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"Best Lodge, Best Host"4 November 2022
From when we stepped foot off the ferry, Julie (our host) was waiting to greet us with a smile. She gave us a quick tour around the town, giving us a few suggestions for dinner and if the weather turned. Julie was one huge factor that made our romantic getaway, that much more special. The lodge was absolutely beautiful and immaculate and the views were remarkable. We will definitely be returning to Stewart Island Lodge and can only hope that Julie is there for our next visit!Indi1993, TripAdvisor
"Wonderful place to stay"18 November 2022
We had the best time staying at the lodge over a long weekend, Forest was the best host and really went out of his way to help us along! Room was super clean and tidy with a comfortable bed. The views are incredible! Lovely and relaxing place to stay and use as a base to explore.MegBatts, Via TripAdvisor
"Excellent facilities, friendly and helpful staff, superb views over Half Moon Bay"5 April 2021
Room and ensuite were ample, with also a sepate room for luggage and storage, clean and well furnished. We were welcomed by Lisa, who offered helpful advice and assisted us in whatever way we needed help. Breakfast was of good standard, The views were superb. Walking from Oban village one has to climb a steepish road., no problems in general, unless a visitor has trouble with walking. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you, Lisa.Willemnz813 Casablanca, Morocco, Via TripAdvisor
"Relaxation - Nature - Exploring"2 April 2021
A fantastic destination and great place to stay. The rooms are fantastic and perfect luggage room come walk in wardrobe to get rid of all your luggage and unpack. Enjoyed the large table and delicious breakfasts each morning looking through a postcard like view over the harbor. Many thanks to our host Lisa for sorting out a fantastic kiwi spotting tour that was appropriate for my mother to enjoy and experience kiwi in the wild (thanks for making this happen). If your considering Stewart Island lock this accommodation in, it exceeded our expectations. AAA++288ajj Westland Tai Poutini National Park, NZ, Via TripAdvisor
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"A Must!"26 May 2019
We have just spent three nights on the Island and stayed at Stewart Island Lodge. It was an amazing place to stay. Lovely accommodation and communal living where we met some great folk. Really nice breakfast and Lisa, our host was fantastic. Very friendly and helpful and great knowledge of the area. She booked tours for us also. We absolutely recommend!GG5148, Nelson-Tasman Region, NZ via TripAdvisor
"Just Perfect"10 May 2019
We recently stayed at the lodge, and it was just perfect. From the moment we spotted Jennifer waiting on the pier for us as we arrived to saying farewell to Lisa when we left 3 days later, everything ran like clockwork. The lodge felt like home, and Lisa runs it like a well oiled ship, with everything you could possibly need on hand, very knowledgeable and helpful with anything and everything.Pommiegirl, Dunedin, NZ via TripAdvisor
The guest rooms are pleasant, with nice touches such as the eco friendly toiletries and chocolates, but the outlook is what’s truly special, the view from the room is fantastic, an ever changing canvas, in different lights and weather. The communal lounge and dining area was great for breakfast, ( very nice continental with plenty of variety of fruits cereals and breads, bagels etc.), and also a nice area to meet other guests be it at breakfast or later in the day for a drink and a catch up on everyone’s activities that day.
"Beautiful views, great accommodation"25 April 2019
Amazing views from this lovely property perched up high on the hill. Our hosts Hayley & Lisa were great, extremely friendly and helpful. Our room was spacious and comfortable.Scenic742579 via TripAdvisor
Breakfast was continental and adequate served in the communal dinning room. The lounge, dinning and kitchen were available to everyone staying in the lodge to access. We were very impressed with the booking process with Stewart Island Experience through Real Journeys. Certainly helped make a perfect holiday with no worries.
"Fantastic stay"1 March 2019
Patricia S, Halifax UK, via TripAdvisorWe couldn't believe our eyes when we looked out of our bedroom window - the view was breathtaking as well as the number of birds!
Lisa was a marvellous host and made sure we felt welcome and helped with planning some of our island activities.
The island is a magical place, the people very welcoming and the Lodge is wonderful - breakfast is very fresh and there's plenty of it!
Located at the southern tip of New Zealand, Stewart Island is readily accessible by ferry from Bluff (1 hour) and small plane from Invercargill (20 minutes). Both options have several departures daily.
Getting to Bluff is easy with coach transfers from Invercargill connecting with the Stewart Island Ferry service. Pick-up locations include Invercargill Airport, Tuatara Backpackers Lodge, Victoria Railway Hotel and i-SITE Visitor Centre).
On arrival at Stewart Island, you will be greeted at the Stewart Island Ferry Terminal and transferred to the Lodge. If you arrive by air, please let us know so that we can pick you up from the airport on Stewart Island.
Check in 2pm; check out 10am (irrespective of ferry departure) – Note some limited luggage storage is available.
A full continental breakfast is served from 7am until 9am in the main dining room. (Food can be served earlier/later by prior arrangement).
Stewart Island Lodge is available for group bookings of up to 12 people (6 bedrooms). Please contact us to book.
In case you haven't found the information you were looking for, we've put together some of the most common questions our customers ask about our trips. If you need more specific answers, please contact us directly.
No, we only carry passengers and light freight on the ferry services between Bluff and Stewart Island. Rental cars and motor scooters are available for hire from our Oban Visitor Centre. Visit our Stewart Island Rentals page for further information.
There is an ATM/money machine in Stewart Islands "4 Square" shop however, it is only possible to withdraw cash with a NZ bank card.
You can purchase your ferry tickets at the Bluff Visitor Terminal using both EFTPOS and Credit Cards.
The nearest bank is located at Invercargill.
Yes, most places on Stewart Island have EFTPOS and credit card facilities. There is an ATM/money machine at the "4 Square" shop on Stewart Island however it is only possible to withdraw cash with a NZ bank card. There are no banks on the island itself and the nearest bank is located at Invercargill.
Yes, there is a general grocery store, cafés and restaurants and a Kai cart (take-aways in summer only).
There are a huge range of activities available on Stewart Island, from kayaking, fishing trips, golf, walking tracks and more. To find out more information and to make bookings, we operate the Oban Visitor Centre. The Department of Conservation (DoC) also operates a Visitor Information Centre and can provide more information on walking tracks and activities.
All prices and transactions on the RealNZ website are in New Zealand dollars (NZD). This is specified on the Terms & Conditions page.
Our staff are trained to deal with incidents and in case of an emergency you should listen to their instructions.
We have a portable defibrillator on each of our overnight cruise vessels (Milford Mariner, Milford Wanderer and Fiordland Navigator).
In addition to this we also have portable defibrillators at the following locations:
• Milford Sound Visitor Terminal
• RealNZ Visitor Centre, Manapouri
• Cavern House (Te Anau Glowworm Caves)
• Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, Walter Peak
• TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship
• Stewart Island Ferry (Bluff - Oban - Bluff)