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Locations near Stewart Island:
Island/Rakiura is the third-largest island of New Zealand. It lies
30 kilometres (19 mi) south of the
South Island, across Foveaux Strait. Its
permanent population is slightly over 400 people, most of whom live in the
settlement of Oban.
Together with its 170 satellite islands and inlets,
it retains a largely intact set of natural habitats ranging from dense coastal
rainforest to tundra-like alpine vegetation.
Human settlement is confined to a small area on the northeast coast centred on Halfmoon Bay and the township of Oban. Native forest embraces the settlement and its 24km or roads, creating an attractive natural setting.
There are passenger and
freight links with South Island (1 hour by catamaran from Oban to Bluff,
20 min to Invercargill Airport by light aircraft). Economic
activity on the island is dominated by three sectors – fishing/fish
processing, tourism and marine farming.