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We are a collective of creative minds, living and working on beautiful Stewart Island (Rakiura).

Our products are all handmade on Stewart Island/Rakiura from organic, homegrown and locally sourced ingredients. We take pride in how we make our products and the ingredients we use, we want to ensure they are beneficial and healing for your body and soul.

Our Stewart Island Botanicals team consists of Angela, the owner operator of a guided walk and kiwi spotting business, Beaks & Feathers.  She is joined by her daughter-in-law, Kitty of Half Moon Herbals, and work colleague, Pip of Beachcomber Soaps. Together they enjoy drawing inspiration from their idyllic island home, creating unique, natural products for you to enjoy.

New Zealand Made
on Stewart Island

100% Organic &
Natural Ingredients

All Products
Crafted by Hand

Natural Products
that Work!

Rakiura Balms

Rakiura balms embrace the use of pure and fresh ingredients, that are sourced in NZ and grown locally on our land. This allows us availability of the freshest ingredients, all while ensuring the purist quality.

Our herb ingredients, grown in the tranquillity of our own garden, are picked as we need them, or harvested on the day they are at their very best. We use only the seaweed washed ashore in the eastery wind as nourishent for the plants.

Angela who founded Rakiura Balms in 2015 believes it essential to offer people the option and benefits of using wholly natural products – free of synthetics and chemical nasties. Rakiura Balms are natural skin healing products chocka block with all the goodness which comes compliments of mother nature.

Focus on sustainability

We focus on the sustainability of our products throughout the production processes.

Rakiura Balms are good for the planet as well as good for the skin!

Our packaging has been revamped from recyclable plastic to recyclable non-frosted glass. Although frosting looks cool, its not cool for the environment. Non-frosting requires less processing and precious energy resources.

You can return your empty pottles!

Returned empties will be cleaned, sterilised, and reused as testers and samples. They will not be used for new products to be sold. Any bottles and jars that cannot be used will be recycled on the customer’s behalf.

We are also box free (other than our gift boxes). Boxes may look good and fancy but again……not so good for mother earth. By going box free not only will it reduce your personal waste but also keep more trees standing on this earth to do what trees do best.


Rakiura Balms Special Ingredients

All our balms are made from plants organically grown on Rakiura/Stewart Island. Kawakawa, calendula, arnica, horopito, hemp and comfrey were all specifically researched and selected for their healing properties which work alongside each other, and with your skin’s natural function to nourish, repair and protect your skin, without the use of harsh, damaging chemicals.

Half Moon Herbals

Half Moon Herbals naturally evolved as a small local business from a need for gentle, soothing skin care products for the ultra dry and sensitive skin of founder, Kitty.

Kitty had struggled with the misleading promises of synthetic and unrecognisable chemicals that always left her itchy skin more irritated. After replacing each questionable product with home made, plant-powered alternatives, she knew she had to share the solutions she had discovered.

Every product is made with a focus on naturally nourishing, ethically sourced plant-based ingredients. With options for dry and oily skin types alike, healthy skin and hair is more accessible than ever.


Combing the wild beaches of Stewart Island has been a pastime in Pip’s husband’s family for generations. There are treasures to be found, prized among which is ambergris, a by-product of the sperm whale which pass the coast each year.

Beachcomber came about by the desire to use locally sourced ambergris as an integral part of a product. Having long been a soap appreciator, Pip began investigating how best to incorporate the raw material into a luxurious bar. Beachcomber soaps are made using blends of Shea butter to moisturise your skin, oils for fragrance, natural mica for colour, and of course, beachcombed ambergris. The combination of these products gives you a long lasting bar, which will stay fragrant to the very end.

Ulva & Stewart Island Guided Walks

Be guided by a Stewart Island local. Be entranced by abundant and colourful NZ native bird life. Go Kiwi spotting in one of the only places that you can see them in the wild. Be awed by impressive forests and bush. Experience something truly amazing.

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