Cruise ships anchor at Patterson Inlet and tender at Golden Bay which is a third of a mile walk from town. The first part of this walk is a steep hill. The town is very small with a few restaurants, stores, and a small museum. There is a Post Office at the bottom of Ayr Street. The tour office by the wharf rents bicycles and scooters. The main activity is hiking.
Map of the town.
You might not realize that New Zealand has a third island: Stewart Island. It hangs beneath the South Island and is just about the last inhabited place before Antarctica. The island itself is only about four percent inhabited, and that is its attraction. It is an unspoiled piece of primeval New Zealand. Oban is a very small town, about 800 inhabitants.
Oban is located on Half Moon Bay and presents a vista of picturesque bays and coves. Houses nestle amid lush vegetation. The few buildings of the "Commercial Sector" are all within a five minute walk of the wharf, and each other.
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