Stewart Island discovery cruise

Stewart Island discovery cruise

Stewart Island, New Zealand

Discover New Zealand’s third and southernmost island – Stewart Island – from aboard the purpose-built Milford Wanderer.

Most of Stewart Island is part of the Rakiura National Park with settlement mainly confined to Oban, the only township. The island’s densely forested hills, tiny population and untouched coastline of rocky outcrops and creamy golden sand beaches make it a natural refuge for marine and bird life and a wonderful destination for people who value nature and wild places.  

Your journey starts with a cruise across Foveaux Strait from Bluff to Stewart Island’s eastern shoreline. After boarding the Milford Wanderer, you’ll spend the next days cruising some of the most magical waters in New Zealand, venturing ashore regularly for guided walks and visits to historic sites.


  • 5 nights / 6 days tour onboard Milford Wanderer
  • All meals as well as complimentary tea and coffee.  
  • On-board specialist nature guides and guided walks 
  • Tender craft and kayaks for exploration of the coastline
  • Coach connections from Invercargill.

Travel Validity

Valid for Departures

  • 22 Jul 2022
  • 30 Jul 2023
  • 04 Aug 2023
  • 11 Aug 2023
  • 16 Aug 2023

Itinerary & Map

Day 1: Bluff to Port Adventure

Take the express catamaran across Foveaux Strait - from Bluff to Halfmoon Bay, where you will board the Milford Wanderer and cruise to Port Adventure. Port Adventure is where Oysters were first harvested commercially in the 1800s. Finish the day with an afternoon beach and or forest walk.


  • Lunch and dinner.
Day 2: Port Adventure to Port Pegasus

A 3-hour morning sea passage to Port Pegasus. Time for kayaking and or a walk to the lookout above Evening Cove.


  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 3: Port Pegasus

Activities around Port Pegasus including a morning walk up the impressive granite peak of Bald Cone and a walk to Broad Bay or Small Craft Harbour in the afternoon.


  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 4: Port Pegasus to Paterson Inlet

Visit the old 1800s fishing base at North Pegasus and the Belltopper falls, then a 4 hour sea passage to Paterson Inlet in the afternoon.


  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 5: Paterson Inlet

Spend the morning on the Ulva Island bird sanctuary. In the afternoon visit the historic Norwegian whaling station in Prices Inlet and or kayak Kaipipi Bay.


  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 6: Paterson Inlet to Bluff

A morning walk from Golden Bay across to Halfmoon Bay and Oban township. Express catamaran to Bluff in the afternoon.


  • Breakfast.
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.   
Terms and Conditions
  • Bluff is around 25 minutes from Invercargill, 3.5 hours from Dunedin and around 3 hours from Queenstown by road. A courtesy coach is available between Invercargill and Bluff. This departs at 8am on the morning of departure . Bookings are essential so please contact us or add a comment to your booking. 
  • Please note this is a general guide only, all itineraries are subject to change based on weather conditions and crew judgement. In addition to below there is also lots of cruising, and extra kayaking or walking where time allows.
  • Your vessel allows for 32 passengers per departure. Twin Share Compartments and shared bathroom facilites are provided.
  • All walks are optional. The Nature Guides provide a briefing prior to heading ashore so you can decide if you wish to join in. The walks are generally leisurely and not too strenuous, allowing you time to take in the area’s flora and fauna. Please note that the tracks are often muddy.
  • Alcoholic drinks can be purchased at the licensed bar.
  • Blackout dates apply and shown in calendar
  • Booking changes are allowed free of charge before final balance due date, additional rates may apply on new dates
  • Final balance is due 2 months before departure.