Over the past twenty year both access to and the island has changed. Closed on Sunday is a thing of the past, and now a day trip (any day) is a consideration, at a minimum, is now a must. From wickipedia a brief historic insight:-

Captain Cook was the first European to sight the island in 1770, but he thought it was part of the South Island so named it South Cape. The island received its European name in honour of William W. Stewart, who was first officer on the ship Pegasus, which visited from Port Jackson, Australia in 1809 on a sealing expedition. Stewart charted the large southeastern harbour which now bears the ship's name (Port Pegasus), and determined the northern points of the island, proving that it was an island. He made three further visits to the island from the 1820s to the 1840s.

Stewart Island  is now  increasingly gearing itself to tourism. The Island is still a fishing and mutton bird industry, but the island has a lot to offer for the day tourist. Not perfect yet but getting there.

The town Oban( incidentally on the same latitude as London), in Half Moon Bay has all of those historic factors that make Oban tic; two churches, a hotel and a museum that is open most days.

The War Memorial has a great seaside presence and is a recognized monument.

There are numerous tourist activities, and the one hour ferry excursion from Bluff adds to the anticipation the day brings.

Be sure to visit Stewart Island


Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
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Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
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Postal Service Police
Movie Location Mountain Biking
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