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Hiking Trails around Stewart Island

Hiking Trails around Stewart Island

Hiking Trails around Stewart Island When I came to Stewart Island back in 1969 as Ranger one of my projects was to complete the North West Circuit hiking trail. This is an 8 day hike which takes you up the east coast of the Island past Christmas Village, Long Harry...
Renovations at Kowhai Lane Lodge

Renovations at Kowhai Lane Lodge

Kowhai Lane Lodge Renovations Kowhai Lane Lodge was built around 40 years ago as a private home. Back then double glazed windows were pretty rare to non existent, although wall insulation was becoming common. The weather board was a proprietary product, really just a...
Planning for the Future

Planning for the Future

Planning for the Future In hindsight one of the things I have most benefited from was the parts of my Forest Service training which focused on planning and management. And also how great outcomes have come out of what can only be seen as an act of faith in years...
Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring ??? Spring does not officially arrive until 1st September, but things are looking distinctly spring like around Sails Ashore. Fuchsia has been in flower for 2 or 3 weeks, and this morning I checked the lawn and garden soil temperature, and both were at...
AWL- Absent with leave

AWL- Absent with leave

AWL- Absent with Leave No, I haven’t dropped off the planet, but I have been away for several weeks in Dunedin, undergoing follow up treatment from surgery I had 18 months ago. Home again, and all seems to be well, and my grateful thanks to the staff at Dunedin...
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...