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

Stewart Island Place Names …… 

Lords River

Tutae Ka Wetoweto …..   “Diminishing Pieces of Dung” most probably given by Te Kaha, who with his war party was in pursuit of a hated enemy, and tracking by the human waste left behind. 


Port South East  …… Another name from Owen Smith, on his voyage 1804.

Lords River  …… Renamed by John Grono in 1809, after his principal, Sydney merchant (one time convict) Lindsay Lord. Sometimes irreverently called “Jesus Creek” by local fishermen

lords river, sails tours, stewart island

Lords River, Stewart Island, Sails Tours


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