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Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience


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Terry Kirkhope

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Michiel van Dijk

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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PhilipM's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Hans Bet


Ranking: 9/10

Ulva Island tour. Guide was great!! Lots of knowledge about the island.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Marcel & Kim Meichtry


Ranking: 10/10

The guide (Furhana) knew so much, it was highly informative and the Ulva Island is a wonderful place for bird watching.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Ranking: 10/10

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.
Klaus, Denmark

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2011

LandJ's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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jerryo121's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I did a trip to Ulva island with Ruggedy Range in July 2010.(Yes I know the middle of Winter on Stewart Island but the weather was great!)I have travelled around New Zealand for 3 months over 3 trips and I can honestly say that the trip I did with Ruggedy Range was the best thing I ever did whilst in NZ. The enthusiasm of our tour guide was boundless and If I can remember 10% of the info she gave us I would be very happy! She seemed to know so much about everything, even the small stuff that I would rarely notice normally. If I ever get a chance to go back to Steward Island again (and I hope that is not a big if) I will definitely do a longer trip with Ruggedy Range during the summer this time!.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in July 2010

Janet's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We had a days walk from Port William to Lee Bay. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, naming trees, fauna, ferns, birdlife. The tour started with about an hours boat ride and we were overwhelmed with the number of seabirds viewed. We had a break for lunch with a picnic provided with freshly made tea or coffee. This was our second holiday to New Zealand but our first visit to Stewart Island and this was one of the highlights of both visits. We highly recommend a tour with Ruggedy Range.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2010

progwizard's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We had a half day tour of Ulva Island with Furhana and had a fantastic time. You could just visit the island alone, but, this would just be a walk in a beautiful area. With Furhana, the island becomes a living breathing thing, her knowledge of the flora and fauna, the history combined with her communication skills, make this a must. We saw rare birds that we never would have spotted in a million years without her. Her explanation of the formation of the forests gives a great insight into the history of New Zealand. Also being a local Stewart Island business, you get a service that is second to none. If you go to Stewart Island I highly recommedn using Ruggedy Range

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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Jim Scarff

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Furhana and Raggedy Range were terrific. They arranged a 2+ day trip to Stewart Island - ferry, lodging & tours. I did a 1/2 day Ulva Island birdwatching tour, and two half day pelagic birding trips.
Furhana has an exceptionally broad knowledge of local natural history and cultural history of the area, and combines enthusiasm with a rare ability to communicate with people on her tour.
I want to make a big pitch for their pelagic birdwatching tours. These are not emphasized on their website, but are extraordinarily good, certainly as good as trips out of Kaikoura. We had dozens of Buller's White-capped and Royal albatross, penguins, and petrels close to the boat. Photos of the seabirds at For folks with even a slight interest in sea birds, you need to go on this; for those keenly interested, you will be thrilled.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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T. Timmers


Ranking: 10/10


Reviewed over 10 years ago

TonyS's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We had a very good time on Stewart Island thanks to Ruggedy Range. Our accommodation in Half Moon Bay was excellent and our walk to and overnight at Mason Bay was enhanced by Furhana’s knowledge of the fauna and flora. We also managed to see 3 Kiwis during the day. They also arranged a visit to Ulva Island and a pelagic trip. Both of these were really good and Eric was an excellent and friendly guide.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Kerstin's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

One of my highlights in New Zealand. I got to see 2 kiwi birds in the wild.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

We first experienced Ruggedy Range in 2003 and have returned twice because of their fantastic personal service and very wide knowledge of the Stewart Island environment. The attention to detail was superb, the knowledge of flora, fauna and conservation issues was second to none and the overall experience unforgettable. Stewart Island has become one of our favourite destinations (all the way from the UK), with Mason Bay as the ultimate unspoilt beach, and the joy of seeing Kiwi in the wild was utterly memorable. We can't recommend Ruggedy Range highly enough.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Christie H


Ranking: 9/10

Guide was lively, knowledgable and enthusiastic. We learned heaps as first time nature lovers.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago