We stayed in The Bach, which is a cottage, fully equiped for self-catering. It includes use of a car to get to the center of Oban, about 5km away. The location is very quiet and pleasant. It is next to the trailhead to Acker's Point, where after dark you can hear the returning Sooty Shearwaters (Muttonbirds) calling and see the Little Blue Penguins returning to their nests. The cottage is very comfortable and modern, but simple. If you're looking for a 5-star hotel and restaurant, you won't find it on Stewart Island. The island is more of a remote outpost in a native New Zealand forest - the antithesis of cosmopolitan and sophisticated Queenstown. If you won't be satisfied with rustic surroundings and simple food, stay in Queenstown. We enjoyed it thoroughly! The nightime kiwi spotting tour with Bravo Adventures, where we were able to observe 4 wild kiwi foraging for food, was excellent. The pelagic birding trip with Rakiura Charters was stunning - we saw 3 varieties of albatross (Southern Royal, Salvin's, and White-capped) flying and in the water, really magnificent sights, as well as many other birds, including a couple of penguins, and many fur seals. We also did a pleasant and informative walk on Ulva Island with Ulva's Guided Walks. Well worth the trip, if these are the activities you enjoy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Port Of Call can offer you three unique options in accommodation. Port Of Call B&B is a gorgeous seaside home, amongst 20 acres of native forest. Wake up to bird song, spectacular sea views and the smell of coffee and croissants. The Bach is a self-catering cottage close to Port Of Call. Tucked in native forest with abundant bird life and sea views, the Bach is a place where you can completely unwind.Turner Cottage is a newly refurbished self-catering cottage nestled in the heart of Halfmoon Bay. It's a charming and romantic place for the perfect honeymoon. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Port Of Call Stewart Island, South Island