From Queenstown: Day Trip to Stewart Island by Plane

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Explore Stewart Island (Rakiura), the third island of New Zealand, with a return trip flight from Queenstown. Discover the island at your own leisure, including its national park and amazing wildlife.


  • Marvel at bird's-eye views over the Oreti River as you fly to Stewart Island
  • Visit Rakiura National Park and Ulva Island, or wander through the Oban township
  • Explore the natural beauty of a remote island
  • Look out for impressive wildlife species, including the native brown kiwi bird
  • Create your own adventure-packed itinerary or a relaxing day immersed in nature


Take a trip by plane from Queenstown to New Zealand's southernmost island, Stewart Island, also known as Rakiura. Explore the island at your own leisure for the day, including its impressive national park, before being flown back to the mainland. Start in Queenstown, where you'll be picked up and taken to your flying location. From the Remarkables, you'll fly south over the Oreti River, before enjoying views over Toetoes Bay on the southern coast. Pass over Dog Island and Ruapuki Island before reaching your destination. Once at Stewart Island, enjoy the flexibility to create your own itinerary for the day. Consider exploring Rakiura National Park, which makes up over 85% of the island and is a paradise for birdwatching and hiking. Look out for the Tokoeka (brown kiwi bird) native to the island. Or choose from walks along the coastline, rainforest hikes, and the option to visit Ulva Island via water taxi. Stop for lunch at Kai Kart, famous for its fish and chips. Other additional options include embarking on a land-based tour with Aurora Cab Company or enjoy a 1.5 hour personal tour of Stewart Island or travelling at your own pace with Stewart Island Electric Bikes and explore the 30km of roads. All additional activities are to be booked directly by the customer and are not included in the package. Any activities should be booked between 10:45am - 3:30pm. At the end of your adventure, you'll be flown back to Queenstown and dropped off at your hotel.


Complimentary transfers to and from Queenstown Airport available Round trip scenic flight from Queenstown to Stewart Island with landing Approximately 5 hours on the ground in Stewart Island Transfers from the airstrip to Oban township Land and water based tours can be organised independently by customer Your guaranteed window seat $1 donation per passenger to the Kea Conservation Trust

Important Information

  • Flights are weather dependent Flight routes may vary due to the weather conditions on the day This booking is for a preferred time, the activity provider will re-confirm the actual flight time Flights require a minimum of 2 passengers

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