Silversea Luxury Cruises A Stewart Island

Stewart Island

Stewart Island is home to New Zealand's newest national park, Rakiura National Park. The third and most southerly of New Zealand's main islands, Stewart Island is separated from the South Island by the 24-km (15-miles) Foveaux Strait. Its original Māori name, Te Punga O Te Waka a Maui, means "the anchor stone of Maui's canoe." Māori mythology says the island's landmass held the god Maui's canoe secure while he and his crew raised the great fish—the North Island. View more

Today the island is more commonly referred to by its other Māori name, Rakiura, which means "the land of the glowing skies." This refers to the spectacular sunrises and sunsets and to the southern lights, or aurora australis. The European name of Stewart Island dates back to 1809. It memorializes an officer William W. Stewart on an early sealing vessel, the Pegasus, who was the first to chart the island. The island covers some 1,700 square km (650 square miles). It measures about 75 km (46 miles) from north to south and about the same distance across at its widest point. On the coastline, sharp cliffs rise from a succession of sheltered bays and beaches. In the interior, forested hills rise gradually toward the west side of the island. Seals and penguins frequent the coast, and the island's prolific birdlife includes a number of species rarely seen in any other part of the country. In fact, this is the surest place to see a kiwi. The Stewart Island brown kiwi, or tokoeka, is the largest species of this kind of bird. Unlike their mainland cousins, these kiwis can be seen during the day as well as at night. It's a rare and amusing experience to watch these pear-shape birds scampering on a remote beach as they feed on sand hoppers and grubs. Māori have visited Stewart Island for centuries. Archaeologists' studies of 13th-century Māori middens (refuse heaps) indicate that the island was once a rich, seasonal resource for hunting, fishing, and gathering seafood. A commonly eaten delicacy at that time, the titi, also known as the muttonbird, still occasionally appears on menus. In the early 19th century, explorers, sealers, missionaries, and miners settled the island. They were followed by fishermen and sawmillers who established settlements around the edges of Paterson Inlet and Halfmoon and Horseshoe bays. In the 1920s Norwegians set up a whaling enterprise, and many descendants of these seafaring people remain. Fishing, aquaculture, and tourism are now the mainstays of the island's economy. Even by New Zealand standards, Stewart Island is remote, raw, and untouched. The appeal is its seclusion, its relaxed way of life, and its untouched quality. Stewart Island is not for everyone: if you must have shopping malls, casinos, or umbrella drinks on the beach, don't come here. Visitors should be prepared for the fact that Stewart Island can be chilly, windy, and rainy, even in the middle of summer.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

cruceros visiting Stewart Island

sus resultados de búsqueda :
3
crucero
cruceros
exclusive offer
Sydney A Auckland
  • Salida
    feb 02 2019
  • Duración
    15 Días
  • Barco
    Silver Muse
exclusive offer
Auckland A Sydney
  • Salida
    dic 20 2019
  • Duración
    14 Días
  • Barco
    Silver Muse
Desde US$ 7.200
con 10% bono reserva anticipada
exclusive offer
Auckland A Sydney
  • Salida
    feb 01 2020
  • Duración
    17 Días
  • Barco
    Silver Muse
Desde US$ 7.380
con 10% bono reserva anticipada
Las tarifas mostradas son por huésped

realice una nueva búsqueda

sus resultados de búsqueda :

3 crucero cruceros

exclusive offer
Sydney A Auckland
  • Australia y Nueva Zalanda
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Salida
    feb 02, 2019
  • Duración
    15 Días
  • Barco
    Silver Muse

Lista de espera

solicite un presupuesto View more

exclusive offer
Auckland A Sydney
  • Australia y Nueva Zalanda
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Salida
    dic 20, 2019
  • Duración
    14 Días
  • Barco
    Silver Muse

Desde
US$ 7.200 con
bono reserva anticipada

solicite un presupuesto View more

exclusive offer
Auckland A Sydney
  • Australia y Nueva Zalanda
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Salida
    feb 01, 2020
  • Duración
    17 Días
  • Barco
    Silver Muse

Desde
US$ 7.380 con
bono reserva anticipada

solicite un presupuesto View more

Las tarifas mostradas son por huésped

Excursiones en Stewart Island

Ackers Point Guided Walk

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Stewart Island with this walk to Ackers Point which will provide you with an unforgettable insight into the diversity and beauty of this island sanctuary.


