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Kowhai Lane Holiday Home
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Kowhai Lane Holiday Home
St Albans
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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“A Unique Experience”
Reviewed 17 April 2011

We stayed at the Kowhai Lane apartment for two nights. The place is very well equipped and set in a pretty garden with views over Half Moon Bay. There are many beautiful books and DVDs in the apartment to help you better understand this special place.
Iris and Peter are wonderful hosts, very friendly and keen to share their extensive knowledge of local history and wildlife.
We were met by them from the plane and taken to the apartment and we all sat for a while over a cup of coffee and given a wonderful overview of the island and what it was like to live there.
For the Ulva Island trip, which was included in our package, Peter took the two of us over there and we saw loads of the island specific unique birds and learnt a lot about the efforts made to preserve this wonderful place. Peter is very much at the heart of these efforts and has a very long history on the island.
After our trip we went to their house and Iris offered us coffee and sandwiches and made us feel very welcome. They are happy to take their guests around in their vehicle and also book other trips - we did an evening kiwi spotting trip.
The service Iris and Peter offered us was second to none and made our trip not only complete but very good value as well.
We can highly recommend Iris and Peter’s offerings - be it Kowhai Lane or their B&B.

Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Oakham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 April 2011

We really fell on our feet when we booked Kowhai Lane for our 3 nights on Stewart Island. The property consists of 4 bedrooms with en-suites along with a very large communal space of Dining Room, Kitchen and Lounge. We tend to like meeting and chatting with other people so we were a bit unfortunate as when we stayed there we were the only guests but it did have the advantage that we had the whole place to ourselves. The accommodation is fully equipped in every way. There is even a nice flatscreen TV and DVD player with a large collection of DVDs showing local wildlife and social history of Stewart Island and Ulva (ideal for a wet day). Peter and Iris are the perfect hosts and nothing is too much trouble for them. They are so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the Islands. We went with Peter to visit Ulva and it was a brilliant day. We went to Ulva on his yacht, a start to the day that made you feel a million dollars. While there we also went out for an evening with Phillip Smith looking for Kiwis on the beach. Again a fantastic trip on which we saw 5 Kiwis. A truly magical experience. This has to be the place to stay when in Stewart Island as I can't imagine anything more perfect.

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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hereford
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Reviewed 27 March 2011

Stewart Island is magical, but staying at Kowhai Lane with its stunning views, extremely comfortable rooms and some of the best hosts I have known in Peter & Iris, made this one of my top trips ever. Their depth of knowedge of the Island and expert advice ensured that I maximised my time there. As a single traveller they took me under their wing introducing me to other guests when appropriate. Like all aspects of Stewart Island prices are high.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Sydney Australia
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Reviewed 6 January 2010

Wow, I could almost just cut and paste the review by Haylot! We also had problems with our booked accommodation and sought assistance from Iris and Peter (who also run Sails Ashore). The care and assistance provided were exceptional. My mother also headed off to church with Iris on the Sunday and enjoyed herself enormously. We had daily visits from the Kaka and enjoyed watching the tui play in the garden. It's a comfortable walk down to the central business area on halfmoon bay.
Kowhai Lane, which is owned by Iris and Peter's daughter Anne, is extremely comfortable and cosy. We also were fortunate to have the place to ourselves using two of the three rooms available. I wouldn't hesitate to stay at Kowhai Lane again it was great.
Kowhai Lane is packaged with Peter's tour of Ulva island, which we also enjoyed very much. You go across on their yacht Talisker which can handle any conditions that might blow up in the course of the day.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 December 2009

I recently stayed at Kowhai Lane on Stewart Island with my extended family. The accommodation was very comfortable and we were fortunate enough to be the only guests in the holiday home at the time. We had some problems with the accommodation we initially booked and the hosts at Kowhai Lane (Peter and Iris) were very helpful in providing alternate accommodation at short notice. They were friendly without being too overbearing, and even invited my grandmother to attend church with them on the Sunday that we were there (which my grandmother greatly enjoyed). The kaka's which came to perch on the balcony were very entertaining and the views are pleasant from the rear rooms over the township and bay. Overall I would definitely recommend staying at Kowhai Lane if you are travelling to Stewart Island.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with family
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New Hampshire
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Reviewed 7 May 2008

Extremely accommodating hosts with long-term knowledge and experience on the island. Great location and beautiful views from most rooms. Comfortable living quarters all neat, tidy and very clean. Fastidious meal preparation with attention to detail and guest requests. I would definitely stay there again if I return to Stewart Island.

Stayed March 2008
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Property: Kowhai Lane Holiday Home
Address: 6 Kowhai Lane | Oban, Stewart Island 9530, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Stewart Island
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Stewart Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kowhai Lane modern house offering en-suite rooms with a modern self catering kitchen and extensive guest lounge. It overlooks Halfmoon Bay, is only 4 minutes stroll from the waterfront and an ideal base from which to explore Stewart Island. Kowhai Lane is fully centrally heated and newly refurnished and decorated. Kowhai Lane's managers are professional guides and happy to assist guests enjoy the peace and beauty of Stewart Island. ... more   less 
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