Otago, Invercargill, and Stewart Island Places


Stewart Island

Sea Kayaking

You will share the water with raucous fairy penguins, yellow-eyed penguins, elephant seals, leopard seals, Stewart Island shags, and occasionally dolphins. The mostly uninhabited Paterson Inlet is 100 square km (38 square mi) of bush-clad, sheltered waterways. It has 20 islands, four DOC huts, and two navigable rivers.

Phil's Sea Kayak. Suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers, a half-day guided trip in peaceful Paterson Inlet close to the shoreline is hard to beat. A full day trip will get you into exposed coastal and inter-tidal waters, or how about a sunset trip to round off the day as little blue penguins come ashore. Phil is very modest about his 30 years' experience on the water (which includes a circumnavigation of Stewart Island and crossing Foveaux Strait) and makes an amiable and patient guide. Small groups; tailored to experience; prices start from NZ$79 per person. 7 Leonard Street, Oban, 9846. 027/444-2323. .

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