Welcome to Stewart Island & Sails Ashore +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.

While in the past we have accepted whole of house bookings we regret that this is no longer possible. 

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 couple  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


Kowhai Lane Lodge

Look out to the view from the dining table and kitchen

Kowhai Lane Lodge

Large and comfortable lounge

Kowhai Lane Lodge

There’s a large library of local interest books, DVD’s and light entertainment

Kowhai Lane Lodge

Kowhai Lane Lodge is self catering,
dine in …..
or perhaps enjoy our local restaurants and fast food options

Kowhai Lane Lodge

A fully equipped modern kitchen

Kowhai Lane Lodge

Kitchen & dining room

Kowhai Lane Lodge

Guest Pantry, Use and replace in kind

Kowhai Lane Lodge

Set in private gardens

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 have instant online booking

Your Hosts Iris, Anne & Peter are fully vaccinated against Coronavirus


Please note both 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.

Some international bank transfers now attract a significant surcharge of as much as 15%. In some cases this has been deducted from the payment we receive, and the payor was not aware that this was happening.. As you will imagine this does not fill us with cheer and joy, and until we have this clarified we will not accept international bank transfers unless the full invoice amount is received…. please contact us as required.

Kowhai Lane Lodge, Stewart Island

Tui Room is ensuite with king double bed and electric blankets. It is centrally heated 24/7 and has harbour views.

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

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

Kowhai Lane Lodge, Stewart IslandKereru Room is ensuite with King twin 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

Kowhai Lane Lodge, Stewart IslandPiwakawaka 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 and Kiwi Rooms share the kitchen, dining and living rooms, as well as a laundry

Kowhai Lane Lodge, Stewart IslandKiwi Room is ensuite, with king double 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 and; Kiwi Rooms share the kitchen, dining and living rooms, as well as a laundry.



Kowhai Lane Lodge, Stewart IslandOur Apartment is the lower level at Kowhai Lane. It has two rooms plus ensuite, and has a king double bed .with electric blankets and is centrally heated 24/7 with a garden view.


Kowhai Lane Apartment is Disabled Access



Kowhai Lane Lodge is 3 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.

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.

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.

Pay for use WiFi is available throughout the house and grounds .

Cancellation Policy 
longer than 60 days of arrival date………………10% forfeit of total tariff
8 to 60 days of arrival date………………………… 33% forfeit of total tariff
within 7 days of arrival date…………………….. 100% forfeit of total Tariff.
However for the period December 20th to January 10th
and all other Public Holidays no refund, unless we can rebook those dates.

Any postponement by the client is entirely at the hosts discretion

As both plane and ferry are subject to adverse weather (not often but it CAN happen)
We Strongly recommend Covid Friendly travel insurance.
Any cancelled booking we are subsequently able to fill will be refunded in full less 10%.
If a guest cancels a booked activity…………..No refund
If we cancel a booked activity…………………..Full refund

Resumed !!!

Air New Zealand has resumed direct flights, Auckland to Invercargill
Check their website for details

Stewart Island Flights has a connection departing Invercargill 1330.

So it's now even easier to visit Stewart Island ex Auckland. More or less straight through, no waiting

And our guests enjoy a 10% discount off the Standard Return Airfare, Invercargill to Stewart Island

Our Guests enjoy a 10% discount when flying with Stewart Island Flights.
If you wish to enjoy this please email Flights direct once confirmed with us
Do not use their online booking system as it does not cope with the discount.
phone +64 3 218 9129
email them info@stewartislandflights.co.nz

Our Guests Say

Dear Iris & Peter.
What a fabulous time we had. Lots of birds, Saddleback, Yellowhead, Robin, Kaka, Kakareki, plus lots of other out at sea we saw little Blue Penguins, Mollymawks. At night we were luck to see a Ruru upon the rugby field and a Kiwi down by the museum. Lovely walks, boat trips and our trip to Ulva Island. Thank you peter and Iris for sharing your knowledge and this perfect lodge. Couldn’t have been better

Gill…. October 2023.

Dear Iris & Peter.
Thank you for an absolute fabulous stay on Stewart Island. It was our first time here and we loved it. Thank you so much for the wonderful welcoming home and the informative trips — especially to Ulva Island were a highlight. The boys loved it. Thank you

Genevieve & Family…. April 2023.

Dear Iris & Peter.
What a magical place to stay. Thank you for your kindness and generosity in sharing it with us. Bird watching on Ulva was a highlight. The robin was adorable

Rebecca …. April 2023.

Dear Iris & Peter.
Thank you for your consideration and care of me during my stay in Kowhai Lodge. I would have felt a “lone sick wolf” without your kindness.
And last night on the airfield I was lucky enough to see baby kiwi’s which was a real treat.
and again thank you Peter for that thoughly enjoyable and informative walk on Ulva. And Iris for your kindness and care. All the joys to you both

Lyndsay …. January 2023.

Thank you Iris & Peter for a lovely stay at this stunning house overlooking the bay.
Very comfortable in every way and we were well looked after.
Thanks for the very interesting and informative quided tour of Ulva Island Peter.
We learned a lot. And of your lovely garden. The kaka visits an unexpected extra treat.
Best wishes  …. Janet & Shellie, February 2023

Dear Iris & Peter

We are now safely back home after our wonderful holiday to Stewart island and the Southern Lakes District.
I want to thank you both for the outstanding holiday you gave me and Judy. The Stewart Island part of our trip was definitely our highlight.
It was the best 80th birthday present I have ever given myself  ! have both been telling our families they HAVE to go to Rakiura – and they HAVE to stay with you.
We did so appreciate everything – from getting us to and from our transport onto the Island, to the wonderful Ulva Island Tour,
the road tour and the little things like making sure we got to the hotel for dinner. Perhaps above all we loved the accommodation at Kowhai lane.
The beds were so comfortable and the house had everything and more than what we needed or wanted.  If I make it to 90 guess where I’ll be booking my holiday ?!.

Kindest regards..  Anne …. November 2022.



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