Glendaruel is perfectly situated between Halfmoon Bay and Golden Bay, so that it is an easy walk either to the village of Oban on one side, or water taxis to the wildlife sanctuary of Ulva Island on the other. My room was extremely comfortable, looking out onto a beautiful garden frequented by kaka parrots, and breakfast was excellent. Raylene could not have been more helpful. She recommended walks, booked tours (including the magical experience of going out to see kiwi by night), lent me a knapsack and water bottle, and gave me a lift to the beginning of a walk - in short did everything to make my holiday perfect. There is lots to do on the island, especially for walkers, birders or fishermen, so I recommend a stay of at least five days if possible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glendaruel, nestled between Halfmoon Bay and Golden Bay, is ideally situated to help you maximise your time here. Overlooking Paterson Inlet and Ulva Island, it is bordered on two sides by uninterrupted vistas of native forest, alive with birdsong. The village of Oban on one side and the water taxis to Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary on the other are but a few minutes walk away.Glendaruel garden, a fusion of native and exotic plantings, extends over several levels and melds into the forest, which New Zealanders call ‘the bush’. The garden has featured in magazines (New Zealand Gardener, Weekend Gardener and My Home and Garden) and in the book, Great Gardens of New Zealand, by Derek Fell.Birds love it! Tui and kaka dispute the treetops, weka and, increasingly, kiwi patrol the paths. What a thrill it was when a Department of Conservation worker pointed out to me that a kiwi had left his/her calling card in the middle of one of my garden paths!As for me, I love gardening, kayaking, cooking, travelling and languages. Stewart Island has been a preferred holiday destination for almost all my life and my permanent home since 2000. Helping you to make the most of your time on this beautiful island is my focus. I meet you at the ferry or air terminal and take you back at the end of your stay.My Cairn terrier, MacPherson, enthusiastically joins me in extending A Hundred, Thousand Welcomes! and maintaining the special blend of Scottish and Kiwi hospitality that so many of Glendaruel’s guests have commented on. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Glendaruel Bed & Breakfast Stewart Island, South Island