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Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience

#1 of 16 Tours in Stewart Island Features Animals
14 Main Rd | Oban, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
+64 3-219 1066
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A four hour walk around Ulva island , just near Stewart Island, with Furhana, is a memorable... read more

Reviewed 26 May 2017
hortisandra60
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Perth, Australia
Great Ulva Island and Kiwi Spotting Experience

My son and I had a brilliant time on Ulva Island with Furhana and our small group and later on a... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2017
Simon G
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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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Reviewed 26 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

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 17 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

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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

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

Reviewed 7 April 2017

Wow! What a place...and what an amazing guide! Furhana's knowledge and passion made our walk around Ulva island spectacular. As a group we went to observed the birdlife, which in itself (with Furhana's inside information) was unbelievable. During our walk she pointed out some of...More

Thank jackiemayw
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Furhana took our group on three excursions all of which were fantastic. Furhana is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the flora and fauna of the area and we discovered many different aspects of the Stewart Island rainforest which we wouldn't have known if we hadn't...More

Thank raglan55
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2017

We were pleased that you walked into our office to find out what we had to offer and give us the chance to showcase our trips and services and to work out what would fit in with your interests. Thank you for choosing our Scenic...More

Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

Organised a shuttle pick-up for the start of our 3 day tramp, also organised the purchase of a gas canister. The manager Furhana was helpful and when our travel arrangements changed at short notice was more than accommodating in changing her schedule to assist.

Thank Henare K
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2017

Hello Henare. Many thanks for taking the time to give your feedback. We were only too happy to help. Hope you enjoyed your hike and some quality relaxation time in Stewart Island, plus some good snorkelling. Best wishes - Furhana

Reviewed 29 March 2017

Our group of four have just completed three of the Ruggedy Range guided walks, the Coastal highlights ( the coastal section of the Rakiura Trek), Ulva Island and Mason Bay( fly in , walk out ) all led by Furhana during our 5 day stay...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2017

Thank you so much Shelley, Bruce, Karla and Phil - not only for choosing several of our trips showcasing different parts of our beautiful Island, but for your genuine love and respect for the wildlife that we were able to show you. The three kiwi...More

Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Furhana has in depth knowledge of impressive scope and depth regarding the flora, fauna, and natural history of Ulva. Additionally her personal skills make her a perfect guide for this lovely, peaceful walk through a natural paradise. We highly recommend this tour for anyone with...More

Thank SARAH S
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2017

Many thanks Sarah - there is so much to see on Ulva Island and as time goes on it becomes harder to fit in all the things that you could possibly show and let people know about. However, we managed to cover some good ground...More

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