5 Best Luxury Accommodation on Stewart Island
5 Best Luxury Accommodation on Stewart Island

5 Best Luxury Accommodation on Stewart Island

© Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant

Premium Accommodation on Stewart Island

A destination as special as Stewart Island, New Zealand’s lesser-known third island on the edge of the Subantarctic, deserves a special place to see it all from. The small village and the island’s only settlement, Oban, offers an exclusive offering of upmarket lodges, B&Bs and holiday homes for travellers seeking a bit of luxury on Stewart Island. Check them out in this list of the best luxury accommodation on Stewart Island.

For more Stewart Island luxury accommodation and activities, take a look at The Luxury Guide to Stewart Island and the 6 Luxury Activities on Stewart Island.

1. Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant

Retreat to the coastal tops of Halfmoon Bay, all while still being a short walk from Oban, at the Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant. This luxury lodge on Stewart Island offers three standalone suites with private elevated balconies either overlooking Halfmoon Bay, a small fishing bay or lush 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 a platter provided by the on-site restaurant. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Boutique Accommodation on Stewart Island.

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

2. Sails Ashore Lodge

Sails Ashore Lodge is not only a luxury B&B nestled on the quiet streets of Oban, but the hosts also offer small-group driving tours and Ulva Island tours. With that, your visit to Stewart Island is made all-the-more effortless. 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 generous continental breakfast each morning at a time that suits you. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodation on Stewart Island.

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5 Best Luxury Accommodation on Stewart Island© Sails Ashore Lodge

3. Stewart Island Lodge

Set among verdant native gardens yet elevated enough to absorb the turquoise waters of Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island Lodge offers a compelling stay for discerning travellers. Enjoy the views from your guest room with large windows spilling onto a private balcony where it’s common to meet a friendly kaka (bush parrot). The village centre of Oban is a mere stroll away to join more adventures around Stewart Island. The lodge offers six king/twin rooms, as well as continental breakfast each morning.

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5 Best Luxury Accommodation on Stewart Island© Stewart Island Lodge

4. Jensen Bay House

A private hideaway with contemporary architecture surrounded by nature, Jensen Bay House offers something special on Stewart Island. They have two lodge rooms to choose from; either the more luxurious “Above-and-overall” room with a four-poster bed or the affordable luxury of the “Firmly-grounded” room. The architecture is thought-provoking inside and out, with the lounge boasting European features like a French pyramid fireplace, as well as a sauna and a sun-filled conservatory. What’s more, the lodge is fully off-the-grid with solar-photovoltaic electric, solar-heat generating system, wind generator, freshwater facility and clay-wall heating system.

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5 Best Luxury Accommodation on Stewart Island© Jensen Bay House

5. Aurora Lodge

After the luxury lodges of Stewart Island, the remaining premium accommodation options are some of the island’s lavish holiday homes. One such option is Aurora Lodge, a designer three-bedroom home with unbeatable views sitting adjacent to the famous Observation Rock. With stylish interiors and large windows soaking in the views and birdsong, there’s plenty to admire inside and out. It’s a pleasure to entertain in the spacious open-plan kitchen with a breakfast bar leading into the lounge. See more like this in the 10 Best Holiday Homes on Stewart Island.

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5 Best Luxury Accommodation on Stewart Island© Aurora lodge

Author

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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