Stewart Island Expedition aboard Strannik

Stewart Island Expedition aboard Strannik

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Let the adventure begin: Embark on an expedition aboard MV Strannik. Explore the coast of Stewart Island, anchoring overnight in some of the most spectacular places in the world and enjoy discovering some of New Zealand’s most significant natural and cultural sites.

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Stewart Island Expedition aboard Strannik
Vessel Type: Small Ship Passenger Capacity: 8 Strannik is a Russian word translated as “Wanderer” or “Pilgrim”. Strannik is a person travelling in search of knowledge and wisdom. There is no better word nor way to describe our vessel, it has been born out of a natural curiosity and love of the natural world, history and travel.  It is designed, equipped and ready to explore the world and southern New Zealand. Cabins include private facilities with a bathroom including basin, toilet and shower. 8 passengers can comfortably fit within 4 twin/double cabins. Up to 12 passengers can be accomdated by prior agreement. Technical Specs:   Length: 24 metres Beam: 6.3 metres Cruise Speed: 8 knots, max speed 10 knots Max passengers: Up to 12 overnight in five cabins Tenders: Naid 4.8 metres and a Zodiac 4.2 metres Built: 2017  


Day 1 - Day 1 Invercargill
Transfer from Invercargill to Strannik in Oban, Stewart Island. With your knowledgeable captain we will look at charts and maps to discuss the objectives for our expedition.Our goal is to discover a part of New Zealand that very few people have had the opportunity to see and experience.Tonight we plan to find a good anchorage that allows us a chance to get ashore as well as practice with the Zodiacs which will be key to this expedition.
Day 2 - Day 2 - 8 Stewart Island
Our goal is to discover a part of New Zealand that very few people have had the opportunity to see and experience especially the areas south of Oban/Halfmoon Bay and Paterson Inlet. We plan to visit both Oban township and Paterson Inlet but the lure of the southern parts of the island will be strong, places like Port Adventure, Lords River, Port Pegasus, Broad Bay and if the weather is good the southern muttonbird Islands, possibly Easy Harbour and Doughboy Bay. We want to discover the importance of this area for the Maori, the impact of the European sealers and whalers, the saw millers and the tin miners. We would like to give you the opportunity to climb and explore some of the striking geographical features, such as Trig D, the Fraser Peaks including Gog and Magog and possibly Smiths Lookout as well as explore the myriad of sheltered bays, coves and inlets. With names like Smugglers Cove, Cooks arm, Evening Cove, Shipbuilders Cove and Acheron Anchorage there is much to see and learn. Also search for Kiwi, and look for other bush birds and of course seabirds or pelagic species. Fur Seals and Sealions will also be on our want to see and photograph list. The forest mosaics aren’t what you would expect it’s both a unique and exciting botanical wonderland. Finally, an expedition to this region wouldn’t be compete without at least one meal of the legendary blue cod or if you are keen and you bring a wet suit crayfish can often be found just with a snorkel providing the sea conditions are suitable.
Day 3 - Day 9 Invercargill
Enjoy breakfast aboard Strannik and then it’s time to say our farewells. We plan to get you onto the first ferry from Halfmoon Bay to Bluff where you will be met by a complimentary shuttle bus and transferred to your accommodation or flights in Invercargill.
Day 4 - Please Note
We do not publish a day to day itinerary, except for first and the last day. We embrace true expedition travel and make each trip unique depending on weather conditions and the guests onboard. Each of our expeditions has a goal or an objective and you will have a role in both defining and achieving those.

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    • Spend 8 days aboard Strannik, a comfortable vessel with only seven other likeminded travellers
    • Enjoy endless opportunities for adventure and wildlife
    • Discover a part of New Zealand that very few get to experience
    • Visit places such as the Oban township, Paterson Inlet, Port Adventure, Lords River and more
    • Discover the human history from the importance of the area to Maori to European Sealers & Whalers plus the era of Saw Millers and Tin Miners
    • Take the opportunity to hike to view some of the islands most striking vistas
    • Search for kiwi and other unique New Zealand bird species
    • Enjoy fresh local produce, no trip to Stewart Island is complete without a delicious meal of Blue Cod or Crayfish!