Kiwi tracks across Mason Bay
Mason Bay is a popular destination for adventurers because of its historical and wildlife appeal - it is one of the few places that kiwi can be seen out foraging in the daytime. This stunning beach stretches 19 kilometres from end to end and can be accessed by either of the Northern/Southern Circuit Tracks; or by plane, landing on the vast sandy runway.
Rugged and bush-clad, Stewart Island is New ZealandÕs third largest island, of which over 80 per cent is set aside as the Rakiura National Park. Back in 1770, Captain James Cook's crew were the first Europeans to sight the island but they mapped it as a cape connected to the South Island. Separated from the South Island by Foveaux Strait, the only town is Oban, on Halfmoon Bay. Fishing has been, historically, the most important element of the economy of Stewart Island/Rakiura, and while it remains important, tourism has become the main source of income for islanders.