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 3.5-hour experience departs daily during our summer schedule (2 Jan – 29 Apr) from the central Halfmoon Bay wharf.
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.
Learn about our Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary as 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, NZ fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and more, 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).
You can choose to add on an afternoon Ulva Island Freedom Walk to this tour. Please contact us directly for this option as it is a custom service, and subject to availability on the day.
Paterson Inlet Discovery Cruise