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156 Horseshoe Bay Road, Stewart Island New Zealand
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#2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Stewart Island

Looking for a place to stay in Stewart Island? Then look no further than Rakiura Retreat, a romantic guest house that brings the best of Stewart Island to your doorstep.

Guest rooms offer amenities such as a refrigerator and a kitchenette, and guests can go online with free wifi offered by the guest house.

Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.

During your visit, be sure to check out one of Stewart Island's popular fish and chips restaurants such as South Sea Hotel dining room and pub and KaiKart Takeaways, all a short distance from Rakiura Retreat.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Rakiura Retreat as you experience everything Stewart Island has to offer.

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Roman P wrote a review Apr 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand18 contributions23 helpful votes
This place is great for a family or couple vacation. A few km out of the town but we got a rental car included in booking so all good. Got picked up and dropped off at the ferry and the hosts are super friendly and accomodating. Rooms have everything you need!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: This place has lots of stuff on offer if you are traveling with young family. Just ask!
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123Alison456 wrote a review Mar 2022
Cromwell, New Zealand11 contributions
Fantastic place to stay while exploring Stewart Island. Fi and Heath are knowledgeable and excellent hosts. Having a car was an added bonus after doing the Rakiura Track with tired legs. Rakiura Retreat is a magic spot to watch the sunrise and to look at the stars while sitting in the gardens hoping for a glimpse of the kiwi who come to visit. Note we didn’t see one but gives us a reason to go back.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Horseshoe bay track is a great walk to do and right on the back door step of the accomodation
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Kiwibuddha wrote a review Feb 2022
Auckland, New Zealand30 contributions1 helpful vote
Perfect base for exploration of Rakiura Stewart Island. The car is a massive bonus and the facilities are very clean, comfortable and warm. Fiona and Heath are the loveliest hosts and managers. Kaka visit daily and the Kereru are prolific.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Saloni Kalra wrote a review Dec 2021
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The unit was nice and clean. Everything was present what we needed for our three day stay. Lorraine was very helpful and flexible with our stay. Heath and Fiona were fabulous and very helpful. Heath gave us a tour to island as soon as we arrived. They provided a car with our stay. It was too handy to be on this island.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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NellieApp wrote a review Nov 2021
Nelson, New Zealand11 contributions
We stayed here for three nights and loved everything about this motel. Spotlessly clean and with a charming retro vibe, it had everything you needed for a comfortable stay. There was a laundry room, games, cards and books available and even a little sewing kit for running repairs. Pickup was by Heath, who gave us a wee tiki tour before heading back to the motel. We were provided with a car, which was invaluable. Heath and Fiona are charming and friendly, and did everything they could to make our stay comfortable and pleasant. We loved it and would definitely return given the opportunity.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
diver201 wrote a review Apr 2021
Papamoa, New Zealand4 contributions
We stayed here for a week & loved it. The actual units are a bit older but they're really well appointed with everything you need to feel at home. The setting is great with Bush all around & even a local Kaka who came knocking on the window for some treats. There's a nice beach in front of the units and having a dedicated car made getting around easy. Thanks for a great week Fiona & Heath!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Tina T wrote a review Jan 2021
Maramarua, New Zealand249 contributions32 helpful votes
Book here for your Stewart Island getaway and you will have no regrets. Heath picked us up from the Ferry and took us on a quick tour around town pointing out the main spots. Our accomodation was spacious and very clean. It had everything we needed. The bird sounds we heard were wonderful. We saw a Kaka and Kereru. We didn’t see a kiwi but one of the other guests saw one at the accomodation the night before. The included cars are such a benefit a d we explored so much of the island. The steps on the property led down to a quiet golden sand beach and the kids had fun playing on the beach. If we ever make it back again we will definitely be staying here again.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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KAITKEN555 wrote a review Dec 2020
Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions1 helpful vote
From the pickup by Heath, to the unit having everything you could possibly need and more... You won't regret staying here. The car is a fantastic idea as the island is large and great to see all parts. Would definitely stay there again without a doubt. Thank you!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Shelley M wrote a review Dec 2020
Albany, New Zealand441 contributions114 helpful votes
I could have stayed much longer. Heath and Fiona are great hosts and picked us up and dropped off for flights. Heath gave us a tour of the Island and a car to use was a bonus as it is a bit out of the township, but the car makes everything so easy. The unit is well set up with everything for a home away from home and the view is beautiful. Have access to Bragg bay via stairs at the back which is a lovely bay for a walk. Loved our time there, beds comfy and you really feel the stress just disappear. The local Kaka came calling and knocking on our window it was great. Lovely spot, could not get tired of that view.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Simon B wrote a review Oct 2020
Auckland, New Zealand48 contributions61 helpful votes
We spent 3 nights at this magic little place. Very nicely appointed & well thought through units. Looked after extremely well by our new friends, Heath & Fiona. Having a vehicle with the room is not only a bonus but necessary. We would hesitate to stay there again.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rakiura Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Rakiura Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Ulva Island (4.2 km), Rakiura Museum (1.3 km), and Bunkhouse Theatre (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rakiura Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at Rakiura Retreat?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Rakiura Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rakiura Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Church Hill Restaurant, KaiKart Takeaways, and South Sea Hotel dining room and pub.