10 Best Romantic Accommodation on Stewart Island
10 Best Romantic Accommodation on Stewart Island

10 Best Romantic Accommodation on Stewart Island

© Sails Ashore Lodge

Accommodation on Stewart Island for Couples

Set the tone right with a romantic place to stay on New Zealand’s less-visited third island; where your only neighbours are the local kaka and kiwi birds and the only dazzling lights are those of the night’s sky or Aurora Australis. Make your island getaway extra special by sharing it with your loved one in the following romantic accommodation on Stewart Island…

For more trip-planning advice, check out The Honeymoon Guide to Stewart Island and the 10 Romantic Activities on Stewart Island for Couples.

1. Anchorstone

Book yourselves into the romantic hill-perched units of Anchorstone, a boutique motel nestled in bush just a short drive from Oban. Enjoy quiet night’s in with your unit’s kitchen facilities, an ensuite, TV and a balcony with outdoor furniture for watching the sunset or stargazing in a Dark Sky Sanctuary. Each timber-constructed unit is also kitted out with a super-king bed. Transfers are included in your stay while car rental is available on request.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation on Stewart Island© Anchorstone

2. Stewart Island Lodge

Set among verdant native gardens yet elevated enough to absorb the turquoise water-views of Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island Lodge offers a romantic stay for discerning travellers. Enjoy the views from your large private balcony where it’s common to meet friendly kaka (bush parrots). Meanwhile, the village centre of Oban is a mere stroll away to join more adventures around Stewart Island. Your stay also includes a continental breakfast each morning. See more accommodation like this in the 5 Best Luxury Accommodation on Stewart Island.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation on Stewart Island© Stewart Island Lodge

3. Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant

Another luxury lodge on Stewart Island, Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant offers three standalone suites with private elevated balconies either overlooking Halfmoon Bay, Oban’s fishing bay or nestled in kamahi forest. While all suites offer luxuries like a coffee machine, home baking and full glass frontage for soaking in the views, only one of the rooms has the exclusivity of a private wood-fired hot tub so you can soak under the stars with your loved one.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation on Stewart Island© Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant

4. Ponga B&B

A homely bed and breakfast with just two guest rooms, Ponga B&B is well worth considering for couples seeking a boutique experience for a more affordable price. Far enough away from the hustle and bustle of day visitors yet close enough to enjoy the conveniences of Oban, this B&B accommodation is among a bush-clad residential street where, admittedly, the most common residents are the local kaka. The B&B is more affordable than most on Stewart Island, which also offers a generous continental breakfast each morning. Note that bathrooms are shared.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation on Stewart Island© Ponga B&B

5. Sails Ashore Lodge

Sails Ashore Lodge is not only an upmarket B&B on the quiet streets of Oban, but your hosts also offer small-group driving tours and Ulva Island tours. There are just two rooms available, each gorgeously-presented with an ensuite boasting underfloor heating and a paua shell trim, as well as hot drink-making facilities accompanied by homebaked cookies. Stays also include a continental breakfast each morning at a time that suits you.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation on Stewart Island© Sails Ashore Lodge

6. Kowhai Lane Lodge

From the same hosts as Sails Ashore Lodge, Kowhai Lane Lodge offers a more casual lodge experience compared to its sister but is no less charming. The lodge consists of four well-presented double rooms with a private bathroom each, as well as a one-bedroom apartment ideal for a longer stay with private cooking facilities. Guests are welcome to relax in the homely living and dining area, spruce something up in the communal kitchen, and explore the landscaped gardens.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation on Stewart Island© Kowhai Lane Lodge

7. Glendaruel Bed and Breakfast

With the village of Oban on one side and the Paterson Inlet with Ulva Island on the other, Glendaruel Bed and Breakfast is well-positioned to make the most of Stewart Island’s romantic activities. Not to mention, the position nearby the famous Observation Rock indicates the lush bush surroundings and just how good the views are. The interiors are a charming mix of the old and the new while offering many of the modern-day conveniences. Although there are limited cooking facilities, you can make use of the barbecue, enjoy meals arranged with your host, and indulge in an included breakfast each day.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation on Stewart Island© Glendaruel Bed and Breakfast

8. Bay Motel

With an adults-only policy (no under-12s), Bay Motel at least sets the right tone for a tranquil stay. Enjoy a bit of pampering in your studio or one-bedroom unit with a spa bath. Alternatively, stick to something more affordable in the studios with or without cooking facilities. All units include free WiFi, electric blankets, an ensuite, radiator heating, tea, coffee and either a bay or bush view. There’s also a barbecue on-site should you want to cook up your “catch of the day”. Plus, the motel is just a short walk from Oban town centre.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation on Stewart Island© Bay Motel

9. Kaka Retreat Motel

Another endearing motel on Stewart Island, Kaka Retreat Motel is nestled in native bush just a 5 to 10-minute walk from Oban town centre. The queen studio units are enough for most couples, equipped with a small kitchenette featuring a microwave and fridge. You also have an open-plan lounge leading out to your private verandah. A complimentary shuttle to the motel is also included. See more accommodation like this in the 6 Best Motels in Stewart Island.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation on Stewart Island© Kaka Retreat Motel

10. South Sea Hotel

The waterfront hotel that greets visitors when they first arrive off the ferry offers budget accommodation, as well as units with ensuite bathrooms. Stay upstairs of the historic hotel to enjoy traditional but tasteful decor where shared bathrooms, breakfast-making facilities and a guest lounge with excellent views of Halfmoon Bay are available. Alternatively, the adjacent motel units offer a bit more privacy. See more accommodation like this in the 5 Best Budget Accommodation in Stewart Island.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation on Stewart Island© South Sea Hotel


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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