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

Stewart Island Place Names …… 

Stewart Island / Rakiura

Te Puka a Maui …..   “The Anchor of Maui” refers to the legend of Maui fishing up the North Island from his waka


Rakiura  …… “Land of Glowing Skies … refers to the embarrassment of a Maori chief when rejected by a wahine

South Island …… An early European name… North, Middle and South Islands

New Lienster ….. Bestowed by the English Parliament period 1840-52  never in common use.

Stewart Island …….  After William Stewart, mate vessel “Pegasus” who arrived Port Pegasus 1809, and drew a first competent chart of Port pegasus and the east coast of Stewart Island. Published in the “Oriental Navigator, 1816

Stewart Island Place Names, Sails Ashore Lodge

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Detail from the 1851 Tallis map of New Zealand


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