Andy Grocott, captain of 34 metre Alloy-built expedition yacht VvS1, reveals the wild treasures of this Kiwi cruising secret
If New Zealand feels far-flung to non-antipodeans, Stewart Island, at a southerly 47 degrees latitude, will seem positively adventurous. Yet the natural charms that isolation has preserved on the mainland are even more abundant on the island – 85 per cent of which is national parkland. This itinerary explores the native bush, skirts unspoilt beaches and seeks out enough bird and sea-life to make the big city seem deserted.
Day 1 - Meet your yacht in Oban
Meet crew at the small town of Oban and tender out to the yacht anchored in Halfmoon Bay. Lunch aboard on local delicacies including Bluff oysters, then tender back to explore the small community of Oban (population 400) before relocating to a secluded anchorage in nearby Paterson Inlet.