Stewart Tree

Most who make the voyage across the Foveaux Strait to Stewart Island do so to see the native birds on the secluded island. However, the trees that are found here are an added reward for those who venture across the dangerous strait. Stewart is an oddity amongst New Zealand’s three largest islands. On the North and…

Red Sea Anemones

I found these gorgeous cherry-looking Sea Anemones clinging to the rocks on the secluded West End Beach of Ulva Island in New Zealand.  The beach is named West End, because it is the western most beach on the island. (Those European names are so clever and original.) When I came across these sea anemones I wasn’t…

Chess in the South Sea

Stewart Island is the third largest island in the New Zealand archipelago and located on the south end of the island chain. It is an amazing far-flung locale that can be accessed by crossing the Foveaux Strait on a one hour ferryboat ride from the town of Bluff on the South Island. Once on the island…

Foveaux Strait

On the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island lies the oceanic waters of the Foveaux Strait. Across these often rough waters is Stewart Island, the third largest island in the New Zealand archipelago. When my wife and I embarked on this journey, the ferry ride across these waters lived up to its reputation as having very rough seas….

White-capped Albatross

In New Zealand, my wife and I hired a private water taxi to pick us up from the small Ulva Island to return us to Stewart Island. The cost of the private trip was about 10 NZD more than the group rate but it allowed us to maximize our time on Ulva and still catch…