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Ann & John Green
We were blown away by the care Furhana took to ensure that we got the best out of the trips we planned. The depth of her background knowledge was amazing, but matched by her ability to communicate this clearly and effectively. Probably the best trips we have been on anywhere in New Zealand and, if you want to know why, read on for a more detailed discussion.
In the last quarter of our lives we thought this was likely to be our only trip to Stewart Island so we wanted to ensure that we got the most out of it. We therefore did a fair amount of due diligence and came to the conclusion that Ruggedy Range/Aihi seemed to be the operator that had the best track record for customer satisfaction, plus their tours were just a little bit longer with a hint of rather more depth than many of the other companies. We were not disappointed and Furhana ensured both our Paterson Inlet wildlife cruise and Ulva Island tour were truly magical experiences that we will certainly treasure.
On Ulva we were on our own and the first thing Furhana did was to take the trouble to teach us how to walk as a group in a way that would allow us to see clearly and avoid disturbing the more nervous birds. As a result we had excellent views of almost every species on the Island – presumably the kiwi and ruru were fast asleep. We were so impressed by Furhana’s powerful academic background and during the 4½ tour we probably learnt more about the geological and botanical evolution of New Zealan
Ulva Island half-day trip with Furhana was great. She is so knowledgeable and informative, and we would have got far less out of the trip with a less able guide or on our own. If we manage to return to Stewart Island, we'll be hoping to take a longer trip with Ruggedy Range.
Michiel van Dijk
We went on a full day guided tour to Ulva Island with Furhana, who proofed to be an excellent and professional guide. Great information about flora, fauna, the local life and environmental issues.
Until you have seen a kiwi, close up, you may not realise what is so special about this particular bird - and if you would like to see one, Furhana, the owner/operator of Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience has to be the best guide. We would certainly visit again and would recommend Ruggedy Range to others. Thank you Furhana!
Ulva Island tour. Guide was great!! Lots of knowledge about the island.
Marcel & Kim Meichtry
The guide (Furhana) knew so much, it was highly informative and the Ulva Island is a wonderful place for bird watching.
We had a wonderful day trip to Ulva Island, and fortunately it was in the beginning of our 3 months holiday in NZ! The knowledge we received from Furhana about native and endemic birds and plants was formidable and was of great use for the rest of our holiday. It was a wonderful experience.
We had a superb trip to Ulva Island - hesitate to say any one thing was THE top highlight of our visit to NZ but this would certainly be on the short list.
The group was small. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable but was able to pitch his commentary to our level.
No hesitation in recommending.