Travel – Mike Yardley: Away with the birds on Stewart Island

It’s as dreamy as reality gets. A visit to New Zealand’s last frontier of Stewart Island (Rakiura) feels like you’re stepping into a secret garden.

A wondrous sanctuary, an island Eden, lassoed by the power and bounty of the Southern Ocean. Stewart Island had long been on my Kiwi bucket-list, but the Covid age has certainly provided the dream opportunity to walk the talk on our “I must do that one day” wish-listing.

Rakiura will not disappoint, it’s a revelation. My 24-hour foray was headlined by savouring Ulva Island. Warmly greeted by my distinguished guide, Matt Jones is Chair of the Ulva Island Trust and my host extraordinaire treated me royally.

After all, he led Prince Harry around the island on his famous visit five years ago. We took a short taxi ferry across to Paterson Inlet from Golden Bay to this pristine jewel of primeval beauty.

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