Ferry and Bus
Services From Stewart Island
New Zealand's South and Stewart Islands with its their 9 unique geographical regions
and diverse natural beauty, from soaring mountain peaks of the Southern
Alps, fiords, glaciers, lakes,
rivers, native alpine bush and the southern skifields by bus, coach and
ferry from Oban in Stewart Island.
Island/Rakiura is the third-largest island of New Zealand. It lies
30 kilometres (19 mi) south of the South Island, across Foveaux Strait. Its
permanent population is slightly over 400 people, most of whom live in the
settlement of Oban.
Stewart Island/Rakiura is the southernmost and smallest (about 75km long and
up to 45km wide). It is also the least modified - the least logged, least
farmed, least burnt, and least built upon.
Together with its 170 satellite islands and inlets,
it retains a largely intact set of natural habitats ranging from dense coastal
rainforest to tundra-like alpine vegetation.
Rakiura is the more commonly known and used Māori name. It is usually translated
as Glowing Skies, possibly a reference to the sunsets for which it is
famous or for the Aurora Australis, the southern lights that are a phenomenon of
Over 80 per cent of the island is set aside as the Rakiura National Park, New
Zealand's newest national park.
Other landscape features include the unique southern granite domes, Mason Bay's
extensive dune lands, the expansive Freshwater wetlands, Mt Anglem's twin lakes,
and numerous small forest-lined rivers stained brown by tannin.
Human settlement is
confined to a small area on the northeast coast centred on Halfmoon Bay
and the township of Oban with a population of 320 people. Native forest embraces the
settlement and its 24km or roads, creating an attractive natural
Travelling from Oban - Stewart Island is in modern buses and coaches with
InterCity Coachlines operating a fleet
of eco-friendly air conditioned buses with reclining seats and foot
Newmans Coachlines operate premier
services using a fleet of modern eco-friendly air conditioned coaches
featuring reclining seats with foot and head rests and onboard toilet/washroom
If you want to explore and see New Zealand's unique scenic beauty
there are a range of flexible 'Book As You Go'
bus, scenic coach, ferry travel and
value for money travel.
Your 'Book As You Go' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass, allows
you to travel through out New Zealand on New Zealand's largest regional and
national bus, coach, scenic coach, ferry and sightseeing network, that
includes Cook Strait ferry sailings between the North and South Islands,
sightseeing tours - like dolphin watching cruises in the Bay of Islands and
lots more. Travel is discounted, so you will be saving money, as you travel
plus it gives you total freedom to alter your plans whenever you want.
Set your own itinerary and travel when you want, as your 'Book As
You Go' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass is valid for 12 months so you can
stay a while and leave when you please.