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

Stewart Island Place Names …… 

Ulva Island

Te Whara Whara …..   “A Name it shares with neighbouring Native Island” There was apparently a burial cave discovered by children around 100 years ago on the west end of the Island.


Coupars Island  …… Stewart Coupar was a Scottish sealer recorded as living on the Neck in the 1830’s. I assume he must have lived on Te Whara Wara to have left his name there

Ulva Island …… Charles & Henriette Trail established the first Post Office at Post Office Bay on Coupars Island in 1872. They named their 20 acre “Estate” Ulva, after the Island of the same name off the coast of Scotland. This name gradually encompassed the whole Island.

Ulva 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