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.

With 4 double rooms upstairs Kowhai Lane can be either a single room booking with shared kitchen/lounge areas or as a whole of house booking for your family or group of friends.

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


Since early February the Department of Conservation have had an infestation of bed bugs in several of their huts.
We discovered this in a newspaper item 3rd March 2021
Until we have assurances this this issue has been resolved we will not accept guests who have come off the tracks.
In the event of an existing booking a full refund will of course be made.

We deeply regret any inconvenience but our priority must be maintaining our high standards of cleanliness and protecting our guests health.

We have instant online booking

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

Please note Sails Ashore is two night and Kowhai Lane Lodge 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%, and 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



Take the whole house plus apartment and you’ll enjoy a great discount.

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 .

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

Cancellation Policy (New Zealanders)
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.
In the event of further Government imposed travel/socialisation restrictions
we will give a full refund of course. And always happy with a postponement.

Cancellation Policy (Overseas Guests)
In these uncertain times we are reluctant to accept bookings from outside New Zealand.
However if pressed we will accept, but under the following terms with no exceptions due to Govt restrictions
longer than 60 days of arrival date………………20% forfeit of total tariff
14 to 60 days of arrival date……………………… 50% forfeit of total tariff
within 14 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.

Once Covid vaccinations become available to the general public of New Zealand all guests without exception  will be required to show proof of vaccination or alternatively a valid certificate of medical exemptions, signed by a Medical Doctor ...... The Russian & Chinese vaccines will not be acceptable. 

As both plane and ferry are subject to adverse weather (not often but it CAN happen)
we recommend 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

NEW !!!

Air New Zealand now has direct flights, Auckland to Invercargill Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Monday.
These depart Auckland 1030, arriving 1240.

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 2189129
email them info@stewartislandflights.co.nz

Our Guests Say

Thank You Iris & Peter
Thank you for a lovely stay, and made us most welcome.
The house was lovely to stay in and thanks Peter for the trip to Ulva, it was very interesting.

Take Care… God Bless

Barbara & Mike, NZ September 2020


Hello Iris & Peter

It has taken a bit of an adjustment to our small home on wheels again after the lovely accommodation at Kowhai Lane
Thank you again for taking such good care off us and ensuring we made the most of our time in your special part of Aotearoa.
We called into the Remarkables Flight Centre to tell them about the great experiences we enjoyed and to thank them for organising the trip.

Vicky & Alan, NZ August 2020


Hello Iris & Peter

What a wonderful stay we had in your special town/island. Thanks so much for hosting us so generously and guiding us around your local hot spots. We felt so “at home” which made for a relaxing stay. We now have bragging rights for visiting Rakiura, which so many Kiwis have yet to do. Everything about our visit met or exceeded expectations.

You were superb hosts – thanks again.

Best wishes Russell and Gaye



Hi Peter and Iris,

Well, it was wonderful to meet you both and we totally loved our Rakiura experience. Coming home was very warm….21c at 8pm and a stickie night tossing our duvet off. 
Thank you both so very much for all your special hospitality. You are wonderful hosts.

May you have a great Christmas……

Kind regards 
Denise and Roy



Dear Peter and Iris.

We are just back in UK felling a bit groggy after the long flight home. So let us take this opportunity to thank you for a wonderful stay in Stewart Island. We were so lucky to have you guide us through the magical Ulva. Your hard work has paid off, we were delight to see some of the endemics doing well. It was good that you were able to take our friends Andrew and Claire to Ulva as well. We shall be meeting up soon. The accommodation and breakfast we superb and thank you for taking good care of us. We have been fighting off the jet lag by watching you excellent DVD.  Pity about the Kiwi. We think or trip to Stewart Island was the jewel in the crown and we shall treasure memories of our stay.

Very best wishes Brian and Dawn



Dear Iris, Anne and Peter,

thank you very much for making our stay in Stewart Island such a wonderful experience. Your kind and generous hosting in a beautifully appointed apartment made us feel welcome and spoilt. Peter’s knowledge of the island and Ulva Island is amazing so that we came away very impressed and well informed. We were lucky with the weather and although we didn’t see a kiwi, we did appreciate the other native birdlife. The walk back from Port William showed us some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. We have some lovely memories and will now encourage all we meet to visit Stewart Island. If you happen to travel north, we are not far off the highway and would love to see you and return some hospitality.

with best wishes  Sue and Richard




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