Stewart Island Lodge

Location: Southland & The Fiords | New Zealand

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Surrounded by large gardens filled with native birds, including the rare forest kaka and singing tui, the peaceful Stewart Island Lodge is an ornithologist’s paradise and most suited to those in search of the elusive kiwi. The B&B is set on a sunny hillside and has scenic rooms, views overlooking the calm bay of Oban and daily cocktail hour on the terrace, which is occasionally joined by a friendly kaka or two.
Perfect forA charming base for those seeking the rare birdlife in Oban, Rakiura National Park and Ulva Island.
In the know
  • Stewart Island is known as the best place in New Zealand for bird watching.
  • Daily 5pm cocktail hour offered on the expansive terrace surrounded by feathered friends.
  • The six en suite rooms all lead out directly to the hillside balcony.
  • Can enjoy bird spotting tours to Ulva Island and Rakiura National Park.

Recommended for...

  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Eco-tourism
  • Lodge

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Five minutes from the centre of Oban – Stewart Island is the third-largest island of New Zealand, lying 30km south of the South Island.

Rooms at Stewart Island Lodge

There are six en suite bedrooms with either twin or king beds. Each room is centrally heated and opens directly onto an expansive, shared balcony that looks over the colourful gardens and ocean beyond. The rooms are bright with beige décor, wooden headboards and comfortable reading chairs.

Food and drink

The B&B provides a continental breakfast in the morning, as well as cooking facilities in the main kitchen for those who wish to stay in during the evenings. At 5pm there are drinks and canapes served on the balcony where you can swap stories with fellow lodgers.

Facilities

The lodge offers a shuttle service to and from the ferry terminal. It also has a communal guest lounge, access to cooking facilities and Wi-Fi.

Activities at Stewart Island Lodge

After you’ve soaked up the views from the balcony, watching the boats sail into Halfmoon Bay and through the Foveaux Strait, walk around Oban, a small village with a general store, small museum, craft shop and several cafes and restaurants. Once you’ve gotten your bearings, take a guided tour to the predator free Ulva Island to spot albatrosses, tits, fernbirds, and the rare Stewart Island robin. Return to the lodge in time for the 5pm cocktail hour before heading out again, this time on a night time walk to try and spot the nocturnal kiwi. Your chances are good of spotting the Stewart Island Brown kiwi, as with an estimated population of 20,000, there are more kiwis on the island than humans.

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Hotel location

Stewart Island is located at the southern tip of New Zealand, and is accessible by a ferry from Bluff (1 hour) or by small plane from Invercargill (20 minutes).

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