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

Stewart Island Place Names …… 

Halfmoon Bay

Kairaku …..   “A Party of Warriors” the point now known as Ackers Point


Takiraku …..   “A Crying, or perhaps singing Trees” where the village of Oban now stands. “Singing or crying refers to the sound of wind in the branches


Williams Bay  ……  After a European settler in the bay (possible lived on the north side of the bay where Braggs Bay is now) and recorded by Rev Wholers in November 1846

Horseshoe Bay …… A descriptive name

Halfmoon bay ….. Misnamed by the HMS Acheron survey cartographer … see Horseshoe Bay

It should be noted the the township is named Oban, NOT Halfmoon Bay

Halfmoon Bay, Stewart island, sails Ashore


Halfmoon bay, Stewart Island

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