5 Best Hotels on Stewart Island
5 Best Hotels on Stewart Island

5 Best Hotels on Stewart Island

© Bay Motel

Find a Hotel Room on Stewart Island

Yes, even in the most off-the-beaten-track destination of New Zealand on a far-flung third island that sits at the south of the country you can find a hotel. The hotel here is something of a local legend, as the place that the island’s small population come to share a drink. Admittedly, it is also the only hotel on Stewart Island. Nevertheless, there are alternative accommodation options which we also explore in this list of the best hotels on Stewart Island.

For more travel advice, check out The Complete Guide to Stewart Island and the 10 Incredible Things to Do on Stewart Island.

1. South Sea Hotel

Not only is the South Sea Hotel the only official hotel on Stewart Island but its also the local pub. Upstairs of the waterfront hotel are the main hotel rooms in their traditional flare, reflecting the old-school New Zealand hotel style. They consist of a selection of double and twin rooms with shared bathrooms and breakfast-making facilities. It also has a communal lounge with excellent views of Halfmoon Bay. If you prefer more of your own space, however, then there are nine motel units adjacent to the main building, which include an ensuite bathroom and private breakfast-making facilities.

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5 Best Hotels on Stewart Island© South Sea Hotel

2. Stewart Island Lodge

Yes, already we have exhausted our list of hotels on Stewart Island, but one of the next best accommodations for frequent hotel-stayers is Stewart Island Lodge. Set among verdant native gardens with spectacular views of Halfmoon Bay, the lodge allows guests to absorb the views through large windows spilling onto a private balcony. There are six king/twin rooms, which include a continental breakfast in the rate. The village centre of Oban is a mere stroll away. For more lodges like this, check out the 8 Best Boutique Accommodation on Stewart Island.

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5 Best Hotels on Stewart Island© Stewart Island Lodge

3. Bay Motel

Stewart Island is also home to a few motels, including the Bay Motel which is just a short walk from Oban town centre. Enjoy a bit of pampering in your studio or one-bedroom unit with a spa bath or stick to something more affordable in the basic studios, some with cooking facilities and some without for more of a hotel-like experience. There are double and twin set-ups available, while all units include free WiFi, electric blankets, an ensuite, radiator heating, tea, coffee and either a bay or bush view. Check out more motel options in the 6 Best Motels in Stewart Island.

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5 Best Hotels on Stewart Island© Bay Motel

4. Stewart Island Backpackers

Another type of accommodation to consider are backpacker hostels, such as Stewart Island Backpackers. As well as private double and twin rooms, the hostel has a range of dorm rooms and tent sites. Whatever room type you pick, you’ll have access to a well-equipped communal kitchen, as well as shared bathrooms, lounge and laundry facilities surrounding a sunny courtyard garden. See more accommodation like this in the 5 Best Budget Accommodation in Stewart Island.

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5 Best Hotels on Stewart Island© Stewart Island Backpackers

5. Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant

Finally, if you’re looking for something more upmarket, take a look at the Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant. This luxury lodge offers three standalone suites with private elevated balconies basking in their own unique view. All suites have full-glass frontage for soaking in the views and feature little luxuries like a coffee machine, home baking and more. One of the rooms even features a private wood-fired hot tub so you can soak under the stars. See more options like this in the 5 Best Luxury Accommodation on Stewart Island.

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5 Best Hotels on Stewart Island© Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant


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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