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Address: 14 Main Rd | Oban, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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+64 3-219 1066
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Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience tours operate exclusively in Stewart...

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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A wonderful experience. Highly recommended!

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... read more

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canberra
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 and preened each other literally at our feet, in the dull glow of the red... More 

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Auckland
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 really enjoyed the Ulva Island trip and the Raikura 3 day tramp is an easy... More 

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

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 Walk - the meals were a joint effort on this trip and everyone's skills shone... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the ferns and trees and just gave us a wee insight of their uniqueness....this has... More 

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Raglan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 taken the tour. Well worth it.

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

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 Cruise & Norwegian Whalers' Base Guided Walk, Evening Eco Watch / Kiwi Spotting and our... More 

Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

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 More 

auckland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 on Stewart Island. What a wonderful experience ,each trip so different and thanks to Furhana's... More 

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

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 sighted were all so different and a fantastic bonus - especially the very young bird... More 

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Reviewed 7 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 an appreciation for nature at its best with a guide who knows and respects her... More 

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

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 and I will not forget our intrepid and adventuresome 89 year old on the tour... More 

New Zealand
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Absolutely wonderful trip, couldn't fault our guide Furhana, her knowledge, enthusiasm and ability to cope with everything we did, was beyond words! Stefan, our wonderful chef, was a star at catching, cooking and creating menus with fresh and beautiful ingredients. I even tried Paua and muscles - bucket list tick! He truly supports fresh local foods - especially seaweed ..,.... More 

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

Hello Cheryl - I have some lovely memories of our Rakiura Guided Walk and Ulva Island Birds & Forest Guided Walk. The group mixed in wonderfully together from Day 1, making my work so easy. There are some lovely photos - too many to publish - which I and others have enjoyed viewing from our trip. It was great to... More 

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45 reviews
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

We completed the trek in FEB17 and had a totally brilliant time. Expertly led with every small detail closely taken care of. Awesome food cooked for us and a good nights sleep in the DOC huts. The walking is easy, take your gaiters though, you might need them. If you are thinking of visiting Stewart check Ruggedy out, you will... More 

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

Many, many thanks for joining this trip your ability to string a song along and sense of fun were a wonderful bonus on our trip. I won't forget the the caber throwing episode during our fire building session - I still have a smile on my face remembering Steve keeping out of the way! Glad you enjoyed our healthy meals... More 

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Reviewed 5 March 2017

Stewart Island is a destination of untouched beauty with clean arctic air, crystal turquoise water, golden beaches and deep forests teaming with birdlife. Since the land is uncultivated there is no sedimentation or farm runoff. Furhana runs a professional guiding service with enthusiasm and knowledge.

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