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

Stewart Island Place Names …… 

Native Island

Te Wharawhara …..   “The Astelia Plant” site of an early Maori “Kaika” or fishing village, and later a Maori “Quarantine” Island, where people suffering from European diseases were sent to either recover or die. The Astelia was used to bind the body for burial


Native Island …….  A reference to earlier Maori settlement ??

Rabbit Island….. a local name. There were once rabbits here, but Frank Woodrow, an early Ranger managed to exterminate them all

Ringa Ringa Passage & Native Island, Sails Tours, 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