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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!
"Amazing trip"16 February 2019
LidT, Marazion UK, via TripAdvisorAwesome view from room, even in the rain when leaving. I could not recommend here enough so worth the trip and made the experience of travelling to Stewart Island all the more rewarding! Nothing too much for the hosts - offered a wealth of knowledge in a low-key setting. A must to return to one day.
"A highlight of our trip"15 January 2019
We loved our stay at the Stewart Island Lodge. It was very relaxing. The view from our room was beautiful. We watched the full moon rise over the bay one evening. We didn't even mind staying in the room one afternoon until the rain stopped because the room was so pleasant. Stewart Island Lodge was the best place we stayed at by far and it was not much more expensive than the worst motel we stayed at. We used the WiFi but never turned on the TV, there was no need. Much more interesting to watch the Kaka parrots on the deck or the tui or the giant pigeons in the trees down below. The walk back to the lodge from the town is no joke. It is very steep for a short bit. I would not try this hill either way with luggage but thankfully there is no need because you can arrange to be picked up when you arrive and dropped off when you leave...chukarhead, El Paso via TripAdvisor
"An incredible experience"11 December 2018
The setting for this lodge is stunning, with views through the glass sliding door to the deck, out across the bay. Private, yet easily walkable to the village amenities. Our room was so large, complete with comfy chairs to enjoy that view. We were so impressed with Lisa’s responsive service, she made our visit memorable! ... Thank you Lisa! One of our favorite parts of our 28 day tour of South Island!SanDiegoLila, San Diego via TripAdvisor
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, please check in at the Oban Visitor Centre (located immediately adjacent to the ferry terminal). We will then transfer you 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 12pm; 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 Bluff's "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)