About Us

Rakiura Charters is a locally owned and operated company, offering premium tours and water taxi services aboard custom built Rakiura Suzy and Henerata. Matt and Alina are are strongly tied to Stewart Island with a family history of two generations of fisherman. Matt grew up on the Island, and the family has maintained a strong presence there with a family holiday home and frequent trips to this unique place. Matt returned to his childhood playground with Alina in 2009 after 14 years working in nautical tourism in the Abel Tasman National Park. German born, Alina migrated from Australia in 2005, and has a diverse background in fisheries conservation, wetland habitat management and eco-tourism. We love to spend time walking and fishing with our 1 year old little boy Jakob and are expecting our second little one in January. Alina currently resides as Secretary on the board of the local Rakiura Community & Environment Trust (SIRCET) and Matt is a volunteer member of the local Search & Rescue crew. Let us share this special place with you, and enjoy a truly unique and memorable experience in one of New Zealand’s most remote destinations!