Stewart Island is a must see – it’s New Zealand’s most Southern island and is home to many native birds, including the country’s icon, the Kiwi. Rakiura means “glowing skies” in Maori – You’ll get an inkling why when you see the Aurora Australis which often appears in these southern skies. The waters are startlingly clear and offer great opportunities to snorkel, dive or kayak. The small township of Oban sits among the native bush and offers a wide variety of accommodation and activities. Stewart Island will reward the adventurous tourist who seeks its pleasures.