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Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience

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Ruggedy Range™ Wilderness Experience operate exclusively in Stewart Island and Ulva Island. We are an independent, small, locally owned and operated business, specialising in guided nature walks, overnight treks, bird watching (including pelagic...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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14 Main Rd | Oban, Stewart Island 9818, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was windy, cold with some rain and yet we still had a great and memorable day on Ulva Island. This was all because of the knowledge and enthusiasm of our wonderful guide Furhana. She brought the Stewart Island rain forest alive - its uniqueness,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank PhilAnnieO
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky to visit Ulva island on a quiet afternoon. Furhana was so knowledgable and passionate about the flora and fauna of the island. We saw many birds and learned about the botany we would have walked by in ignorance. This was definitely a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a Great and interessting Tour on Ulva Island and pur Tourguide gives us many Informations about the Birds and the Plants. She gave us very good and capable Informations. Thank‘s for this!More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nettantor
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking time to write your review. Ulva Island is a very special place and it was a pleasure to guide you and show you the best of this very special place. We are pleased you enjoyed your time with us!...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We joined Furhana for her evening tour to search for wild kiwi. She gave a superb introduction to the birds including their adaptations and behaviour and instructed us how to maximise our chances of finding them. We set off for the night and had a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AltabasTravels
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

A memorable evening with an understanding and appreciative group of clients. Thank you so much for taking one of my brochures and making time to walk to our Ruggedy Range™ Booking Office only 3 minutes walk away from the ferry terminal. The morepork was an...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am so happy that we found Furhana and her new lovely skipper Craig in Oban! What an amazing experience we had. Furhana has been running tours on Ulva for the past 19 years and lives and breathes the flora and fauna. The knowledge and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank hattiejones
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Craig had a big smile on his face when I read out your review. Thank you so much for choosing us and bringing your laughter and happiness to our little booking office, on our Ulva Island Birds & Forest Guided Walk, and on our boat...More

Reviewed 18 October 2018

We went by car on our kiwi spotting tour. We got thorough information about the kiwi and how to behave when we were looking for them. Very soon after leaving the car we spotted the first kiwi. Later another kiwi came by and they had...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2018

Thank you Lene for coming on my tour and being patient with the business when you visited and I was out guiding. I always leave messages on the door to say when I am back, whilst I wait for new staff to join the business...More

Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

We went to Ulver Island with Furhana for a morning guided tour. She could not have been more knowledgeable and helpful. Her ability to sense what was going on in the forest around her was quite amazing. I don’t think there was a single resident...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Alan and Trish - it was a pleasure to guide you and also gain some interesting insights into your work at Zealandia. We were so fortunate to get lovely sighting of all our birds the the spider orchid. The beautiful views of the rifleman, mohua,...More

Reviewed 4 September 2018

Half day trip to Ulva Island primarily to see birds of which we saw plenty, but so much more to the tour with Furhana's extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna . A wonderful experience that you will not regret money well spent. Next time...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AlexB10524
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Thank you so much Alex. I enjoyed my trip trip with you all. My trip report has a record all the antics we witnessed of the birds during the start of their breeding season - what a display we had. I managed to look through...More

Reviewed 3 July 2018

We initially went to book just one tour with Furhana and found her to be enthusiastic, knowledgable and accommodating. We ended up going on a total of three trips with her, and although it was not cheap, we thought it was money well spent. We...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Jenga22
StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback. It is heartening to receive comments like yours. To know that somehow we were able to help you appreciate New Zealand's wildlife better and get more out of your experience in in this very special country means a...More

Reviewed 23 May 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
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StewartIslandLocal, Owner at Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2018

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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