While the North and South Islands of New Zealand rightfully dominate most travel itineraries and minds of people from abroad, there is a 3rd major Island to New Zealand’s geography. Stewart Island, which lies even further south than the South Island, was my next destination.
The small village of Oban was where you pull into shore after a quick hour long crossing. With a population of around 400, it’s a tiny town. The Foveaux Strait, between Stewart and the South Island, is notorious for being a rough area of sea, the crossing I was on was fairly calm. And after many days of grey skies, I stepped off the boat into sunshine.
The primary reason I was here? To hike. The Rakiura Great Walk beckoned. I only spent about 15 minutes in town before setting off.