My wife and I were lucky enough to find Peter and Iris' Sails Ashore from far away California and we're so happy we did. The lodging was comfortable, great facilities including bed, bathroom, and guest breakfast area that had a spectacular view of birds, harbor, and the rising sun (actually 2/3 mornings). Peter is a wealth of information on Stewart and Ulva, having been there since the beginning of its planning and management. A tour by him is inclusive of your stay and involved energetic descriptions of the biomass and especially the birds. Sorry there weren't saddlebacks seen, nor Kiwi. Peter also regales with stories of early NZ, including helicopter drops on deer, to early forestry. Iris is a nurse with much civic pride in Stewart's structure and was charming in her descriptions of the politics and people of the Southland. We'd go back in a heartbeat. The Taites, Peter and Iris, made Stewart come alive and would like to spend weeks with Peter and Iris touring the whole Island and perhaps that elusive "beach" Kiwi making an appearance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sails Ashore is a boutique luxury homestay overlooking Halfmoon Bay and is a perfect base for guests wanting to experience the peace and beauty of Stewart Island. Iris & Peter have a long association with Stewart Island and as well as welcoming you into their home are professional guides and will be happy to assist with your enjoyment of their Island home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sails Ashore Lodge Stewart Island, South Island