Tramper, Maori Beach, Rakiura National Park
Image: Baptiste Maryns | ©


Rakiura National Park is located on Stewart Island/Rakiura. It encompasses a network of former nature reserves, scenic reserves, and state forest areas. Although the island lies only 30 km south west of Bluff, between latitudes 46 and 47 degrees south, it exudes all the charm of a world on its own.


The sunrises and sunsets in soft southern light are amazing. Visitors can explore pristine beaches, sheltered inlets, and coastal forest, and see seals, penguins, kiwi, weka and many other birds. There are also opportunities for hunting, fishing, boating, cruises and scenic flights.
  • The highest point is Mount Anglem/Hananui (980m).
  • The island is about 75km long and 45km wide at its widest point.
  • Stewart Island/Rakiura has an area of 168,300 ha or 1683 sq km. That's smaller than Hawaii's main island but larger than Hong Kong!
  • The National Park was established in 2002. It covers 157,000 ha, 85% of Stewart Island/Rakiura.
  • There are approximately 400 permanent residents on the island.
  • There is less than 28 km of road on the island, but more than 280 km of walking track!
  • The island lies 25.5 km from the mainland across the Foveaux Strait.
  • The annual rainfall in Oban is 1,600mm.
  • The average temperatures are 16° celsius in summer, and 9° celsius in winter.

Find things to do and places to stay Rakiura National Park

Diving and snorkelling around the coast of Stewart Island/Rakiura and within its many bays and inlets is spectacular. There are more varieties of seaweed than anywhere else in New Zealand, mainly in Paterson Inlet/Whaka a Te Wera. The inlet is also home to an ancient filter feeding shellfish, the brachiopod.

The Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve provides a great location for snorkel and scuba diving. Find out more about diving in the marine reserve.

There is no diving equipment for hire or sale on the island.


Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 219 0009
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   15 Main Road
Postal Address:   PO Box 3
Rakiura/Stewart Island 9846
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