Hands down one of the best places we have stayed in NZ.
Karina did her best to get in touch with us to confirm ferry times but we were travelling out of mobile coverage, so she tracked down details and met us at the ferry. She gave us a guided tour of Half Moon Bay before checking us in, and helped carry our bags from the ferry and into our rooms.
The room was very clean and modern and her daughter took very good care of us, including dropping us back to the ferry.
The bird life was amazing. We had Kaka come right down onto our deck and stand on my husbands arm. They became nightly visitors to our deck around dusk. Such a special experience. Lots of Kereru in the surrounding trees as well. We often wish we were back at Kaka Retreat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kaka Retreat's motto is Sit Back, Relax, Unwind - You're in good hands! KAKA RETREAT MOTEL is a self contained and serviced complex located within beautiful Stewart Island's idyllic Halfmoon Bay - the gateway to the Rakiura National Park and the world renowned native bird sanctuary - Ulva Island. Situated in close proximity to both ferry and flight terminals, only a quick 5 minute walk away to all restaurants, shops, water taxis and main attractions Kaka Retreat is an ideal "Island getaway" accommodation choice. Native wild birds such as the friendly Kakas, Tui, and Bellbirds truly make Kaka Retreat the peace lovers, bird watching, photographers' paradise. With only 7 units and nestled within a native bush garden setting our guests can unwind. Whether you are a couple, family or group willing to share facilities we can meet your accommodation requirements. Our 2-3 bedroom cottage units offer a mixture of double (with genuine double beds) and twin bedroom/s with 2 single beds. They sleep 4-6 persons comfortably. Combining central heating, open plan living and private covered verandas you have space to fully relax. Each cottage has basic cooking facilities, a microwave, under bench fridge, TV and private bathroom. Our modern studio units can sleep 2-3 persons. Centrally heated with tea/coffee making facilities, microwave, comfortable deluxe queen beds and en suite bathrooms you are well catered for. All cottages and studio units are serviced daily with boutique toiletries, towels, and linen provided. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kaka Retreat Motel - Stewart Island South Island