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

Red at Night, Sailors Delight

Rainbow and a Paterson Inlet Squall

After the storm

Mares Tails, an approaching storm

Aurora Australis from Observation Rock

Red in the Morning, Sailors warning

Stewart Island Weather, Tides, Aurora & Webcam

My Interest in the Weather

All my life I have looked over my shoulder at the weather. It started with shepherding on my parents farm, reinforced during my time “On the Hill” as a forest ranger and later as a fisherman. And even today as a tour guide, as I really want the best possible experience for my guests. And as I get older I find myself more and more prone to rust. Of course as a fisherman the tides were all important and during night passages especially to and from Fiordland I was often fascinated by the Aurora displays.

So this page is addresses those three interests

Sails Ashore Webcam.

The view is out from our sunroom, over the Village of Oban, Halfmoon Bay and Foveaux Straits beyond

The camera position is 46.54.04 S, 168.07.33 E Heading 30 deg M

Sails Ashore Webcam. Image uploaded every  10 minutes, 24/7
apologies for the line mid image. It’s a stay for our weather system mast

Images will enlarge on mouse over


Stewart Island Flights Cam

Not long after our first web cam went live “Stewart Island Flights” who are our local Air Service told me they would log on several times a day for a quick visual on conditions and visibility here. And occasionally they would suggest that I turn the camera to point at a local hill which was actually their preferred reference for cloud ceiling. …… Low cloud is not unknown on Stewart Island …..But Garden Mound is not really the view we wished on our camera so i always just declined. My old camera went down some time ago and it took me a couple of weeks to get a new one and have it running …. projects are not always easy on an Island !!!…I got lots of growling’s from the pilots until it was running again. So I suggested that if they gave me a good outdoor camera I would point it at Garden Mound just for them. We are now on the second set of cameras. A lightening flash did for the first pair

And so here it is. .

Garden Mound is the reference point and is the rounded hill around just to the left of the roof corner. This view will flare badly in bright late afternoon sun. Not an issue for the pilots as if it is sunny then the visibility is excellent for them. The image updates every 10 minutes

We are trialling a new met program

Annual Comparison

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Tides, Today and Tomorrow

Sails Ashore, Stewart Island Tides




Space Weather Predictions

This forecast comes courtesy of NOAA (USA) 

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