Paterson Inlet Discovery Cruise

This trip is available on a daily schedule from Halfmoon Bay from 1st December but we also have some select dates available in October & November. Please check the availability calendar or give us a call to book this trip.

Join our brand new Discovery Cruise for a comprehensive journey exploring Paterson Inlet’s (Te Whaka a Te Wera) unique natural and Māori history, wildlife, aquaculture and scenery.

This 4-hour experience departs daily during our summer schedule (1 Dec – 29 Apr) from the central Halfmoon Bay wharf.

Tour Highlights:

  • Comprehensive Paterson Inlet Tour
  • 3.5-4 hours aboard our modern catamaran or charter vessels
  • Discover historic sites of interest including Harrold’s Bay stone cottage & The Neck
  • Ackers Point birdlife
  • Ulva Island (optional add on freedom walk)
  • Big Glory Bay Marine Farms
  • Spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Full commentary with complimentary tea & coffee onboard

Paterson Inlet Full Tour Details:

Departing Halfmoon Bay wharf in Oban your cruise begins with the historic Harrold’s Bay Stone Cottage, one of New Zealand’s oldest stone buildings. Acker’s Point birdlife is abundant and sightings may include sooty shearwaters (muttonbirds), mollymawks and little blue penguins.

We make a brief stop at Ulva Island for our Ulva Island Connection drop off passengers, while your guide provides a commentary on the history and national significance of this unique bird and flora sanctuary. 

For those wanting to experience a flexible Ulva Island freedom walk in addition to the Discovery Cruise, you can contact us to arrange a time that suits you through our Ulva Island Add-On.

Travel through the Ulva Island/ Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve, and learn about the important role this ancient river valley plays in providing habitat and nursery grounds for a plethora of fish, seaweed and prehistoric Brachiopods (lamp shells).

Next, enjoy a tour of the historic Norwegian Whaler’s Base from the water. We then travel past the Bravo Islands into Big Glory Bay to explore the local Marine Farms and Stewart Island’s fascinating aquaculture industry. Leaving Big Glory Bay, we travel along The Neck, believed to be Stewart Island’s earliest Māori settlement.  

Encounter spectacular wildlife with spotting opportunities including Yellow-Eyed Penguins, before returning to the Halfmoon Bay wharf.

Lunch packs are available from the Stewart Island 4 Square store (orders and collection arrangements can be made directly on 03 219 1069).

Add-On: Ulva Island Freedom Walk

You can choose to add on an afternoon Ulva Island Freedom Walk to this tour. Please contact us directly for this option.

What to Bring:

  • Warm, comfortable clothing and suitable footwear
  • Wet weather coat, especially for Ulva Island Add-On customers
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Personal water bottle, lunch and snacks
  • Complimentary Tea and Coffee is provided

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Rakiura Charters
PO Box 112
Halfmoon Bay
Stewart Island
New Zealand

Booking Office
10 Main Road
Halfmoon Bay
Stewart Island
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