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



Gallirallus australis scotti

Weka are to be seen all over Ulva Island fossicking in the forest litter or vigorously throwing the beach wrack around searching for the sand hoppers under it.  Very territorial,  occasional fracases erupt when an interloper appears. They are quite relaxed around people, and particularly those on beaches have come to associate people with a possible hand out. Breeding is primarily in the spring, but not unusual to see new hatchings right up to mid autumn or even later.

Size 530 mm

Stewart Island Weka

A subspecies, unique to Stewart Island

Stewart Island Weka

Weka agro

Stewart Island Weka

Quite relaxed around people

Stewart Island Weka

Good swimmers, and quite prepared to do so

Stewart Island Weka

Parent & juvenile foraging in heavy forest

Stewart Island Weka

Maybe 7 days old

Stewart Island Weka

Family foraging in sea wrack

Weka 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