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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...
Stewart Island Sizzles

Stewart Island Sizzles

Stewart Island Sizzles This has been the driest summer I have seen in 49 years of living on Stewart Island. We really started to notice our reduced rainfall and high temperatures in early December, and by mid December realised that if we wanted to save our Vegie...
Stewart Island Vacation, A guests photo essay

Stewart Island Vacation, A guests photo essay

A Week on Stewart Island Recently we hosted a group of friend for several days.  They certainly never let the grass grow under their feet while here. As well as our packaged Ulva Island Tour they did most of the local walks, including Ackers Point, Little River/Garden...
Stewart Island Big Dry

Stewart Island Big Dry

La Nina Continues to Impact My posts of December 2 and December 11 about our dry summer are still relevant. The 24 mm of rain I mentioned in my second post was the last significant rainfall we’ve had. Since then just “dribbles”. And just before...
History Revealed

History Revealed

Threads of History As well as being our accommodation and tours business’s public face, our web site is also a place for us to indulge our interest in our Island home. The obvious sections on birds, orchids and fungi and Ulva Island are easy to spot. Perhaps a...