Departure time changes with the tide (literally!). Fly by light plane from Invercargill airport to Mason Bay passing Codfish Island, an important Kakapo sanctuary.
Landing on Mason Bay beach we take some time to explore this isolated wonderland walking to the Mason Bay Hut, the one night where we "rough it", camping alongside the Mason Bay Hut.
This evening we will see if we can spot one of the local residents, a kiwi. Stewart Island Kiwi, or Tokoeka in Maori, are unique in that they are sometimes seen during the day. It is estimated that about a third of New Zealand's Kiwi live on Stewart Island so this is one of the best places to see one in the wild.