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

Stewart Island Place Names …… 


Oban …..   for the town of Oban on the west coast of Scotland


Halfmoon Bay …..   really an erroneous name, but taken from the “Bay” the village heads. Often shortened to ‘The Bay” This miss-named confusion was not helped by the then New Zealand Post, when they named the local Post Office “Halfmoon Bay”, rather than the correct village name of “Oban” or perhaps even Stewart Island. The real confusion arises when it’s realised that there is  Halfmoon Bay in Auckland, and consequentially miss-directed mail a common occurrence.


Oban, Stewart Island

Oban, 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