Paterson Inlet / Whaka a Te Wera is a large natural harbour on the eastern side of Rakiura, Stewart Island. The inlet is surrounded on all sides by native forest. The rainfall passes through the roots of this forest and result in clear and nutrient rich water entering Patterson Inlet.

Patterson inlet is a melting point for multiple different ocean currents including the warm East Australian Current, resulting in a rich and diverse ecosystem. Some of which is reflected in our Gallery.

The Neck, Oneke

Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve

The Te Wharawhara Marine reserve was established in 2004 and is situated as three seperate reserves around Ulva Island. The Reserve has built up an impressive array of thriving kelp forests; in which we operate our tours.

It is likely to bump into large Blue Cod, Moki and Butterfish, as well as a huge variety of reef species. If we are lucky we may even see a New Zealand Sealion or an Octopus. At 1075 hectares, there is plenty of room for exploring

Kelp Forest