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Winter Gardening

Winter Gardening

Winter Gardening No, we haven’t dropped off the planet, nor indeed off Stewart Island. We’ve been busy, heads down bottoms up catching up on all sorts of chores after our last guests at Kowhai Lane & Sails Ashore left. Island Pessimism Islanders have...
The Rakiura Track as a Day Walk

The Rakiura Track as a Day Walk

The Rakiura Track as a Day Walk We have a two night minimum stay policy at Sails Ashore, and 14 years ago we seldom had longer stays. But the last couple of years we’ve noticed guests booking for 3 or 4 nights, and once 8 nights. We’ve never had (or I hope...
Ulva Island Critters

Ulva Island Critters

Ulva Island Critters My knowledge of insects is minimal to say the least, and apart from tiny moths, we don’t often see them as we walk through the forest. But then again with so many hungry insect eating birds that is probably not so surprising. But we do see...
Stewart Island Autumn Fungi

Stewart Island Autumn Fungi

I’ve never seen so many puff balls in our lawn, and although not there yet, Ulva Island looks as if we may have another “Fungi Year”. The last being in 2003, when the forest was alive with species.

Northern Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Northern Stewart Island Scenic Flight

North Stewart Island Scenic Flight Last year in late February we chartered Stewart Island Flights for a scenic journey around Stewart Island. see blog post here.  We took good friends from Switzerland with us. While we had intended to circumnavigate the whole Island...
A Very Busy February at Sails Ashore

A Very Busy February at Sails Ashore

A Very Busy February at Sails Ashore My apologies for my lack of posts this month. We have been very busy with guests and tours, and I’ve just not been able to find the time to post. But finally today I can do a little catch up. It’s raining steadily, so I...