Blumine Island from Queen Charlotte Sound
Blumine Island/Oruawairua is one of several predator free islands in Queen Charlotte Sound and is open to the public.
The island provides a wonderful opportunity to see several rare bird species such as saddleback and orange fronted parakeet and get up close and personal to some of our more common species like weka as well.
WWII military ruins including two gun emplacements and their accompanying observation posts and magazines as well as the barracks area, are hidden within the bush of the island and can be easily explored.
Stunning views await along the newly upgraded Oruawairua Track as you make your way between the DOC campsite at Home Bay and the gun emplacements. The walk will take one hour in each direction and gives you the opportunity to experience the bush, birdlife and views of the island as well as the fascinating history.
Get up close and personal with some of our rare native species. Discover ruins of WWII gun emplacements hidden in the bush.
There are many things to see, do and get involved in on Blumine Island.
Camping on Blumine Island is a great way to experience the dawn chorus!
Experiencing Blumine Island involves some planning as you will need a boat and will also need to ensure you keep the island predator-free.
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