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Stewart Island

Halfmoon Bay - New Zealand
Naturalists would love to visit Stewart Island, off the southern tip of the South Island. Only a part of Steward Island is inhabited by humans, and on the rest of island, only and only nature resides. Anyone can be impressed by the island's magnitude. Steep, bushed promontories jut out from a clear sea, sheltering numerous golden beaches coves.

The life is full of leisure. Most part of the island is carpeted by reserves for the preservation of scenery. Flora and fauna is safeguarded, and activity centres abound the island's fishing fleet and important salmon-farming undertakings. The island is a haven for a care-free holiday; for walking, tramping, fishing, boating, and for collecting unusual seashells. People derive great pleasure in indulging in these activities.

Attractions of Stewart Island
Ulva Island
This was for many years the bushclad home of the naturalist Charles Traill (1826-91), who combined the running of a general store with a passion for botany, birdlife and the study of shells. An hour's launch trip separates Ulva from Halfmoon Bay, but the water between Ulva and the shore has not deterred deer, which have swum across to cause considerable damage, though this is not apparent to the untrained eye. Rimu, rata, miro and totara stretch skywards from a floor of moss in some of the region's most delightful bush. The bird life is prolific. Sandy beaches ideal for a day's picnic, old buildings and the graves of the Traills add further interest.

Rakiura Museum (Halfmoon Bay)
The collection here reflects the island's fascinating history. Giant crabs, coral-like growths from the island's South Cape, Stewart Island weka and kiwi, and Little Blue Penguins are exhibited with the mollymawk and shag. Samples and a plan of tin-mining claims at Port Pegasus record a brief era of mineral exploitation.

Observation RockGolden Bay - New Zealand
Walk up the hill and along a short signposted track to reach the observation point. Below, a jetty marks Golden Bay, in the middle distance are the three islands of Faith, Hope and Charity; in the far distance the South-West Arm of Paterson Inlet curls out of sight, below the outline of Rakeahua (675 m). An outstanding view in almost any weather, it is charged with dramatic intensity at sunset. By the police station at the start of the walk is a brown house whose gables have a nordic flavour.

Tramping: A broad network of tracks has been established, generally with huts to accommodate ten or so trampers for each four-hourly section. Tracking is virtually confined to the area north of Doughboy Bay, leaving the southerly portion (which includes Port Adventure and Port Pegasus) as a wilderness area. A favoured eight- to ten-day route is the “North Circuit'. This follows the coastline north-west from Halfmoon Bay, with perhaps a detour up Mt Anglem, and returns to Paterson Inlet by way of Freshwater Landing.

It is quicker to reach distant coastal hunting areas by launch (arrange at Halfmoon Bay) or plane (charter from Southern Air Ltd, Invercargill). Spread over the island's coastal regions is the last accessible herd of whitetail deer in New Zealand . An attractive deer with delicate facial features, the whitetail (or Virginian) deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is named for its habit of holding its large tail erect when alarmed. Lined underneath with long white hair, the tail and its splash of white are believed to act as a guide for the young when parents flee through dense undergrowth .

Other Attractions

Chatham Islands
Chatham Island Birds - New ZealandWell known but little visited, the lonely Chatham Islands group is home to the country's most remote settlements. Volcanic in origin and comprising three principal islands, Chatham, Pitt and South-East Island, "the Chathams" lie in the Pacific Ocean some 800 kilometres to the east of Christchurch and about 700 kilometres south-east of Wellington. the Chathams lay claim to being the first part of the world to greet each new day. Reached by regular flights from Wellington and Christchurch, the principal island of Chatham (where about 90 percent of the population reside) now offers an unusual holiday prospect for those with a taste for rural life.

Increasingly the islands are visited by birdwatchers, attracted by the prospect of glimpsing birds so rare as to be included on the World Wildlife Fund's list of endangered species. Chatham Islands offer its visitors good beaches, scenic trails, bird watching, scuba diving (shipwrecks to investigate) and good fishing. A small museum in Waitangi displays artifacts of the Moriori. Local cuisine makes use of the weka (a flightless hen), black swan, swan eggs, lobster and fish .

The country's southernmost city, the "capital" of Murihiku ("tail end of the land"), stretches over open plains beside the New River estuary. While its level setting inhibits a ready appreciation of the city's geography, it makes possible broad main streets and many trim public gardens. More than this, it gives rise to the views over rooftops of the slender square tower of First Church and of the massive dome of St Mary's Basilica. Long summer twilights are recompense for a climate that has been compared unfavourably with that of more northern regions.

The city's debt to its pastures is acknowledged in the Blade of Grass, a revolving statue of polished steel outside the Civic Administration Buildings .Though not at the top of most travelers' itineraries, Invercargill, on the South Island, is a convenient stopping point for trips to Stewart Island, the Catlins forest ranges and southern Fiordlands. For the fisherman there are fish, for the hunter, game; and for all is the lure of Stewart Island, viewed invitingly across Foveaux Strait.The other attractions of Inverscargil include Queens Park, The venue of many and varied sporting activities, Anderson Park Art Gallery, Bank Corner, Waihopai Walkway,Murihiku Marae, Water tower and much much more............

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