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Stewart Island/Rakiura is home to New Zealand

Address: Stewart Island, New Zealand Invercargill & Southland



Rakiura, translated as The Land of Glowing Skies, probably refers as much to the night-time displays of Aurora Australis, the Southern Lights, as to the sunsets.

The island has had at least two other M?ori names.

Te Puka a te Waka a M?ui (The Anchor of M?ui’s Canoe) refers to the tradition of M?ui’s discovery of New Zealand and his use of the South Island as a canoe or platform by which he fished up the North Island.

Stewart Island/Rakiura anchored his canoe.

The island was also known in early times as Motunui (Large Island).

The main settlement is situated in Halfmoon Bay and has a general store, postal agency, DOC Visitor Centre and various accommodation options.

From Halfmoon Bay there are a number of tracks suitable for day walks.

To all our visitors, whether from New Zealand or further afield, our Island offers a special experience - a glimpse into a simpler, slower lifestyle, in rhythm with the sea and the tides, attuned to the natural world of bush and beach.

In 2002 the very qualities that make this a great place to treasure were recognised in the formation of the Rakiura National Park, comprising 85% of the Island.

We who live here permanently value the Island's special qualities - its clear, clean waters, the lush rainforest, sweeping sands, flora and fauna and the unspoilt natural beauty that are constant in our lives.

Whether you have come to enjoy the land and seascapes, view the wildlife, walk, boat, fish, dive, kayak, hunt or just relax, a Stewart Island holiday will be an experience that will draw you back here again and again.

Sources of information & photos: Stewart Island/Rakiura , Stewart Island 


Stewart Island, New Zealand

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