Welcome to Stewart Island & Sails Ashore +64 3 219 1151 tait@sailsashore.co.nz



Ninox novaezeelandiae

The call of the morepork is part of the night sounds in the New Zealand forest, but talking with my guests few New Zealanders have actually seen one.  We occasionally “get lucky”, often because one has been discovered by a flock of smaller birds in it’s daytime roost. The cacophony of scolding which erupts can be a give away that they have found one. They are often creatures of habit, and will day roost in the same tree for months on end, and of course if it’s close to a track we are able to show our guests.

Size 290 mm




Adult & Juvenile


This adult & juvenile roosted here for each day for 4 months. Dead Rimu fronds are a superb camoflage


Stewart Island Electricity is generated using diesel fuel

Sails Ashore is Solar Powered

 But we now produce 100 % of our electrical needs, and are completely "Off Grid", Excess electricity is used to heat our domestic hot water and central heating system and this has cut our non renewable heating fuel usage to around 20% of pre solar.. All cooking is electric, no more LPG.  See More .......

Kowhai Lane is also Solar powered,

Kowhai Lane is "Grid Tied" Excess production is used to heat water. Production beyond the house requirements is exported, thus cutting diesel use in the wider grid. At night Kowhai Lane Lodge receives power from the grid.

Like Sails Ashore, all cooking is electric,,,,, No LPG



Sails Ashore, Kowhai Lane & Sails Tours

11 View Street,
Stewart Island, 9846

+64 3 219 1151
Email: tait@sailsashore.co.nz
Web: www.sailsashore.co.nz