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“A wonderful place to get away from it all!” 5 of 5 stars
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Stewart Island Lodge
4.5 of 5 Lodge   |   14 Nichol Road, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand   |  
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Bordon, United Kingdom
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“A wonderful place to get away from it all!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I see Bill T chose to review the things which they don't have at the Stewart Island Lodge, but whatever it used to be like, this really is a wonderful place to get away from it all. The lodge is clean, comfortable and welcoming. The views and the surroundings are unbeatable. The manager (Lisa) arranged everything including free transfers to and from the ferry and booking a guided wildlife tour for us. OK, they no longer have gourmet catering (I guess not enough people were willing to pay for it) but there's a great pub and restaurant not ten minutes' walk down the road. There's facilities to make tea and coffee day and night, a comfortable lounge with a view over the bay and a chance to meet other guests and there was a perfect continental breakfast. We'll be back!!!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Real_Journeys, Manager at Stewart Island Lodge, responded to this review, July 7, 2014
Dave R, Thanks for taking time to post a review for other travellers to see. Great to hear that we will see you back again soon and that you found Stewart Island Lodge a great place to get away from it all!
We look forward to your next visit.
Kind regards Stewart Island Lodge.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ottawa, Canada
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146 reviews 146 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

We were here over two years ago and there was this exceptional couple that ran the facility. At night there was "nibblies" wine and great conversation with fellow travellers. They even had a fantastic hot cooked breakfast as well!
Today no nibblies,wine,conversation or hot breakfast! In its defence it is kept clean and yes it has the best view of the bay with abundant wildlife near by.
For management there is a segment that does not mind paying a little more for enhanced features
Also hire a gardener the grounds need heavy maintenance as pathways are overgrown with weeds and are a hazard to walk through when wet


Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Real_Journeys, Public Relations Manager at Stewart Island Lodge, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Hi there

Thanks for your feedback.

Yes the format of the Lodge has changed a little with it no longer being fully hosted. That said we have also adjusted the price point accordingly to cater for a broader range of guests. We appreciate your comments however and will ensure they are included in our next review of the facility. Regarding the gardens your feedback has been directly passed to our Stewart Island team.

Kind regards
Real Journeys
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Number one was the staff, Sue and Lisa at the Lodge were great as were Chris and Kylie at the Red Shed. They couldn't do enough to help. The hill to the lodge is quite steep but transport to get up and down was organised for us with no trouble. The rooms were lovely and clean, with comfortable beds and tea making facilities in our room. There were full kitchen facilities available if needed. The continental breakfast was great, just what was needed to start the day. In spite of the on again, off again weather, we thoroughly enjoyed our few days on Stewart Island and were glad we made the decision to stay at Stewart Island Lodge. We were very impressed with Real Journeys, their staff and the various activities we had organised through them including our Doubtful Sound cruise.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

The lodge is brilliant with views that give you the wow feeling, you stand on the balcony / decking and look out over the harbour and it gives you the feeling of bliss, it's just great. Rooms are newly updated and are perfect with their new smart decor, and with the added bonus of having its own dressing room with fridge and dressing stand, bathrooms are also newly updated and the deep bath a real treat after long days of walking up and down some steep hills, cannot praise it enough. Breakfast is provided in a communal dining room where in the evening if you wish you can go and sit / read or simply watch TV. You can if you wish cook your own evening meal as everything is there for your use, also provided is a complete laundry service of washing machine/dryer. Brilliant place to enjoy your stay on Stewart Island

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We decided that we would go to to Stewart Island for one night. We wish that we had gone for longer. The lodge is really a home from home - nothing was too much trouble for the staff. From getting off the ferry to getting back on all our luggage was looked after.The room was perfect, breakfast was just right and we were welcome to use the lodge facilities even after we had checked out. for us northerners two things to beware of: UV - the sun is very strong do not skimp on factor 30+ and watch out for sand-flies; I unwittingly fed them well before applying the mozzie cream.
The views from the Lodge were spectacular and being able to feed wild Kaka was wonderful. The lodge even provided a supply of nuts to hand feed the birds

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, New Zealand
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We stayed 1 night at the Stewart Island Lodge when we were shark diving recently. Great place with excellent views and very comfortable and modern facilities and layout. Lisa, who hosted us, was awesome and really took the time to explain what we could do on the Island and made sure everything was what we wanted. Breakfast the next morning was really good too. Highly recommend it to anyone who visits Stewart Island and is looking for an upper end place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Lisa was so professional, helpful and friendly. The lodge is very well appointed and beautifully clean. Our room overlooking beautiful Half Moon Bay was exceptionally well appointed with the most comfortable beds. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your lodge. Real Journeys can be very proud of their staff and lodge here. Absolutely loved Ulva Island. Thanks again, Lisa.

Room Tip: Our room No. 3 was perfect with unobstructed views over the bay.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 14 Nichol Road, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Stewart Island
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Stewart Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Stewart Island Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stewart Island Lodge is New Zealand's southernmost lodge. With expansive views out to sea and over Halfmoon Bay the lodge is ideally situated just a five minute walk from the village. Its gardens are home to many native birds, including kaka (native parrots), which may be viewed from the terrace. In late 2013 Stewart Island Lodge appointed a new host/attendant and refurbished the rooms. Stewart Island Lodge provides a stunning setting and a well-appointed place to relax. ... more   less 
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