Your guided walk includes a visit to Ackers Point lighthouse and to Ackers Cottage, Stewart Island's oldest cottage and hand made by an early American settler who married a local Maori women. Throughout your walk you will be told about Stewarts Island's unique cultural and natural heritage with particular reference to the diverse plant and bird life. The coastal views are superb while it's likely you will see muttonbirds or sooty shearwaters returning to their nesting sites


Afterwards, return to the pier where you will take the tender back to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires extensive amount of walking, approximately 1.5 hours in duration. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend bringing a warm, waterproof jacket, sunglasses and wearing sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. Participation is limited. Wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

Halfmoon Bay Highlights

On this short overview tour, experience some of the special atmosphere of the island as you drive along almost all of its 12 miles (20 kilometres) of roads.


Halfmoon Bay

After tendering to the wharf, you will drive with your driver-guide through the tiny settlement of Halfmoon Bay, or Oban as it was formerly known. Here, you find a general store, a hotel, a couple of cafés and retail stores. Continue with your drive to Lee Bay, for a photo stop. Travel past the golden stretch of Butterfield Beach and Horseshoe Bay. From the lookout point on Peterson Hill, enjoy panoramic views of both Halfmoon Bay and the Paterson Inlet.


At the completion of the tour, you may opt to explore the village on your own or continue back to the wharf. One of the places worthwhile visiting in Halfmoon Bay is the Rakiura Museum or the Department of Conservation Centre. The best place to meet the locals is at the South Seas Hotel.


Afterwards, return to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Those who utilise a wheelchair must be able to embark and disembark the coach via the bus steps and manoeuvre in and out of the tender at the wharf. Tour operates in mini-coaches with scheduled tender departures from the ship. Participation is limited and all seats may be utilised. We suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Paterson Inlet Cruise

With over 115 miles (184 kilometres) of coastline and many small islands, Paterson Inlet is one of the most beautiful harbours in New Zealand. Native forest extends down to the waterline in many places, while the coastline is a rugged mix of rock and sandy beaches. Its pristine condition is evident in the clarity of the water, where it is possible to see the bottom of the harbour, 30 feet (about ten metres) below. In an area renowned for its marine life, over 200 species of red and brown seaweed thrive in these waters.


This excursion provides the opportunity of cruising in comfort around Paterson Inlet where the rich fauna and flora, as well as the heritage of the area, will be explained by the knowledgeable captain.


Paterson Inlet

After tendering to Oban Wharf, board your chartered launch and commence your cruise around Paterson Inlet. At Prices Inlet, the Captain points out the remains of a Norwegian whaling repair base. Here, for eight years in the mid-1920s, a number of Norwegian whale chaser boats would be repaired during the winter months, while the mother ships returned to Norway with the oil extracted from the whales.

The launch will also cruise out to the Mutton Bird Islands for a chance to view New Zealand fur seals and a variety of sea birds including Buller's albatross, White-capped albatross, several varieties of penguins, petrels and terns, and the Sooty Shearwater or Titi Mutton birds as they are known to local Maori. The Sooty Shearwater breed on these small off-shore islands and Rakiura Maori carry out traditional harvesting of the chicks for a limited period in the autumn. The adult birds migrate to Alaska during the New Zealand winter, returning in the early summer to nest in the same place at Stewart Island, year after year.


During the cruise, coffee, tea and biscuits are served. At the end of your cruise, the launch returns you to the wharf for your tender back to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Guest utilising a wheelchair must be able to manoeuvre in and out of a tender and a boat, where caution is advised. The boat has covered space in case of rain. We recommend wearing flat, rubber-soled shoes and bringing a warm, waterproof jacket. Space is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Ulva Island Guided Nature Walk

Enchanting Ulva Island, near the inlet entrance, has long been recognised for its special beauty and abundance of bird and plant life. The island is managed by the Department of Conservation as an 'open sanctuary' where native birds can be seen at close quarters.


After a short tender ride to Oban, board the ferry for your transfer across to Ulva Island. Then, commence your guided walk, which takes you over much of the island. Listen as the guide proffers details highlighting the rich bird and plant life and early Maori and European history. Keep your ears and eyes open for some of New Zealand's native birds, such as the Kaka or forest parrot, the native wood pigeon or the energetic weka, which looks similar to the kiwi


At the end of your walking tour, you will be transferred back to Oban wharf from where you will tender back to the ship.


Please note: The walk on Ulva Island is extensive and approximately one hour in duration. The trails are well maintained and are only moderately undulating. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend bringing a warm, waterproof jacket and wearing sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. Participation is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.