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7 - 9 Miro Crescent, Stewart Island 9846 New Zealand
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Individually wrapped toiletries
Updated 03/11/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 03/11/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 3 hotels in Stewart Island
Kaka Retreat is a small, intimate accommodation complex surrounded by bush and native gardens with a relaxed atmosphere. We're centrally located within the Oban Township and are close to the ferry and flight terminals, hotel and restaurants, supermarket etc. We're the perfect base for the single traveller, couples, families and groups alike and can cater for groups up to 14 people who require a bed each and if couples are in the mix we can cater for up to for 24 people. Property Facilities - Courtesy transfers to and from airport or ferry terminal (prior arrangement is required). - Wireless internet - Highchair and portacot (subject to availability). - Washing machine and clothes dryer are available. - Complimentary tea/coffee - Continental Breakfast - BBQ Facilities General Room Facilities - Toweling, toiletries, hand sanitiser and surface cleaning sprays are provided in all rooms for your convenience. - All Cottages and Studio Units have their own individual outdoor seating areas. Location / Distances: only 5 - 7 minute walk from the main town and Oban beachfront. Check-In Time: between 3:00pm and 7:00pm (Luggage storage for those who arrive earlier is available) Check-Out Time: 10:00am Reception Hours: we're available for our guests from 9.00am until 5.00pm either on site or by phone.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Breakfast available
Bicycle rental
Highchairs available
Free airport transportation
Street parking
Breakfast in the room
Bowling offsite
Canoeing offsite
Walking tours
Free shuttle or taxi services
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
First aid kit
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Room features
Dining area
Private balcony
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Anne040164 wrote a review Apr 2022
Otaki, New Zealand37 contributions8 helpful votes
The accommodation for a large group was great comfortable had everything and warm. Very close to town. Good area for a group barbie. But if you do need supplies avoid the 4 square ie bring your own as they are anti vax and I'm sure I got Covid from there. As it was the same time only place on the island where staff didn’t wear masks and. Came home with Covid.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
Fiona V wrote a review Feb 2022
Brisbane, Australia100 contributions51 helpful votes
A fantastic, modern motel set in the rainforest with a one minute walk into town. We enjoyed our time staying here. The room also has a BBQ available. This is handy as there is only one restaurant in town and a fish and chip shop. The room had a small kitchen with a microwave and fridge, with tea and coffee making facilities. The beds were super comfortable.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking available.
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DanO68 wrote a review Nov 2021
Alexandra, New Zealand560 contributions428 helpful votes
We spent 3 nights at the Kaka Retreat on a recent trip to Stewart Island – loved it. Upon arrival at the airport, we were whisked away to our accommodation and quickly checked in – very efficient. The location is great, less than 5 minute walk into the town center (4-square, restaurant, cafes, etc). There were a number of kakas flying around, but none came to visit us. Also saw lots of other native birds – beautiful bird song here!! The room was very nice, one of a group of 3 motel type rooms, all with spacious verandas. We made use of the small kitchenette to prepare some basic meals and enjoyed the TV (3 or 4 channels) and the free wifi internet. The heater, a definite requirement during our stay, worked well in keeping the room at a suitable temperature. The shower and hot water were very good and the bed was nice and comfortable. Overall we had a great stay here and would definitely recommend it to other travelers.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Joanne52012 wrote a review Nov 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand25 contributions18 helpful votes
We booked to stay for 2 nights for a quick family trip, unfortunately I had managed to book the wrong room type but this was resolved instantly by the owner who was absolutely fantastic and moved us to the 3 bed cottage. The cottage was warm, comfortable and well equipped. We saw 4 kaka who landed really close to us which was amazing. I would highly recommend staying here it is a lovely place with lovely owners.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
nzcowlady wrote a review Jul 2021
Auckland88 contributions17 helpful votes
The Kaka Retreat web site says it is not uncommon to see visiting kaka. And I had one visit my front porch! Don’t feed them however as they are known to destroy furniture should they not receive food. The two bedroomed unit was spacious and very warm. My only improvements would be a bigger shower (again, this one was so small it was hard to wash my hair), oven facilities, and better (light blocking) blinds. But these are suggestions rather than necessities. The location close to town means you can easily get meals from the South Seas Hotel. Diane and Wayne, the hosts, made sure I was well looked after and even dropped me off to the Ulva Island water taxi wharf so I did not need to walk 20 minutes over the hill on a cold morning.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Get a unit away from the road (noise and light).
