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 :)
- 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