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Reviewed 26 February 2021

This was our first time to Stewart Island so we weren’t sure what to expect, especially the weather. With regard to the weather it couldn’t have been much better. There was the inevitable wind but apart from that it was fine and moderately warm. At the Lodge the outside seating was sheltered from the wind but still allowed an almost uninterrupted view of Oban and the bay. Our room was spacious and the ensuite had everything would expec with regard to toiletries etc. Breakfast was on a self service continental basis but all laid out ready to choose whatever one felt inclined to partake of. The communal dining area and the lounge area all had good views, there was a shuttle service from the ferry terminal to/from the lodge. The staff connected with the lodge all had the time to chat, were very courteous and welcoming.

Date of stay: February 2021
Thank Derek S
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Reviewed 9 February 2021

We travelled as 3 couples - each wanting our own room. So the lodge provided the best option as we had three rooms next to one another - and all identical. The space inside is great, complete with a walk in wardrobe (with space for luggage and a mini fridge and coffee making facilities) and then a good sized bathroom with bath and good sized shower. What's great about the lodge is the rooms have plenty of space and right outside the rooms is a long communal deck with spectacular views over Half Moon Bay and a couple of large outdoor tables. When staying here many years ago, when it was operated more as a lodge, we were offered canapes and pre-dinner drinks but these days with Real Journey's owning the lodge, this service is not offered. However the lounge area is available to all and there is a kitchen that guests can use. We availed ourselves of the facilities and made our own pre-dinner cocktails! There were plenty of glasses and other kitchen items for what we needed. In the mornings we had a continental Breakfast that our host Danny set up. It comprised a range of cereals, fruit, bagels (including gluten free ones along with gluten free bread), cheese etc. Also a range of three juices and plunger coffees and a range of teas.
The location of the lodge is great - a steep but not so long road to climb up and down when going into the town but that was fine. What we did find a little odd was that we were told our rooms would not be serviced "due to Covid?! Having stayed at loads of NZ accommodation over the past few months, this is the first time I have come across a lodge saying this - in a country where we have no community transmission. I think this is a cop out - and really doesn't reflect well on Real Journey's if they using this as an excuse for possibly a lack of staff to service rooms.

Our host at the lodge was Danny, and he greeted us when we arrived and told us about the lodge and our rooms. He was obviously new and a little nervous but lovely. We did also meet Lisa when we arrived - who most of the reviews mention here, but she was at the end of her shift - but she did ensure we had all the info we needed. We certainly did get the impression that many staff are "over it" -- an unrelenting throng of visitors to the island with no let up since NZ closed its borders and everyone headed to Stewart Island!

I would stay at Stewart Island Lodge again - great location and views!

Date of stay: February 2021
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1  Thank MVW-NZ
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Reviewed 8 February 2021

The rooms are comfortable and clean, lounge area is very nice and there are fantastic views over the bay. They no longer do drinks as they used to, and the breakfasts were basic continental fare but okay. For the price per night it was a little underwhelming but still the best place given limited options on Stewart Island. The staff were great but the manager was clearly over working this season and made it known.

Date of stay: February 2021
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3  Thank Anwil51
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Reviewed 7 February 2021 via mobile

Recently spent three nights at the Stewart Island Lodge with my wife: Although the Lodge is only a 5 minute walk from Oban’s ‘CBD’ (which is essentially next to the ferry arrival/departure wharf), free transfers are provided between the wharf and Lodge. The Lodge sits on a small hill providing amazing views over Oban, Halfmoon Bay, several outer Islands, and the surrounding bush. We constantly saw local birdlife including Kaka and Tui at the edge of the Lodges observation deck. The deck also has two nice areas for outside dining and enjoying the views.
The bed in our nicely sized sea-view room was large and comfortable (high thread-count sheets), with tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge, quality wine glasses and a new spacious bathroom (with bath) and plush towels and eco-friendly toiletries. The community lounge has comfortable chairs and a massive window that again, provides excellent views as explained above. The lounge leads onto a kitchen which is available to guests for those wanting to do their own food preparation and cooking, together with a Weber bbq on the deck. This is not like your typical backpackers kitchen set-up, but more-so like ‘home’, with quality glassware and crockery, coffee press, excellent fresh ground coffee etc. The ability to access the kitchen adds to the homely feel. The continental breakfast (quality cereal, yoghurt, breads, bagels, cheese, fruit etc) is laid out for you and eaten around a large table in the lounge area where you can chat with the other guests. The lodge is a friendly homely environment with boutique features. It also provides privacy, meaning it’s easy to control your level of interaction with others if you want some alone time. The accommodation price-point means guests tend to be a little more mature (not necessarily in age as there were young couples), meaning this is not a backpacker-type environment.
While the Stewart Island Lodge is an awesome place to stay with killer views, at the end of the day, it’s still a ‘place’. What gives the Lodge that extra special point of difference is Lisa, the manager. Lisa is not only welcoming and caring, with an effervescent personality, she is also a walking encyclopaedia on most things Stewart Island. That information is suggested and presented as professionally as any luxury guided tour in Europe. When she suggests a place of interest, or when we inquired about a hike, accurate walk times were explained including difficulty and suggested fitness levels, where to step off the track to a see a hidden gem, and how to access transport home if necessary. Lisa recommended our Ulva Island walking tour which was a pristine wildlife filled amazement! (see other review). It would be hard to imagine the Lodge without Lisa, as she brings the sparkle to a special place. Also, can’t forget to mention the resident dog ‘Bango’; lovely natured, gentle and quiet. We are already considering our return but understand the Lodge (and Stewart Island’s accommodation) are currently booked out several months ahead as Kiwi’s take advantage of Stewart Islands wonders while the rest of the world is locked down with COVID.

Date of stay: February 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank KavaBoy777
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Reviewed 27 November 2020 via mobile

Probably one of the best options on Stewart Island for accommodation.
Lovely views over Oban. Friendly helpful staff and a comfortable room.
Only drawback it is quite expensive but mostly that's a reflection of the situation on Stewart Island with lack of options.
I'd definitely come back to the place.

Date of stay: November 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2  Thank mikenz2015
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