Find Boutique Lodges and B&Bs on Stewart Island
Farflung off the southern shores of New Zealand is an island cloaked in nature. The environment is so revered that 80% of it is preserved as a national park and skies so clear that it’s classed as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary. With all of that in mind, Stewart Island is a destination that commands a tranquil accommodation to complement its surroundings. Luckily, there are homely B&Bs, luxury lodges and even a boutique motel to ensure the right tone is set. Check them all out with this list of the best boutique accommodation on Stewart Island.
1. Stewart Island Lodge
One of Halfmoon Bay’s most upmarket offerings, Stewart Island Lodge offers boutique lodge accommodation with unrivalled views. Enjoy the vistas from your guest room with large windows spilling onto a private balcony often shared with friendly kaka (bush parrot). The village centre of Oban is a mere stroll away, through the lodge’s verdant native gardens, to join more adventures around Stewart Island. The lodge offers six king/twin rooms where rates include a continental breakfast each morning. Check out more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodation on Stewart Island.
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2. 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 highlights. Not only that but the position nearby the famous Observation Rock indicates the lush bush surroundings and just how good the views are. The interiors, which include a queen, twin and single room, are a charming mix of the old and the new. 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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3. Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant
Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant might be more famous for its boutique dining experience, but it also offers three standalone suites. Each have a private elevated balcony either overlooking Halfmoon Bay, Oban’s fishing bay or nestled in kamahi forest. The boutique lodge on Stewart Island offers luxuries like a coffee machine, home baking and full glass frontage for soaking in the views. However, only one of the rooms has the exclusivity of a private wood-fired hot tub so you can soak under the stars of a Dark Sky Sanctuary.
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4. Ponga B&B
One of the more homely bed and breakfasts on Stewart Island, Ponga B&B features just two guest rooms. Far enough away from the hustle and bustle of day visitors yet close enough to town to enjoy its conveniences, this B&B accommodation is among a bush-clad residential street where, admittedly, the most commonly seen 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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5. Sails Ashore Lodge
Sails Ashore Lodge is not only an upmarket B&B on the quiet streets of Oban but an activity provider offering small-group driving tours of Stewart Island and guided tours of Ulva Island. There are just two rooms available at this lodge, each tastefully-presented with an ensuite boasting underfloor heating and a paua shell trim, as well as hot drink-making facilities accompanied by homebaked treats. Stays also include a continental breakfast each morning at a time that suits you. See more accommodation like this in the 5 Best Luxury Accommodation on Stewart Island.
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6. Kowhai Lane Lodge
From the same hosts as Sails Ashore Lodge, Kowhai Lane Lodge offers a more casual lodge at the other end of town. 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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For an out-of-town stay, book yourself into one of the three hill-perched units of Anchorstone. This boutique motel is nestled in bush just a short drive from Oban, offering transfers and the option of a vehicle rental. The self-contained units each feature a super-king bed, kitchen, an ensuite, TV and a balcony with outdoor furniture for watching the sunset or stargazing. See more accommodation like this in the 6 Best Motels in Stewart Island.
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8. Jensen Bay House
Finally, discover the private hideaway of Jensen Bay House with its striking contemporary architecture surrounded by nature. There are two lodge rooms to choose from; either the more luxurious “Above-and-overall” room with a four-poster bed or the more affordable “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-drenched 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.