Welcome to Stewart Island & Sails Ashore +64 3 219 1151 tait@sailsashore.co.nz

Stewart Island Place Names …… 

East Ruggedy Beach & the Ruggedy Islands

West Raggedy Beach …..   All part of the “Raggedy” name group. I can’t think of any larger association of names on Stewart Island

Raggedy Islands …… The inner passage is quite shallow, and full of rocks, but the outer one is clear, although quite narrow, and more than a little frightening for a first timer, especially if there is a sea running. It’s also the site of an early example of local knowledge when Paddy Gilroy took the whaler “Chance” through the passage, towing several whales, and in a full gale.


East Ruggedy Beach


East Ruggedy Beach, and the inner passage (unsafe) passage between the Raggedy Islands

Ruggedy Islands, Sails Ashore, stewart island

Ruggedy Islands from West Raggedy Beach

uggedy Islads, Sails Stewart Island Tours

Ruggedy Islands


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