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Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience

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14 Main Rd | Oban, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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Great Evening Kiwi Trip

I thoroughly enjoyed going with Furhana and would choose her guide service if I had the chance to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
mattack27
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Charleston, South Carolina
Enriching with Ruggedy.

We visited Stewart Island with our 3 boys aged 10,13 and 15 years. Our guided trip with Furhana... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2018
markphillyh
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Auckland, New Zealand
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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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14 Main Rd | Oban, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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"flora and fauna"
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"new zealand"
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"guided walk"
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"half day trip"
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"nature tour"
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"knowledgeable guide"
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"plant life"
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"small company"
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"small group"
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"highly recommend this tour"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I thoroughly enjoyed going with Furhana and would choose her guide service if I had the chance to do it again. First of all, the weather in NZ is ever changing and she canceled her personal plans to accommodate the impending poor weather in order...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks Matt for making the trip to Stewart Island and for choosing Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience. I remember being soaked by the rain. What a night but well worth it as we watched for a considerable amount of time a kiwi foraging before us....More

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Reviewed 12 May 2018

We visited Stewart Island with our 3 boys aged 10,13 and 15 years. Our guided trip with Furhana was a highlight. Her knowledge of the birds and ecosystem was immense and the boys were fascinated. Doing the Ulva island tour with Ruggedy prior to the...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2018

Many thanks for taking time to review Ruggedy Range™, I was delighted to take your family to Ulva Island and help the boys and yourselves as parents to learn how to look for birds and appreciate their calls. The bird book you bought at our...More

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

The Owner/Operator Furhana of the Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience needs customer service training and attitude adjustment. We had a truly miserable experience touring with her. Her knowledge can not be denied but is lost by her lack of professionalism in the tourist industry. Lining up...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Hi Reviewer, I am saddened to receive your feedback, which is harsh and am truly sorry that your experience was what you suggest. I am not sure which trip you went on? As tourism is increasing in Stewart Island / Ulva Island and more people...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

We had a fantastic experience. Furhana was a brilliant host, very careful, thorough and professional, and is a walking encyclopedia. I thought I knew something about NZ flora and fauna but Furhana enlightened me even further. She is also a lovely person and goes out...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018

Hello Marilyn - I always try to help where I can and was glad that I was able to adjust the trips to suit yourself and Brenda much more. We managed to see everything we needed to on Ulva Island and on our road tour...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We had a truly memorable experience during a morning walk with Furhana. Her knowledge and information was excellent and we were able to see a very large range of birds. If you are visiting the area we would thoroughly recommend booking with Ruggedly. We have...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Many thanks David and Barbara - I really appreciated your flexibility. We were rewarded with a high number of quality bird sightings. The saddlebacks, yellowheads, red-crowned parakeets and of course the ever present Stewart Island robins were amongst 22 species seen. I hope you managed...More

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

This is a tricky review. Furhana, the Owner and our Guide knows her stuff and is a mine of factual information. The 3 day Rakiura Track is an incredible experience with jaw dropping diversity of forest, beach, distant views....just amazing. The negative was Furhana's over...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Thank you for taking time with your review. It has been the most difficult season with a major boom in tourism in New Zealand. I did not expect to find myself in another season with no support staff - the worst season not to have...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Excellent independent 4 hour tour of Ulva Island. Very knowledgeable guide, who tailored to our interests. Saw loads of rare and very unafraid birds. This is a small company so bear with them - they try to answer asap, but can't answer if they are...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Thank you for taking time to review - I am glad to have made your time on Ulva Island an enjoyable experience. I always try to respond to enquiries as soon as possible if I am out guiding - good to know the trip was...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We had an amazing half day tour to Ulva Island with Furhana. She is able to not only recognise bird’s song, but also to tell the direction. She spotted a many rare NZ birds for us including yellow heads, saddle back, rifleman and a sleeping...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Always love catching the morepork fast asleep on a tree branch. Really pleased you enjoyed the experience on our guided walk on Ulva Island. Furhana (Owner / Operator - Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience)

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Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

My walk with Furhana was a first class experience. Her organisaties Ruggedy Ranges is the best for tours on and around Stewart Island. Furhana is a very responsible and caring guide. Above all she is a source of knowledge on heiligt, geography, flora and fauna....More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Thank you Daniella - you brought a lovely sense of humour to our trip, which certainly made me smile. It was really nice to have you come on my tour, and to learn about the amazing places you have visited. Hope you continue to enjoy...More

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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

After a three day walk on beautiful Stewart Island we have nothing but praise for our guide, Furhana. We were part of a group of nine friends with varying levels of tramping experience and little previous knowledge of the history, plant life and bird life...More

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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Thank you so much Mike - I have some lovely memories of our trips and the kiwi that turned up on our last day was just icing on the cake. Thank you also for appreciating our small business angle and the more personalised service. A...More

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