The small town of Oban is the only real settlement of any size that can be found on Stewart Island, and can only be reached by boat or seaplane from New Zealand’s South Island settlements of Bluff or Invercargill. While there aren’t too many places to stay and to eat on the island, the warm welcome and good food found here does help to make it a nice place to visit. While seafood is the real highlight in the cuisine here, there is also plenty of food imported from the mainland for those who aren’t too keen on fish.
The Kaka Retreat is a small hotel that enjoys five welcoming rooms and a separate cottage that can be rented for larger groups staying on the island, with all of the accommodation well equipped and offeringcomfortable accommodation . This is one of the more boutique guest houses on the island, and visitors will find a nice selection of luxury toiletries in the bathroom, as well as modern facilities such as an LCD television and a microwave. For those who can’t bear to be out of contact from the rest of the world wireless internet is available, and the hotel offers a great base from which to explore the island.
Conveniently located in the town center of Oban, the Bay Motel offers comfortable and simple accommodation with a variety of different apartments available, with many of these enjoying stunning views back over Halfmoon Bay. One of the interesting features is that the ground floor rooms in the motel are accessible to disabled visitors, while this hotel also enjoys the modern features such as satellite TV and wireless internet. For those looking for a special visit to the island, the motel also has a wonderful honeymoon suite which boasts a wonderful spa bath Halfmoon Bay, which is great for a relaxing after a day’s hiking around Stewart Island.
South Sea Hotel
The South Sea Hotel is one of the most important establishments in Oban, as it not only offers accommodation but also enjoys a good restaurant as well as being the only real bar in the town. While many people will come to Oban in order to relax and unwind, this hotel is a great place for those who want to enjoy the atmosphere and the company of the islanders who are often happy to share their stories about life on the island. The accommodation here offers a range of rooms and is among the most competitively priced on the island, and is centrally located in Oban just a two minute walk away from the landing point of boats to the island.
Church Hill Restaurant And Oyster Bar
Whether you are heading to Stewart Island in summer of winter, the Church Hill Restaurant should be one of the places on your list, with an open air terrace for warm summer days and a cozy interior ready for the colder evenings. As the name of the restaurant suggests this is a restaurant where the seafood takes a leading role on the menu, and the Blue Cod that is caught in the water around the island is particularly good, prepared here with a simple and tasty lemon sauce. Another of the local specialties involving ingredients from the waters around Stewart Island is the Glory Oyster dish, which can be prepared in a variety of ways to suit individual taste.
Bird On A Pear
Situated in the building directly above the small ferry terminal, Bird on a Pear is another restaurant that makes the most of the abundance of seafood that can be found in the waters around the island. This is the place to go for those looking for more traditional home cooking incorporating these local ingredients, with the oyster soup being one of the best dishes on the menu. The restaurant also serves as a cafe and a bakery with many pastries and cakes available there, while it also offers freshly ground coffee for those looking for a caffeine boost in the morning.