Oban is the one and only town of Stewart Island and offers travellers a beautiful place to base themselves before heading out to experience the best Stewart Island and Rakiura has to offer, as well as the coast, forests, and trails.
Just south of the South Island, you’ll reach Oban after catching the daily ferry from Bluff. You’ll notice the dense surrounding forest of the national park, the golden sandy beaches, and the hilly terrain offering some stunning views of the Foveaux Strait. Oban has a small supermarket, a local pub, a couple of cafes, visitor centres, and our cosy Stewart Island Lodge, so you’ll be well taken care of in this small town. It’s also where you’ll find all our experience departures; whether you’re catching the ferry, heading on a Village and Bays Tour, going on a Wild Kiwi Encounter, or renting a car, this hub is a must to spend some time in!
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Yes, there are many activities you can fit into one day on Stewart Island. Ask our reservations team for suggested itineraries.
Stewart Island is not the place for a shopping spree as there is a very small range of shops - from small gift shops with locally produced items to the general store for groceries and fresh food.
Yes, there is a general grocery store, cafés and restaurants and a Kai cart (take-aways in summer only).
No, we only carry passengers and light freight on the ferry services between Bluff and Stewart Island. Rental cars and motor scooters are available for hire from our Oban Visitor Centre. Visit our Stewart Island Rentals page for further information.
There are a huge range of activities available on Stewart Island, from kayaking, fishing trips, golf, walking tracks and more. To find out more information and to make bookings, we operate the Oban Visitor Centre. The Department of Conservation (DoC) also operates a Visitor Information Centre and can provide more information on walking tracks and activities.