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Discover the remote and rugged Stewart Island at the southern tip of New Zealand. Enjoy lovely accommodation and a private nature tour of nearby Ulva; an uninhabited island.
New Zealand; the land of the long white cloud. Famous for sophisticated Auckland and the Bay of Islands in the North, not to mention the geo-thermal activity of Rotorua and the bleak and wild Tongariru volcano. In the south, there are vineyards producing crisp sauvignon blancs, magnificent views from Mount Cook, the romantic Milford Sound and, of course, the exhilaration capital of the world at Queenstown.
Hidden away from the usual tourist drags, however, lies the remote and rugged Stewart Island, New Zealand’s southern most populated island. Named by the Maori ‘The Land of Glowing Skies’, on account of the Aurora Australis, (the Southern Lights) and the amazing sunsets, this is romance and tranquillity at their best. The untouched forest and deserted beaches play host to a plethora of birds wildlife and what’s more, it’s said to be the best place in the country for spotting the elusive kiwi in the wild.
Sails Ashore, your home on Stewart Island, is a four minute walk from Oban, the island’s main village and is the place to be if you want to live in luxury, whilst enjoying the unique plant and wildlife of the island. With 85% of the island belonging to the Rakiura National Park and 254km of walking tracks to explore, there is a wildlife and hiking paradise at your disposal! The highlight of your stay (other than the boutique accommodation and fantastic views that is) will be the guided tour of Ulva Island by your host, Peter. As the former forest ranger of this uninhabited island, Peter knows it like the back of his hand. Walking for the most part under the heavy forest canopy, he will be able to point out the indigenous plant and bird life, which have been able to flourish in the absence of any introduced predators.
If you like getting away from it all and being close to nature, without compromising on quality, this is definitely for you. By day, you’ll enjoy the unique and vibrant wildlife inhabiting the Island. By night, you can relax in a modern and stylish environment with all the facilities you’d expect from Qualmark enviro gold rated accommodation.
To make the most of your visit, you should enjoy walking and leaving the bustle of everyday life behind.
If you’re staying for more than a few nights, don’t expect a different restaurant each night, but do enjoy a small community atmosphere and sense that you’re experiencing New Zealand, and life, in its most pure form.
Although most forms of card payment are accepted, there are no ATMs on Stewart Island so remember to take cash with you.
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