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“Wonderful stay even in the rain.”
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Bay Motel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Stewart Island
Certificate of Excellence
Wellington NZ
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20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful stay even in the rain.”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

We were met at the ferry terminal by Robin, the extremely helpful and informative manager. He gave us a tour of the town before taking us up to the motel, including advice on where to eat. The night Kiwi tour was great. after walking the beach several times we had two sightings, one for 30 mins, he didnt seem to mind us. Lots of walking tracks locally. Buy peanuts to feed the birds on the balcony.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

We stayed three nights at the start and finish of walking the 3-day tramp around Stewart Island. The rooms are spacious, very clean and well equipped. Our hosts were very helpful and friendly and we can wholeheartedly recommend Bay Motel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Trim, Ireland
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

We were met at the ferry terminal by Robin, the extremely helpful and informative manager. He gave us a tour of the town before taking us up to the motel, including advice on where to eat (and advised making a booking, so we got a table with a view). He also booked a tour for us, which was brilliant. The room was nice, with a door out to a (shared) balcony where we fed almonds to some of the local Kaka. A lovely place to stay, with wonderful views!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

The hotel is situated five minutes walk or less from the 'centre' of Oban, the main town. Great views and a very comfortable room. The decor is a bit 'old' but we had a great stay and Robin, the Manager, couldn't do enough to help us get to know the attractions and ensure we left feeling we would like to return.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Franklin
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

The manager, Robin, and the owners are very helpful and informative. When you are picked up you get a tour of town with information about restaurants, stores, etc. If it is too much to absorb you can just call the office and receive any information you might need. Robin is very helpful booking activities. Although internet is not free (Zenbu), the signal is very strong so connections are not a problem. There are various choices of accommodations but we had no problems with our 2 bedroom unit, it was spacious and very clean. I'm sure if we were lacking anything we could have gotten by simply asking. Wonderful choice if you plan to visit Stewart Island.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Karratha, Australia
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

From the pick up from the ferry and mini town tour upon arrival, to the assistance provided by Robin the manager, this place was fantastic. Our room was great and overlooked the bay and the kakas were a constant source of entertainment. Robin was fantastic and happy to provide information and advice anytime. Also, booking of tours and such was no trouble at all. Definitely recommend the Bay hotel for the hotel itself but definitely for the service!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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The Cairngorms, Scotland
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Stewart Island has only a private ferry service and runs its own electricity generation - things in general are more expensive there, and the Bay Motel is no exception. Like other recent reviewers we stayed (three nights) in room 3, which has the spa bath, a truly good view over the harbour, and visiting Kaka parrots. Yes, we would have liked a teapot and (like 'MJG50') free wifi and some more space to store clothes, but the room is serviced daily, towels changed etc. Collection and return to the pier is a very useful bonus, and help with booking tours was always available. This island is not a high-tech peak of contemporary culture but a quiet, beautiful backwater and we found the Bay Motel an excellent base for our stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bay Motel
Address: 9 Dundee Street | Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island 9846, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Stewart Island
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Stewart Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bay Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bay Motel is located in the center of Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island & has glorious ocean views from more than half of our units. We are no more than 500 meters walk to all of the restaurants, shops & transport (Plane & Ferry) terminals in the township. Bay Motel complex is made up of 13 modern, quality serviced units - 10 studios, 1 & 2 bedroom units and a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom luxury apartment. We also have a laundry, courtyard & covered BBQ available for guests use. ~Courtesy transfers on arrival and departure ~2 units & the Apartment have double spa baths ~2 units are wheelchair friendly ~Fully equipped kitchenettes ~Central heating ~Sky TV, telephone and free wireless internet ~Guest laundry, freezer storage, BBQ ~Portable cot, high-chair & buggy ~Continental breakfast available ($12 per person) ... more   less 
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