5 Best Family Accommodation on Stewart Island
5 Best Family Accommodation on Stewart Island

5 Best Family Accommodation on Stewart Island

© Inlet View – Architectural, Warm Inviting Home

Child-friendly Accommodation in Stewart Island

Whether you’ve come to New Zealand’s southernmost populated island to check out the natural sights or simply want a relaxing family retreat away from the hustle and bustle, there’s a place for the whole family to stay! While holiday homes are the most abundant style of family accommodation in Stewart Island, you’ll also find the odd motel and backpacker hostel that welcomes families. Check them out in this list of the best Stewart Island family accommodation!

For more family trip-planning advice, take a look at The Guide to Stewart Island for Families and the 10 Things to Do in Stewart Island with Kids.

1. Kaka Retreat Motel

Nestled in native bush just a five to 10-minute walk from Oban town centre, Kaka Retreat Motel provides an idyllic stay for families. You have plenty of choices when it comes to room options at this well-presented motel, including studios sleeping up to four and multi-bedroom cottages with all the essential facilities at your fingertips. Cottages have a well-equipped kitchenette, where you can enjoy dining in your open-plan lounge or out on your private verandah while watching the cheeky kaka parrots. Transfers to the lodge are also included. See more like this in the 5 Best Motels in Stewart Island.

Check Kaka Retreat Motel out:

5 Best Family Accommodation on Stewart Island© Kaka Retreat Motel

2. Stewart Island Backpackers

For families on a budget, take a look at the Stewart Island Backpackers. There are private three-bed and four-bed rooms available, which are all single beds but at least plenty enough space for families. While rates are pretty reasonable, there are reduced rates for children up to 16 years old and children under five can stay for free. Tent sites are also available if you want to experience a family camping trip. Whatever you decide, you’ll have access to a communal bathroom, kitchen and lounge facilities, as well as a laundry room.

Check Stewart Island Backpackers out:

5 Best Family Accommodation on Stewart Island© Stewart Island Backpackers

3. Butterfield Beach House

Despite being a couple of bays away from Oban, Butterfield Beach House includes a six-seater rental car in the rate allowing you to experience the tranquillity of Stewart Island’s quieter beaches while having easy access to town. The four-bedroom holiday home sleeps up to a whopping 10 guests, ideal for a couple of families travelling together. Just across the road from the beach, the well-presented beach house features an open-plan kitchen with plunger coffee at-the-ready and French doors leading out to an elevated covered deck.

Check Butterfield Beach House out:

5 Best Family Accommodation on Stewart Island© Butterfield Beach House

4. Kererū House

A more central holiday home in Oban, Kererū House is a four-bedroom holiday rental just a two-minute walk from Oban’s shops, restaurants and ferry terminal. Up to 12 guests can sleep in the home, which includes facilities that families may need like a portacot and highchair. The home has two modern bathrooms, as well as areas ideal for socialising, from the open-plan lounge and kitchen to the outside deck with a barbecue. With central heating, you’ll keep warm in winter, while additional facilities make it all too easy, like a washing machine, tea and coffee, and a TV with a DVD player (DVDs can be hired from the library or Four Square).

Check Kererū House out:

5 Best Family Accommodation on Stewart Island© Kereru House

5. Inlet View – Architectural, Warm Inviting Home

Finally, one of the most contemporary and stylish holiday homes for families on Stewart Island is the Inlet View holiday home. Located on a quiet street at the back of Oban, close to Golden Bay where the Ulva Island ferry departs (see the 10 Things to Do in Stewart Island with Kids for details), this three-bedroom holiday home is a beautiful place to recharge with loved ones. With double-glazing and central heating, you’ll hardly struggle to keep warm, while the coffee machine and Smart TV are some of the more luxurious offerings of this upmarket holiday home. For more holiday homes to choose from, check out the 10 Best Holiday Homes on Stewart Island.

Check Inlet View out:

5 Best Family Accommodation on Stewart Island© Inlet View - Architectural, Warm Inviting Home


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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