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Maureen S
Worcester, United Kingdom

Fabulous setting

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 Feb 2020
We have been in New Zealand for nearly three weeks and this has been our favourite place so far. We stayed for three nights (longer would be better!) and never tired of looking at the view down into Oban. The room was spacious and comfortable, the continental breakfast very good - either eaten in the dining room or out on the terrace. The lounge has a huge picture window with views down to Halfmoon Bay. Take-away fish and chips washed down with a bottle of wine, eaten at the table just outside our room to the accompaniment of Tui birdsong, was delightful. There is a washing machine with washing powder and dryer for guest use which was very useful. Thanks to Lisa for helping us sort out other Real Journeys bookings when we hastily had to rearrange because of the Milford Road problems. We did five experiences with Real Journeys (Stewart Island Lodge, the ferry, Kiwi Experience, Doubtful Sound overnight cruise, Te Anau glowworms), so it’s a good idea to book all through the web and take advantage of the multi-saver.
Stewart Island Lodge is a very special place, so don’t hesitate to go.
Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded 3 Mar 2020
Kia Ora Maureen. Thank you for the glowing review. We agree, the view from the Lodge is stunning and it's a fantastic place to sit, relax and listen to the birdsong. It's great to hear you were well looked after during your stay - your positive comments have been passed on to Lisa. It sounds like you've made the most of your time in the region and we're delighted to have had the opportunity to host you in several locations. Thank you for taking the time to post your 5 star review and and we hope the rest of your holiday in New Zealand is just as enjoyable. Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience.
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      Reviewed 25 January 2020 via mobile

      I stayed two nights and I loved the location, the view and this place. If you want to cook and eat with a bunch of friends on the balcony overlooking this amazing town - this is the place for you. Next time I’m going to sea kayak with Phil (see my other review), harvest a few green and blue lipped mussels and enjoy them on the balcony. There’s a short sharp hill up to hotel but then this island has a few hills!

      Lisa was so helpful and gave me great advice to make the most of my stay. This type of help is so necessary!

      There’s morning breakfast served. Room is comfy - my view was amazing. There’s a bath and the bed is fab. Thanks folks!

      Date of stay: January 2020
      Thank sciencekylie
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      Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Lodge - RealNZ, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2020

      Kia Ora. Thank you for your review - the view from the Lodge is amazing as you say. We hope you enjoy those mussels on the balcony during your next visit and we look forward to you staying with us again soon. Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience.

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      Reviewed 15 January 2020

      After being met at the ferry and transported to the Lodge, we were met by Lisa, who is fantastic. She is warm and welcoming and she helped us plan our stay on the island with lots of wonderful ideas of places to visit, walks to do and places to eat. The rooms were comfortable and very clean with fantastic views of Oban and the harbour. The Continental breakfast was a nice touch too.
      We can’t wait to go back again.

      Room tip: All rooms have a great view and access to the common areas.
      Date of stay: January 2020
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      Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Lodge - RealNZ, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2020

      Kia Ora - Thank you so much for telling us about your stay at Stewart Island Lodge and the warm welcome you received from Lisa. Your positive comments on the service you received are appreciated and have been passed on. We do hope that you have the opportunity to come back and stay with us again. Kind Regards - The Team at Stewart Island Experience.

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      Reviewed 24 December 2019

      Top place to stay in Oban. Central with great views of Half Moon Bay and beyond and set in lovely gardens full of birdsong. Clean, warm and comfy accommodation (with a drying room facility). Lisa and her team were very helpful and friendly. Thanks guys.

      Date of stay: December 2019
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      Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Lodge - RealNZ, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2020

      Thank you for your great review and feedback about our Stewart Island Lodge and team. We hope to welcome you back again soon - the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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      Reviewed 19 December 2019

      As soon as I got here I realised this is the BEST PLACE IN THE WHOLE WORLD. The views from the rooms are spectacular and the set up of the lounge and outdoor areas are amazing. The rooms themselves have a wonderful layout, and the fact you can use the kitchen is brilliant. Most people (including us) just do a 2 night stay - but I can’t suggest strongly enough that you book as many nights as you possibly can - beg, borrow or steal to stay longer, you won’t regret it!!! The quiet is only interrupted by the bird calls and the water lapping and the rain. The weather changes all the time (every hour or so), so pack accordingly. Get your sea sick tablets for the boat because it’s a wild ride - but totally worth it. We’ve already booked a return trip in 2021. Also, host Lisa is INCREDIBLE! @RealJourneys if you’re reading this, you should give her a raise!!!

      Date of stay: December 2019
      Trip type: Travelled as a couple
      Thank tenaciouskat
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      Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Lodge - RealNZ, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2020

      We are thrilled you thought Stewart Island was the best place in the world and that you enjoyed our Stewart Island Lodge so much you would have stayed longer! Thank you also for your lovely comments about Lisa, which we have passed on. We hope to welcome you back in the future - the Stewart Island Experience Team.

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      Reviewed 12 December 2019

      Stewart Island Lodge is the perfect destination to experience all that Stewart Island has to offer. The harbour views from the rooms, decks and lounge area are simply stunning, and our room (#2) offered everything we had hoped for – quality furniture, bedding and even an electric blanket for those cooler nights. The entire staff (especially Lisa) knows everything about the island and surrounding area and helped us identify hikes and day trips during our three-night stay. Simply put --- outstanding in every way. We look forward to a return visit in the not too distant future!

      Date of stay: November 2019
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      Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Stewart Island Lodge - RealNZ, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2020

      We are so pleased to that you found your experience at the Stewart Island Lodge outstanding in every way and look forward to welcoming you back again soon - the team at Stewart Island Experience.

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