Picturesque Stewart Island is well off the beaten track, but just 30 kms (19 miles) from the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. Most of the Island is part of the Rakiura National Park with settlement mainly confined to Oban, the only township.
The island’s densely forested hills, tiny population and untouched coastline of rocky outcrops and creamy golden sand beaches make it a natural refuge for marine and bird life and a wonderful destination for people who value nature and wild places.
We’ll get you there with coach transfers from Invercargill, Te Anau and Queenstown and daily ferry services between Bluff and Stewart Island.
Once on the island, join us for a range of land and water based experiences. Enjoy a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet and Ulva Island or explore the island on our Village and Bays Tours . Alternatively travel independently with our rental cars , mountain bikes and scooters.
If you’re staying the night, the Stewart Island Lodge has the premier position overlooking the town and Halfmoon Bay.
A pumapard is a hybrid animal resulting from a mating between a leopard and a puma (a member of the genus Puma , not the genus Panthera ). Three sets of these hybrids were bred in the late 1890s and early 1900s by Carl Hagenbeck at his animal park in Hamburg, Germany . While most of these animals did not reach adulthood, one of these was purchased in 1898 by the Berlin Zoo . A similar hybrid in the Berlin Zoo purchased from Hagenbeck was a cross between a male leopard and a female puma. A specimen in the Hamburg Zoo (in the photo at right) was the reverse pairing, fathered by a puma bred to an Indian leopardess. The pumapard is characterised by a long body like the puma's, but with shorter legs. The hybrid is in general a dwarf, smaller than either parent. The coat is variously described as sandy, tawny or greyish with brown, chestnut or faded rosettes.