We had planned to head down to Stewart Island on a recommendation a week earlier from a family friend of Melinda’s, so while New Zealand is a small country compared to Australia, it still takes time to cover some of the distances.
Stewart Island is off the bottom end of the South Island and is approximately three hours drive from Wanaka. In order to get to Stewart Island there is a ferry ride across the strait, and with only set times for the ferry, and to make the most of our time on the island, we took the first one across of the day, and with a 9am ferry, plus the 3 hour drive, meant another early start for us.
So with an early start, you get to see the sun rise and the spectacular views around with the sun shining on the peaks of the surrounding mountains. This picture is just one of many amazing views. I took this photo on the road south out of Queenstown heading towards Invercargill.
With a tight schedule I didn’t get many opportunities to take many photos on the way down to Stewart Island, but new time we head to the South Island of NZ we will be taking plenty of time.
Stewart Island is known for it’s almost pristine wilderness as well as being a home to many of NZ’s bird life. While on the island we had arranged to take a scenic boat ride around which included an underwater boat ride. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t conducive to the underwater boat and so we spent extra time above the water.
While out on the water touring Paterson Inlet we got to see some of the wildlife living on and around Stewart Island.
Some of the industries around Stewart Island include salmon farming as well as oyster and mussel farms spread around the Paterson Inlet. It is interesting seeing how they work and the fact they working on being sustainable as well as economical in the environment of remote NZ.
After spending a few hours on Stewart Island and looking around the town of Oban, it was time to head back to Bluff on the ferry and back to Wanaka to get ready for another early start for Day 4.
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