+64 3 219 1151 tait@sailsashore.co.nz

Your Hosts, Peter and Iris Tait with daughter Anne Tait wish to share their forty plus years’ experience with visitors to this magic Island Stewart Island/Rakiura –

“Land of the Glowing Skies”

Terms & Conditions :- We expect payment in advance by Internet, Electronic banking or Credit Card. Please note bank charges are the responsibility.of the agent concerned

Terms & Conditions :-       We expect payment in advance by Internet, Electronic banking or Credit Card. Please note bank charges are the responsibility.of the agent concerned

Alternatively :-      and only by prior agreement, we will accept payment within 10 days of our e-mailing or 14 days of our posting of the invoice. This will be sent on guest departure.

There is a two night minimum stay at both accommodations.

Both accommodations are packaged with an Ulva Island Guided walk, with no exceptions.

Consequences of Late Payment:-     If payment is not received within this period forfeiture of the commission will result and the FULL RETAIL RATE for the room will apply. Additionally if an account is overdue no further accommodation bookings will be accepted. Default of more than 1 month beyond date on invoice as above may see bookings cancelled, the agent notified by email and the rooms re-allocated. Persistent late payment can lead to suspension of the agency relationship.
Electronic payments MUST be identified with the Agent Name PLUS our invoice number and an email sent to us confirming payment. This helps us ensure YOUR payment does not go astray

A booking you make with us implies that you have read and accepted our terms as set out above

We are a small B&B and late payments greatly affect us. We politely request your co-operation in meeting our payment terms.

Normally our guided walk is two person minimum. However a single guest at Sails Ashore or Kowhai Lane is guaranteed the tour at no extra cost. In each property reduce the two night rack tariff by the tour cost.

If you require additional or up to date copies of our DVD please email us. Please feel free to copy it at will.

Remember we are ALWAYS happy to assist with any enquiries regarding services available on Stewart Island.

Please contact us if you require tariffs for beyond Southern Hemisphere Summer 2017/18.
Tariffs include transfers to accommodation plus orientation “mini tour” on arrival/departure and transfers to and from “Sails” activities

We can offer :-  A choice of Accommodation both Luxury Boutique and Superior Holiday Home (self catering) and Scenic Road Tours & Guided Ulva Island Walks
Commission levels are by prior written arrangement only.

Important !!!. We reserve the right to amend the tariffs below to reflect excessive increases in fuel and due to ETS costs. Confirmed Bookings made prior to any increase will of course be honoured.

Season 1st May 2016 – 30th April 2017

Season 1st May 2017 – 30th April 2018

Cancellation Policy

longer than 30 days of arrival date………………10% forfeit of total tariff
8 to 30 days of arrival date………………………… 33% forfeit of total tariff
within 7 days of arrival date…………………….. 100% forfeit of total Tariff.

However for the period December 20th to January 10th and all other Public Holidays no refund,
unless we can rebook those dates.

As both plane and ferry are subject to adverse weather (not often but it CAN happen)
we recommend travel insurance.

Any cancelled booking we are subsequently able to fill will be refunded in full less 10%.

If a guest cancels a booked activity…………..No refund
If we cancel a booked activity…………………..Full refund

We are also happy to offer exclusive use of both Sails Ashore & Kowhai Lane and also to quote on special global packages for groups covering both properties.

Exclusive guided walks and scenic road tours as above.

We strongly recommend that guests with limited English should opt for exclusive activities.

Bank account Details as follows :-

Sails Ashore & “Sails” Activities…………….. 031355 0326506 00
Kowhai Lane…………………………………….…… 031355 0345571 00
Both accounts are with
Southland Building Society,
51 Don St
PO BOX 835
New Zealand.

Please also note that payment by Credit Card will attract a surcharge of 2.5%. However this does NOT apply to EFTPOS Checque or Savings transactions

We have some overseas agents who have NZ bank accounts, and use these to do internet transfer payments. This works well.

SWIFT Details for direct transfer form outside New Zealand…. these will attract a bank charge.

Westpac Bank
Westpac Bank
Cnr Kelvin & Spey Streets,
Invercargill 9840NZ

We have online Availability and Booking with Seekom and find it an excellent vehicle for bookings and especially so for an agent, saving your time and effort.

Although booking requests made by you have to be confirmed by us, in reality a booking request made through this system will be available and effectively confirmed on your making the request.

We encourage you to check them out ….. they have an Agent Registration Process…. and request a relationship with us

….or….contact us directly and we can discuss your requirements.

Please note that we will make every effort to adhere to the above rates. but do reserve the right to adjust if forced by rising fossil fuel prices, which we use for all heating, lighting and cooking.

Confirmed bookings will of course be honoured.


Kowhai Lane is Self Catered

Sails Ashore is an Elaborate Continental Breakfast only.


In the past we have automatically booked guests first night table at either the Hotel or Church Hill Restaurant.

We would like to emphasise that booking is essential, as with limited tables it is not unknown for folk to be disappointed.

Us doing the booking has often led to much too-ing and fro-ing between us, the guests, and the restaurant and a high possibility of getting it wrong.

We have decided that in order to streamline things it might make good sense to encourage guests to make their own table bookings, as they can make decisions directly regarding dietary issues and such things.

And so on our Concierge Services page/ we have set up links and sample menus for each meal establishment. These menus and prices should be seen as indicative only.

If you have problems contacting the restaurant of your choice just email us and we will assist


Our weather can on occasions disrupt travel plans. For this reason we STRONGLY recommend travel insurance for both our International & domestic guests.

For transport to and from the Island please contact operators direct.

Stewart Island Flights,  ……… Scheduled Flights 365 days a year. Invercargill Airport to Oban (Stewart Island).
phone 64 3 218 9129 or email       sif@xtra.co.nz                 www.stewartislandflights.com

Stewart Island Ferry Services,  ……… Schedule sailings 365 days a year. Bluff to Oban (Stewart Island).
phone 64 3 212 7660 or email      info@si.co.nz                    www.stewartislandexperence.co.nz

Sails Ashore, Kowhai Lane & Sails Tours

11 View Street,
Stewart Island,

Phone + 64 3 219 1151
Toll Free 0800 783 9278 (NZ only)

Email: tait@sailsashore.co.nz
Web: www.sailsashore.co.nz