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Elgin Terrace, Stewart Island 9846 New Zealand
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#3 of 3 hotels in Stewart Island
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Ocean View
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Free parking
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KiwiKerry53 wrote a review Jun 2022
Wellington, New Zealand4579 contributions1044 helpful votes
Lunch and drinks before getting our return ferry to Bluff. Interesting place with a real mix of locals and a few primarily Kiwi tourists. Lunch was nice enough. We dined in the bar side, but there was also a dining room.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Mumma&Co wrote a review Jun 2022
Timaru, New Zealand4371 contributions520 helpful votes
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Can't complain for $100 a night. Showers were super hot & great pressure! Was fine with communal facilities. Perfect location to eat, sleep, drink, enter the Sunday night quiz night. Didn't hear any noise in room from the pub, just sometimes from people in room next door. We'd definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rob D wrote a review May 2022
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed the night in an olde worlde bedroom overlooking the harbour. It was wonderful. Beautiful meal in the restaurant. Had the $70 crayfish tail. Bigger and better than the tail I paid $140 for at Kaikoura. My petal had the fabulous blue cod.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sue 'n Rob wrote a review Apr 2022
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand7 contributions
Stayed two nights here after walking the Rakiura track. Staff were awesome, friendly and helpful. Our room overlooked the ocean. The room was warm and super comfy. All of the facilities (bathroom, showers, lounge, laundry) were great. Ate in restaurant both nights and enjoyed the cod, both baked and deep fried. Would definitely stay here again next time!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: Room 2 had a great view and was quiet, away from the bar.
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Andy wrote a review Apr 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
We dodged a bullet here. We were originally going to stay here but found accommodation that better suited our requirements. We did however go for a meal. Grumpy staff who really did not care, we felt that we were an inconvenience to them rather than a welcome guest and food only average Glad that we were not staying there as attitude probably flowed through to the rest of the staff as well
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Make sure you are very early for lunch or you will find that you only have 1 option available to you
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Konrad A wrote a review Apr 2022
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Travel back to the good old days of country pubs that are the hub of a community with reasonable bar prices and great food. Mixed with friendly staff and a beautiful setting and it was a great experience. While most of the food was pub style food there were a couple of choices that would have been well received at any restaurant. My bluefin tuna was exceptional. The accommodations were clean and tidy while being fairly modest. I think a couple of days is sufficient to see what’s available on Stewart Island unless you’re going bush then you could really see how special this natural environment is.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: The Ulva island bird walk was great. We chose to catch the $20 ferry over and self guide with the...
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Brendan M wrote a review Mar 2022
Wellington, New Zealand39 contributions8 helpful votes
Two great meals - the blue cod fish and chips one night, the baked cod and vegetables the next - washed down with a great selection of brews. Fabulous staff - food service nicely timed, the only problem was not enough nights on our trip t progress further through the menu - we'll be back!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Mike T wrote a review Mar 2022
Rotorua, New Zealand9 contributions4 helpful votes
Struggling with COVID enforced staff shortages, the service we got at South Sea Hotel was nothing short of amazing. The food was incredible and the service timely and always with a friendly smile. Room was spacious and showers wonderful.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: The motels, although a little expensive by NZ standards, are definitely worth it.
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paulcc115 wrote a review Mar 2022
Tauranga, New Zealand62 contributions38 helpful votes
Make no mistake most travellers to Stewart Island are probably here for hiking and wild life. This is where the South Sea Hotel fits in nicely as it is a no frills up market backpackers. Rooms are basic, clean and relatively quiet. No TV, couldn't get the WiFi to function right but for the odd night thats fine. Separate shared toilets and showers so nothing flash but again basic and clean. On the ground floor is the reception, bar and restaurant. You have a choice of two places to eat, the other being the bar. We ate on several occasions and the food was exceptional and fairly priced. Staff were friendly but bar and reception staff were heavily pushed and under a lot of pressure. Would we stay again? well yes as there isn't a lot else available! Lastly don't be afraid to use the local taxi. There are a lot of hills around Oban and its reasonably priced.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Room Tip: Try to avoid booking a room over the kitchen or bar. Could be a little noisy
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Peter F wrote a review Jan 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand258 contributions69 helpful votes
This is maybe the friendliest hotel ever... great food, great location, great staff and the beer is COLD!!! THere is no other hotel on Stewart Island but this would be the best even if there were others.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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US$66 - US$71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandSouthland RegionStewart Island
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Frequently Asked Questions about South Sea Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to South Sea Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Ulva Island (3.2 km), Rakiura Museum (0.2 km), and Bunkhouse Theatre (0.08 km).
What are some of the property amenities at South Sea Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at South Sea Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at South Sea Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to South Sea Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Church Hill Restaurant, KaiKart Takeaways, and South Sea Hotel dining room and pub.
Does South Sea Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.