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Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience

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14 Main Rd | Oban, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
+64 3-219 1066
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Before visiting South Island I was advised by a South Islander friend who is a passionate nature... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dojii
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Ocean View, Australia
Expert knowledge and Great birds

We were so lucky to have chosen Furhana to guide us on Ulva Is. Not only was she an excellent bird... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
linda b
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Murwillumbah, Australia
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Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience tours operate exclusively in Stewart Island and Ulva Island. We are an independent, small local operator specialising in guided walks, overnight treks, bird watching (including pelagic birding) and kiwi spotting tours, boat cruises, sea kayaking and scenic road tours. Our tours are designed to capture the best the island has to offer and carefully matching this to the interests and abilities of the most discerning traveller. Whether you are a gentle explorer or adventurous and active, whether your interests are general or you are an avid birdwatcher, botanist, naturalist or photographer, we certainly have something to offer. Guides bring their in-depth knowledge, a sense of fun with a few local tales, to create a truly memorable experience. We care about the environment and strive to adopt and maintain sustainable practises. Since 2003, we have been donating some of our revenue into our own conservation fund per person per guided tour and water taxi charter. Our tours are all of generous length offering great value. We care about your experience so all our tours are personalised and we can adapt them along the way. Small groups range from 2 to 12 persons. We do cater for private tour groups of more than 12 persons. Customised / private tours are also available. We recommend prior bookings. We operate our own booking office in Stewart Island and we strongly advise that you check directly with us as there are no independent visitors centres in Stewart Island.
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14 Main Rd | Oban, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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+64 3-219 1066
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Before visiting South Island I was advised by a South Islander friend who is a passionate nature lover, experienced bush walker, and camper, to make sure to experience Ulva Island. Tom at Victoria Railway Hotel in Invercargill arranged and booked our tour with Ruggedy Range's...More

Thank Dojii
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were so lucky to have chosen Furhana to guide us on Ulva Is. Not only was she an excellent bird guide but her knowledge of plants and other animals was outstanding. Walking along the track she stopped and pulled out her magnifying glass to...More

1  Thank linda b
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much Linda, Ian and Gavin for choosing Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience before your arrival in Stewart Island - it made planning your time easier for me. Spring is a lovely season for fresh life in the forest and of course to catch...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Furhana was the best guide we ever had. She told us about things on the island that our friends didn't hear when they went on a different tour. I would recommend to book with Furhana to anyone that goes to Stewart Island. We did the...More

1  Thank Wadsworth J
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I am really pleased that I managed to get the time to head down to the ferry arrival area to give out my brochures, I don't always get the time (as my Ruggedy Range™ Booking Office is 3 minutes walk away and many visitors don't...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you Furhana for a fantastic tour of Ulva Island. Highly recommend for bird watchers or people interested in flora. Furhana is an amazing book of knowledge and bird spotter. She has been doing tours from Stewart Island for 16 years. So you cannot find...More

Thank SMadhav
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a wonderful afternoon out with Furhana, she has an amazing ability to spot birds that I would have completely missed, on our trip I photographed a Yellow Eyed Penquin, Royal Spoonbills among many. We went up to the Whalers Base in Patterson Inlet, in...More

1  Thank Sandra W
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks Sandra - the yellow-eyed penguin was certainly a treat and I am looking forward to the season progressing when our seabirds become more active in our area. The royal spoonbills have set up their home in the inlet and we are getting some...More

Reviewed 27 May 2017

A four hour walk around Ulva island , just near Stewart Island, with Furhana, is a memorable experience. Her descriptions of the ancient forest and her ability to locate birds was brilliant. Highly recommended.More

Thank hortisandra60
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

Many thanks for coming on my trip - it's great to get your feedback. Ulva Island is a beautiful, relatively untouched island and a pleasure to be able to show visitors around. All the best for some more great nature experiences. Furhana (Owner / Operator...More

Reviewed 20 May 2017

My son and I had a brilliant time on Ulva Island with Furhana and our small group and later on a Kiwi Spotting tour. Furhana is a very accommodating tour operator. We had delays in reaching the Island and she put in a special effort...More

Thank Simon G
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

Simon thank you for allowing us to take you to Ulva Island and also on our Evening Eco Watch Kiwi Spotting trip as part of your son's birthday present. Our exceptional kiwi sightings were amongst the best and I am sure that you will both...More

Reviewed 6 May 2017

As we walked through the bush, our guide Furhana showed us and explained all sorts of interesting and intriguing features and facts. Her knowledge of Stewart Islands geography and natural history is extraordinarily good. Time aboard her very nice boat, Aihe in Patterson Inlet was...More

1  Thank Simon F
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

Simon - thank you for bringing your "Brothers" to Stewart Island and allowing me to help with your tour arrangements. I throughly enjoyed my time with you all, and just loved the fact that you were all interested in this special place and asked some...More

Reviewed 18 April 2017

Wife and I undertook the Ulva Island walk one day and kiwi spotting the next night. Both surpassed our expectations. All the birds we wanted to see (but didn't expect to), including three kiwis. The kiwis included a pair, male and female, which fed, stroked...More

1  Thank johndcanberra
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2017

Many thanks John, what a lovely night for our kiwi spotting trip, with a juvenile sighted and then a male and female turning up and giving us a wonderful show, right in front of us. We really appreciated your willingness to wait for us to...More

Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly recommend using Furhana and her crew for all of your Stewart Island wilderness needs. Blessed with a keen sense of hearing she combines this ability to hear a saddle back sneeze at 200m with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Stewart Island flora and fauna. We...More

1  Thank Isaac C
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

Isaac - many thanks for taking time to write a review - especially as I know how busy you are. Greatly appreciated your group coming on my tours and for working with me to ensure we all had a lovely time on the Rakiura Great...More

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