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The Bay Motel

9 Dundee Street Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island 9818 New Zealand
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#2 of 2 motels in Stewart Island
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The Bay Motel is centrally located and features amazing views over Halfmoon Bay and/or the surrounding native bush. Other features include a fully equipped kitchenette, central heating, electric blankets, comfortable beds plus complimentary tea/coffee along with free WiFi - all designed to make your stay on the Stewart Island as comfortable as possible. We offer a range of rooms - from standard studios with and without spa to one and two bedroom apartments for the whole family. We also have wheelchair friendly units available. Oban township is only a 5 minutes walk away - all restaurants, shops and amenities are within easy walking distance. We offer a courtesy transfer service from the ferry terminal and flight centre. There is also a sheltered courtyard with seating and BBQ - perfect for cooking up that Blue Cod you just caught! We can help you plan your itinerary with some tips on what to do and what to see to make your Stewart Island experience a memorable one!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Breakfast in the room
Boating
Canoeing
Highchairs available
Strollers
Free airport transportation
Street parking
Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Hiking
Fishing
Walking tours
Free shuttle or taxi services
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
First aid kit
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Sofa
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Telephone
Iron
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Whirlpool bathtub
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Modern
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English
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DbacksFn wrote a review Feb 2024
Tucson, Arizona409 contributions168 helpful votes
We stayed here 3 nights. The hosts met us at the ferry and took our luggage up the hill to the hotel. We chose to walk up but others rode in the van. Our room was large and comfortable. We got a continental breakfast for an extra charge but we had it in our room. We had a small kitchenette. My only complaint was not observing our do not disturb sign. We slept odd hours due to a late kiwi walk and we're awakened to have our breakfast delivered for the next day.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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KiwiViajero wrote a review Jan 2024
Wellington, New Zealand174 contributions123 helpful votes
We stayed here for one night in January 2024. When we arrived on the ferry there was someone waiting for us to take us in the motel van to the motel and, on the day that we left, they took our bags down to the ferry, which meant that we didn't have to return to the hotel and pick them up ourselves. That was good service. The motel is located just a few minutes' walk from the ferry terminal, very slightly uphill. Everything in Oban is close, so it's just a few minutes away from the information centre, supermarket, restaurant etc. Our room was very large for the two of us with a Queen(?) bed, single bed, and a sofa bed. The room had radiators, so that would be good on a winter's day. We would be happy to stay here again if we return to Stewart Island.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Kym S wrote a review Oct 2023
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Our whole experience with The Bay Motel was excellent from the pick up, to drop off for our airport transfer. The hosts are just wonderful warm people. Only 8 weeks on the island and already informed locals! Helped us book on an informative bus tour, and told us of the eateries to try, while making us feel very welcome. The rooms were clean, fresh and the bed comfortable. Totally recommend.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Tom H wrote a review Sept 2023
Solihull, United Kingdom25 contributions8 helpful votes
Picked up from the ferry by the new owner (who had only taken over with his wife a couple of weeks before). Lovely chap who did a tour of the town (didn’t take long!) to point out where things were, etc. The apartment was large, comfy bed and good bathroom, and overlooked the bay. Nice and peaceful stay, with good hospitality.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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TakoTako wrote a review Aug 2023
Singapore562 contributions46 helpful votes
Stayed for two nights. Room is cosy, with 3 heaters (main sleeping area, near the door and in the toilet). Bed also has the heating function. Bed is very comfortable and room is very clean. Will come here again if coming over to the island. Water pressure is good, and hot water flowed out after abt 5 seconds.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Richard C wrote a review May 2023
Hamilton, New Zealand7 contributions3 helpful votes
We only stayed a night but we enjoyed the experience so much that we have booked another stay in Janurary as we want to expeience Rakiura in the summer. We were fortunate to get a room at this tme because it is their peak season . Great to be picked up at theiir airport and dropped off to catch your return flight. We appreciated being able to get ino our room early becuae the room was available - thank you. The view from our room is exceptional - 1 bedroom with spa bath. Thanks also for the local recommendations . Great to stay at the Bay hotel and be with people that are so committed to Rakiura and looking after people so that they are keen to return as we are.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Daryl P wrote a review Apr 2023
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Good rooms and position let down by a host that doesn't put customer service at the top of his list .Wouldn't stay there again because of his attitude.I have two friends and met another couple that have stayed here ,they expressed the same feelings as well
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Tony P wrote a review Mar 2023
Leicester, United Kingdom386 contributions326 helpful votes
Nice clean apartments, quite well appointed but a few basic things missing in the kitchen dept . Bed comfy , lounge furniture certainly not. One settee being a put up bed was no good at all to sit on , sit in more like. No view which was a shame , just bushes and trees growing above eyeliner. Not very well sound proofed , taking a shower was like having it in the main bedroom , it was so noisy through the walls. Could also hear next door’s bathroom fan every time they used it….throughout the night ! It was nice to have luggage collected and the facility to be taken to port and drop it off .even though it isn’t very far but up a hill . The Manager was a strange guy and a bit too blunt for our liking …..been in the industry for 30 years apparently. Talk to people too often like you did to us when we left and I’d suggest he retire . Overall ok , we were late booking and had little choice of availability on the Island so it was this or nothing. Next time we will book earlier and can choose .
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Albert wrote a review Feb 2023
Flagler Beach, Florida297 contributions106 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed here for 2 enjoyable nights. Roel, the owner, picked us up at the wharf, and provided us with a very quick and efficient check-in. We most assuredly will stay at the Bay Motel on our next trip to Stewart Island.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Angela M wrote a review Jan 2023
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Our arrival onto the island was smooth, we never realised nor were advised that a van was sent to pick us up at the wharf. We hired a car and toured the island ourselves. Arriving at check in for approximately 2pm. We were greeted by a man who was abrupt and sarcastic saying we were missing and seemed to be very agitated. HOWEVER THERE WAS NO CONFIRMATION OF CHECK IN TIME NOR COLLECTION FROM WHARF. our room was tidy, and spacious however, the bathroom in particular smelt like vomit. There was only 3 towels for 4 people. He knocked on our door at 09:59am rushing us out. One of our guests were quickly using the bathroom at this time, he proceeded to bang on the bathroom door yelling at them to hurry up. Another guest said he would just be a second and he was huffing and puffing about the next arrival of guests and how unorganised we are etc. We were packed in the car pulling out by 10:02am however, his actions and retaliation made it seem like it was 10pm. This was by far the worst hospitality we have experienced, especially as a first time on the beautiful island. VERY DISAPPOINTED.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandSouthland RegionStewart Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Bay Motel
Which popular attractions are close to The Bay Motel?
Nearby attractions include Ulva Island (3.1 km), Rakiura Museum (0.1 km), and Rakiura Track (3.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Bay Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, laundry service, and free internet access.
Which room amenities are available at The Bay Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Bay Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Bay Motel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Bay Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Church Hill Restaurant, KaiKart Takeaways, and South Sea Hotel dining room and pub.
Does The Bay Motel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Bay Motel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The Bay Motel have airport transportation?
Yes, The Bay Motel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Bay Motel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to The Bay Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Bunkhouse Theatre (0.1 km).
Does The Bay Motel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.