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

South Island Pied Oystercarcher … (SIPO)


Haematopus ostralegus finschi

Less common on Ulva, but seen often around the village and waterfront. Quite a gregarious bird they will often be seen in quite large flocks on the village waterfront waiting patiently for the tide to fall for feeding.  I’ve never seen a nest on Stewart Island, but they were common on my parents inland farm.

Size 130 mm


South Island Pied Oystercatchers


South Island Pied Oystercatchers

At Rest!!


South Island Pied Oystercatchers


South Island Pied Oystercatchers

Waiting for the tide to drop to start feeding

South Island Pied Oyster Catcher Calls

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