Stewart Island – Kayaking Expedition

Stewart Island – Kayaking Expedition

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This expedition allows you to explore the eastern coast of Stewart Island. Paddle where few others have had the opportunity, explore picturesque Port Adventure, drift down the Lords River. Then spend several days paddling, exploring and marvelling at the beauty and the remoteness of Port Pegasus. This is Kayaking at its very best. We supply all the logistics to make this happen.

Note: Some kayaking experience is required for this expedition. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire detailing your experience. However, you Kayak only when you want to. You can remain on board at any time you choose.

Trip Name
Stewart Island – Kayaking Expedition
Vessel Type: Small Ship Passenger Capacity: Up to 12 overnight in five cabins Lenght: 24 meters Built: 2017 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. Domestic comfort All cabins are fully insulated. Cruseair reverse-cycle systems throughout. Forced suction ventilation and fresh air seagoing vents and opening ports to all cabins. Opening hatches to most cabins. Spacious saloon and dining areas with great views. Each cabin has own entertainment docking station and screen, large theatre in saloon and music to all areas, reference library. Multiple fridge freezers, wine fridge, ice maker, full commercial laundry, garbage compactor, all electric commercial galley with Meile appliances. Navigation System A full double redundancy suite, featuring latest Simrad multinational navigational displays with dual range radars, high definition chart plotters, down scan and forward looking sonars, Satellite compass, Dual autopilots, and weather/climate monitoring instruments. The vessel is also fitted with CCTV and gyro stabilized Flir Night vision technology for added safety underway and on station. Communications System The latest Satellite communications with on-board Wi-Fi to all areas. Email and online connections. Satellite phone and data services Off shore with 4G cellular available in-shore for rapid streaming (location dependent), Long range HF SSB and VHF marine radios. Live online web based tracking system. Safety systems Full watertight compartments and double bottom throughout, automated Fire/smoke monitoring system to all compartments with bridge alarms. Comprehensive firefighting equipment and engine room Auto-fire flood system. All cabins with emergency exits and lighting. 2 x 20 man Solas life rafts, EPIRB’s, SART, Flares and personal emergency equipment including thermal protective aids, Solas approved life jackets and abandon ship supplies. Certified crew to assist and regular safety drills.


Day 1 - DAY 1. Oban
We all meet in Oban (Stewart Island). You will be transferred to Strannik where you will be introduced to the crew and the vessel. There will be a chance to settle in and familiarise yourselves with the boat the equipment. After lunch together we will cruise to Port Adventure.
Day 2 - DAY 2. Port Adventure
Our first day of paddling and Port Adventure is a great place to start. There are a couple of sheltered bays Abrahams Bosom and Oyster Bay ideal to brush up on those skills. Then an opportunity to paddle up the Heron River that drains into Port Adventure.
Day 3 - DAY 3. Lords River
We plan to spend the day in the Lords River. Our activities depend a little bit on the tide. The river is navigable for some miles, up as far as a waterfall. We might be able to paddle upstream as far as the waterfall and then bring the Kayaks back downstream with the zodiacs or vice versa depending on the tide. For the really fit you might want to paddle both ways.
Day 4 - DAY 4 – 8. Port Pegasus
We plan to spend 5 days in Port Pegasus, enjoying the many sheltered bays and islets that make up this seldom visited region of NZ. There are no shortage of places to explore, some of them are tide dependent and we will be able to work around those. There will also be an opportunity to enjoy some short walks including the Trig D, the Fraser Peaks, Bald Cone and Broad Bay. We are there to assist you to have the best possible time. Paddle, walk and explore by day and enjoy the comfort and hospitality of Strannik in the evenings in any one of a number of safe and sheltered anchorages.
Day 5 - DAY 9. Paterson Inlet
Today we sail back to Paterson Inlet and depending on the time of our arrival there may be an opportunity to explore nearby Ulva Island, an outstanding Nature Reserve. We enjoy a farewell dinner tonight.
Day 6 - DAY 10. Oban
Disembark at Oban, continue your Stewart Island adventures or return home.
Day 7 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

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    • Hiking
    • Birding
    • Swimming
    • Kayaking
    • Birding
    • Photography
    • Cetacean watching