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

Although we are 3 consecutive nights minimum stay we can probably help guests wanting to enjoy our Rakiura Great Walk and splitting their stay.

Enquire !!

We have instant online booking

Due to Corona Virus all bookings for Sails Ashore and Kowhai Lane Lodges are on request only. Please email

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.

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

Kowhai Lane Lodge, Stewart Island

Kereru Room is ensuite with king double/twin 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/double 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/twin 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.

Our Guests Say

Thank you both for a wonderful stay. We will never forget the warm hospitality of Iris & Peter. Peters guided tour of Ulva Island was top notch ! We learned so much!. We especially liked how he pointed out little details about plant life we sometimes forget to look at. We bought our 5 month old son along. Iris was excellent. On arrival she had the heat turned on, some toys and the towel racks on. All their attention to detail and information was excellent. Overall, Fantastic !!

King Family Canada, March 2015

I’ve had a marvellous time here in Stewart Island, I’ve been very lucky with lovely weather and I couldn’t have asked for more attentive hosts, so thank you Iris & Peter for helping me to make my short time here so enjoyable and for all the lifts you have given me to the start of the various walks I’ve done. Also Peter for the very educational trip to Ulva Island – if only I could remember everything you told me

“JW” Essex, UK, March 2016

Thank you for welcoming us to this rugged and beautiful place. You have been perfect hosts, taking us wherever we wanted to go, and telling us about the flora, fauna and local history.. Ulva Island was beautiful as were the gardens at Kowhai Lane.

Judith & Tony, New Zealand, November 2014

Many thanks for your generous hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed the guided walk around Ulva as well as the very comfortable surroundings here at 6 Kowhai Lane> If we ever get the chance to visit New Zealand again a trip to Stewart Island is a must.
Ed & Barb, Canada November 2016

A fabulous base from which to enjoy the delights of Oban. Also managed 4 species, but alas, no Kiwi.
The welcome and hospitality from Iris & Peter was much appreciated , and the literature and books helped us get the most out of our time here. The recommendation for the Pelagic Tour with Matt was excellent as we had an unforgettable time. Ulva deserved two trips to get all the other key birds, but we left very refreshed and contented,
Belle & Family, Australia, 13th December 2016



Dear Iris & Peter

We Loved our time here on Stewart Island, and the two of you made it really special for us.
I’m glad we found you

Best regards……………… Kristen & Frits   Germany Dec, ’17

 Dear Iris & Peter

We are almost at the furthest point from home here at Stewart Island, but we feel like at home in this beautiful house. We loved the tour of Ulva Island with Peter and all his explanations and histories about the plants and birds. That was fascinating. Keep the beautiful energy you have. Thanks for everything and who knows … maybe we see you another time.

Isaline & Jacques, Switzerland, December ’17

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 .

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