Whaler’s Base History Tour

Discover a little-known part of Stewart Island’s fascinating history: between 1923 and 1933 the Ross Sea Whaling Company of Norway made 9 expeditions to Antarctica while using a base in Paterson Inlet. The ‘Whaler’s Base’ was used to repair the whale chasers in between seasons.

  • Enjoy your skipper’s fascinating commentary
  • On-board photographic guides
  • One-hour tour based in Prices Inlet, located in Paterson Inlet
  • Heated cabin, comfortable seating with maximum viewing and photography opportunities
  • Optional $25 per adult add-on if you would like additional time to explore the relics on foot, including the old rusty workshop boiler and foundations of the slipway (NB drop off at Whaler’s Base requires moderate fitness and agility to disembark the bow of the boat (no steps) into knee-deep water). You would then walk to the stunning Millar’s Beach for a later pick up from the Millar’s wharf (ladder boarding).
  • Suitable for groups of up to 12
  • Ask about our Combo Tours with Ulva Island
  • This site is best explored at low tide, however due to scheduling constraints, it may on some occasions be conducted during high tide, where the relics may be more difficult to view; please ask at time of enquiry

What to bring

  • Warm, comfortable clothing
  • Closed footwear for optional walk
  • Binoculars
  • Personal water bottle


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Stewart Island

Rakiura Charters
PO Box 112
Halfmoon Bay
Stewart Island
New Zealand

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10 Main Road
Halfmoon Bay
Stewart Island
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