Stewart Island is an easy and ideal stop for expedition ships, offering visitors delightful walks in the forest and a chance to see some of New Zealand's unusual plants and animals up close.

Rakiura National Park was created in 2002 and accounts for almost 90 per cent of the island's 1570 square kilometres. Independent visitors come to see the wildlife, walk, boat, fish, dive, kayak, or just relax. Cruise ship visitors will most likely be taken on either a short or long hike escorted by locals who will delight in interpreting the scenes.