I am a bird watcher with a patient wife. We booked the Bird Watching Bonanza on Stewart Island and needed somewhere to stay. As soon as I contacted Wendy Hallett by e-mail, we knew that 'this was the one'.
We had lots of great B&B's in our month in New Zealand and this was right up there in terms of the accommodation. The room is large and comfortable, good sized bathroom, balcony overlooking the bay, the sleep quality top notch, the towels and bed linen crisp, cleanliness to the point of gleaming and so on. You also have a great lounge.
But the thing that REALLY distinguishes this place is Wendy. We knew that she was a character from her e mails, but when we got to the plane depot and she was there with a little white board saying 'welcome Terence and Janet" our suspicions of character were borne out. We were the only ones getting off the plane! (OK there was one local as well). She then bundled us into her car and took us on what she described as a tour of the Central Business District.... this is the two streets that make up Oban. And her house was all of 300 metres from the plane depot. Wonderful introduction.
We went on the bird watching trip and she took us to the quay for departure at 0900 after our breakfast. The chap leading the bird walk - Matt Jones - on seeing us get out of her car said "AAAAH...you'll have had the legendary breakfast?" And we had. You won't need to eat all day.The breakfast is just something else, and all cooked to please you (not - this is what you have to have).
Wendy's family have been Stewart Islanders for several generations and it was seriously interesting to hear some of the island history. But don't get the idea that Wendy is always in your face. She is quite capable of leaving you to yourself if that is what you want.
She is the perfect hostess, in a very comfortable house, in a magic location. You couldn't want for more. For all your time on Stewart Island you will be greeted with "you're the people staying with Wendy aren't you?" and a warm smile.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Greenvale Stewart Island Bed & Breakfast, New Zealand provides luxurious accommodation with two individually designed and decorated bedrooms 50 metres from the sea. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Greenvale Bed & Breakfast Stewart Island, South Island