Stewart Island

New Zealand is always thought of as a country of two islands, one northEmbedded_Map_Stewart_Island.jpg
and one south, but there is a third: Stewart Island.

Sitting quietly beneath the South Island across Foveaux Strait is Stewart Island also known as Rakiura in Maori. This translates as "Glowing Skies", a reference to the island's beautiful fiery sunsets and the aurora australis (Southern Lights) that are sometimes seen at this latitude.

Stewart Island is a place of surprising contrasts. It is New Zealand's third largest island with a land area of 2000 square km and of this Rakiura National Park occupies an incredible 85%.

Despite its size it has a population of fewer than 400 friendly locals and only 25 km of roads and although it is firmly planted in the far south of NZ, the surrounding ocean maintains a very mild climate.

So much space, so few people and temperate weather has preserved Stewart Island as an almost untouched wilderness teeming with native flora and fauna.

Rakiura Track, Stewart Island

Rakiura Track, Stewart Island

Stewart Island sunrise

Stewart Island sunrise

A fraction of the deserted coastline of Stewart Island

A fraction of the deserted coastline of Stewart Island

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