 2016

I had badly hurt my toe and so could not walk on sand or rough ground or get my dressing wet. Fahana was really considerate and went the extra mile to provide a superb experience. Totally focused on best outcomes for the wild life and...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2016

Thank you for coming on our Aihe - Paterson Inlet Wildlife Cruise. The penguins can be challenging at certain times of the year especially when they are moulting, however, it was great to spot a few during our trip, plus other birdlife in the Inlet....More

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Reviewed February 7, 2016

We booked the water taxi pick up from Freshwater landing. The driver ( and boat ) arrived early which suited us - but he was prepared to wait as needed. Very competent skipper on what seemed to me to be quite rough water. I would...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2016

Many thanks for your review. The weather can be challenging and our skipper on the day made sure that you had a comfortable ride as possible given the conditions. Glad that he was there a bit earlier, so that you could get dry and warm...More

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Reviewed February 1, 2016 via mobile

Furhana is a super guide! She did her very best to show us the rich history and the ecology of Stwerart and Ulva island. We were on two tours with Furhana: the whaling base excursion and the Ulva Island excursion. As a very special treat...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2016

What a delight to see the kiwi on Ulva Island - I, can't help but marvel at this unique bird and feel we know so little about them. Watching everyone's faces made it even more special. Thank you for coming on our Aihe - Norwegian...More

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Reviewed January 3, 2016

We went for a cruise through Paterson Inlet and through the Whaling Station with this company. The guide gave us so much information and was very pleasant, tailoring a trip to suit my two children and making sure they enjoyed it as much as the...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2016

What an eventful trip on New Year's Day! The children were delightful and interested - we all enjoyed having them on board. The fishing boats and pleasure craft that were visiting for the New Year celebrations added extra entertainment, and it is one trip that...More

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Reviewed September 13, 2015

We had a 3.5 hour guided tour of Ulva Island and we learned more about the flora and Fauna that I thought was ever possible. The explanations about the birds and their patterns of behaviour in the bush was a revalation also their relationship with...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2016

Many thanks for your review. I am not sure if this review should be with our Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience listing, but either way, we predominantly use our vessel, Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi to transport clients to and from Ulva Island. I am...More

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Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Furhana was a fabulous guide, is extremely knowledgable and knew just where to look for wildlife in Paterson Inlet. She is a competent skipper and the boat was perfect for wildlife viewing. Furhana was also very generous with her time and made a real effort...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Aihe Eco Charters & Water Taxi, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2015

Thank you Andrea - for taking time to find out about our points of difference and then choosing to come on our boat cruise. I enjoyed our afternoon and the fun we had especially with the penguins. A relaxing way to enjoy a part of...More

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Hi Sarah We have a variety of cruises and water taxis destinations. Please can you look at my website or send and email to our direct email so that I can find out more about the specific cruise or destination you are... More
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