Rakiura Charters Tours

Rakiura Charters offers premium scenic tours on Stewart Island/ Rakiura around the beautiful Titi/ Muttonbird Islands and Paterson Inlet.  

For individual tour information, please click on one of the tabs above.


For general information about Stewart Island/ Rakiura’s highlights, read on:


Whaler’s Base

Between 1923 and 1933 the Ross Sea Whaling Company of Sandefjord, Norway made nine expeditions to the Ross Sea in Antarctica while using a base in Paterson Inlet. Today it is called ‘The Whaler’s Base’. The purpose of the facility was to repair the whale chasers in between the November to February whaling seasons. Explore the relics still to be seen at the base including the old rusty workshop boiler on the beach and the foundations of the slipway


Fishing has been a part of the life on Stewart Island from the days of the earliest Maori occupation. For the visitor wishing to experience some of New Zealand’s best fishing and to catch a famous Stewart Island Blue Cod for dinner, we provide quality gear including rods, reels and bait. Your professional crew will also assist with fishing technique and rig lines. Anyone from beginners to experienced fisher-people are welcome on this tour. Guaranteed fun for everyone!

Ulva Island

The Ulva Island open sanctuary is one of only a few predator-free sanctuaries for native plants and rare and endangered birds in New Zealand. Since the eradication of rats in 1997, the Island’s birdlife has flourished and several bird species have been released including the rare South Island Saddleback (Tieke) (pictured), Rifleman (Titipounamu), South Island Robin (Toutouwai), Yellowhead (Mohua) and the Southern Island Brown Kiwi or Tokoeka. An absolute must for bird lovers, we provide an Ulva Island bird booklet including full colour photographs and bird call descriptions, Ulva Island history and a walking track map to ensure a great self-guided experience! With its well-maintained tracks the Island offers many easy walking options ranging from 20 minutes to 2 hours, and a chance to enjoy the stunning beaches and sprawling views of Paterson Inlet from the lookout.
Photo Courtesy of: Dick Veitch, DOC

Wildlife and History

Take the opportunity to see the endemic New Zealand sea lion, fur seals and Common and Bottlenose dolphins. Cruise along the spectacular coast of Paterson Inlet and enjoy hearing about the island’s rich cultural history from your knowledgeable skipper. Seabirds abound in our coastal waters due to the rich supply of food. Albatross, mollymawk, petrel, cormorants and Blue and Yellow-Eyed penguins are regularly seen. Sooty shearwaters (Titi) are seen in large numbers during their breeding season. If time permits, explore Paterson Inlet’s salmon and mussel farms.

Department of Conservation Marine Mammal Viewing Permit holder.