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Address: 14 Main Rd | Oban, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-219 1066

Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience tours operate exclusively in Stewart...

Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience tours operate exclusively in Stewart Island and Ulva Island. We are an independent, small local operator specialising in guided walks, overnight treks, bird watching (including pelagic birding) and kiwi spotting tours, boat cruises, sea kayaking and scenic road tours. Our tours are designed to capture the best the island has to offer and carefully matching this to the interests and abilities of the most discerning traveller. Whether you are a gentle explorer or adventurous and active, whether your interests are general or you are an avid birdwatcher, botanist, naturalist or photographer, we certainly have something to offer. Guides bring their in-depth knowledge, a sense of fun with a few local tales, to create a truly memorable experience. We care about the environment and strive to adopt and maintain sustainable practises. Since 2003, we have been donating some of our revenue into our own conservation fund per person per guided tour and water taxi charter. Our tours are all of generous length offering great value. We care about your experience so all our tours are personalised and we can adapt them along the way. Small groups range from 2 to 12 persons. We do cater for private tour groups of more than 12 persons. Customised / private tours are also available. We recommend prior bookings. We operate our own booking office in Stewart Island and we strongly advise that you check directly with us as there are no independent visitors centres in Stewart Island.

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Consider Yourself Lucky To Be On This Tour!

Our tour of Ulva Island with Furhana was the absolute best experience of our entire three week trip to New Zealand. You will not find a more experienced, knowledgeable, or... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 December 2016
Denver, Colorado
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Be wary! Hired two pairs of waterproofs and was charged $25 for hire and $ 25 for cleaning. One pair was very worn around crutch and so was not waterproof.Still had to pay cleaning fee. We also found them for sale at the red shed for $ 69.

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A puffer jacket just won't do if you go when its raining. We went on a half day trip to Ulva Island originally we had planned on a full day trip but there weren't enough bookings for the full day trip - in the end we found the half day was ideal and were pleased that was how it had... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Our tour of Ulva Island with Furhana was the absolute best experience of our entire three week trip to New Zealand. You will not find a more experienced, knowledgeable, or committed tour guide than Furhana. She located for us dozens of bird species and offered detailed explanations of the Island's plant life. Thank you to the other people who recommended... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We had amazing two-days tour in Stewart Island guided by Furhana, touring Ulva Island and some of the Stewart Island rain-forests. We were lucky to have a private trip (more expensive, but worth every sent). Her guidance was pleasant, professional and thorough, and she has a lot of knowledge about the nature, plants and birds. In Ulva Island we had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

I had a half day Bird Watching and Forest Tour on Ulva Island and it was one of my best experiences and paid activities in NZ! I learned so much about NZ's native plants and birds while being guided by Furhana. I loved the calm, but passionate and attentive way of hers guiding us on Ulva island and narrating on... More 

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County Durham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

I am not sure how I discovered Ruggedy Range, but am so glad that I did because my two tours with Furhana were among the most memorable of some amazing experiences in a three week visit to this wonderful country. The first tour was to Ulva Island where the walk was tailored towards the group's interest in birds. Furhana identified... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We just finished a tour with Furhana and are still enjoying everything we saw because we learned so much about what we were seeing. Furhana's knowledge comes from a passion and keen observational skills over many years. She is very skilled at helping each individual in a group see the birds. We were able to hear all the sounds and... More 

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Vashon, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Furhana was amazing. We learned a lot about the birds, the ecology, the geological history, the environmental activism in NZ and so much more. It was the highlight of our trip. I left another comment and rating last eek but failed to rate it excellent, which is was!

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

We took 3 tours with Furhana, the first being the 1/2 day at Ulva Island, the second being the Paterson Inlet tour and lastly a Kiwi night tour. She also kindly planned my 1/3 Rakiura Track 'preview' walk where we took her boat out to Port William and then tramp back to Oban. First thing you will notice that she... More 

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. I enjoyed meeting you and guiding you. Your flexibility in allowing me to make recommendations for you for your time in Stewart Island and your willingness to fit in with our schedules, given that ours is a small business, was appreciated. Our night walk was very eventful and memorable, with a luminescent bug... More 

Thimphu District, Bhutan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

We had a most memorable day trip to Ulva Island with Ruggedy Range. The highlight, apart from the kiwis and other amazing bird life was undoubtedly the knowledge and experience of our guide Furhana. Her knowledge of the birds and plants of the area is amazing and she takes great care to ensure that all her clients have the best... More 

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this review

Thank you for your appreciation of the work that goes into a guided trip. Wet days can be challenging, especially in terms of client expectations, but they can also be some of the most rewarding days. Whether it rains or is dry - there is really so much to see and learn for anyone interested in birding and natural history.... More 

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