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

Stewart Island Place Names …… 

The Boat Group

From south to north :- Timore, Big Island, Betsy and Kundy

Timore  …… “The Chimneys” .

The Chimneys  ……descriptive name.


Te Poho O Tairea …… Feelings of affection for the Tairea  ..  ( Tairea was one of the first caones to visit this area. )

Stage Island ……. There is a stage shaped rock at the landing place

Womans Island ….. Sealers left their wives and children here when they went further south in search of seals

Big Island …… 

Te Moutere O Te Wharerimu ….. The kelp House

Betsy ……….


Kani …….  ” To Saw”

First Island  …. The first one to see on the passage to the southern birding Islands

Return …… After landing birders the canoes would return here to be hauled out in safety

Kundy …..

The Boat Group, Stewart Island Place Names, Sails Tours

From left to right:-   Timore, Big Island, Betsy and Kundy

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