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1. Posted by crazylegs (Budding Member 52 posts) 8y

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Stewart Island. Is it worth it? Are there any cheap ways of getting there?

2. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y


3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 8y

it's very pretty from what I saw, but I only spent a day there. there's some really nice short walks and some longer walks for serious trampers. There's not much more to do though, although you can go fishing too if you are interested in that. The cheapest way to get there is by boat from Bluff - beware as the crossing can be very rough, especially in winter. I can't remember how much the ticket was but I don't remember it being overly expensive. I'd recommend it if you want to get off the beaten track or are into walking.

4. Posted by crazylegs (Budding Member 52 posts) 8y

I'd probably drown swimming and the funeral would be pretty costly for my family.

Thanks for the info Bex76. Are the hostels open during the winter and do I need a sleeping bag, hot water bottle or any other preparation etc?

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 8y

I travelled just after the end of winter, in september, (it was pretty cold still) and I think all the hostels were open. I don't remember them being cold inside so you should be fine as I think they should be all pretty geared up to the cold. you could take a sleeping bag just in case, but most hostels will provide bed linen- they prefer you not to use sleeping bags due to the possibility of it spreading bed bugs. Just make sure you have waterproofs etc as it can be wet at that time of the year. I think I have a photo or 2 of stewart island in my profile.

By the way, not sure how you are travelling around but I went with Stray bus who are one of the few backpacker buses who include Stewart Island as part of their route.

6. Posted by crazylegs (Budding Member 52 posts) 8y

Thanks for the info Bex. I have bought a car so I'll head down to Invercargill or Bluff. Maybe I'll be able to hitch a lift with a fisherman.