Naturalists will be drawn to Stewart Island, 30 mi/50 km south of Invercargill, just off the southern tip of New Zealand's South Island. About 85% of the island is designated as the Rakiura National Park, which has New Zealand's highest level of conservation protection.
This sparsely populated and isolated island is one of the country's best-kept secrets. It's primarily a haven for seals and abundant bird species (including albatrosses, kiwis and several kinds of penguins). The island also ha... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide. travel42 offers professionally written guides on more than 5,700 travel destinations and ports-of-call worldwide. Go to travel-42.com to learn more, or call 1.866.566.8136 to subscribe. Copyright (c) 2016 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. travel42.