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Stewart Island Cruising Guide

An online cruising guide for yachts sailing to Stewart Island

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47°0′S, 167°50′E
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Stewart Island (or Rakiura in the Māori language) lies in the Foveaux Strait, 30km south of New Zealand's South Island, and is home to around 400 inhabitants.

Cruising the region

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Land Information NZ
NZ69 - Stewart Island


At latitude 47 degrees south (the "Roaring Forties") the weather is often unpredictable, but the climate is surprisingly temperate with summer temperatures climbing to the mid-20's. The average range is between 9°C and 15°C with 1600mm of rain annually.

Sources for Weather forecasts:


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.


  • Ruapuke Island
  • Codfish Island
  • Titi Islands


See New Zealand

Also see Cruiser's Nets.


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See Christchurch or Dunedin or Invercargill.

Ports and Popular Stops


Marinas & Yacht Clubs

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List details of all safe anchorages in the area.

Yacht Services and Repairs

List services. If no services are available on the island write "None" and remove all the subsections (Marine Stores, & Repairs/Yards, & Fuel, Water, & Electricity.

If services are included in specific port pages, the following line is appropriate, otherwise remove it.

Also see each Port.

Marine Stores

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Fuel, Water, & Electricity

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Things to do Ashore


  • Bird watching, guided walks, island bus tour, Rakiura museum

Grocery & Supply Stores





Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal



Helicopters, ferry to the mainland, and scenic aircraft flights are available.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



Books, Guides, etc. Use the Reference template or not at your discretion. For example:

{{Reference|Rod Heikel|Greek Waters Pilot|Imray|Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire (2010)|9780852889718}}, expands to
Rod Heikell, Greek Waters Pilot, Imray Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire (2010), ISBN 9780852889718
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