Stewart Island has a total population of 400 permanent residents. It's like one big family and you get an overwhelming sense that it is a community that takes care of one another. When the locals park their cars, keys are left in the ignition, just in case anyone might need to borrow your car. Loved that!
There is a lot to be said about the feeling of stepping back in time. There is only one pub and one four square to get your provisions. I spent my evening time in the cosy and bustling Pub, as you can imagine, and there was fantastic food to be had there!
There is a regular boat trip to Ulva Island, where you can get up and close to a bird sanctuary. I didn't make it over there, was a little pre-occupied with the workshop, but would love to go back there.
I stayed at this wonderful home away from home Bed and Breakfast. Can totally recommend! Plenty of textile stories in the house too.