Stewart Island

Stewart Island

Our first stop post Te Araroa was Stewart Island! A short ferry ride across the Foveaux Strait to arrive at this wild island where kiwi sightings were not uncommon. Thats kiwi birds not kiwi folk!

Keen to keep our walking routine, we started to walk out of the town of Oban as soon as we stepped off the ferry. First we followed the Rakiura Track (one of NZ’s great walks) which was a gloriously graded and groomed track. However, this track only took us halfway to our hut for the night.

New shoes no more…

After reaching the great walk hut, we continued onto a more muddy but still quite nice track to Bungaree Hut.

We knew we wanted a holiday but we didn’t know we would be spending four nights at Bungaree Hut until we first got sight of it. Right on the beach, it was a holiday home that we couldn’t help take advantage of.

Our four day beach holiday was spent swimming…

fishing…

collecting shells…

bird watching…

exploring caves… including ones where we spotted some penguins

watching the sun rise…

and the sun set…

walking along the beach…

eating, reading, stargazing (including a crazy ?eclipse and moon rise? that I witnessed because I always have to pee in the middle of the night. I woke EVERYBODY up. It was too cool), penguin spotting, kelp foraging, fern picking…

and of course kiwi searching at dusk and dawn. The closest we came to a kiwi sighting was the set of footprints that appeared each morning travelling the length of the beach.

Four nights later, we headed back to the wharf in Oban to catch our ferry back to the mainland. Not before we had some fish and chips, which our friends from the T.A (Robin & Chloé) who had spent 3/4 nights with us in Bungaree Hut helpfully directed us towards.