Theme Week New Zealand – Stewart Island

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Oban and Halfmoon Bay © Khalaan/cc-by-sa-3.0

Oban and Halfmoon Bay © Khalaan/cc-by-sa-3.0

Stewart Island (Māori: Rakiura, lit. ‘glowing skies‘, officially Stewart Island / Rakiura) is New Zealand‘s third-largest island, located 30 kilometres (16 nautical miles) south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Strait. It is a roughly triangular island with a total land area of 1,746 km² (674 sq mi). Its 164-kilometre (102 mi) coastline is deeply creased by Paterson Inlet (east), Port Pegasus (south), and Mason Bay (west). The island is generally hilly (rising to 980 metres or 3,220 feet at Mount Anglem) and densely forested. Flightless birds, including penguins, thrive because there are few introduced predators. Almost all the island is owned by the New Zealand government, and over 80 per cent of the island is set aside as the Rakiura National Park.

Stewart Island’s economy depends on fishing and summer tourism. Its permanent population was recorded at 408 people in the 2018 census, most of whom live in the settlement of Oban on the eastern side of the island. Ferries connect the settlement to Bluff in the South Island. Stewart Island/Rakiura is part of the Southland District for local government purposes.

Wharf and Presbyterian church in Oban © flickr.com - Kristina D.C. Hoeppner/cc-by-sa-2.0 Deep Bay © AlasdairW/cc-by-sa-3.0 Horseshoe Bay © AlasdairW/cc-by-sa-3.0 Lee Bay © AlasdairW/cc-by-sa-3.0 Oban and Halfmoon Bay © Khalaan/cc-by-sa-3.0 Oban © Andrewrutherford/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Wharf and Presbyterian church in Oban © flickr.com - Kristina D.C. Hoeppner/cc-by-sa-2.0
In January 2019, Stewart Island/ Rakiura was accredited as a Dark Sky Sanctuary by the International Dark-Sky Association. This designation is given for sites in very remote locations to increase awareness of their dark sky characteristics and promote long-term conservation. The application for accreditation was made by Venture Southland, an agency responsible for the region’s economic and community development initiatives and tourism promotion, with the aim of attracting more visitors, particularly in the winter period.

Fishing has been, historically, the most important element of the economy of Stewart Island, and while it remains important, tourism has become the main source of income for islanders. There has also been some farming and forestry. Oban has mainly sealed main roads, and some gravel roads on the outskirts. Stewart Island Flights links Ryan’s Creek Aerodrome and Invercargill Airport and aircraft also land on the sand at Mason Bay, Doughboy Bay, and West Ruggedy Beach. A regular passenger ferry service runs between Bluff and Oban. The only ferry/barge link to the South Island for vehicles is to Bluff. Stewart Island is able to receive most AM and FM radio stations broadcast in the Southland region. Television services are available via satellite using Sky or Freeview. Analogue terrestrial television services could be received on Stewart Island from the Hedgehope television transmitter located in the South Island prior to the analogue switch off on 28 April 2013.

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