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Base C wrote a review Jun 2021
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Kaka Retreat is a hidden gem! We made a bulk booking, they were really easy to deal with - everything went really smooth and met all our needs. The accommodation is beautiful. We will definitely be recommending to others in future. Thank you for having us!
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Date of stay: May 2021
Trip type: Travelled on business
Trish wrote a review Mar 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
We were so impressed with the accommodation, the location and the service! We stayed in Superior Studio. Fabulous. Warm, clean and amazing shower! Lovely continental breakfast as well. Had absolutely everything we needed. We’ll be staying here when we come back. Thanks!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
madfisher44 wrote a review Feb 2021
Papamoa, New Zealand12 contributions4 helpful votes
Lovely bush setting with Kaka birds right on your deck. Lots of Tui and wood pigeons all around you. We had the two bedroom cottage which was clean and comfortable and everything supplied was good quality. It was only 5 mins walk down the hill to the hub of Oban. which was very convenient. Very friendly helpful staff too
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Date of stay: February 2021
princess3016 wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand64 contributions84 helpful votes
We are just back from 3 nights at Kaka retreat and we will certainly be back for another visit. The units are very modern, spacious and absolutely spotless. I think what made the difference here were the thoughtful little extra touches, such as the rack of umbrellas by reception and the night light strips on the stairs to the unit. The small outdoor space at the front was a real bonus as a place to relax and read. As we booked directly we had a continental breakfast each morning, which was great to get us going for the day. The cheerful and welcoming hosts will pick you up and drop you off to ferry/flight. The units are fully serviced, although you can choose not to have a service if you wish, we chose not to as we had more than enough fresh towels, etc to keep us going. There was an outdoor BBQ to use, which again, was spotless. We didn't use it, but enjoyed chatting to our unit neighbours as they cooked their dinner. There is everything you need for self-catering, but we were happy to take the 4 min walk to the pub for dinner. The location is fabulous and super quiet. The real treat was being visited by the Kaka in the evening, they are not shy and come up close! I have stayed at a lot of motels across NZ and this is absolutely one of the best - I could have stayed here happily for a couple of weeks.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Steve H wrote a review Dec 2020
Lower Hutt, New Zealand73 contributions23 helpful votes
We stayed four nights at the Kaka Retreat. We were a bit worried as we had a studio unit for my teenage son, my partner and myself. We needn't have been, while cozy we had plenty of room and the verandah meant we could spread out a little. The accommodation we clean, well presented and supported by on site staff. Because we booked direct we received a complimentary basic breakfast which was very useful to help us keep costs down and fill us up in the morning. The location is great, just up the hill from the settlement, an easyish walk (a little harder on the way home up hill). They picked and dropped us from the ferry which made organizing travel on the island that much easier as we had no car. If you get a chance stay - and look out for the friendly Kaka who visits often.
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Date of stay: December 2020
US$138 - US$144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kaka Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Kaka Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Ulva Island (3.4 km), Rakiura Museum (0.4 km), and Bunkhouse Theatre (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kaka Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, free internet access, and free airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Kaka Retreat?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Kaka Retreat?
Guests can enjoy breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Kaka Retreat?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kaka Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Church Hill Restaurant, KaiKart Takeaways, and South Sea Hotel dining room and pub.
Does Kaka Retreat have airport transportation?
Yes, Kaka Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.