Most things on the island are within walking distance, although a number of the accommodations lie farther out. To reach them, and some of the divine beaches, means a good up- and downhill walk. A shuttle/minibus operates around the island like a taxi service; and you can rent cars (NZ$65 for a half-day), mountain bikes (NZ$36 a day), and scooters (NZ$45 per 2 hr.), from both the Stewart Island Visitor Terminal, on the wharf (tel. 03/219-0034; www.stewartislandexperience.co.nz), and the Stewart Island Flights Depot, Elgin Terrace (tel. 03/219-1090; www.stewartislandflights.com). The i-SITE visitor center can also provide details and rates on these options. Charter boats and water taxis can be arranged for sightseers, hunters, divers, trampers, and fishermen. Make reservations at the Stewart Island Visitor Terminal (tel. 03/219-0034; www.stewartislandexperience.co.nz). If you prefer, reservations can be made directly with the operators; go to the i-SITE visitor center for information and brochures.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.