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Kaka Retreat Motel - Stewart Island
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Stewart Island
Certificate of Excellence
Toddington, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
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“Relaxing retreat”
Reviewed November 28, 2010

When we visited the retreat had just completed its renovation period, we felt that it was a great option for accommodation on Stewart Island - just five minutes walk to the pub and other amenities in Halfmoon Bay. The service was great, rooms modern and new (although didn't quite understand the two king size beds.)

We traveled in winter and were a little disappointed by the lack of businesses open, with many tour companies advertising they were open but not being bothered or needing minimum numbers. We visited Ulva Island, a must see for bird enthusiasts and even those who are not!

All in all a great stay, enjoyed the pub quiz on the island - not for the feint heated lol :)

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 20, 2010

Great place to come and relax, we were at Kaka for 3 nights and had a very relaxing time. The wildlife on the island is a must to see. We did sevral bush walks and was very impressed with the activities in the summer.
Kaka Retreat is a home away from home, very modern and the staff were great!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sheffield, UK
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Reviewed December 12, 2009

We flew in to the island as the crossing by ferry can be rough! We were collected at the post office by our hosts and driven up the hill to what we knew as Kaka Cottages. This is a site amongst trees where the main accommodations have been fitted in to a small area together with the necessary water tanks so there were no views, nonetheless all the rooms we saw had a terrace where you could sit outside in the sun , which we did. The rooms we were in were built around a hollow square with walkways and bird tables and a water tank in the middle and another behind our building. We had arrived early in the morning and we were soon dozing comfortably outside, listening to the bird song and the quiet! But you come here to see the island,so the lack of a view didn't particularly impinge on our time here. Our large room, which had recently been refurbished, consisted of a seating area, a kitchen and dining area, a sleeping area with one of the most comfortable beds we had slept in since coming to New Zealand, and a pleasant shower room. There was also central heating which was turned on for us as the weather was cool, with quite high winds, and the room was soon cozy. We were very comfortable here and our hosts were always ready to please and we found them very helpful. In the morning and the evenings we had very close contact with the Kakas which came to visit the bird tables and would sit on our balcony rail, totally undisturbed by our presence. Whilst we were there our hosts had just begun to supply a continental breakfast to guests which we had on our second morning on the island. This had the usual ingredients and was perfectly adequate for our needs, in fact we had some left over for the following day! On our departure day we were offered a lift back to the post office (which doubles as the check -in for the Stewart Island Flights to and from Invercargill), but as we had very little luggage, we preferred to walk. If anyone has difficulty in walking, the hill from the centre of Oban to the cottages is steep, but I am sure that our hosts would help if this was needed.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kaka Retreat Motel - Stewart Island
Address: 7 - 9 Miro Crescent, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Stewart Island
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Stewart Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kaka Retreat Motel - Stewart Island 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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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