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

Kowhai Lane Lodge & Apartment

Your Base to Explore Stewart Island

Kowhai Lane Lodge & Apartment

Kowhai Lane Lodge & Apartment

Kowhai Lane Lodge & Apartment

Gateway to Rakiura National park

Kowhai Lane Lodge & Apartment

Rakiura, Land of Glowing Skies


Kowhai Lane Lodge

The Lodge is situated in private gardens only 4 or 5 minutes stroll from the village centre and waterfront, a home away from home for your Island experience.

With 4 double rooms upstairs Kowhai Lane can be either a single room booking with shared kitchen/lounge areas or as a whole of house booking for your family or group of friends.

All rooms have ensuite facilities so you won’t be queuing for the bathroom. Three are king double or twin and the fourth is a queen.

There is lots of room for all with both large lounge and dining room. . The kitchen is well appointed with all modern conveniences, including a dishwasher. And there is a guest pantry !!

Kowhai Lane Apartment

The Apartment on the ground floor is ideal for a small family or perhaps 3 adults travelling together. It has a kitchen/dining room plus bedroom with king double/twin and a large ensuite

Automatic central heating throughout keeps the outdoors at bay on the chillier days. (No coal fires or range to struggle with). Electric blankets  ensure a great sleep on the coolest of nights.

Kowhai Lane Lodge


Kowhai Lane Lodge

Guest Pantry, Use and replace in kind

Kowhai Lane Lodge

Set in private gardens

Kowhai Lane Lodge

Enjoy our beaches

Take the whole house plus apartment and you’ll enjoy a great discount.

Kowhai Lane Lodge is 2 night minimum stay and a “Sails” guided exploration of Ulva Island is a must do and is part of the Kowhai Lane package.

As we generally restrict party size to a maximum of 6 you will be really involved. The local walks are a relaxed way of exploring the forests and beaches the community nestles amongst.

Kowhai Lane is your ideal base to explore the Island. “Get your bearings” with a “Sails” Scenic Road Tour . “Sails” party sizes are small and guests enjoy complimentary transfer plus a discount off the listed price. You’ll also leave with a free DVD containing a short film and slide shows about Stewart Island.

WiFi is available throughout the house and grounds .

Walking the tracks???…… Kowhai Lane has secure lockers for your gear if staying before and after your hike. And we’ll drop you off at track start… no charge

We include Complementary transfers from plane and ferry on arrival and departure on the Island, but please do note if coming by ferry that wharf parking is limited, and also delays in unloading luggage from the ferry can result in significant time delays, sometimes as long as 45 minutes from arrival to collecting your luggage. So while we will pick you up we do ask that you phone us on 03 219 1151 once you have your luggage in hand.

We have instant online booking

Please note Sails Ashore and Kowhai Lane Lodges are three nights minimum stay . Our booking system may not cope with a single guest for the Guided Walk. If not we will refund the appropriate tariff. There will be no hidden extras as all taxes, GST, VAT, “Resort Fees” etc are included in the tariff.

Our Guests enjoy a 10% discount when flying with Stewart Island Flights

Tui Room is ensuite, has a harbour view and is fully centrally heated 24/7. The king bed is either double or twin configuration, and has electric blankets. There is TV.

Tui is the Maori name for one of our native birds.

Tui, Kereru, Piwakawaka & Kiwi Rooms share the kitchen, dining and living rooms, as well as a laundry.


Kereru Room is ensuite with King twin/double bed and electric blankets . It is centrally heated 24/7 and has a harbour view.

Kereru (Local Maori called them “Kukupa”) are our large native pigeon

Tui, Kereru, Piwakawaka & Kiwi Rooms share the kitchen, dining and living rooms, as well as a laundry.

Piwakawaka is our queen room.

Ensuite, with electric blankets and centrally heated 24/7, it has a garden view.

Piwakawaka is the Maori name for our fantail bird, and means “Dancing Canoe”

Tui, Kereru, Piwakawaka & Kiwi Rooms share the kitchen, dining and living rooms, as well as a laundry.

Kiwi Room is ensuite, with king double/twin bed and electric blankets. Centrally heated 24/7 Kiwi room is garden view.

Kiwi are our native bird emblem, and can occasionally be heard calling from Kowhai Lane

Tui, Kereru, Piwakawaka & Kiwi Rooms share the kitchen, dining and living rooms, as well as a laundry.

Our Apartment is the lower level at Kowhai Lane. It has two rooms plus ensuite, and has a king double/twin bed .with electric blankets and is centrally heated 24/7 with a garden view. The sofa may extend an extra bed, please enquire

Kowhai Lane Apartment is Disabled Access

Our Guests Say

Thank you both for a wonderful stay. We will never forget the warm hospitality of Iris & Peter. Peters guided tour of Ulva Island was top notch ! We learned so much!. We especially liked how he pointed out little details about plant life we sometimes forget to look at. We bought our 5 month old son along. Iris was excellent. On arrival she had the heat turned on, some toys and the towel racks on. All their attention to detail and information was excellent. Overall, Fantastic !!

King Family Canada, March 2015


I’ve had a marvellous time here in Stewart Island, I’ve been very lucky with lovely weather and I couldn’t have asked for more attentive hosts, so thank you Iris & Peter for helping me to make my short time here so enjoyable and for all the lifts you have given me to the start of the various walks I’ve done. Also Peter for the very educational trip to Ulva Island – if only I could remember everything you told me

“JW” Essex, UK, March 2016


Thank you for welcoming us to this rugged and beautiful place. You have been perfect hosts, taking us wherever we wanted to go, and telling us about the flora, fauna and local history.. Ulva Island was beautiful as were the gardens at Kowhai Lane.

Judith & Tony, New Zealand, November 2014

Many thanks for your generous hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed the guided walk around Ulva as well as the very comfortable surroundings here at 6 Kowhai Lane> If we ever get the chance to visit New Zealand again a trip to Stewart Island is a must.
Ed & Barb, Canada November 2016

A fabulous base from which to enjoy the delights of Oban. Also managed 4 species, but alas, no Kiwi.
The welcome and hospitality from Iris & Peter was much appreciated , and the literature and books helped us get the most out of our time here. The recommendation for the Pelagic Tour with Matt was excellent as we had an unforgettable time. Ulva deserved two trips to get all the other key birds, but we left very refreshed and contented,
Belle & Family, Australia, 13th December 2016

Sails Ashore, Kowhai Lane & Sails Tours

11 View Street,
Stewart Island,

Phone + 64 3 219 1151

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